Invisible Disabilities in the News with IDA Founder, Wayne Connell

IDA on Comcast Newsmakers

Comcast Newsmakers reporter, Beverly Weaver, interviews Invisible Disabilities Association Founder and President, Wayne Connell about invisible disabilities. This interview aired several times in September 2013.

It’s Not An Illusion! Debilitating illness and pain is real, even though we can’t always “see” it; and we need to believe in and love the people living with them.

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe.

 

About Wayne

Wayne is the Founder & President of the Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA). His inspiration for IDA is His wife, Sherri, who lives with Multiple Sclerosis, Lyme Disease, Neurological Chemical Intolerance, Traumatic Brain Injury and Anaphylaxis Food Allergies. Wayne is the Author of the booklet, But You LOOK Good! How to Encourage and Understand People Living with Illness and Pain. He has spoken at seminars, conferences, health fairs and banquets to create awareness, education and support. His personal experience includes that of a professional, multi-tasking husband caregiver with an extensive background in management, media and technology. This man on a mission quickly launched IDA into a world-wide outreach for millions living with invisible disabilities. Wayne and the IDA Executive and Advisory Teams reach out to others living with illness, pain and injury around the world. They bring encouragement and awareness about invisible disabilities to friends, family, co-workers and businesses through websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, seminars, events, videos, radio and social networks.

Ed Greene, CBS4 Weather and News Anchor to Emcee Awards Night

Ed Greene, CBS4 News and Weather

Ed Greene, CBS4 Weather and News Anchor

Press Release

Ed Greene, CBS4 Weather and News Anchor to Emcee Local Awards Night

Lone Tree, CO - October 10, 2013. Will are thrilled to announce that Ed Greene, CBS4 Weather and News Anchor, will be the Master of Ceremonies for the 2013 Invisible Disabilities Association Honor Awards Banquet on October 24, 2013 at the Denver Marriott South in Lonetree.

The evening will include nine IDA Award Recipients who are incredible individuals and businesses making a difference for people living with disabilities. Also enjoy exciting entertainment from Illusionists, David and Teesha Laflin, as well as a Silent and LIVE Auction and a delicious dinner and dessert with Honorary Chairs, Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons and Jack Fitzgibbons.

Ed is the senior member of Denver’s working media and has been a Denver TV Newscaster for over 32 years. Ed says he loves his job and Colorado’s always-changing weather. In rain, shine, sleet or snow, you’ll find Ed Greene on CBS4 newscasts at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. He also does weather for Denver’s KYGO radio.

Ed is one of the most recognizable and involved TV personalities in the community. In fact, he donates his time to emcee 60 to 70 events a year for local non-profit organizations and is a prominent figure at many local functions.

When asked about his involvement Ed says,

“I feel a responsibility to give back to the community. Doing that is what has kept me going all these years. The community has been good to me and in return I donate my time so that local non-profit organizations can raise money and awareness for good causes. I feel it’s the right thing to do.”

Be a sponsor or purchase individual seats. Everyone is welcome! Don’t forget to invite your co-workers and friends!

The IDA Team

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization that has been encouraging, educating and connecting people and organizations touched by illness, injury and disabilities around the world since 1997. IDA provides awareness, articles, pamphlets, booklets, radio interviews, videos, seminars, events, resources, an online social network and much more.

Contact the IDA Team: Go to the Contact Page on the Invisible Disabilities Association website. Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at: www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

Illusionists Illuminate Evening for People Living with Illness and Pain

Illusionists, David and Teesha Laflin

Illusionists, David and Teesha Laflin

Press Release

Colorado Illusionists Illuminate the Lives of People Living with Illness and Pain

Denver, CO – October 10, 2013. It’s Not An Illusion! Debilitating illness and pain is real, even though we can’t always “see” it.

Illusionists, David and Teesha Laflin will be making things “appear” in honor of millions of people living with various conditions becoming “Invisible No More” at the 2013 It’s Not An Illusion Awards Banquet on October 24, 2013 at the Denver Marriott South in Lone Tree.

Since 2002, internationally recognized illusionists, David and Teesha Laflin have entertained and inspired audiences through their creative blend of both classic and cutting-edge illusions. They have performed all across the United States and on five different continents. Their programs have been featured at numerous conferences and conventions throughout the world and have reached large-scale audiences through their television appearances. Last year they performed for the Women’s NCAA Final Four in Denver. In addition, David and Teesha are the creators of several illusion training DVD’s and the authors of the popular book “ILLUSIONS.”

The evening will highlight nine IDA Award Recipients who are incredible individuals and businesses making a difference for people living with disabilities. Also enjoy a Silent and LIVE Auction and a delicious dinner and dessert with Honorary Chairs, Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons and Jack Fitzgibbons and Emcee, Ed Greene, CBS4 Weather and News Anchor.

Join us and invite your friends, doctors and neighbors for a thrilling evening for a great cause!

The IDA Team

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization that has been encouraging, educating and connecting people and organizations touched by illness, injury and disabilities around the world since 1997. IDA provides awareness, articles, pamphlets, booklets, radio interviews, videos, seminars, events, resources, an online social network and much more.

Contact the IDA Team: Go to the Contact Page on the Invisible Disabilities Association website. Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at: www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

My First TV Interview

Angela Pierce TV InterviewRecently, I was a guest on a local TV program hosted by Scott Kaplan and Amber Mesker.  It was the first time I had ever been interviewed.  I did not realize how simple the set up was, as I expected to see a lot more cameras, lights and noise.  It was a simple set and very quiet.

