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Three Capital Region residents living with a disability discuss their lives, their passions, and what motivates them each and every day. Two local sled hockey players share the profound impact the sport has had on their lives, and a disability advocate and author discusses the power of changing the conversation around disability.

Good Hockey, Part I


Stefon Stillwell is captain of the Capital District Sled Warriors sled hockey team. He has always been athletic, but being at the helm the local squad has helped him develop personally and professionally like no other sport. He shares how the sport has shaped his adult life.


Good Hockey, Part II


Steve Pechacek plays goalie for the Capital District Sled Warriors sled hockey team. Though he hasn't played for a long time, he says the sport turned the wounded warrior's life around.




Shameka Andrews has long been an advocate for individuals living with a disability in New York's Capital region. But she's not just about helping others accomplish their daily life goals--she is empowering them along the way.




Our Ability
A 501c3 organization dedicated to inspiring individuals with disabilities to achieve their dreams through education and employment as well as to educate able-bodied individuals about the differences in ability around us.

Self-Advocacy Association of New York State
People with developmental disabilities speaking up for ourselves and others. 

STRIDE Adaptive Sports
Educating and empowering individuals with special needs in life-changing sport and recreation programs to sustain healthy, active and fun lifestyles.

Wounded Warrior Project
A charity and veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, services and events for wounded veterans of the military actions following September 11, 2001

New York State Health Department Facts on Disability

Get Off Your Knees: The John Robinson Story

John's story teaches those with and without disabilities that we can achieve our goals.