Ready, Willing & Able

As an advocate for individuals with disabilities, I’m sure I’m not the only one who cheered Gov. Tom Ridge this past week as he spoke about the benefits that disabled individuals can offer to the business community on the Fox Business News network. Chairman of the National Organization on Disability, Gov. Ridge called on businesses to “tap into the talents …

Living With Passion & Purpose

“Would you be willing to live your life with a disability?” So asks Mia Ives-Rublee, a disabled individual, in a rather touching article in North Carolina’s News & Observer entitled “Living, Bolding, With a Disability.” Reading it, I couldn’t help but draw parallels between the Ms. Ives-Rublee’s beliefs and the driving force behind our work at Aunt Laurie’s. In fact, …

Quick & Easy Hostess Gift Ideas for Your Summer Stay

With the first official day of Summer fast approaching (June 20th), now is the time to get excited about your summer plans. Whether you’re headed to a remote island, going on a road trip, or visiting friends and family at a beach or lake house, the summer season is filled with many opportunities for fun and relaxation. Since summer is …

5 Unique Wedding Gift Ideas

June is here, which means wedding season is officially upon us. It also means that you’re tasked with finding that perfect gift for a very special couple(s). For those looking to get a little creative and to gift something that is both thoughtful and meaningful, we’ve got several special wedding gift ideas worth considering. What makes them so special? They’re …

A ‘Night of Champions’ to Remember

I recently had the honor of attending the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society’s 7th annual Night of Champions, designed to celebrate the work contributions made by “differently abled adults”, including those with down syndrome. I was shocked to learn that, according to the National Down Syndrome Congress, as many as 80 percent of adults with Down Syndrome are unemployed. While there …

Understanding the Value of Service Dogs

While we have a long way to go as a society in ensuring the inclusion, acceptance and appreciation of individuals with disabilities, a recent announcement confirms that we continue to make significant progress.   Following a lawsuit filed by the National Federation of the Blind in 2014, ridesharing app Uber has agreed to require that all drivers transport riders with …

Special Mother’s Day Gifts That Give Back

Did you know: there are more than 85 million moms in the United States? That means 85 million mothers expecting something special in just a few short weeks on Mother’s Day (May 8th). And what could be more special than a gift that shows your mom not only how much she is loved, but also gives back to individuals with …

Autism Awareness Month: Accept, Include, Appreciate & Value

Nearly 25 years ago, the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort not only to promote awareness of all individuals on the autism spectrum, but also to promote “inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with ASD is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest quality of life.” Since then, April has been deemed national Autism Awareness month – a cause …

Quotes for “Springing” Into a Spirit of Giving

With Spring officially upon is, I can’t help but feel a sense of delight and energy buzzing in the air. It’s the season of rebirth, after all, giving way to a renewed spirit of hope and encouragement as we witness the unfolding of nature’s natural beauty. To help add a little more “spring” to your step, below you’ll find a …

My Top 3 Moments During My First Year in Business

One year ago today, on March 14, 2015, I officially launched Aunt Laurie’s at the women’s business expo in Bluffton, South Carolina (pictured above). Channeling my long held passion for helping others, I embarked on this journey with the goal of creating a business that supports individuals with disabilities and inspires others to acknowledge their value. I’m so proud of …