I was asked to come on and tell my story about my accident.  When the interview began, I thought it would be about how to motivate people via my story, but instead it was an account of what actually happened.  I took a moment in my mind to figure out how to bring motivation to the story, so I referenced the moment when I was put in the ambulance and told Scott and Amber that my thoughts were centered on survival.  Instead of laying in a hospital, I’ll be laying in the sun and enjoying the weather.

The way I thought I could motivate people was to tell them that the most important thing when facing tragedy was to tell yourself, “don’t give up.  You’ll have your day in the sun if you hold on to life.”  After almost thirty years, I still tell myself that same message and find it to be very helpful to me as new challenges and struggles surface.

In conclusion, here’s the message for you, the readers:  When difficulty or tragedy strikes, realize that there are many different ways you can respond.  The most important thing to remember is that you can tell yourself is that it will be OK.  The moment won’t last forever.  You are worth more than the price of the trauma!

RESOURCE

U-T San Diego – Front Page with Scott & Amber. Watch Angela’s interview. January 14, 2013.

About Angela Pierce

In 1985, Angela Pierce survived a 125-foot free fall while mountain climbing, breaking her bones in 168 places. Her story of survival is a miracle. The lessons she has learned over the last 27 years are an incredible inspiration to others who must climb their own mountains every day. Visit her website, Falling Off the Mountain.

A Tick Bite Changed My Life Forever

A Tick Bite Changed My Life Forever - Huffington Post 12-12-2012 Set 2HuffPost LIVE produced by The Huffington Post a video interview and article with Wayne Connell, the founder and president of the Invisible Disabilities Association (my hubby) and me.

The show was titled, “A Tick Bite Changed My Life Forever” and was hosted by Nancy Redd.

Holy Toledo! How cool is that! As of today, it has 117,771 views! Although I mention Lyme, the interview is really about ALL living with debilitating illness and pain, no matter what their diagnosis. Most of all, it is about helping friends and family better understand.

The Huffington Post wrote:

Sherri Connell, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis & Lyme Disease, and her husband Wayne Connell, the Founder & President of Invisible Disabilities Association, joined HuffPost Live to tell Nancy Redd Sherri’s story of contracting her illnesses through a tick bite and how they have turned it into a positive thing by founding an organization to help those with disabilities.

“When I was fourteen I was bit by a tick but at the time I didn’t know it,” Connell told Redd. “But, I started feeling chronic pain soon after.”

“I fell in love with her and we got married in ’94. And in ’96 she coined the phrase, “Invisible disabilities,” said her husband Connell.

The show was produced by the Huffington Post with excerpts from the HuffPost Live episode from December 11, 2012 entitled, “Not Handicapped Enough.” Interviewed for this segment was Wayne, Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN and Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and was hosted by Nancy Redd. Read full story!

Watch the 3 minute show, “A Tick Bite Changed My Life Forever” below! Share it with friends, family and groups to increase awareness and send a message to the media that these are the kinds of articles people want to hear and read about!

RESOURCES

Invisible Disabilities Association

HuffPost LIVE

The Huffington Post

Not Handicapped Enough

About Sherri Connell

Sherri has always been an extremely active person. She used to cheer-lead, sing and dance in musicals, act in commercials, model in fashion shows, work multiple jobs and obtained 3 college degrees. However, she has been unable to work or care for her daily needs since 1991, due to Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and Chronic-Late Lyme Disease. Sherri also lives with Chemical Injury, which causes her to be very isolated from family and friends. Her unbearable and disabling pain, fatigue and cognitive disorders are unrelenting 24x7. Sherri desires to help others better understand debilitating conditions, as she shares her story and information about her illnesses. Despite her daily pain and losses, Sherri's writings and videos come to life with her humor and positive attitude. Sherri's journey and struggles for others to understand her disability have inspired her husband, Wayne, to reach out to millions of others like Sherri, through the Invisible Disabilities Association. Sherri is not a medical professional, please seek advice from your doctor before making any changes to healthcare or lifestyle.

IDA on HUFFPOST LIVE News

HUFFPOST LIVE IDA Wayne Connell 12-11-2012.Press Release

IDA Invited to be a Special Guest on HUFFPOST LIVE News

Parker, CO – December 12, 2012. Wayne Connell, Founder and President of the Invisible Disabilities Association was honored to be a Special Guest on HUFFPOST LIVE produced by THE HUFFINGTON POST.

Nancy Redd hosted this informative broadcast entitled, “Not Handicapped Enough.

Joining Wayne was Hall of Fame Speaker, Humorist and Nurse, Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN. Karyn is also an IDA Advisory Board Member, author of the book series, “What’s So Funny About…” and founder of Journal of Nursing Jocularity. Karyn has spoken at several of IDA’s events and was the recipient of the 2009 IDA Healthcare Award. She is the past President of the Association of Applied Therapeutic Humor and teaches nurses, businesses and people living with illness and pain how to use humor as stress-relief and therapy.

Wayne’s wife, Sherri was also invited to share her insights and perspectives on living with invisible disabilities. Sherri lives with Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic-Late Lyme Disease and Chemical Injury. Once a very active young woman, singing and dancing in musicals, achieving multiple college degrees and enjoying her career, Sherri has been unable to care for her own daily needs since 1991. Sherri and Wayne were married in 1994.

