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New Niche Stock Image Website, PhotoAbility, Offers Unique Photos of Models With Disabilities

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Fort Lauderdal, Florida (PRWEB) January 28, 2014

Deborah Davis, co-owner of a new stock photography website with images of people of disabilities, became part of the disabled community when a car accident left her paralyzed from the chest down at 18 years old. The 49 year-old mother of two is announcing the launch of her new niche company, PhotoAbility, whose goal is to change how the public views, accepts and welcomes people with disabilities in mainstream society around the world.

PhotoAbility features a wide selection of stock images of authentic models with disabilities focused in lifestyle, leisure and travel settings. Images available include diverse stock photos of people in wheelchairs, amputees, the hearing and visually impaired and more. These photos capture the models enjoying playgrounds, going to prom, playing sports, shopping, working, relaxing at the beach, dating and getting married, traveling and much more.

Companies from all industries in need of original images that express a message of inclusion and diversity will find an array of high quality, rights managed and royalty free stock photos from which to choose for marketing and advertising campaigns.

PhotoAbility represents the one billion people with disabilities across the globe, and is one more fighting voice for the entire disabled community. This unique market, together with their family and friends, spends billions of dollars all over the world in travel and lifestyle sectors every year. However, this powerful and growing segment of society is rarely seen or acknowledged in advertising or editorial images. PhotoAbility has resolved to bring the disabled community back into mainstream media.

Increasing the positive imagery of persons with disabilities, and those who use mobility devices such as wheelchairs, canes, walkers, guide dogs, etc., will not only encourage further inclusion and accommodation, but will help to eliminate the fear and negative stereotyping that so often permeates all levels of society.

Industry leaders, graphic design and advertising professionals and publication editors can use PhotoAbility’s offering of high quality stock photos to incorporate a renewed message of inclusion into their advertisements and publications, extending a welcoming message to this significant market of people with disabilities, their friends and families.

“Stock image buyers can now find an exclusive source for creative, positive and refreshing imagery depicting individuals, from youths to seniors, who happen to have disabilities,” said Deborah Davis, co-founder of PhotoAbility.net. “These images can depict an inclusive message to customers and show how companies value the economic impact of customers with varying physical abilities.”

At PhotoAbility.net, visitors can browse the photo gallery, purchase images or contact the company to inquire about creating custom photos shoots representing specific interests and properties. PhotoAbility can provide anything from a general photo concept to a full marketing analysis, as well as models and advice on how to authentically and realistically portray people with disabilities in a natural setting.

Photographers are invited to submit their photos for inclusion and portfolio hosting in the PhotoAbility library, as well. All photos selected can earn up to 45 percent commission on each sale.

Not sure where to start? Browse the PhotoAbility gallery or visit the site’s “Editor’s Choice” page to review a selection of photographs that reflect the beauty and uniqueness of their stock photos. Photos can be viewed individually or as part of a convenient slide show.

Increasing the positive imagery of persons with disabilities and who use mobility devices such as wheelchairs, canes, walkers, guide dogs etc., will not only encourage further inclusion by increasing awareness that we want to participate and should be equally accommodated, but will help to eliminate the fear and negative stereotyping that so often permeates all levels of society.

We, through our image gallery, hope that by increasing awareness of the value in maintaining and making structural and attitudinal changes, it will encourage and sustain the participation of those with differing abilities around the world.

We encourage you, as industry leaders, and professionals who make editorial and creative decisions to take a good look at how you can incorporate inclusion images and a welcoming message to this significant market.

PhotoAbility was established in March 2012 by Bill Forrester and Deborah Davis with the goal of providing high quality, unique, non-medically oriented imagery of persons with disabilities for purchase by the advertising, marketing and media sectors. The Commercial Stock Image Library specializes in positive and “Inclusive images of people with a disability in leisure, lifestyle and travel settings.

The 2000+ inclusive images depicted in the PhotoAbility gallery are designed to impact attitudinal bias, change perception and provide motivation to eliminate and reduce social, structural and professional barriers. A wave of change reflected in popular media and advertising can make an impact on laws and attitudes around the globe, and on how many with differing abilities view themselves.

For more information and to view PhotoAbility.net’s positive, inclusive Stock Images, please visit http://www.PhotoAbility.net.







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How long should the meteor shower be going on?

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Question by Jordyn: How long should the meteor shower be going on?
Don’t shoot this down as a stupid question. Yes, I know they are out mid august every year, but last year they continued after the main one for a while.
My main question is, will there still be some meteors next weekend? I have an event to be at where it would be nice to go see them with my group.

Best answer:

Answer by campbelp2002
The Perseid meteor shower peaks on the new-Moon night of Sunday–Monday, August 12–13.

The Perseids have a broad peak. So don’t despair if clouds are forecast for Sunday night — or if work obligations prevent you from staying up until dawn on Monday.

The meteor rate increases to roughly 30 per hour in the predawn hours on Saturday, 45 per hour on Sunday morning, and 80 per hour before the sky starts to get light on Monday morning. That’s for a single observer at a dark-sky site in the north temperate latitudes.

On any given night, activity starts slowly in the evening but picks up by 11 p.m., when the radiant gets reasonably high in the sky. The meteor rate increases steadily through the night as the radiant rises higher, peaking just before the sky starts to get light, roughly 1½ to 2 hours before sunrise.

