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John Robinson

Let's Startup N.Y. Together!

John Robinson | Posted 07.20.2014 | New York
John Robinson

In one month, we will be crossing New York State in our Journey Along the Erie Canal again in support of opportunities for all abilities. As we prepar...

Shocking Photo by Shaq -- No One Cares, They Care About Donald Sterling!

John Robinson | Posted 06.30.2014 | Sports
John Robinson

Advocacy against discrimination for individuals with disabilities is the last frontier against personal hate in America; it's time to channel our collective outrage at making a difference.

See The Trailer For Brittany Murphy's Final Movie

Posted 04.01.2014 | Entertainment

Brittany Murphy had wrapped another film before her untimely death in 2009, and it has been sitting on the shelf ever since. Now, "Something Wicked" w...

Strong Words, But Where Is the Follow Up?

John Robinson | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
John Robinson

In a time when funding continues to be cut for disability programs in states, here is an opportunity to show economic growth for people with disabilities.

Nick Springer: Quad Amputee and Paralympian

John Robinson | Posted 11.10.2012 | Impact
John Robinson

At age 14, bacterial meningococcal meningitis took four limbs from Nick Springer. It didn't take his determination.

School Yard Pranks Are Unacceptable

John Robinson | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics
John Robinson

Our Ability is neutral politically. I try to be neutral politically. Disability does NOT discriminate. However, it sounds like one of our political leaders in the United States does, or did.

Take a Stand against Bullying Children with Disabilities

John Robinson | Posted 05.27.2012 | Parents
John Robinson

If you see someone being picked on, tell someone. Stand up for those who need it.

Her Ability to Connect: Lacey Tompkins Inspires

John Robinson | Posted 04.03.2012 | Impact
John Robinson

Lacey Tompkins came to us from an impromptu meeting with Dave Kerpen at Likeable Media in New York. I read Dave's book this past summer as I was buil...

Our Ability: Lieutenant Brown's Journey

John Robinson | Posted 02.29.2012 | Impact
John Robinson

Lieutenant Ian James brown exemplifies perseverance. As a person with a physical disability, he has overcome an amazing physical challenge in a very short period of time.

Enough of the Freak Show Oprah

John Robinson | Posted 02.19.2012 | Entertainment
John Robinson

If you watch TV today, you still get the Little People with the family conflict. You do not get the education, family or business.

The Bad of The Good Wife and Television!

John Robinson | Posted 02.14.2012 | TV
John Robinson

Good for The Good Wife -- using Mr. Fox and openly discussing but not solely focusing on his character's disability. It's also great that his character is not a saint -- just a man with good and bad traits, like all of us.

An Unemployment Injustice: The Case For Hiring People With Disabilities

John Robinson | Posted 01.04.2012 | Impact
John Robinson

November comes as National Disability Employment Awareness Month goes, but our work truly begins now! From South Dakota to Ocean City, Md., I have in ...

Crickets Chirping... Silence About the Most Vulnerable

John Robinson | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
John Robinson

In April, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities was over 20%-comparable with military veterans. You have the greatest country in the world, with a growing wealth gap and minorities, veterans and people with disabilities are losing ground.

#AskObama; #AskYourself

John Robinson | Posted 09.06.2011 | Business
John Robinson

Entrepreneurs create new services and technologies that will lead the growth of the economy. Hopefully these services and technologies will create manufacturing jobs in this country as well.

The R Word: Thank You Jane

John Robinson | Posted 07.25.2011 | Impact
John Robinson

One young woman asked me how I dealt with bullying when I was in school. Did students pick on me due to my disability?

Our Ability: Web Portal for People With Disabilities

John Robinson | Posted 05.28.2011 | Impact
John Robinson

People with disabilities have very few mentors or ways to connect with other people with disabilities. I want to help solve this problem.

Where Are You Startup America?

John Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Robinson

I am what President Obama discussed. So is Linda Erb and many, many others. My idea is what Startup America is about, based on their press releases. It's too bad they don't know it.

A Time to Reflect, and Build

John Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John Robinson

At this time of year, we are all asked to give so much. I ask you to join me in telling as many people as you can about our mission with DEFNY to educate people about people with disabilities.

I've Seen the Future, it's in Seattle!

John Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John Robinson

I spent the better part of last month speaking to businesses, disability groups, community groups, high school and university students from New York to Seattle. What a great journey!

Why 'Get Off Your Knees' is Inspirational

John Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John Robinson

As a congenital amputee, 'Get Off Your Knees' has become my personal mission statement. I was an uninspired young adult in need of motivation, just like many young people today.

Message From My Six-Year-Old: Leaders Should Lead

John Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John Robinson

On Memorial Day, as my family watched Vice President Joe Biden speak at Arlington National Cemetery, my six-year-old son asked me "Dad, why isn't the president speaking?"

Connecting with Christa: My Effort to Reach out to a Victim and a Hero

John Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Robinson

When Christa Brelsford's story was covered on CNN, I turned to Twitter and Facebook to see if I could connect with Christa. As an amputee, I wanted to reach out to her.

E-Reader Bedtime Stories

John Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
John Robinson

I was born without hands. I've spent 40 years reading on the floor. I've dreamed of being able to hold a book in bed. The e-reader has changed my life: one click of a button and I'm turning pages without hands!