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Stop Sending Disabled Kids to "Special Land"

Stop Sending Disabled Kids to “Special Land”

Kids head back to school this week bursting with stories about their summer fun — swimming, hiking, biking, roasting marshmallows around the fire, telling ghost stories during camping trips. You have to wonder, though — do disabled kids have as many stories to tell or did they spend most of their summer indoors, in front […]

Illustration by Mark Weber

Everyday Negotiating

Living successfully with a disability requires good negotiating skills. The key is to stay focused on your goal.

NM Turns 25: Home, 2007-2009

NM Turns 25: Home, 2007-2009

NM explores feeling at home in a changed body and mind, as well as the literal places we call home.

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Robin Williams, Depression and SCI

Robin Williams’ battle with depression was not news to those of us who are fans. Although mind boggling to some, most brilliant minds carry the traits of both extremes — exuberance and despair — Williams was no different. The criticism on his suicide has, however, left me saddened. How can we judge? We never know […]

From the ER to the OR With Weeks in Between

From the ER to the OR With Weeks in Between

A few weeks ago I wrote about a friend with osteogenesis imperfecta — or brittle bone disease — who went to the ER after breaking her arm at work. She’s had hundreds of fractures over the years, and this latest was a bone that had been broken and repaired surgically several years ago. She knows […]

The Body in Trouble

The Body in Trouble

Here is my troubled body, dreaming myself into life: a guttering candle in a mound of melted wax, or a bruised pear, ripe beyond palatability, ready for …

Power Dressing

Power Dressing

The jury is responding not only to my words, but also to my visible persona — to the tiny woman in a wheelchair …

My Dinner With Death

What’s wrong with assisted suicide?” my friends asked. “If people want to die, who are we to stop them?”

I Am My Story

I Am My Story

Three years ago, while having a conversation with a dear friend who I met during a personal development seminar, I blurted out the words, “I’m not my story.” I said these words with conviction, power and assertion, and I knew there was truth to them. It was the type of truth that feels oh, so […]

Laughter Yoga for a Healthier You

Laughter Yoga for a Healthier You

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 me until I heard about Laughter Yoga at the recent Abilities Expo at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center. Laughter Yoga, really? Beth Bongar, who calls herself the Laughing […]