For the most pleasant viewing experience, find a spot far from any city lights. Perseids tend to be relatively bright as meteors go, but you’ll still see more the darker your skies are. Bring a reclining chair so that you can view high in the sky in comfort; there’s no point in filling half your field of view with trees. Don’t forget warm, mosquito-proof clothes or, better, a sleeping bag. No matter how hot the days are, it can get surprisingly chilly under a clear sky late at night, especially whan you’re inactive. And for many people, the most important accessory is bug spray for the parts of you that remain exposed!

It doesn’t really matter where in the sky you watch; meteors can appear anywhere. Just watch where it’s darkest, usually straight up. It’s probably best not to stare directly at the radiant, because meteors there leave short trails.

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New smart bed, smart watch will study you while you snore

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New smart bed, smart watch will study you while you snore
Sleep Number, maker of the “as seen on TV” adjustable bed, has unveiled a new connected smart bed that tracks the quality and duration of your zzzs in order to optimize how you sleep. “It knows when you're sleeping. It knows when you're awake. It tells …
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Disruption in a Sleepy Sector
In our opinion, the new aesthetics don't succeed at making these the most attractive beds on the sales floor, but they do at least achieve aesthetic parity with the competition, which we think should actually help drive better conversion. A more subtle …
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Deals on the Dial – Week of 1/27/14
851-4766 or 851-5021; Full over full size bunk beds. Solid pine construction., Built in end ladder. Ready to paint or stain. Mattresses not included. Pictures upon request. Dubois. $ 400 firm 455-2039; Reese 10,000 lb adjustable head weight distribution …
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Sleep Country USA's Big Game Giveaway
Founded in 1991, Sleep Country USA features top-quality, brand name mattresses from Simmons, Beautyrest, Sealy, Posturepedic, Tempur-Pedic, Stearns & Foster, and Serta iComfort, as well as premium adjustable beds, futons, and wood and metal accent …
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Allied Vehicles eyes growth with £7m funding

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Allied Vehicles eyes growth with £7m funding
These include scooters, wheelchairs, specialist beds, rise and recline chairs, walking aids, kitchen and bathroom accessories, stair lifts and accessible vehicles. The store is already said to have developed a strong client base. The deal with …
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£7m boost for Allied Vehicles
The Mobility Solutions outlet, on Hawthorn Street in Glasgow , provides customers with 8,000 square feet of mobility equipment and daily living aids including scooters, wheelchairs, specialist beds, rise and recline chairs, walking aids, kitchen and …
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Is anything wrong with oral sex? (II)
Michael Douglas reportedly tested positive for HPV, and while there's no concrete link between his cancer and the STD, cases of HPV-related oral cancer are also rising among men. … That reclining chair in your dentist's room should still be your …
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Meteor shower, first of 2014, peaks on Friday
Since it will be Friday afternoon along the East Coast and noon on the West Coast, observers will have to rise before dawn or wait until after sunset, local time. Both options mean observers will see fewer … Just as with the Geminid meteor shower in …
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Latest Wheelchairs News

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Students in wheelchairs receive special desks
Students in wheelchairs receive special desks. Published at 3:51 p.m. on January 22, 2014 | Modified at 3:52 p.m. on January 22, 2014. Facebook Twitter Google Plus Reddit E-mail Print. Morgan Carr, a boy scout representing Troop 550 of Warner Robins, …
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Rotarians raise 00 for wheelchairs for Mexico's needy
Nancy Pennell, a member of the downtown Rotary Club who was in charge of the event, said the funds raised should provide 28 wheelchairs for the club to take to Tulancingo later this year. Comments. Posted by bev, a resident of Downtown on Jan 21, 2014 …
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Passenger in wheelchair denied access to AC Transit bus
You can't really make out the conversation between the AC Transit bus driver and the passenger, but it's clear the man in the wheelchair is not being allowed on board and threatens to block the bus, which he then does for several minutes. AC Transit is …
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Hong Kong Billionaire Wong Man Li Shakes Up US Furniture Market, Widens

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Hong Kong Billionaire Wong Man Li Shakes Up US Furniture Market, Widens
Hong Kong may have launched Wong, but it's been his focus on one line–reclining chairs and sofas–and a knack for working with foreign partners that has kept Man Wah on the fast track of late. A 19% rise in Man Wah's sales in 2012 in the U.S.–his No.
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The World Should Be Watching India's "Common Man" Coup
Several tents contain men on hunger strikes, each reclining on a couch and nursed by supporters, on behalf of a petition like airline employee pensions or voting rights for Indians living abroad. Despite the amplified speeches and droning chants …
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Travel: The West Bay Club, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
Victorian Ventnor is also enjoying a renaissance with its pretty beach huts and botanic gardens seeing properties on the seafront rising rapidly in value. … There is a sauna and steam room and reclining chairs to relax with magazines. I enjoyed a …
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What to do with a stained wheelchair that I loaned to a friend?

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Question by Diego: What to do with a stained wheelchair that I loaned to a friend?
My grandmother had an extra wheelchair that she out grew. My female friend had knee sugery, so I loaned it to her until she finished physical therapy. My friend had her menstrual period and didn’t clean the red stain off the chair. How can I clean her bloody stain off the chair without upsetting my grandmother!

Best answer:

Answer by Tina
First of all your friend should be taking care of cleaning the wheelchair. You are supposed to return borrowed things in the same, if not better, shape than you borrowed them in.

That being said…what was the material of the seat? Vinyl or cloth? I listed a website below that should be able to help. http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Blood-Stains

If none of these solutions work we might have a replacement seat cushion you can purchase.
http://www.scooterlink.com or call (888) 910-0444

Good luck!!

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