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He wanted to dance; I didn't

He wanted to dance; I didn’t

How do you handle the embarrassing situation when a stranger pushes your wheelchair out on the dance floor with your permission?

Even old hotels can be accessible

Even old hotels can be accessible

We celebrated a big family wedding over the weekend with the ceremony and reception held at a hotel built in the early 1900s. I worry about access when a building is described as “a fine example of French Renaissance style of architecture.” Since the celebration would continue into the wee hours, we decided to book […]

Just let me vote!

Just let me vote!

Anyone surprised by a recent study that found voters with disabilities still face significant barriers trying to vote in federal elections? That nearly 40 percent of those surveyed said they face physical barriers to the polling place and 45 percent said they had problems with the voting machines? The cynic in me is only surprised […]

Media still ignoring us

Media still ignoring us

I may be retired from journalism, but the topic of how media covers issues important to the disability community still ranks high on my list of worries. So last week I got up very early from my nice, warm bed and headed over to a local college campus for a conference on that very subject. […]

Women with Something to Say

Women with Something to Say

There’s an interesting “People in the News” item in the current issue of New Mobility about writers with disabilities. Caitlin Wood created Criptique to showcase the writings of those “who push boundaries and go beyond traditional conceptions of disability,” she explained in the article. Wood mentions three women whose writings she particularly admires, and I’m […]

Car to wheelchair van? Help me decide

Car to wheelchair van? Help me decide

I’ve always owned a two-door car. For the last decade, it’s been a Honda Civic, today with well over 100,000 miles on her. The upholstery on the back of the driver’s seat is ripped to shreds; the armrest in the back on my  side has been ripped out; dings and scratches mar the lower part […]

Good meals in crammed restaurants

Good meals in crammed restaurants

In my book, there’s no better way to hang out with friends than at a restaurant over a meal where the focus is on talking, laughing and catching up with each other, rather than cooking, serving and cleaning up your own kitchen. But how enjoyable the evening will be depends on one, very important factor: […]

 Accessible taxis, no waiting

Accessible taxis, no waiting

I’d just about given up having access to public transit and taxi service when I travel around the U.S. Then I visited Seattle. Lo and behold, there was a wheelchair van in the taxi line outside the airport, and it charged standard rate. In a state of shock, I rode from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac […]

A note to Tom Hanks about disability, media and respect

A note to Tom Hanks about disability, media and respect

Dear Mr. Hanks, Did you realize the other night when you told David Letterman on his late-night show that you’ve been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, that you also completely redefined yourself? Before the show, the media would describe you as an Oscar winning actor with starring roles in the movies, on Broadway and television. […]

On Facebook, bias simmers below the surface

On Facebook, bias simmers below the surface

Disability bias showing up everywhere – even on Facebook