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For Tatyana, it’s not just about winning the next race, its about winning in life. After beginning her life in a Russian orphanage and as a person with a disability; Tatyana has faced various roadblocks and forms of discrimination. Luckily, Tatyana was fortunate enough to have people around her that really cared about her. Tatyana’s success is the success of many. Tatyana’s life goal is to make a difference both as a role model and as an person striving to make the world a better place for people of all abilities.

Adoption, Background, Tips from Tatyana

Tatyana’s Graduation Speech

16 Sep , 2014  

When I graduated from University of Illinois in December 2013 I was invited to give a speech. I was a little unsure of what I should speak about. I wanted it to be inspiring to everyone and about my unique abilities, not about having a disability.  —Tatyana  WATCH THE VIDEO: They say that the journey toward one’s […]

Adoption, Inspiring Friends

Anjali Forber Pratt – A Portrait of Success

2 Sep , 2014  

Anjali is a dear friend of mine. She is an elite wheelchair racer, Paralympic ambassador, public speaker and PhD graduate from the University of Illinois. She is the the 2011 World Champion in the 200m and holds two bronze medals from the Paralympic Games in Beijing, China. The following is a story that she shared about […]

Disability and Discrimination

Russian Children with Disabilities Face Double Discrimination

16 Jul , 2014  

RUSSIA: CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES FACE DOUBLE DISCRIMINATION IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM he Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights will consider whether Russia subjected a 12 year old boy with physical and mental disabilities to torture or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and denied his right of access to justice. MDAC submitted […]

Adoption, Paralympics, Racing

Photo Gallery: At the Sochi Paralympics

17 Mar , 2014  

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Adoption, Background, Paralympics

Reunited With Birth Mother in Sochi

10 Mar , 2014  

It was an emotional homecoming for US Paralympian Tatyana McFadden, whose Russian birth mother watched her compete in Sochi over the weekend. McFadden’s birth mother sat alongside her adoptive mother as they watched the athlete, nicknamed Beast for her upper body strength, power through a grueling 12 kilometer cross country ski course. “I just raced […]

Disability and Discrimination, Paralympics

Sochi Paralympic Games highlight Russian discrimination

6 Mar , 2014  

As the Winter Paralympics begin in Sochi, Russian activists are hoping the Games will help combat widespread prejudice. They say people with disabilities have been marginalized in Russia for decades. “In our country, there are no disabled people.” This is a quote attributed to Soviet communist party leader Leonid Breschnev in the 1980s. The 1980 […]

Disability and Discrimination

Six Instances of Discrimination People with Disabilities Face Every Day

2 Jan , 2013  

Discrimination is a fact of life for many groups of people, but to be honest, I never really gave much thought to discrimination growing up. It wasn’t until I became disabled when I was 14 years old when I finally understood what discrimination meant. It meant not only being misunderstood, but being rudely mistreated. No […]