About Sue LoTempio

Since it's difficult to trust mainstream media to accurately tell the story of living with a disability in America, SpokeSpeak will go behind the headlines and add context, commentary and snarky viewpoints on the day's news and other happenings. Susan LoTempio, a long-time newspaper writer and editor, has published articles on the disability experience in New Mobility, the New York Times and other national newspapers and magazines. Her biggest joys come from her family and friends; her biggest frustrations come from trying to explain to doctors under the age of 50 what polio is and why they should care about it.

March 2015

Why Are Strangers Smiling at Us?

By | March 6th, 2015|

I was out to brunch recently waiting with a crowd of other hungry customers for tables to open up. My friend and I, both wheelchair [...]

February 2015

Will Polio Return?

By | February 18th, 2015|

So, American parents are deciding not to vaccinate their children because of a misinformed (in my opinion) fear that vaccines might harm their babies. Now, [...]

January 2015

Do We Need Day of Acceptance?

By | January 23rd, 2015|

Annie designed the Wheelchair Heart symbol and had it tattooed on her shoulder. Today it's the symbol of the Day of Acceptance. I [...]

On “NCIS: New Orleans,” Wheeler is for Real

By | January 14th, 2015|

On 'NCIS: New Orleans,' Daryl Mitchell plays a computer geek. Also, read our latest article: Chill Mitchell Conquers Hollywood. Is he or isn't [...]

December 2014

Dems to Tammy Duckworth: No Accommodation

By | December 8th, 2014|

Tammy Duckworth represents Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives. Tammy Duckworth — congresswoman, double amputee, Iraq war veteran, mother-to-be — recently asked [...]

November 2014

When Discrimination Happens to You

By | November 19th, 2014|

I was put into a patient cubicle where I waited, waited and waited some more. We all know that discrimination exists in the [...]

October 2014

Sled Hockey Team Gets Ice Time

By | October 31st, 2014|

A sled hockey player takes a break from action on the ice at the retrofitted rink in Depew, N.Y. Sometimes good comes out [...]

October’s Focus: Jobs and Disability

By | October 16th, 2014|

It's truly sad that only during the month of October, aka National Disability Employment Awareness Month, is attention officially paid to the critical issue of [...]

Meet the Amazing Amy Van Dyken-Rouen

By | October 6th, 2014|

Have you heard about Amy Van Dyken-Rouen? I just found out what an amazing athlete she is: six Gold medals in Olympic swimming competitions, four [...]

September 2014

Kanye West vs. His Disabled Fans

By | September 16th, 2014|

I normally don’t pay an ounce of attention to Kayne West and his vapid wife, but when the news broke over the weekend about his [...]

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