Jarrod Arencibia, videographer
Real Life Productions LLC
Real Life Productions LLC is a video production company. My name is Jarrod Arencibia, and I am the owner. Back in 1998, I watched a documentary film and was inspired to become a filmmaker. In 2004, I went to a place called Visionary and Voices where I started my filmmaking career. In 2009, I started volunteering at MediaBridges and for Film Outside The Lines, which is a program for people with disabilities. In late 2011, I got a grant to start my own business, and have been in business since April 2012. I use a Sony HXR-NX5U and edit with Adobe Premiere Pro. I can produce documentaries, public service announcements, commercials and anything else you want.
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Caroline Cameron, owner
Rise Adaptive Cyclery
Although I have been in a wheelchair all my life, I never let it stop me! My personal motto, “Never Give Up” led me to cycling as a way to participate in outdoor exercise with family and friends. I started Rise Adaptive Cyclery to offer individuals with limited mobility or visual disabilities the opportunity to experience the freedom I feel while cycling. A semi-recumbant cycle and a side-by-side tandem are rented at Wheel Fun Rentals, 705 East Pete Rose Way. To make a reservation, email your name, cycle requested, and rental date and time to the email address linked below.
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Jamie Green, conservation photographer
I was born in 1986 with Rubinstein Taybi Syndrome and autism; both are developmental disabilities. Growing up with RTS and autism wasn’t easy. Learning and communicating were difficult with people often underestimating my ability. I never let this stop me from pursuing my dreams. I spent summers playing in the waters around Pensacola, Florida and Mobile, Alabama where I dreamed of working to help marine animals in some way. Some people told me I would never be able to do this kind of work and I should set my sights lower but I decided not to limit myself. Conservation photography, especially underwater, may not be typical work for someone with the kind of challenges I have; but I believe that if you dream it and you plan it and if you do what you plan – then dreams can come true. I prefer to not use the word disability to describe having Rubinstein Taybi Syndrome or autism. I think of these as merely challenges I must deal with. I believe we all have challenges in our lives of one kind or another. Our challenges should not limit our dreams, our thinking about important issues, or taking action. I hope my work inspires you through whatever challenges you have in your own life.
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Danni Miller, artist
Born in 1993 in Honolulu, Hawaii, Danni (a.k.a. “Pēka”) was raised and now lives and works in Southwest Ohio. Danni not only loves art but needs it to express what she cannot verbally. It is oftentimes hard for her to say what she means, so she uses her artwork to express her feelings, frustrations or other emotions she can’t get across to others. Through her comics and characters, she tells stories to help her work things out or to make others see her perspective. She expresses in her pictures and paintings what she cannot with her voice. The pain, loneliness, stress and anxiety that started her journey in the past will now help propel her to help others in the future. Doing this will help her to not only find a connection to others, but will help her to find a way to live and support herself. As the answers to the painful questions come, so will the expressions on canvas and paper in ink and paint. Through her work, Danni hopes to help those who also have difficulty expressing themselves verbally; with projects that tell not only her story, but their stories too. She believes her work will heal, instill hope and teach. She hopes to be a pebble that sends out waves and will share her work with anyone who will listen or show interest.
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Steven Webster, craftsman
At four months old, Steven was diagnosed with brain damage from an unknown cause, which manifested itself with seizures, verbal apraxia, and developmental delays, all of which continue to this day. He, however, does not see himself as different from anyone else, is proud of the work he does, and thrives on the independence of being employed. He absolutely loves to build wishing wells, since from his earliest years Steven has had a passion for hammering. He attended public schools until age 22, and then began working in the community with a job coach. When they had some extra time to spend together, the job coach decided to come up with something involving hammering that Steven could work on, so that his interest could be directed to build a viable product. When they began the base for the first wishing well, Steven was so proud of it that he brought it inside that night. Upon completion, the well looked so good, that we decided to make a business out of it. The goal for Steven’s Woodshop has always been to allow Steven to do something he loves to do, yet focused in a direction that produces a well-made, handcrafted product. With enough work to keep him busy consistently, the hope is that he will eventually be able to enjoy a greater degree of autonomy, while demonstrating that successful entrepreneurship is possible for anyone.
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