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Albany, NY – A visit to the website StoptheHunger.com is sobering. It features a running clock that shows the number of malnourished people in the world, the number of people who have died from hunger, and the amount of food wasted. It collects its statistics from various organizations and puts it in one sobering, rapidly changing list. The global economic crisis is focusing the world's attention on hunger - from reports that food stamp use is becoming an accepted part of life for even middle class families, to long lines of families at soup kitchens and food banks. But kids in one community are learning to help their neighbors one penny at a time. Dagmar Serota founded Good Cents for Oakland after she and her son saw a television program about a NY group that empowered kids to change the world.

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To see the hunger statistics, visit stopthehunger.com. For more information on Good Cents for Oakland, visit their website at goodcentsforoakland.org. That's good cents spelled c-e-n-t-s.

Jennifer didn't consider her health problems a disability, even though they interrupted her college plans more than once. But once she realized that accommodations could help her achieve her career goal, a goal she discovered because of her own brain surgery, there was no stopping her.

This is part of our series called, "ACCESS TO ADVANCEMENT: An Audio Exploration of the National Effort to Increase the Role of Women with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics."

51%'s Allison Dunne spoke with Jennifer about what she's learned...and what she believes her own experiences can teach others.

This profile story is made possible by the National Science Foundation Research in Disabilities Education Program.

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"Access to Advancement" is supported by the National Science Foundation Research in Disabilities Education Program.

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"Access to Advancement" is supported by the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this story, are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Science Foundation.

Finally in our show, the holiday season can put a strain on the best of relationships. Writer Betty Marton reminds us that few of our lives resemble Madison Avenue's version of happiness.

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Betty Marton is a freelance writer, a mother and a woman unlikely to be found holding hands with her husband in adjoining bath tubs.