ApostropheMagazine.com is an online magazine that promotes advocacy and inclusion. It is “A Voice for People with Disabilities.”
Our stories and photos show people achieving independence, contributing to their communities and enjoying life.
No one with a disability should be forced to live, work or learn in a segregated setting. All people deserve the right to direct their own lives. We believe the power of the pen (and the camera) can help make that philosophy a reality.
Apostrophe means more than just punctuation
The title comes from a song by the late rocker Frank Zappa. In 1974, Zappa wrote and performed a tune about a man talking to his dog. We all can relate to that. But in Zappa’s song, the dog talks back. “You can’t say that!” the man tells the dog in disbelief. “I do it all the time,” the dog replies. He talks, he says, even with all the apostrophes thrown his way: can’t, won’t, don’t, hasn’t, isn’t, shouldn’t and couldn’t.
People with disabilities face the same apostrophes. Too often they are told what they can’t do. Apostrophe emphasizes what they can do. It helps turn “can’t” and “shouldn’t” into “can” and “should.” Every story, column and section in the magazine relates to eliminating apostrophes in peoples’ lives.
For more than 30 years, AWARE Inc., the publisher of Apostrophe, has been involved in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, providing jobs, opportunities, resources and support.
Making the connection
Finding a good restaurant. Landing a job. Shopping for a cell phone. Buying your first home. In our experience, people with intellectual disabilities often have been left out of these decisions. Apostrophe gives them the information they need to make choices for themselves.
The American dream belongs to everyone
Most people want to be part of the popular culture. Apostrophe readers are no different.
Publisher — Larry Noonan, AWARE Inc.
Editor — Jacquie Peterson
P.O. Box 638
205 E. Park Ave.
Anaconda, MT 59711-0638
406.563.8117 x 1054
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Apostrophe welcomes articles for, by and about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Send story ideas via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call us at 406.563.8117 x 1054 and ask for Apostrophe staff.
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