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Women who use wheelchairs wear high heels

Why I Still Wear Heels

Love them or hate ‘em, high heels are one of the most powerful styles of shoes in existence. They have the power to transform a woman from ho-hum into beatific, to stop a man dead in his tracks. And more than aesthetics, heels carry a symbolism that can empower women with disabilities, and give us one of the best feelings we can have – confidence. Here is why I fell in love with high heels after my injury. Read more

One Wheelchair User Channels Her Inner Mermaid

We are the Landlocked Mermaids

When Ursula sent Ariel out of the sea and onto land, she was lucky – she got a pair of magical legs that sprouted out of nowhere (where can I get a pair of those?). But in reality we all know what would happen if a mermaid was stuck on land – yup, she’d be rolling in high-style in a wheelchair (with water and fish decals on her wheels). It’s the only logical solution to her no-leg predicament really (other than being carried). And I must say, the mental image of her rolling around on wheels makes my soul really happy. Read more

Answering Question About Your Disability

Dealing With Nosey People

When you use a wheelchair, people like to stare. They also like to ask what’s wrong. People are nosey and hey, it can hurt our feelings. When a stranger asks why you can’t walk, how do you feel…inside? Mad, embarrassed, or annoyed? What do you say? My mom told me growing up to be nice to everyone, so when people ask what’s wrong with me, I’ll tell them my legs don’t work because I hurt my neck. What do you like to say? Read more

Jenni cat

Standing with Cats

I have been using my stander 2 to 3 times a week. Every time is different with how many degrees I’m able to get up to. My goal every time is 90°. In the past couple months though, I haven’t been able to get up past 60 or 70°. And it usually takes me about half an hour to get there. My body just isn’t as tolerant as it used to be with standing. If I go too high, my blood pressure drops and I start to see black spots. Then I have to go back down immediately. Read more

Jenni EasyStand Evolv

The Air is Better Up Here- Jenni’s Standing Story

My name is Jenni Taylor and I am 22 years old. On November 1, 2002 I was in a car accident. I broke my neck at C1-C2 and injured my spinal cord. I am a quadriplegic paralyzed from the neck down and dependent on a ventilator to breathe for me. Although I am paralyzed, I have feeling everywhere. I am also able to move several fingers and toes and my arms and legs with assistance. I have 24/7 nursing care that helps me with my every need. My independence is lost but my spirit is still here. I feel as though this happened for a reason and that I am able to make a difference. Read more

Cayden

Standing to Stimulate Play!

Playing while standing stimulates interaction, development, and fun.

Playing while standing stimulates interaction, development, and fun.

Often we talk about what standing does for the body, but what is commonly overlooked, is what standing does for the mind. Standing is especially important for the mental development of the children with disabilities. When I talk to pediatric therapists, they appreciate and understand first-hand how standing can help with range of motion, spasticity, bowel/bladder function and the many of the other physical benefits of standing. But what I hear about most is how standing helps with perceptual development, cognitive awareness and very importantly, how standing can stimulate play. More and more research is finding that play deprivation for able-bodied children can lead to self-esteem, social interaction, and intellectual problems. The value of play for the child with a disability is often overlooked but is necessary for mental development and upper extremity muscle function and coordination. When a child is sitting for long periods of time, head and trunk control often fatigue and awareness diminishes. When a child stands with head control facilitated, play activities can be more stimulating and more interactive with peers, and the child can use their arms and hands more effectively. Read more