Thursday, June 18, 2015

**Special Edition** - Hope!

In the wake of the Charleston shooting, I'm reflecting on how many crimes have been called "hate crimes," or "crimes of passion." What drives these people from intention to action??

One theory I have is that many people have a sense of hopelessness. When that hopelessness becomes so unbearable, people are often moved to act. Some people harm themselves, while some people harm others...

What if we reversed this theory for a positive outcome? What if many people had an overwhelming sense of hope? Could hope move people from intention to action?? Could hope cause people to help themselves and others? I vote yes!!

The #DiversAbleModel Project is based on hope. There are many ways that this world needs to be changed, but I have hope that I'm not the only one who cares about equality for people with Diverse Abilities. I have hope that I can help make a difference in my life and the lives of many others. My hope moves me from just having good intentions, to taking good action!

Today you can join me! We can instill hope in people around the nation, maybe even the world, by showing them they are NOT alone. We can show a marginalized, often bullied, often forgotten group of people that we are going to do more than just have good intentions. We are going to take action...Will you give hope?

Pineapples have been a sign of hospitality since the days of the early American colonies. Order this charm today as a badge of hope, so people with Diverse Abilities will know you can either relate, or that you are willing to show them sincere hospitality!

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Fashion Friday - Maureen Lovetro

It's been quite a challenge finding time to blog lately! I apologize to all my supporters for not being more diligent. I didn't want to let another Friday go by without showing off another beautiful DiversAble Model. Maureen Lovetro was excited when I reached out to her and asked her to participate in this project. Since writing her short bio, she has anxiously awaited this post and I'm honored to have her on board!

Maureen is wearing Bouquet Rouge Rings
"My name is Maureen Lovetro and I live in NYC.  My Diverse Ability is Cerebral Palsy. I'm 25 years old and I have just become a certified Child Life Specialist, which means I help children cope with being in the hospital by making sure they understand everything that is happening to them. I explain everything to them in an age-appropriate way. I also run a playroom, giving the kids a chance to just be kids. I am currently pursuing a Masters degree in Play Therapy and Disability Studies. I also enjoy working with psychiatric patients as a Pet Therapist every Saturday. I enjoy volunteering, but hope to be employed soon . 
I am proud of my perseverance and my life motto is, 'Choose joy no matter what my circumstances. God has a plan for me.' 
I feel the world sees people with Diverse Ability as professionally sick people. This project helps change that perception. The world needs to know that we wish to contribute to society and that our existence in the world is not a tragedy, but another expression of God's beautiful creation."

Your words are inspiring and we stand behind you and all your accomplishments! Thank you for supporting this movement <3

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Thankful Thursday - Angel Fernandez de Lopez

We all deserve an Angel in our lives. I'm not talking about the white-robed, glowing halo angel. I'm talking about this amazing friend, wife, and mother! She is creative, intelligent, passionate, and overall a Superwoman!

Angel has quietly supported my CandI business and The DiversAble Model Project from the beginning. Her encouragement and positive spirit have uplifted me in times of doubt. She brightens any room she enters and I know she will soon be sharing the success of her own future business!

Angel, we appreciate your support more than you know. You encourage and inspire everyone around you. We look forward to sharing our successes with you <3

Join Angel and support The DiversAble Model Project today!