For anyone, having the opportunity to make a living doing what you love is the highest career goal. Kevin Martin is no exception.
But for Martin, who has multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair, working in an environment he loves has removed a layer of stress which helps him function better and even slows the progression of his disease
“I’m not zen,” Martin said. “But I have to make myself measure reactions.”
Martin’s passion? Mead. Mead is a wine made from honey and one of the draws at GoodRoad CiderWorks.
As GoodRoad CiderWorks mead maker, Martin has been honing his craft since 1994 and has won several awards for his meads.
Last week you may have seen “me too” posts throughout your social media channels. Women -- and some men -- used the words to share personal stories of sexual harassment and assault. One in four women and one in six men are reported survivors of sexual abuse, but a staggering 60 percent of sexual assaults are not reported to police.
Brave Step was established in 2014 by Crystal Emerick, a survivor of sexual abuse, who found hope and healing through her own experience in therapy. She made a commitment to provide such service to those who do not have access to such services or cannot afford them.
When your child is diagnosed with autism, there are services to assist parents and there are resources through the schools.
But what happens when your autistic child is about to graduate high school? That's when services and resources begin to dwindle and 35 percent of young adults (ages 19-23) with autism have not had a job or received post-secondary education.
Margaret and Erik Neelsen cofounded Autism After 18 in May 2016 to help young adults with autism progress toward independent lives. Their son Ryan was in high school and they begin to look at what his next steps would be.
Charlotte morning radio hosts Ace & TJ provide entertainment each morning to multitudes of listeners. But once a year, they shift their focus and put smiles on the faces of terminally ill or chronically disabled children and their families.
Since 2000, Ace & TJ's Grin Kids has taken more than 400 terminally ill or chronically disabled children and their families on an all-expense paid trip to Disney World. An experience that otherwise could not have happened for these deserving families.
Each year the organization charters an airplane fly Grin Kids and families to Orlando so everyone can travel together.
In 2016, Mecklenburg County reported 66,454 people with disabilities. In October SHARE Charlotte’s Spotlight Series focuses on local organizations providing support, care, education and advocacy for our neighbors living with disabilities. See who they are and find ways to help. #CelebrateAbilities
Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids
Dedicated to enriching the lives of terminally ill or chronically disabled children.
Combines movement instruction with educational and medical expertise, creating new techniques to teach children with disabilities and enhance their quality of life.
Urban Ministry Center is dedicated to bringing the community together to end homelessness, one life at a time. Urban Ministry Center provides basic services for our neighbors experiencing homelessness including a soup kitchen, laundry, showers, mail, telephone, and counseling to take specific steps necessary to end homelessness.
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