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July 23, 2021
Celebrating 31 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act Through Adaptive Sports

On July 26th, 2021, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is celebrating its 31st anniversary. To help celebrate, we’re looking back at the history of adaptive athletics and how our Tucson community keeps rolling forward. A Brief History of Adaptive Sports Adaptive sports have been around since the nineteenth century. A deaf soccer club, or […]

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July 5, 2021
Eduardo Aguirre: World Class Athlete and Handcycling Champion

Eduardo Aguirre has talent and determination. He is the 2019 El Tour de Tucson Handcycler of the Year and a recent recipient of a Kelly Brush Foundation Grant. An avid sports enthusiast, Aguirre was part of the Mexican National Team that competed in the World Cup in Poland. He has participated in numerous races, winning […]

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January 13, 2021
Teresa Rosano, Teaching Universal Design

The University of Arizona's College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) recently concluded its fall 2020 semester in a student project showcase and universal design competition. Ascension reached out to CAPLA instructor and Tucson architect Teresa Rosano to ask about the semester and the student design competition. We spoke with Rosano previously in October […]

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August 14, 2020
A New Look: Adaptive Fashion in 2020

Over the past few years, several large companies have invested in developing adaptive fashion lines for people living with disabilities. However, fashion designed for people living with designed for people living with disabilities is not a new concept.

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October 27, 2016
High-Profile Accessibility

Making accessibility modifications to historic properties is often a challenging endeavor. Such modifications typically involve doing away with architectural barriers or leveling the grade of an area in order to accommodate ramps or to facilitate wheelchair travel. Unfortunately, these modifications may jeopardize the historic value of a property or otherwise interfere with some aspect of […]

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August 12, 2016
Chicago is Lifting the Accessibility Platform

Chicago, Illinois is a highly inclusive city, continually ranking in the top ten for accessible living and recognized by organizations such as the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and Boots ‘N All travel guide for the ease of access to its facilities, recreation, and accessibility involvement.

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July 22, 2016
Team USA and the College Adaptive Athletics Movement

The United States has an impressive track record in the Paralympics, having won over 500 gold medals since the first Games in 1960. This year, more than 4,300 competitors from 160 different countries are expected to participate at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.   Many of these competitors are either current students or […]

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May 10, 2016
Defining Bariatric Medicine and Exploring Obesity Options

The term “bariatric” was first used in 1977, and it is defined as, “relating to or specializing in the treatment of obesity.” Today, this term has spread to encompass a medical branch that is looking to serve around 300 million people globally, according to the World Health Organization.

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May 6, 2016
A Queen's Home

Queen’s Hall Theatre in Trinidad and Tobago has been pushing for community growth since it opened its doors in 1959. Since that time, the theatre has undergone numerous renovations to ensure that it remains on the cutting edge of international trends. These renovations include the enclosing of the auditorium to provide air-conditioning and improved lines-of-sight, […]

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April 22, 2016
Raising the Bar for Community Impact

Although the University of West Florida’s (UWF) modest total student enrollment of less than 13,000 makes it relatively small, its impact is unquestionable. In addition to the University’s NCAA Division II sports program, it is also a participating space-grant institution that provides $1.47 billion in total annual sales for the Florida economy. The University is […]

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