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.

May 2014

Sex and the School Board Candidate

By | May 22nd, 2014|

Angela J. Bray campaigned for a seat on the Niagara Falls School Board in New York — but lost. I wouldn't be surprised if the [...]

Laughter Yoga for a Healthier You

By | May 14th, 2014|

Countless times I've been urged to take an adaptive yoga class to reduce stress and, hopefully, be healthier. But meditation and yoga poses never interested [...]

On ‘The Good Wife,’ Disabled Actors Play the ‘Bad Guys’

By | May 7th, 2014|

Christopher Imbrosciano has also performed in Chicago's Goodman Theatre's production of "Teddy Ferrara" about bullying and suicide in the gay youth community. Imagine [...]

My Love/Hate Relationship With Hotels

By | May 1st, 2014|

In this hotel room, the bed may be low but imagine trying to squeeze around it to get to the desk. I love [...]

April 2014

At Work, Are You Just One of the Workers — or ‘Special’?

By | April 22nd, 2014|

For most of us, work is the key to independence and self-worth. Our jobs get us out of bed every day allowing us to share [...]

Can a Doctor Refuse Treatment?

By | April 15th, 2014|

What happens if a doctor refuses to treat you? That happened to a friend, a wheelchair user with osteogenesis imperfecta (or brittle bone disease).  My [...]

Behind the Wheel of a New Van

By | April 2nd, 2014|

Wow, am I sitting up high now!  So high in fact, I can see over almost all the other vehicles on the road. What a [...]

March 2014

Fight Against Use of Disabled, Handicapped Terms

By | March 4th, 2014|

Juliet Martinez , Arizona's Ms. Wheelchair America 2014, wants the state to ban the use of the words disabled, handicap, handicapped and handicapping in [...]

Cruising Alaska in a Wheelchair

By | March 1st, 2014|

Rugged Alaska can be an unforgettable journey for wheelers — with smart planning.

February 2014

Books About Disability for Children

By | February 27th, 2014|

When I was raising my family, I couldn't find children's books that addressed the issue of disability in smart, eye-opening ways. There were books on [...]

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