Lessons Learned from our Stint with Adaptive Baseball

Adaptive Baseball

When baby girl started playing softball, I had to sit on the ground at the first few practices because it never occurred to me to bring a chair.

Her little water bottle was adorable. But alas, it didn’t hold enough water for a two hour practice.

I didn’t have snacks packed. And to be fair, if I had packed snacks they would have been totally unhealthy and not the right “sports” fare that I recognized vaguely as I looked around the practice area.

The blinged-out hat proclaiming the woman seated next to me (in her foldable chair) to be a SOFTBALL MOM seemed to mock me. Yes, I get it. I do not know what I am doing but we don’t have to spell it out in rhinestones. Do we?[..}

Katy Blake

No Free Rides Episode #104: Katy Blake’s Crazy Rehab Ride

In episode #104 of No Free Rides, Katy Blake, injured in 2010 on a canoe trip, shares her journey post-injury about navigating the less-than ideal Medicaid situation in the state of Mississippi. After receiving only 2 weeks of rehab and being sent home, Katy took it upon herself to raise money so [..}

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Grief of Having a Child with CP

The Grief of Having a Child with CP

Like a Stone I carry my grief around with me. It is like a stone that changes in texture and weight each morning that I rise from bed and enter another day in CP Land. Sometimes, my stone is light and I can stick it in my pocket. I can reach inside that pocket and rub it’s smooth surface and be [..}

Post-SCI Insecurities

Post-SCI Insecurities

Who doesn't suffer from insecurities? I can't think of anyone in my own circle who doesn't have them. Having a disability has it's own dose of insecurities doesn't it? What do people see when they look at me? Am I more than a wheelchair in the eyes of a stranger? How can I prove that I am still good [..}

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Judging Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota

“And the Winner is…” Judging Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota

My most recent blog post, if you've been reading my posts, was dripping with excitement about being asked to judge Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota; an honor that certainly made me proud. Jenni Taylor, a friend of mine, Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota 2011, and a board member of Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota, needed [..}

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bowel function for wheelchair users

Improved Bowel Function for Wheelchair Users

Process of Elimination “We know that on Thursdays after Stephenie’s been here Greta always naps and poops.” There are some things I am known for. Some are less glamorous than others, but that does not make them any less important. A toddler who is no longer constipated is a much happier [..}

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Responsible TV Time for Special Needs Kids

Responsible TV Time for Special Needs Kids

“Oh, please just stop crying!”, I thought as I paced around our living room with Baby Roa’s tummy resting on my forearm. This is how he preferred to be carried straddling my arm, pressure on his stomach, and swinging. It was a long day. No nap, so cranky, no sitting down for mom unless it was [..}

Wheelchair disability jokes

Disability Jokes: Humorous or Offensive?

I received an email earlier this week from an old friend that contained a link to a site full of wheelchair jokes. My wife was horrified while I laughed about it. What are your thoughts on these types of jokes? Are they completely tasteless or do you find them humorous at times? I told my wife that [..}

Accessible Parking Bonus Accommodations

Winter Parking and Bonus Accommodations

Although I’m bracing myself for at least one more snow storm, which seems to happen every year about this time, it appears that winter here in Minneapolis is just about over. And that’s great. This winter was one of the coldest and harshest most people around here have ever experienced. That’s [..}

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Cerebral Palsy on a Diet

Cerebral Palsy Diet

“Pancakes or Eggs?” I ask, as I hold out my thumbs to Roa so he can grab his choice for breakfast. Every morning we go through this routine with a variety of morning meal choices. We try and keep variety and balance. Sure, sometimes we go the route of a special treat like a doughnut or sugary [..}

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