ABILITY Magazine

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ABILITY Magazine
Editor-in-Chief Chet Cooper
Transcriptionist Sandy Grabowski
Photographer Nancy Villere
Categories Health and Disability
Publisher Chet Cooper
Founder Chet Cooper
Year founded 1990
Country United States of America
Website abilitymagazine.com
ISSN 1062-5321
OCLC number 502282231

ABILITY Magazine is an American magazine founded by Chet Cooper[1] in 1990 and launched as the first newsstand magazine focused on issues of health and disability. ABILITY Magazine is consistently ranked in the Top 50 Magazines in the World[2] — and is the leading magazine covering Health, Disability and Human Potential. It is distributed by Time Warner as a bimonthly publication (totaling six issues annually), with offices in Santa Ana and Costa Mesa, California.


ABILITY Magazine's content goal is to help remove the misunderstandings and erase the stereotypes that surround disability issues.[3] ABILITY covers the latest on health, environmental protection, assistive technology, employment, sports, travel, universal design, mental wellness and much more. Frequently explored issues include the Americans with Disabilities Act,[4] civil rights advancement, employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and human interest stories. Writers and contributors include MDs, PhDs, JDs, best-selling authors, U.S. senators and advocates. Cover interviews consist of movie and TV celebrities, business leaders, sports figures, presidents, first ladies and more. 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.

ABILITY Magazine is dedicated to promoting accessibility in both content and form and is the first to embed VOICEYE (High Density code) on its editorial pages to hear print through smartphones and tablets—giving greater access to people with low vision, blindness or reading challenges in 58 languages.[5]


ABILITY frequently participates in international conferences, public awareness events and opportunities to affect policy surrounding issues of disability; and has partnered with the United Nations in efforts to raise awareness.[6][7]

Notable Contributors[edit]

Throughout the years, many entertainers and celebrities representing important causes have been featured on the cover of ABILITY Magazine. Notable musicians, such as Ray Charles,[8] Andrea Bocelli,[9] and Avril Lavigne;[10] and actors, such as Mary Tyler Moore,[11] Kirk Douglas,[12] Jack Lemmon,[13] Laura Dern,[14] Holly Robinson Peete,[15] and Fran Drescher,[16] have shared their stories with ABILITY. Other famous faces include actor and advocate Christopher Reeve,[17] talk show host Montel Williams,[18] comedian Richard Pryor,[19] and entertainer Donny Osmond.[20] Most recently, Joe Mantegna, Kurt Yaeger, William H. Macy, Jennifer Esposito, Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Andy Madadian, Amy Brenneman, Howie Mandel, Kirk Douglas, Stevie Wonder, Gary Busey, Austin Basis, and Max Gail have been featured in the magazine.[21]

Politicians featured in ABILITY Magazine have included President Bill Clinton,[22] Senators Tom Harkin,[23] Bob Dole,[24] Chuck Grassley,[25] Max Cleland, Harris Wofford,[26] Congressman Jim Langevin,[27] and First Ladies Laura Bush and Rosalynn Carter.[28][29]

Issues of ABILITY Magazine have also included a wide array of profiles of leaders in the world of business, including Medtronic founder Earl Bakken,[30] Kinko's CEO Paul Orfalea,[31] and Panasonic CEO Don Iwatani,[32] and companies that embody "best practices" including Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Starbucks, and CVS Pharmacy.[33][34][35]


ABILITY received the 2014 Da Vinci Award for Accessibility and Universal Design.[36][37] The magazine embeds VOICEYE (High Density code) on its editorial pages to hear print through smartphones and tablets—giving greater access to people with low vision, blindness or reading challenges in 58 languages.[38][39]


ABILITY Magazine is part of a diverse network of organizations geared toward advancement and inclusion of people with disabilities. These projects include:

ABILITY Magazine created an alliance with the China Press for People with Disabilities — providing the rights to publish each other's selected stories, artworks and articles, in an effort to bring both countries to experience human interest stories that otherwise would never be known.[citation needed]

ABILITY Magazine has partnered with the Arc of the United States "to raise awareness about disability issues and the resources available to people with disabilities and their families."[43]

