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Jazz Legends for Disability Pride

Jazz Legends for Disability Pride is a fund raiser Jazz concert on Jan 14, 2016 in partnership with the 2016 NYC Winter Jazz Fest. Jazz greats like Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson, Christian McBride, Jimmy Cobb, Monty Alexander, Harold Mabern George Coleman,Buster Williams, Louis Hayes, Bill Charlap and many others will be featured. Because of this fund raiser last year Disability Pride NYC was able to realize the first annual Disability Pride Parade in New York City held on July 12, 2015. This is a night of music you will never forget because you will be part of something much deeper than simply a Jazz concert. You will experience a night of music that features the finest Jazz musicians in the world coming together and donating their talents in support of a very important and worthy cause. When that happens there’s a depth that is added to the music, and the night, that is truly unique.

Disability Pride NYC is a not for profit started by Jazz pianist/organist Mike LeDonne whose 11 year old daughter, Mary, is disabled. Our goal is to instill a sense of pride in the community and change the public perception of people with disabilities. One of the ways we will accomplish this goal is by establishing an annual Disability Pride parade in New York City. We aim to support people with disabilities in whatever way we can.

The concert will take place from 6:30PM – 9:30 PM at The Quaker Friends Meeting Hall, 15 Rutherford Pl. All ticket purchases are tax deductible. For additional info please visit the Winter Jazz Fest website or call LPR’s Box Office 212.505.3474.

Here is the ticket link for the concert: https://www.ticketprophet.com/events/10192/orders/new

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Come visit Us at the Abilities Expo May 1-3, 2015

We will be at the New York Metro Abilities Expo on May 1-3, 2015 at the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center, where we would like to introduce you to all the great things we have to offer! In addition to us, you can look forward to the latest products and services, information-packed workshops and fun activities for the whole family. Don’t miss THE leading event for people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals.

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Disability Pride New York City, Reelabilities Film Festival

Reelabilities Film Festival

Discount code for tickets: RFFPRIDE7

Presented by JCC Manhattan, the 7th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. The festival presents award-winning films in various locations throughout the NYC metropolitan area. Discussions and other engaging programs bring the community together to explore, discuss and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

Visit Reelabilities for complete info and ticket information

Mike and Mary LeDonne

New York Times article on DPNYC

In July, a month after the Gay Pride March is scheduled to unfold, a different kind of pride procession is set to commence: the Disability Pride NYC parade.

The impetus behind the inaugural march, which organizers call the first of its kind in New York City, might seem unlikely: the jazz pianist Mike LeDonne.

Mr. LeDonne, a fixture on the city’s jazz scene for decades, said he has been working for several years to create an annual Disability Pride Day and parade to shine a spotlight on people with mental and physical disabilities.

“Actually, she’s the reason for the parade,” said Mr. LeDonne, 58, pointing to his daughter, Mary, 10, inside their apartment in Hell’s Kitchen. She was on the floor, cradling a musical toy, and repeatedly pressing its buttons to hear a variety of tinny melodies.

Mary was born with Prader-Willi syndrome, a genetic disorder that has left her developmentally disabled and without speech. She is legally blind and often uses a wheelchair.

Read the full article here…