HUFFPOST LIVE producers were inspired to air this episode after reading an article from Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, “I May Be Disabled, But People Don’t Think I’m Blind Enough.” Elsa was also a Special Guest on the evening’s program.

Thank you goes out to HUFFPOST LIVE and THE HUFFINGTON POST for airing this valuable information and awareness! WATCH HERE!

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization that has been encouraging, educating and connecting people and organizations touched by invisible disabilities around the world since 1997. IDA provides awareness, articles, pamphlets, booklets, radio interviews, videos, seminars, events, resources, an online social network and much more.

Contact the IDA Team: Go to the Contact Page on the Invisible Disabilities Association website. Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at: www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

ARTICLE RESOURCES

Association of Applied Therapeutic Humor

Chemical Injury

Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

HUFFPOST LIVE

THE HUFFINGTON POST

I May Be Disabled, But People Don’t Think I’m Blind Enough.

Journal of Nursing Jocularity

Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN

Invisible Disabilities Association

SherriConnell.com

What’s So Funny About…

Wayne Connell

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

CEO of MasTec Helps Employee with Fibromyalgia on Undercover Boss

Jose Mas CEO MasTec Screenshot from CBS Undercover Boss

Jose Mas, CEO of MasTec, Inc. helped an employee with Fibromyalgia on the Undercover Boss show, which aired on May  11, 2012.

Jose found out one of his employees, Wendy, lives with Fibromyalgia. Wendy told Jose when he was under cover that she felt like she had lost her smile, due to damage from medications she uses for Fibromyalgia. Jose not only gave her the time off to get her teeth fixed, but said he was also willing to pay the full costs to get them fixed, no matter if it totaled $20 – $25,000.

Wendy’s husband also works for MasTec and she had shared with Jose that they are struggling with $30 – $35,000 in debt. So, Jose gave them $30,000 to pay off their current debts.

Jose told Wendy, “I am going to give you $30,000 so you can feel good about having your teeth done and don’t have to feel that is taking away from something else.”

Clip from Undercover Boss. Watch Full Episode.

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

CEO of FastSigns Helps Families Battling Illness on Undercover Boss

Catherine Monson, CEO FASTSIGNS. Screenshot CBS Undercover Boss Video

Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS was very generous to her employees on Undercover Boss, which aired on May 5, 2012.

One of FASTSIGN’s employes, Sheldon, is engaged to be married. His fiance, Michelle has battled cancer, a collapsed lung and has undergone radiation and chemo. Sheldon shared when Catherine was undercover that they are struggling financially to afford a wedding and to pay her medical bills.

At the end of the show, when Catherine revealed her identity, she told Sheldon she wanted them to have the “Honeymoon of your dreams.” She gave them $10,000. Catherine brought up Sheldon’s loyalty to Michelle and he said, “That’s what you sign up for. For better or for worse.”

Catherine told him that she wanted to also give him $50,000 to pay their medical bills. She said, “It would be my dream that I could sometime in my future find a man who would stand by me, like you’ve stood by Michelle.” Sheldon replied, “Well, everyone should have somebody like that.”

Catherine also gave $15,000 to one of her employees, Scott, so that he and his wife, Julie can spend more time at home with Julie, who has Multiple Sclerosis and their daughter Maya. She also gave them $10,000 to help with future college expenses for Maya.

Catherine’s brother, Charles Monson, was in a surfing accident when he was 16 years old, which resulted in a broken neck and paralysis from the shoulders down. Charles is the Founder of Wheels of Mercy, a non-profit organization that provides wheelchairs and walkers to those who need them!

Thank you, Catherine, for being so giving to your employees! And, thank you, Charles, for reaching out to help others in need!

Clip from Undercover Boss. Watch full episode here.

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

‘American Idol’ Contestant, Heejun Han Loves Working with Special Needs Children

Screenshot from Audition Video Copyright 'American Idol'

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Season 11 ‘American Idol’ contestant, 22 year old Heejun Han is originally from Korea and now lives in Flushing, New York. Heejun said:

I was inspired to do this audition, because I work at a non-profit organization for kids with special needs. I wanted to prove to them that if you really, really want something and you really really believe in it, you can be someone” (Heejun’s Interview After His First Audition).

Later in the competition, Heejun admitted:

I had a bad depression, but the kids and the organization just pulled me out from there, so I just had to give something back to them. Without those kids I wouldn’t even have motivation to come out here and do all this kind of stuff. I’m not only doing this for myself. I could say that 100%, this is for the kids and it just makes me so happy” (Sing for Your Life – Heejun Han).

Heejun auditioned for ‘American Idol’ in Pittsburgh. Before his auditions, Heejun said about the other contestants, “I thought I was a little good, but they’re just crazy good” (Audition in Pittsburgh). Heejun sang, “How am I Supposed to Live Without You” by Michael Bolton.

He seemed a bit nervous, but delivered a very smooth and heartfelt song and the judges were absolutely impressed! Steven said, “Heejun, man, you sing great” Jennifer agreed, “You have a beautiful voice! I love you!” and Randy added, “On a serious note. I am really impressed and shocked!” Steven chimed in again with, “Ya, I think you’re really great. I think you could be an ‘American Idol.” Heejun was taken back by the comments and said, “Wow! Nobody told me that kind of stuff!” (Heejun’s Audition in Pittsburgh).

