Uncertainty in These Times

Uncertainty in These Times

I’ve been through a lot these past couple of months. Everything from personal matters such as losing my childhood friend and going on my first business trip to matters concerning my CADI waiver and disability services, new PCA services and ILS services hanging in limbo and then adjusting to new and hopeful changes.  Read more

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Power-Assist Diaries, Saga 3: e-motion

I have been enamored with e-motion power assist wheelchair rims the moment I laid eyes on them. That was years ago. They never seemed like a real possibility with all of my massive power wheelchair use, but now that I’m a demoing power assist wheelchairs I knew I’d finally get a shot to try them. And that is exactly what happened yesterday. Read more

Power Assist Diaries, Saga 2: Getting Creative When Your Insurance Says No

Power Assist Diaries, Saga 2: Getting Creative When Your Insurance Says No

Nineteen years ago things were a lot different the way my health insurance regarded the kinds of wheelchairs one needs. Back in 1998, I was able to get a supplemental wheelchair, a manual one, in addition to having a power wheelchair. All I needed was a physical therapist’s letter of recommendation, and it was a done deal. Read more

Surviving the Aftermath of Abuse

Surviving the Aftermath of Abuse

Warning: This post contains information about sexual assault that some readers may find disturbing. Rates of abuse are higher among those living with disabilities. In an effort to raise awareness about this very serious issue, Jessie has written a special series on sexual abuse that will be published over the coming months.

As survivors of sexual abuse we have been violated in the most inhumane of ways. Our dignity, power, and a piece of our minds was stolen with our peace of mind. We are forever left wondering why us. We wonder what we could have done differently and that answer is nothing. Predators do not need a reason, only a target. Read more

Power-Assist Virgin Diaries Saga 1: Tailwind Power Assist

Power-Assist Virgin Diaries Saga 1: Tailwind Power Assist

For any quadriplegics out there wondering what it’s like to finally try a power assist tech on a manual wheelchair after years of using a power wheelchair, this blog post is for you. I have been using a power chair for over 20 years and am looking into getting a power assist manual wheelchair. The time is nigh to finally add better mobility to my life. Read more

The Quest for Power Assist

The Quest for Power Assist

A new wheelchair accessory has been buzzing in popularity around wheelchair-users for a few years now, and it’s one of the coolest wheelchair accessories to ever come out in the history wheelchairs – the Max Mobility SmartDrive. This one-wheel device can turn a manual wheelchair into a power wheelchair, and it’s changing lives around the world. Read more

Why Sexual Abuse Goes Unreported

Warning: This post contains information about sexual assault that some readers may find disturbing. Rates of abuse are higher among those living with disabilities. In an effort to raise awareness about this very serious issue, Jessie has written a special series on sexual abuse that will be published over the coming months.

Sexual abuse remains the number one underreported crime in our country for a myriad of reasons. I will break down the main causes as to why this heinous crime remains unreported. Read more

Technicolor Dreams in a Black and White World

Technicolor Dreams in a Black and White World

Sometimes I dream of the perfect blog post. And then I wake up. Read more

1,000 Times I Was Not Human

1,000 Times I Was Not Human

Warning: This post contains detailed information about sexual assault that some readers may find disturbing. Rates of abuse are higher among those living with disabilities. In an effort to raise awareness about this very serious issue, Jessie has written a special series on sexual abuse that will be published over the coming months.

This is by far the hardest blog in my series on sexual abuse that I will write. I already feel the sting of the tears in my eyes and have yet to begin. I can write from a clinical point of view and give you facts, statistics, and talk until I am blue in the face. Today is not one of those days. Today I will allow you once again into my mind which was warped, twisted, and turned into a war zone. There are days I do not know who is the enemy and I am the only one fighting in this war. Read more

TV’s Vikings’ “Ivar the Cripple” Makes a Present-Day Girl Think

TV’s Vikings’ “Ivar the Cripple” Makes a Present-Day Girl Think

I think it’s fair to assume that before the Industrial Revolution, life for people with disabilities was significantly more difficult. There were no motors, and definitely no electricity to power the wheeled chairs that have been made for “cripples” prior to this golden age. To say it was a hard life was a definite understatement. Read more