Together, we all have the ability to overcome personal obstacles and build stronger lives for those of us with challenges.

May 9, 2022

Our Ability Podcast: Disability and the Human Experience: Poetry, Ableism and Stephen Kuusisto

Stephen Kuusisto directs BBI’s Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach initiative. A University Professor at Syracuse, he is the author of the memoirs Planet of the Blind (a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”). A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a Fulbright Scholar, he has taught at the University of Iowa, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, and The Ohio State University. We talk to Steve after years of friendship and discuss ableism, entrepreneurship, and poetry.
May 3, 2022

Job Opportunities: New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation

NEW YORK STATE IS KNOCKING IT OUT OF THE PARKS! Come work with us, and… Be a part of the premier park system in the United States – with more than 250 state parks, historic sites, golf courses, swimming pools, beaches, campgrounds, marinas, trails, and museums and nature centers. Work in some of the most beautiful, scenic, and historic places New York State has to offer. Make a tangible impact on your community. Parks are
May 2, 2022

Our Ability Podcast: Disability and the Human Experience: A Discussion with Judith Heumann

Judith Heumann is a pioneer in the disability community and was called a “Badass” by the Washington Post.  The disability community needs more badasses!  It’s a great honor that we were able to share 30 minutes discussing disability and the human experience. Judy recently published her autobiography Being Heumann: an Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist is featured in Crip Camp and wrote a self-described children’s book titled Rolling Warrior.  We discuss the books, friendships, and what ableism means
April 25, 2022

Our Ability Podcast: Disability and the Human Experience: Doug Hamlin and Lynne Nicolson | Part 2

In the second part, we continue to explore aging with a disability. Doug Hamlin and Lynne Nicolson discuss physical therapy and aging with a disability. Doug Hamlin is an author, former business owner, consultant, and philanthropist. Doug is a quadriplegic from an injury nearly 40 years ago. Lynne is a physiatrist with Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady New York.
April 18, 2022

Our Ability Podcast: Disability and the Human Experience: Doug Hamlin and Lynne Nicolson | Part 1

In our second episode of disability in the human experience, Doug Hamlin and Lynne Nicolson discuss physical therapy and aging with a disability. Doug Hamlin is an author, former business owner, consultant, and philanthropist. Doug is a quadriplegic from an injury nearly 40 years ago. Lynne is a physiatrist with Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady New York. This is the first of two parts: part one explores the original injury and some of the thoughts towards rehabilitation. In the
April 11, 2022

Our Ability Podcast: Disability and the Human Experience: NY ABLE and Jenna McClosky

Jenna McClosky the outreach coordinator for New York ABLE. Together we discussed the human experience of disability in relation to financial needs, the New York ABLE account and where we’re going in the next five years The NY ABLE Program is a tax-advantaged savings program for individuals with disabilities and their families to save for their current or long-term needs while maintaining their ability to benefit from federal benefits programs such as SSI, SSDI, and Medicaid. Our