All three judges, Randy JacksonJennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler sent Heejun straight to Hollywood!

Heejun has a very dry and sarcastic sense of humor, talking about everything from the other contestants being so talented to how “pretty” and good looking they are. He said in Hollywood:

I got here and everyone’s SO tall, SO pretty. Even the guys are so pretty, I don’t know why. I don’t know what they eat, but they’re so good looking!

At one point, Ryan Seacrest asked him what he was sweating in the competition. Heejun answered, “Mostly water.”

Heejun seemed to sail right through Hollywood week, except for his personality clashes with country singer, Richie Law. Although the group seemed to be challenged, their performance got them all onto the next round. Again, Heejun’s dry sense of humor came out as he talked about the “cowboy” in his group. Nonetheless, he did apologize to Richie and his parents for his behavior on camera.

Heejun made it in the Top 24.  During his interview he talked about how excited his mom was when he told her the news! Then Heejun added:

The greatest thing that I am worrying about is a “stereo-type” that they’re going to have towards me; like an Asian stereo-type. But I hope I can break that. And if they can just see me as a singer, not as a type of person. Don’t watch the music, but listen to the music. You know?”

Heejun, we think every person has something unique and special about them. There is only one you; embrace all you have been given and all you are!

UPDATE 3/29/12 – Sad to report that Heejun was sent home tonight. He was in the Bottom 3 with Hollie Cavanagh and Skylar Laine. We are sad to see you, go Heejun! Congratulations for making it to the Top 9, for staying true to yourself and for encouraging those around you to reach out to others!

Heejun said during his Curtain Call Interview:

The reason I started out this competition was to prove that if you truly believe in yourself you can become someone regardless of who you are. And if you do something for others, the outcome is something beyond imagination. I hope I impacted at least one person. So, go out there and help other people, because they’re not far away, they are right next to you in your neighborhood. Alright guys! Stay crazy, stay humble, stay cool, stay relaxed, stay who you are … cuz this is just the beginning. Let’s do this together again!

UPDATE 3/28/12 – After Heejun had been given lots of flack about his not “taking the competition seriously,” he came back full force. Heejun won’t stop being entertaining self, but the judges and mentors encouraged him to get serious and show what he can do. So, Heejun did just that with this very appropriate song and message, “A Song for You” by Donny Hathaway during the Top 9 performance show. The judges loved it.

UPDATE 3/22/12 – Heejun was in the Bottom 3 this week for the first time. Joining him was DeAndre Brackenstick and Erika Van Pelt. Although Erika belted out an amazing vocal and the judges loved it, she was sent home.

UPDATE 3/21/12 – The Top 10 perform. Heejun broke way out of his ballad streak and took over the stage. It was Billy Joel night and Heejun sang, “My Life.” The judges thought it was entertaining and fun, but didn’t show off his voice as they know he can sing.

UPDATE 3/15/12 – Although during the performance night, Randy pegged Heejun for being at risk for going home, Heejun was not even in the Bottom 3. Instead, Heejun made it into the coveted Top 10, allowing him to go on the American Idol tour.

UPDATE 3/14/12 – Heejun sang, “Right Here Waiting” by Richard Marx at the Top 11 show.

This show turned out to be the Top 11, because Jermaine Jones was removed from the competition for not having been forthright about his past history with four outstanding warrants from the police. According to the Huffington Post, three were for giving the police a false name (once when they responded to a fight, once from when he was riding in a car that was pulled over and another time when he was driving with a suspended license). The other was for not showing up for a court date.

UPDATE 3/8/12 – Out of the Top 13 (7 guys and 6 gals), Heejun was not in the bottom 6 (3 guys, 3 gals). He whisked right through again!

UPDATE 3/7/12 – Heejun sang, “All In Love is Fair” by Stevie Wonder for the Top 13 Performance night. Jennifer said, “I love you! I loved you from the first time you sang for me and I still love you now. ” Steven said, “Heejun! Fantastic! I love your voice, man. Somethin’ about it’s real special. Keep it up.” Randy added, “Dude! It wasn’t perfect, but it was REALLY good!”

UPDATE 3/1/12 – Heejun made it into the Top 10 by America’s votes! Joining him are Colton Dixon, Elise Testone, Hollie Cavanagh, Jermaine Jones, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips, Shannon Magrane and Skylar Laine. Then the judges let six more kids “sing for their lives.” The judges each picked one more contestant to join the Top 10, to make a Top 13: Jeremy Rosado, Erika Van Pelt and Deandre Brackensick.

UPDATE 2/28/12 – Heejun sang, “I’m Loving Angels Instead” by Jessica Simpson. Heejun did a great job! The judges agreed, but commented that the song didn’t show off all of his capabilities. As promised, an additional male vocalist was added to the round. Formerly disqualified, Jermaine Jones was asked to return for another chance. On Wednesday, the Top 12 girls will have a chance to sing. On Thursday, the Top 25 (previously the Top 24) will be narrowed down to the Top 12. Ten will be chosen by America’s votes and two by the judges.

UPDATE 2/23/12 – Heejun sails into the Top 24 with his rendition of “New York State of Mind” by Billy Joel.

