Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Where Words Fail

One day, many many years ago, in a chorus rehearsal at an elementary school in Jackson Heights, Queens, my father was singled out by the teacher. After informing him that he was off'-key, the teacher, told him it would be best if he simply 'mouthed' the words during the upcoming recital.
Lesser spirits (mine included) would have crumbled, or at the very least, been silenced. But my earliest memories are of my father piloting the family car, a badly rusted Checker Marathon, through the hilly, winding streets of Hastings while singing songs at the top of his lungs and demanding that I sing along with him.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Breaking Barriers

by Seth Kanor

My father, the founder of Enabling Devices, often likes to say that he's never been very good at business.
Nor does he look much like a businessman.

When he began working with kids who had Cerebral Palsy this was an immediate advantage.
Think about it: your muscles sometimes move in spasms independent of your mind's intent; you might grimace when you mean to smile; you use crutches, or a wheelchair.
Sometimes you make strange noises.
Some people stare at you; some look away.
And then into your life comes this eccentric man.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Three Generations of Toy-makers

by Seth Kanor
Seth Kanor is the new Editor of Enabling Device's Blog. He is the son of Steven Kanor who founded Enabling Devices in 1978. Seth welcomes your comments, ideas and participation.

In winter of 1946, my grandfather locked the front door to his Times Square factory—this was when there was still manufacturing in Times Square—and went trudging through the snow to buy my father a toy train set for his tenth birthday. But when he finally arrived at Macy’s, and stood surrounded by Lionels and American Flyers, he noticed that something was missing. There were no bridges.