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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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Introducing Jessie + Luke!

Hello world out there, it's nice to meet you! We would like to introduce ourselves to you before we bore you with my wife's incessant chatting and wealth of useless knowledge that you may actually appreciate. [..}


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Pets: A Special Needs Mom’s Best Friend

Fur, Fin, or Feathers I listen to the sounds of Roa’s wild giggling coming from the living room as I finish brushing my teeth and getting ready to start the day. Sigh…so nice to not feel quite so rushed with the need to get there for my boys. Gunnar is pretty self-sufficient, gifted with the [..}


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No Free Rides episode #102 – Rebecca Tripp, Ascender of Trees

In episode #102 of No Free Rides, we are joined by nature lover Rebecca Tripp, a paraplegic from Maine who participated in one of the coolest summer research programs ever with the REU Canopy Explorers that took her up into the treetops of Kansas (to gather lichen samples no less). [..}


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Snow, Cold, and Cerebral Palsy

Through my eyes, the weather outside is frightful. Through Roa’s eyes, it’s a winter wonderland! I don’t want to be negative about the snow. For goodness sakes, we live in Minnesota!  I love to frolic in the white stuff- sledding, snowmen, and snow angels. Yet frolicking isn’t quite the [..}


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3 Ultimate Wheelchair Dog Walking Solutions

We all know a big part of being a responsible dog owner is taking your dog out for a walk. But it's not that easy from a seated position, and on four wheels at that.  And the fact that most dogs aren't bright enough to stay away from your wheels so the leash doesn't get caught up doesn't help. [..}


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Perfect Bath Chair for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Rub a dub dub, we all need the tub. Yet for some of us bathing is not an easy task.  Children with physical disabilities need to be bathed while still getting a chance to splash and play in the tub just like any other child. [..}


Life with a Disability Isn't Worth Living

The Misguided Notion That Life with a Disability Isn’t Worth Living

I've always admired the lone individual who has the courage to say something when no one else can, and that certain someone is Richard Senelick, a writer whose article yesterday in The Atlantic, Reconciling Life and Quadriplegia, touched on a subject that's been bugging me since it was the subject [..}


Planning for future accessibility needs

Planning for Future Accessibility Needs

Mirror, Mirror on the wall… can I request a crystal ball? If only it was that easy to see into the future and tell what Roa’s needs will be when he is age 10 or 18 or 25.  Will he be wheelchair-bound the majority of his day?   A power chair or will he manage his manual with independence? [..}


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Quadriplegic Cooking Techniques: Perfecting my Skills, Sans Fingers

Growing up, my mom was always in the kitchen cooking. It really was the heart of the home, and it still is whenever you go over there.  Just the other day it was chicken rice soup and fresh bread day. She is the happiest when she's cooking, and I do believe I have a little bit of that in me as [..}