Also going into the Semi-Finals are Aaron Marcellus, Adam Brock, Baylie Brown, Brielle Von Hugel, Chase Likens, Chelsea Sorrell, Colton Dixon, Creighton Fraker, Deandre Brackensick, Eben Franckewitz, Elise Teston, Erika Van Pelt, Haley Johnsen, Hallie Day, Hollie Cavanagh, Jen Hirsh, Jeremy Rosado, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips, Reed Grimm, Shannon Magrane, Skylar Laine. On Tuesday February 28th, they will be announcing a Surprise Save, as they add another boy into the Semi-Finals who was previously sent home.

UPDATE 2/16/12 – Heejun moved on to the next rounds as the contestants went from 70 to 42.

UPDATE 2/15/12 – Heejun survived Hollywood week and moved on to Las Vegas!

UPDATE 2/15/12 – Heejun made it through group rounds! 97 other contestants joined him, including Jennifer Malsh, Cari Quoyeser, Reed Grimm, Nick Boddingtom, Creighton Fraker, Aaron Marcellus, Jen Hirsh, Shannon Magrane, Joshua Ledet, Brielle Von Hugel, Amber Holcomb, Mathenee Treco, Ariel Sprague, Eben Franckewitz, David Leathers, Jr., Jeremy Rosado, Gabi Carrubba, Johnny Keyser, Heejun Han, Jairon Jackson, Richie Law, Phillip Phillips, Colton Dixon, Adam Brock, Skylar Laine and many more.

VIDEOS:


Heejun’s Farewell Message

Heejun sings, “A Song for You” by Donny Hathaway during the Top 9 performance show

Heejun in the Top 10 Singing, “My Life” by Billy Joel.


Heejun in the Top 11 Singing, “Right Here Waiting” by Richard Marx.


Heejun Han in 60 Seconds


Heejun Singing “All In Love is Fair” by Stevie Wonder During the Top 13 Performance Show


Top 13 Group Singing “As” by Stevie Wonder.


Recap of Top 13 Performance Night


Heejun’s Interview After Making it Into the Top 13


Heejun sings, “Angels” by Jessica Simpson in the Top 24


Recap of Top 12 Guys, Plus the Surprise Addition of Jermaine.

Heejun Han Interview After Being Selected for the Top 24.


Heejun’s Interview and Solo in Las Vegas, Before the Top 24 was Announced. Heejun sang, “New York State of Mind” by Billy Joel.


Las Vegas Round – “I Only Have Have Eyes for You” by The Flamingos. Neco Starr, Jairon Jackson, Heejun Han and Phillip Phillips.


MIT aka “Most International Team” Group Night in Hollywood Singing, “Broken Strings” by James Morrison. Richie Law, Jairon Jackson, Heejun Han and Phillip Phillips.



Recap of Hollywood Week – Group Night


Hollywood Week – Round 1


Hollywood Week – Moments That Make You Smile


Heejun’s Interview After His First Audition.


Heejun’s Audition in Pittsburgh. A Must See!


Recap of Pittsburgh Auditions

ARTICLE RESOURCES:

Quotes from Videos Posted on This Page.

Photo: Screenshot from ‘American Idol’ Audition Video. Copyright ‘American Idol.’

American Idol Official Website

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Heejun Han’s Facebook Page

MilAl Mission in New York

ADDITIONAL STORIES on IDA:

Shelby Tweten, Teen with Bipolar on ‘American Idol.’

Living with Asperger’s and Tourette’s: James Durbin Contestant on ‘American Idol.’

Living with TBI: ‘American Idol’ Contestant, Chris Medina, Stands by Fiance

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

IDA President in Documentary “Invisible Wounds, Invisible Disabilities”

Press Release

IDA President in Documentary, “Invisible Wounds, Invisible Disabilities”

Parker, CO – January 20, 2012. IDA Founder and President, Wayne Connell, was interviewed for the mini-documentary public service announcement (PSA), Invisible Wounds, Invisible Disabilities: The Realities of War.

This film “brings light to the most misunderstood and prevalent wounds of war” (MultiWriters). It interviews many amazing warriors who have experienced invisible injuries such as PTSD and traumatic brain injury. Connell shares about invisible disabilities and how the “invisible-ness” can tend to make people not believe that the illness, injury or disability is real.

Let us remember those who serve and who have served. May we also give time, efforts, love and understanding to those who have come home to a whole new battle with injuries, PTSD and/or TBI.

Invisible Wounds, Invisible Disabilities: The Realities of War
Includes an interview with IDA President, Wayne Connell
Copyrighted © 2011 by Montalván & Associates, LLC.
Luis Carlos Montalván, New York Times Bestselling Author of Until Tuesday.

Until Tuesday: The March of Advocacy
Much of this video was filmed at the 2011 IDA Awards Banquet.
Copyrighted © 2011 by Montalván & Associates, LLC.
Luis Carlos Montalván, New York Times Bestselling Author of Until Tuesday.

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

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The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

IDA 2011 Keynote Speaker, Luis Carlos Montalván on David Letterman

Keynote Speaker for IDA’s 2011 Banquet, Luis Carlos Montalván and his Service Dog Tuesday were on the Late Show with David Letterman in July.

Fmr Capt. Luis Carlos Montalván is the author (with Bret Witter) of Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him. The book debuted on the the New York Times Best Sellers List!

