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.

February 2014

Big Cheer for Wheelchair Cheerleaders

By | February 19th, 2014|

University of Illinois 1969 cheerleading squad. Author is back row, far right. I hardly ever mention what I'm about to disclose out of [...]

Broadway to be More Accommodating

By | February 12th, 2014|

John Hockenberry wrote about his experience in an inaccessible New York theater. Good news for Broadway lovers: some theaters are going to be [...]

Demand More Paralympics Coverage

By | February 4th, 2014|

Media don't consider the Paralympics a serious sporting event, so coverage is limited unless we speak up and demand more TV reports and sports articles.

January 2014

Stuck Inside this Winter? Here are Some Ideas

By | January 28th, 2014|

Avoid this by staying warm and cozy inside and planning your summer getaway. As I write this, the winds are blowing fiercely and [...]

Pushing for American Girl Doll in Wheelchair

By | January 21st, 2014|

When my family was growing up a decade or so ago, American Girl dolls were big. The girls loved reading the books that told the [...]

Person of Year’s Belize Adventure

By | January 13th, 2014|

Deborah Davis ziplining in Belize. Photo from Travability.com When I interviewed Deborah Davis for New Mobility's Person of the Year profile, she was [...]

Media’s Seasonal ‘Pity Party’

By | January 2nd, 2014|

Four-year-old Beatriz at home on Christmas morning. Photo from www.buffalonews.com Serious breaking news is typically slow between Christmas Eve and the days following [...]

NM Person of the Year: Deborah Davis

By | January 2nd, 2014|

As founder of PhotoAbility, TravAbility and PushLiving, Deborah Davis is a one-woman force for inclusion.

December 2013

ADAPT, Not Dead Yet Video on Times Square

By | December 30th, 2013|

Times Square in New York. Just in time for New Year's Eve, the disability-rights groups ADAPT and Not Dead Yet  combined resources to [...]

New museum, old access problems

By | December 20th, 2013|

The Newseum in Washington, D.C., was cited for nearly 100 ADA violations. Planning to visit Washington, D.C., over the holidays to see the [...]

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