ABILITY Magazine is listed as an awareness resource by the United Cerebral Palsy organization[44] and has provided media for the Disability Rights Legal Center.[45]


  1. ^ "Biography For Chet Cooper". Abilitymagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  2. ^ "Top 50 Magazines Viewed on OnlineNewspapers Last Month". Onlinenewspapers.com. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  3. ^ "Ability Magazine". Joni and Friends. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  4. ^ "20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act". Abilitymagazine.com. 1990-07-26. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  5. ^ "1st Magazine to VOICEYE Code Editorial on Vimeo". Vimeo.com. 2014-01-21. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  6. ^ http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/COP/COP7/cosp7_side_events.doc
  7. ^ "United Nations Partners with ABILITY to Raise Awareness". Abilitymagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  8. ^ "An Interview with Ray Charles". ABILITYMagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  9. ^ "Andrea Bocelli — Singing to the Top". ABILITYMagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  10. ^ "Avril Lavigne — Fly High with Special Olympics". ABILITYMagazine.com. ABILITY Magazine. 1 June 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "Mary Tyler Moore interview by Chet Cooper". ABILITYMagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  12. ^ "Kirk Douglas interviewed by Chet Cooper". ABILITYMagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  13. ^ "Jack Lemmon interviewed by Chet Cooper". ABILITYMagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  14. ^ "Laura Dern - WILD & Enlightened". ABILITYMagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  15. ^ "Holly Robinson Peete - Interview". ABILITYMagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  16. ^ "F Drescher Interview by Chet Cooper and Dr. Friedman". ABILITYMagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  17. ^ "Christopher Reeve — His Foundation; His Champions". ABILITYMagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  18. ^ "Interview with Montel Williams". ABILITYMagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  19. ^ "Richard Pryor — MS on Fire (The ARCHIVE Files)". ABILITYMagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  20. ^ "Interview: Donny Osmond". ABILITYMagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  21. ^ "Past Issues". ABILITYMagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  22. ^ "An Interview with President Bill Clinton by Chet Cooper". ABILITYMagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  23. ^ "Senator Tom Harkin — HIS Legacy, OUR Equal Rights". ABILITYMagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  24. ^ "Interview with Bob Dole". ABILITYMagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  25. ^ "Senator Grassley - Letter to ABILITY readers". ABILITYMagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  26. ^ "Harris Wofford: A Leader in Community Service". ABILITYMagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  27. ^ "Senator Harkin and Congressman Langevin". ABILITYMagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  28. ^ "Interview with First Lady Laura Bush". ABILITYMagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  29. ^ "Rosalynn Carter's Mental Health Program". ABILITYMagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  30. ^ "Earl Bakken — Interview". ABILITYMagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  31. ^ "Paul Orfalea — Kinko’s Founder Speaks About Dyslexia". ABILITYMagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  32. ^ "Interview: Panasonic's CEO". ABILITYMagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  33. ^ "Best Practices — HP & Boeing". ABILITYMagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  34. ^ "Best Practices Award — P&G and Microsoft". ABILITYMagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  35. ^ "CVS—Leveling the Playground For All Kids". ABILITYMagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  36. ^ http://www.jyp-conseils.fr/_upload/ressources/Actualites/2014_FINALIST_release.pdf
  37. ^ "The da Vinci Awards: Award Winners" (PDF). National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  38. ^ "Voiceye". Voiceye. 2014-06-17. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  39. ^ "1st Magazine to VOICEYE Code Editorial on Vimeo". Vimeo.com. 2014-01-21. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  40. ^ "Job Access - ABILITY Jobs - Affirmative Disability Action - Employment for People with Disabilities". Ability Jobs. 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  41. ^ "Engaging Volunteers with Disabilities in Community Service". ABILITY Corps. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  42. ^ "Engaging Volunteers with Disabilities in Community Service". ABILITY Corps. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  43. ^ "ABILITY Magazine". The Arc. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  44. ^ "Resource Guide". UCP. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  45. ^ "Ability Magazine". Disability Rights Legal Center. 2012-07-24. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 

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