This book is a story about one soldier’s battle after the war, with several debilitating wounds including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. Until Tuesday came into Luis’ life, he could barely leave the house due to Agoraphobia. Read this incredible, real-life “tail” of how Tuesday rescued Luis and how they are bringing awareness and hope to others living with invisible disabilities!

Don’t miss Luis as Keynote Speaker at the 2011 IDA Honor Awards Banquet 10/2/2011 in Denver!

ARTICLE RESOURCES:

Luis and Tuesday on the Late Show with David Letterman in July (watch clip on YouTube).

Meet Luis and Tuesday at the IDA Awards Banquet 10/2/2011

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Check Luis and Tuesday’s Event Schedule for an Appearance Near You

CNN: Fmr. Army Captain: Dog saved my life

CNN: Service dogs essential to military

East Coast Assistance Dogs (where Luis found Tuesday).

IDA’s Service Animal Page

Luis Carlos Montalvan Received 2011 VOICE Award

New ADA Revisions Limit “Service Animals” to Dogs

Project HEAL – Service Dogs for Wounded Warriors

Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him – Book

Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him – Video

Woman with Cryoglobulinemia and Her Service Dog Bring Hope to Others

What Makes An Animal More Than Just a Pet? Pamphlet from IDA

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George Clooney Battles Pain, Insomnia and Bouts of Loneliness

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IDA Keynote Speaker, Luis Carlos Montalván on David Letterman

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About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

Secret Millionaire, Marc Paskin, Gives to Woman with Invisible Disability

This is Not a Story About Money, but of a Man Who Learned That Giving Time and Love is Priceless.

ABC TV’s hit show, the Secret Millionaire sends millionaires out to experience a life on

a very small budget and with the goal of finding amazing organizations doing incredible work in their community.

On the show that aired March 13, 2011, San Diego millionaire Marc Paskin embarked on an adventure that taught him some valuable lessons he will never forget.

“Marc Paskin came from a poor family and worked his way through college. He used his life savings of a thousand bucks for a down payment on a duplex. That was the start of a career in buying and selling real estate that turned him into a multi-millionaire” (ABC Secret Millionaire). Paskin is now a Real Estate Investor at The Paskin Group. He and his wife, Marsha were married for 28 years until she tragically passed away due to diabetes.

Paskin was sent to Detroit, Michigan for 6 days, with no credit cards and only $40 cash for groceries. Set out to meet people making a difference in the lives of others, Paskin met and volunteered with three different organizations.

First, he met Beverly at Young Detroit Builders, who focus on youth who have lived a challenging life and train them to manage their finances and how to do various construction jobs. YDB rehabilitates or builds new homes for low income families and people with disabilities. In the past 17  years, they have rebuilt 800 homes. At the end of the show, Paskin presented YDB with a check for $40,000.

Another group Paskin discovered was The Man Network, which uses volunteers from the neighborhood to patrol by car and foot. Their presence helps keep the neighborhood safer.  At the end of the show, Paskin presented them with a check for $10,000.

Seemingly Paskin’s most touching experience was through meeting John from Really Living. This organization gives uninsured patients free transportation to medical appointments and some household help. So, Paskin signed up and picked up Matt for his dialysis.

During this appointment, Paskin met Courtney, a 24 year old mom on dialysis. Courtney had a kidney transplant four years prior, which went into failure three years before the show. Marc asked how he could help Courtney who shared she needed help with moving some things in her house to the storage. She said, ”Anything you do would be wonderful for me.”

Many living with debilitating conditions value a bit of time someone can spend with them to give a little help around the house or just be there as a friend. Loved ones often think it takes a ton of time or effort, but it is the little things that can bring joy to those whose battle illness and pain. Paskin commented, “I was not only helping her with chores around the house, but spending some time letting her know people care about her … care about her daughter.”

While  spending time with Courtney, she shared about her 4 year old  daughter, London, who was born at  27 weeks weighing only 1 lb 10  oz  and had an emergency colostomy.  London was in the hospital 2 months  then Courtney’s transplant  failed.  Paskin commented, “I just feel bad  about what she has to go through in  life.”

At the end of the show, Paskin gave John at Really Living $40,000. In addition, he surprised everyone when he gave the last check to Courtney and her daughter in the amount of $20,000. Paskin said, “I see what she’s going through and she breaks my heart and i wanted to do something nice for her.”

To wrap up the show, Paskin shared a few things he discovered while on this mission. He said:

“I’ve always thought it’s good to do good things for people, but maybe I didn’t quite realize how much they appreciate it and how important it is. So I’ve learned a lot.” Paskin added, “Not everybody has money they can give away, but everybody can give some of their time and some of their love to people and it would be a better world if everybody would do that.”

These are words that we can take to heart, as we think about our friend or family member or neighbor living with a debilitating condition. We can all make a difference!

ARTICLE RESOURCES:

ABC Secret Millionaire

The Man Network

The Paskin Group

Really Living

Young Detroit Builders

ADDITIONAL STORIES:

Actress Marlee Matlin Raises a Million Dollars for the Starkey Hearing Foundation

Actor Gary Busey Wins 40K for Brain Injury Center

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

IDA 2011 Keynote Speaker, Luis Carlos Montalvan, in Denver in July

IDA Attends Book Signing with Luis Carlos Montalván and his Service Dog Tuesday in Denver.

