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By Sunrise Group on January 8, 2016

Inclusive Voices: Life Lessons For A New Year

As we are into the second week of January in 2016, people are beginning to move beyond their New Year’s resolutions which are (thankfully) no longer clouding social media with pictures of squats, kale, inspirational quotes and goals. People everywhere are declaring that this year is going to be the year they do it: the year they lose the weight, the year they quit smoking, the year they run a marathon, the year they get a 4.0 GPA, the year their career takes off. But then somewhere as we approach February things start to drag. We find excuses not to go to the gym, we get too busy to take the time to work towards our goals, things become stressful and life happens. But what if instead of setting new goals, we started recognizing and appreciating all the new life lessons that we are carrying into the new year. One self-advocate and Sunbeam Writing Club member from Cape Coral shares his “Journey.”

By Sunrise Group on January 6, 2016

Save-the-Date & Buy Your Tickets Now!!! … Sarasota Exotic Car Fest Set for February 19-21, 2016

One of the more eclectic festivals in Florida is back for another exciting event as the Sarasota’s Exotic Car Festival celebrates beauty, power and speed. Car enthusiasts, exotic car owners and adrenaline-jockeys with a “need for speed” are counting down the minutes until Southwest Florida’s signature luxury automobile event opens. For the fourth year, the 2016 Festival will benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The 2016 event will kick-off with a Luxury Lifestyle Jet Port Reception on Friday, February 19th and runs through Sunday, February 21, 2016.

By Sunrise Group on January 4, 2016

Inclusive Voices: Website Accessibility in 2016

As Sunrise kicks off a fresh new year, we are working on significant upgrades to our website and advocacy tools for 2016! The countdown is on to our re-launch in the first quarter of this year. It will feature many helpful tools for self-advocates, allies, supporters and the general public. As always, accessibility is a critical component of our upgrades. It is important to know the accessibility laws, regulations, rules, and grant requirements that may apply to any website that is developed. For instance, the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination and requires reasonable accommodations by local and state entities, including in their websites. How does your online communication effort rate on the accessibility scale? Guest blogger, Talley Wells shares his experience.