How Much Better We All Have It Thanks to the Internet

How Much Better We All Have It Thanks to the Internet

When I was first injured there was no Internet. Let me explain what that meant exactly. For any direction post-injury, whether it was how I was going to live on my own or go to college, or even if I was going to date again, it was all learned in-person. Read more

Surprise! Infomercials Are For Us

Surprise! Infomercials Are For Us

Many people chuckle at the frustrations illustrated by people in infomercials, and cry out “Lazy!”. I don’t fault them for this, but if you look closely, you’ll notice the seemingly simple task is a struggle.  Read more

Top-10-Special-Needs-Products-of-2016

Top 10 Special Needs Products of 2016

As a parent of a child with cerebral palsy, I am always on the lookout for products that can improve my son’s life. Here’s my favorite adaptive products of 2016. Read more

Indoor Winter Activities for Families

Indoor Winter Activities for Families

It’s definitely winter! Depending on where you live the weather may not be appropriate for outdoor activities. It’s freaking colder than I imagined cold was possible here in Minnesota!  This southern girl was not built for this type of weather! Holy negative temperatures! How is that even possible?! It’s now so cold that it’s not a real number anymore! Do you want to guess who is staying indoors by the fireplace? It’s me! Do you know how cold it has to be outside for a dog to look at you like you are crazy when you open the door and tell them to go pee? Pretty darn cold! Now that we’re trapped indoors we’ve had to settle for indoor activities. I’m lucky that I have extended family that also lives with us. Some people may see this as a pain, but I say the more the merrier. Don’t ask Luke how he feels about the situation! Read more

Winter and I: The Super Crip

Winter and I: The Super Crip

A lot of my fellow writers have already discussed the harshness of winter for those of us with disabilities that impact our mobility. The reason being is simply because it’s a rather pressing issue. Unpaved sidewalks are more than just a general annoyance. They pose a physical danger as well. Transportation may also be a bit more of a hassle than it already is to begin with, but for me the greatest obstacle is chronic pain and how it coincides with the pressure to be a “Super Crip”.  No matter where I go, I’m a voice for others like me. As odd as it may sound to others, my visibility in the public eye is very much a social-political statement, generically speaking. Now, add winter weather to the mix and suddenly, I’m less visible. I now worry that my employers think I’m slacking. That my friends assume I’ve fallen off the face of the earth, or that my date has mistaken my reschedule as a sign of disinterest when that isn’t the case at all. 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

Let’s Make Holiday Traditions More Accessible

Let’s Make Holiday Traditions More Accessible

Every year Christmas is one of those holidays that lets me down. I get really excited for it, hoping it’ll be a great time, but there are always moments where I feel unable to fully enjoy Christmas like before my spinal cord injury. Maybe it’s the unable to walk thing, or maybe it’s the unable to move my fingers thing or a combination of both, but whatever it, it definitely has challenged my ability to celebrate Christmas. Read more

Complex Rehab Technology Funding Cuts

The Festive Holiday Season

I used that title sarcastically. I’m not feeling too festive these days. Prescribing wheelchairs and other complex DME for my clients just keeps getting harder and harder. Read more

Holiday Shopping and Savings

Holiday Shopping and Saving

Holiday shopping means holiday crowds full of insanely bitter people who are willing to fight to the death over that last Barbie or Batman Lego set. What should be a fun time has turned into a battle of the strongest. The stores become so crowded that if you’re living with a wheelchair it can be nearly impossible to get through the masses of people to reach what you want or need. Of course we all want the lowest prices possible, but oh my it went from Good Friday to Black Friday for a reason, and that reason is crazy people. We do not do stores that day if we are able to avoid them in any way possible. The traffic is terrible and the lines in the stores are even worse.  Read more

How to Survive the Winter Blues

How to Survive the Winter Blues

Soon, winter will be upon us and for a lot of us with disabilities, that means a decrease in the ability to go out due to mobility strains or health concerns and occasionally a mixture of the two. This can be a very isolating time for some. This is how I’ve been able to cope with the winter blues and shift of weather, some of them may seem like a given, but I hope that they can be of some help to you. Read more