IDA’s 2011 Awards Banquet Keynote Speaker, Luis Carlos Montalván, and his Service Dog, Tuesday were at the Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver on July 12th. IDA Founder and President, Wayne Connell and Executive Team Members, Kris Harty and Neville Teagarden enjoyed attending the event.

Wayne with Luis and Tuesday

Luis is a New York Times Bestselling Author, speaker and advocate for service men and women returning home with invisible disabilities, PTSD and TBI.

ARTICLE RESOURCES:

Check Luis and Tuesday’s Event Schedule for an Appearance Near You!

Meet Luis and Tuesday at the IDA Awards Banquet 10/2/2011

Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him

Photo of Luis and Tuesday at Podium Courtesy of Stacy Johnson

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

CNN: Fmr. Army Captain: Dog saved my life

CNN: Service dogs essential to military

East Coast Assistance Dogs (where Luis found Tuesday).

IDA’s Service Animal Page

New ADA Revisions Limit “Service Animals” to Dogs

Project HEAL – Service Dogs for Wounded Warriors

Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him – Video

Woman with Cryoglobulinemia and Her Service Dog Bring Hope to Others

What Makes An Animal More Than Just a Pet? Pamphlet from IDA

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

Actress Marlee Matlin Raises a Million Dollars for the Starkey Hearing Foundation

Actress Marlee Matlin joined Donald Trump’s hit TV reality show, “Celebrity Apprentice.” On the episode that aired April 3rd, Marlee took on the role of Project Manager for her all female team, Team A.S.A.P. The challenge was to create custom handmade pieces of art to sell in a gallery.

Project Manager, John Rich, along with the men of Team Backbone, raised a very impressive amount of over $600,000. The women’s team raised just $14,000 short of one million dollars! Trump tossed a donation of $14,000 so that the donation to Matlin’s charity, the Starkey Hearing Foundation, would total one million dollars.

Another challenge the celebrities faced was to each design a hat that was to be sold at the gallery. The hats were judged and the winner, La Toya Jackson, received $25,000 to give to her charity, AIDS Project L.A. Jackson’s hat was of a depiction of her brother Michael Jackson’s glove. Jackson also gave her personal shirt which was a gift from her brother Michael and one of only two like it, to their cause, which in turn sold for ninety nine thousand dollars.

Although Team A.S.A.P. won the challenge, Trump allowed the money that Team Backbone raised to go to their project manager, John Rich‘s charity, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Nevertheless, someone on the team was to be fired and it was Richard Hatch.

Matlin became deaf at 18 months old. At 21 years old, Matlin was the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar for her starring role in the movie, “Children of a Lesser God.” She has also been nominated twice for both a Golden Globe and a People’s Choice Award, as well as two nominations for her guest appearances on “Seinfeld” and “Picket Fences.” Matlin is the author of several books as well.

The Starkey Hearing Foundation has helped hundreds of thousands hear better. “The donation received from ‘The Celebrity Apprentice‘ will be utilized to fund Starkey hearing missions throughout 2011 in order to provide more adults and children in need with free hearing devices. Currently there are Starkey Hearing missions planned for this spring in Colombia, Haiti, Mexico, Israel and New York City. According to the Starkey Hearing Foundation, the $1,000,000 will provide much needed funding for the Foundation to get closer to its goal of one million free hearing aids in this decade” (Starkey Press Release).

Matlin was joined on the show by fellow A.S.A.P team members: Hope Dworaczyk, La Toya Jackson, Star Jones and NeNe Leakes. Team Backbone was comprised of Project Manager, John Rich with Richard Hatch, Lil Jon, Meat Loaf, Mark McGrath and Gary Busey. Backbone team member, Jose Canseco had to leave the show before the challenge, because his father’s illness had taken a turn for the worse. Trump gave Canseco $25,000 for his charity, B.A.T. (Baseball Assistance Team) which primarily provides financial assistance for medical coverage to baseball players and their families in need.

ARTICLE RESOURCES

Celebrity Apprentice on NBC. www.nbc.com/the-apprentice/

Starkey Hearing Foundation: www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org/

Starkey Press Release: Bill Austin Receives $1,000,000 Donation on Behalf of Starkey Hearing Foundation

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Actor Gary Busey Wins $40K for Brain Injury Center

Marlee Matlin – Unscripted

Marlee Matlin Site

Marlee Matlin, Actress – Voices on Social Justice

Secret Millionaire, Marc Paskin, Gives to Woman with Invisible Disability

RELATED STORIES ON IDA

Actress Marlee Matlin Raises a Million Dollars for the Starkey Hearing Foundation

Actor Gary Busey Wins 40K for Brain Injury Center

Actress Candice Accola Gives Voice to Lyme Disease

Country Music Star, Clay Walker Diagnosed with MS

Former Professional Baseball Player, Ed Hearn, Battles Kidney Disease

George Clooney Battles Pain, Insomnia and Bouts of Loneliness

Hit Country Singer, Trace Adkins, Brings Awareness to Food Allergies

IDA Keynote Speaker, Luis Carlos Montalván on David Letterman

Kathy Buckley, Comedian, Actress, Motivational Speaker

Rocker Bret Michaels Lives with Type 1 Diabetes

Tim Tebow Makes a Difference for Youth Living with Illness and Injury


About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

Actor Gary Busey Wins 40K for Brain Injury Center

Actor Gary Busey joined Donald Trump’s hit TV reality show, “Celebrity Apprentice,” this season. On the episode that aired March 21st, Busey took on the role of project manager for his all male team, Team Backbone. The challenge was to create a display ”camping experience”  for Camping World.

