ABILITY Magazine is an American magazine founded by Chet Cooper in 1990 and launched as the first newsstand magazine focused on issues of health and disability. Distributed by Time Warner, it is a bimonthly (6 issues annually) publication, with offices in Santa Ana and Costa Mesa, California.
Topics addressed in the publication range from new technologies, civil rights advancement, travel and employment opportunities for people with disabilities, to human interest stories, medical developments and celebrity profiles. Each cover story of ABILITY Magazine showcases a prominent public figure who either has a disability or who has a connection to a disability-related cause.
Celebrities featured in ABILITY Magazine have included musicians Ray Charles, Andrea Bocelli, actor and advocate Christopher Reeve, talk show host Montel Williams, comedian Richard Pryor, and entertainer Donny Osmond, as well as actors Mary Tyler Moore, Kirk Douglas, Jack Lemmon, Holly Robinson Peete, and Fran Drescher.
Politicians featured in ABILITY Magazine have included President Bill Clinton, Senators Tom Harkin, Bob Dole, Chuck Grassley, Max Cleland, Harris Wofford, Congressman Jim Langevin, and First Ladies Laura Bush and Rosalynn Carter.
Issues of ABILITY Magazine have also included a wide array of profiles of leaders in the world of business, including Medtronic founder Earl Bakken, Kinko's CEO Paul Orfalea, and Panasonic CEO Don Iwatani, and company "best practices" including Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Starbucks, and CVS Pharmacy.
ABILITY Magazine affiliations
ABILITY Magazine is part of a diverse network of organizations geared toward advancement and inclusion of people with disabilities. These projects include:
- ABILITY Jobs: The first web-based job board and resumé bank for individuals with disabilities
- ABILITY Awareness: A non-profit organization with a focus on elevating attitudes towards people with disabilities
- ABILITY Corps: A major initiative fostering integration of volunteers with disabilities into community service
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