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As we celebrate disability awareness this month, we invited members of the Rutgers community to reflect on the ways disability has touched their lives, the importance of solidarity and ways the world can improve for those affected by disabilities.


Albert Ayeni grew up in Nigeria, where a meal seemed incomplete if it did not include a hot pepper. Now he is working to make Rutgers the go-to center for hot pepper research to appeal to New Jersey’s growing ethnic communities and remind them of home.

An operating room on a jet might sound like something straight out of a movie, but it’s actually how Rudolph Wagner, a clinical professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, travels the world to fight preventable blindness.