Celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act


This July, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by holding a parade. Our staff drove vehicles decorated with signs from our office on North Point Boulevard, down University Parkway, and into The Drive movie theater at the Winston-Salem fairgrounds. We drove past the crowd waiting to see the film The […]

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Disability in Media Update


Amazon has ordered a new series from Jason Katims the creator of Parenthood about roommates living with autism, and the three actors cast in the lead roles are themselves on the autism spectrum. Rick Glassman, Sue Ann Pien, and Albert Rutecki will star in the currently untitled show, which Katims said he was inspired to […]

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Innovative Ways Communities Are Coming Together


We’ve been social distancing to keep each other safe for months now, and although we know it’s for the best, it can take a toll, especially on those who may have felt isolated to begin with. Luckily, many in the world are responding by creating new, safe ways to bring people together and create community. […]

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SFI Reads: Dancing After TEN


In 2004, Vivian Chong experienced a highly unlikely side effect after taking ibuprofen during a vacation: Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis syndrome (TEN). After spending two months in a coma and the proceeding years trying to treat the fallout of her diagnosis, including degenerative vision loss, Chong scrambled to draw her memories and her feelings about what […]

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Disability in Media Update


A study was recently released which reported that portrayals of disability in TV shows by actors with disabilities jumped from 5% to 12% between 2016 and 2018. This means that nearly 90% of characters with disabilities are portrayed by actors without disabilities. But there are still reasons to celebrate increased representation in the media. CBS […]

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Looking Forward to ADA 30 Celebrations


Yesterday we shared some information on the drive-in movie theater in Winston-Salem, and we unveiled the news that, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act,  the theater will be hosting a showing of The Peanut Butter Falcon on Tuesday, July 28th. We can now share the news that there will be […]

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The Drive-In Makes a Comeback in Time for Our ADA 30 Celebration


There is troubling news about how our world is changing right now, but there are many stories of positive changes to be found, too. Many of us are discovering new hobbies – like gardening, crochet, or a new form of exercise – or rediscovering old ones – like reading novels, baking, or an old form […]

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Good News! You Can Still Plant a Garden


We’ve talked about gardening a lot here on the blog (and in our newsletter), but you might be surprised that we’re talking about it in July. Isn’t it too late to plant a garden in July? Turns out it’s not! While new summer plants take a lot more watering (usually every day), they take much […]

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Forsyth County Schools Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the ADA


Forsyth County Schools has profiled alumnus Bryan Dooley, who “grew up going to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. After participating in the pre-kindergarten program at The Children’s Center, Dooley went on to Bolton Elementary and Meadowlark Middle before going to Reagan High School. After graduating from there in 2009, he went to Guilford College, where he graduated […]

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