Although there were several hurdles the team experienced, Busey’s team won the challenge. The prize was a $20,000 donation and $20,000 in goods from Camping World to his chosen charity, The Center for Head Injury Services in St. Louis, MO.

Busey began his movie and television acting career in the 1970′s. He was nominated for his role in the movie “The Buddy Holly Story,” as the Big Bopper in 1978.

In 1988, Busey had a serious motorcycle accident in which he sustained a fractured skull and permanent brain injury. That is why Busey chose a charity that helps those living with brain damage due to head injuries. Watch video interview with Busey as he elaborates about his choice.  The Center for Head Injury Services wrote:

“Life after a head injury is never the same. Survivors of traumatic brain injury are usually left with life long cognitive and physical impairments. They find themselves separated from the world.”

Busey is notorious for his impulsivity and unusual personality. On the show, fellow team members often complain that he is unable to “focus.” However, what people often do not understand is that with traumatic brain injuries:

“Depending on the part of the brain affected and the severity of the injury, the result on any one individual can vary greatly. Personality changes, memory and judgement deficits, lack of impulse control, and poor concentration are all common. Behavioral changes can be stressful for families and caregivers who must learn to adapt their communication techniques, established relationships, and expectations of what the impaired person can or cannot do” (Family Caregiver Alliance).

Busey was joined on the show by his team members: Jose Canseco, David Cassidy, Richard Hatch, Lil Jon, Meat Loaf, Mark McGrath and John Rich. On the opposing side, Team ASAP included: Hope Dworaczyk, La Toya Jackson, Star Jones, NeNe Leakes, Marlee Matlin, Lisa Rinna, Niki Taylor and Dionne Warwick. Several contestants have since been sent home by Trump, with his infamous statement … “You’re fired!”

ARTICLE RESOURCES

Celebrity Apprentice on NBC. www.nbc.com/the-apprentice/

The Center for Head Injury Services. www.headinjuryctr-stl.org/

Family Caregiver Alliance. “Coping with Behavior Problems after Head Injury.” www.Caregiver.org

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Actor Gary Busey Picks Maryland Heights Charity for Celebrity Apprentice

Busey Wins $40,000 for Maryland Heights-based Charity

Busey wins $40,000 for brain injury center on Celebrity Apprentice

Center for Head Injury Services to Use “Celebrity Apprentice” Winnings for General Operations

 

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The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

IDA Meets Award Winning News Anchor and Journalist, Stephanie Riggs

IDA Founder and President, Wayne Connell, had the opportunity to share his passion about those living with invisible disabilities, with News Anchor and Journalist, Stephanie Riggs.

Wayne and Stephanie talked at length about his wife Sherri’s story and how IDA is reaching out to others around the world. Stephanie seemed thrilled to hear about IDA and learn about those in which IDA touches, as she has a heart and love for people, especially those living with various life challenges.

Stephanie has an award winning background as a local TV news anchor,  journalist and author.  She anchored the news for more than 20 consecutive years around the country and has earned dozens of Emmy Awards. Just a few of her awards include: An Emmy Award as anchorwoman for #1 rated evening newscast CBS Denver, two time recipient of the Journalistic Enterprise Emmy, two time recipient of the Colorado Broadcast Association’s Citizen of the Year for Community service, Pepperdine University’s Most Distinguished Alumnus and Producer of five documentaries honored in The Museum of Broadcast Communication.Since 2007 Stephanie has been hosting Denver’s Movers and Shakers on VISTA TV Denver and in 2010 she developed her own call-in radio show, Divine Calling with Stephanie Riggs on 94.7 FM KRKS.Learn more about Stephanie at: www.StephanieRiggs.comRead More Stories About the Amazing People IDA has Shared with About Invisible Disabilities

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The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

Mystery Diagnosis – Diane Dike’s Story

Part 1, 2 & 3 of Mystery Diagnosis, episode called The Woman Whose Legs Turned Black. Story about Dr. Diane Dike. Diane’s story is captivating and what she has done with her life in the midst of illness is inspiring. Diane is the Founder of Second Chance with Saving Grace, an organization that reaches out to prisons, hospitals, orphanages, pets and children. www.DianeDike.org

Videos Found Here: http://www.youtube.com/user/816585551

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The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

IDA Shares with Producer and CNN Reporter

donna-deberry-and-soledad-obrienIDA Founder and President, Wayne Connell with new friend and Producer, Donna DeBerry and CNN Reporter Soledad O’Brien April 2010 in Hollywood. Connell enjoyed sharing about IDA and those living with invisible disabilities.

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The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

Margaret Aranda-Ferrante, MD – Eyewitness LATV NEWS

filmA story about Dr. Margaret’s mysterious illness and her determination do research and spread awareness. News story by LATV News. Dr. Ferrante now dedicates her life to helping others with Dysautonomia/POTS.

“Dysautonomia ME validation real disease unknown frustrating frustration suicide depression wheelchair walker cane naps rest hydration low blood volume eat more salt not intended as medical advice ask your doctor lots of love = LOL” Dr. Margaret Ferrante

Video Found at: http://www.youtube.com/user/DysautonomiaMD

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The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

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