What Nondisabled People Think When They See Us It’s frustrating when nondisabled people see us and jump to conclusions, assuming they know exactly what our disability is and our limitations. I call these people “disability know-it-alls” and they drive me batty. Others feel pity when they see us — a large number of people, in […]
Ever since my injury three years ago I have been determined to show the world that people with disabilities can be just as happy, independent and productive as those without disabilities.
The September issue highlighted two similar but very different methods for keeping our paralyzed legs active [“E-Stim for Wellness”]. Both are effective — FES bikes maintain muscle and circulation, while FES rowing provides for muscle and bone growth as well as all-body cardiovascular fitness.
Guinness Beer Ad: Dedication, Loyalty and Friendship? Or Tokenism?
This is a very clever and well-formulated story [“Criptopia,” August 2013]. It demonstrated so beautifully the issues, and just how easy it is to make change that has a major impact. I smiled the whole way through and loved the addition of the great references to those television and YouTube shows (Push Girls and My Gimpy Life) as well as the individuals who got a plug of support in the article as well. Well done, showing them some props!
Early in September, Guinness Beer released a commercial showcasing wheelchair basketball that caught the attention of news outlets throughout the world. If you’ve not seen the commercial, you can view it here (and let us know what you think). Business Insider calls the commercial “poignant” and The Huffington Post says it will make your heart […]
The Sympathy Smile / I’m Uncomfortable
Recently the Haas family was on vacation, and brought their daughter Lexi, who has Kernicterus, a condition that affects motor control, causing her to use a powerchair. And while on vacation, they had one heck of a rude wake-up call while visiting the Ships of the Sea Museum in Savannah, Georgia. The family had just […]