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Think about a typical morning. 7:00 a.m.: You hear the dreaded alarm and moan as “Superstition” plays. You somehow manage to hit snooze and buy yourself another ten minutes of peaceful bliss. 7:10 a.m.: You roll over, turn the alarm off, and instinctually grab your iPhone. You check Facebook, your email, your Instagram, and your Chase bank account to make sure nothing has changed since you went to sleep. 7:15 a.m.: You reluctantly get out of bed and turn the lights on. 7:20 a.m.: You grab your favorite Tommy Hilfiger shirt and finish getting dressed. 7:25 a.m.: You turn on the television and Pirates of the Caribbean starring Kiera Knightley and Orlando Bloom is playing. 8:00 a.m.: You get in the car, check the traffic to work on Waze, and turn the radio on to hear that Justin Timberlake is playing the 2018 Super Bowl halftime show.

You can thank Albert Einstein, Stevie Wonder, Alexander Graham Bell, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, Tommy Hilfiger, Kiera Knightley, Orlando Bloom, and Justin Timberlake for making your morning possible. So why these particular people? Interestingly, they are all individuals with disabilities. While they defied the odds and went on to achieve greatness in their fields, many people with disabilities are not as fortunate.

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