RSSAll Entries in the "Blogs" Category

Helloooo ... I'm right here. ... Stop being rude!

Helloooo … I’m right here. … Stop being rude!

It’s a strange, strange world when it comes to what people perceive as rude, especially when it comes to people with disabilities. Some people don’t mind when we speak our minds but others … oh they’re not too keen on it. It can bring out the devil claws. It’s as if we’re not allowed to […]

The Tao of Mowing

The Tao of Mowing

I spent Sunday afternoon engaged in my most coveted chore: mowing my back yard, a small field wrapped around granite boulders, with my riding tractor mower. The trees, flowers, grass and weeds in my yard are in the midst of a springtime revival, sudden and exponential growth, and the grass was taking over my yard. […]

Why You Should be Playing Second Life

Why You Should be Playing Second Life

Years ago I wrote a blog post that didn’t put Second Life — the free online game that lets you create your own avatar and visit various multiple worlds — in the best of light. Well for all of you that got upset about the post, I am now officially retracting that post. My previous […]

Why Are Strangers Smiling at Us?

Why Are Strangers Smiling at Us?

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 users, received the usual number of stares and glares when out in public, especially in pairs. But I also noticed people looking at us with strange, stiff smiles. Most were […]

Models With Disabilities Take Over Fashion Week

Models With Disabilities Take Over Fashion Week

Fashionistas who use wheelchairs have been forever wishing to take over the runway during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York and it finally happened earlier this month — and we have the Italian designer FTL Moda to thank. In its “Loving You” show, FTL Moda and famed designer Antonio Urzi decided to pair some of […]

Shannon DeVido Lands New Role on Hulu

Shannon DeVido Lands New Role on Hulu

You may not have heard of Shannon DeVido yet, but you’re about to. The 32 year old from Philadelphia with spinal muscular atrophy just landed one of the biggest roles for a person with a disability to get in a long time — a part in Amy Poehler’s latest project “Difficult People.” In “Difficult People,” […]

Be Productive While Stuck in Bed

Be Productive While Stuck in Bed

Bedrest sucks. There’s no way around it. But thankfully there are more and more options to increase your productivity and happiness should you get stuck in bed for a long time (or if you simply spend a lot of time in bed). The Super Gorone Desk caught my eye as one of the better options […]

Wheel Comfort for Your Feet

Wheel Comfort for Your Feet

The new Wheel Comfort padded foot rest strikes me as the intersection of two of my favorite innovation-related maxims: “necessity is the mother of invention” and “Keep It Simple Stupid.” There’s a reason everyone says those two things and it’s because they ring true. The Wheel Comfort is a simple solution to the problem of […]

Project Walk Diaries: And Then It Was Gone

Project Walk Diaries: And Then It Was Gone

If you’ve been following my blog series the Project Walk Diaries, you know I’ve been fortunate to be part of Project Walk‘s Ambassador Program at the new Minneapolis location; an opportunity this old rusty quad has been head over wheels about (sorry couldn’t help it, ha). I have been able to go once a week […]

Will Polio Return?

Will Polio Return?

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, diseases that had been practically wiped out – measles and whooping cough – have returned in alarming numbers. Cases of mumps are also on the rise. What’s next, polio? All […]