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.

September 2014

Stop Sending Disabled Kids to “Special Land”

By | September 3rd, 2014|

This tree house is wheelchair accessible and provides lots of summer fun for campers at Cradle Beach, outside Buffalo, N.Y. Kids head back [...]

August 2014

Where are the disabled in TV ads?

By | August 20th, 2014|

Nordstrom has long used models with disabilities, such as Jillian Mercado, who is shown in this photo from the Associated Press. A friend [...]

Trouble on the Streets of New York City

By | August 12th, 2014|

Good luck trying to negotiate this intersection in New York City. Last time I visited New York City, I was frustratingly reminded how [...]

July 2014

Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready for a Disaster?

By | July 29th, 2014|

If your neighborhood was flooded during a disaster, could you escape to a safe place? Do you know what you'd do if your [...]

Say ‘Sesame’ and Steps Disappear!

By | July 16th, 2014|

With the steps retracted, this wheelchair user rides the lift to the front door. Imagine pushing up to a building where you're face [...]

Bette Midler and Laughing at Disability

By | July 2nd, 2014|

Bette Midler - as Delores De Lago - cavorting on stage in an electric wheelchair. I grew when there was no ADA, no [...]

June 2014

Good News, Bad News About Travel

By | June 26th, 2014|

Panini Bay Waterfront Restaurant on the Jersey Shore added a lift when it rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy. There's good news and bad news [...]

NPR’s Interview with Disabled Travel Expert

By | June 10th, 2014|

Carole Zoom has the perfect name for a person who loves to travel and write about it. She's been all over the world — Spain, [...]

From the ER to the OR With Weeks in Between

By | June 5th, 2014|

A few weeks ago I wrote about a friend with osteogenesis imperfecta — or brittle bone disease — who went to the ER after breaking [...]

Discovering the San Juan Islands

By | June 1st, 2014|

Beautiful, serene and unspoiled, Washington state's San Juan Islands are easy to reach — and mostly wheelchair accessible.

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