Accessibility Makes Sense
When I read something that’s so mind-blowingly amazing but so obvious after the fact, my mental eyes cross (“2019 NEW MOBILITY Person of the Year: Karen Braitmayer,” January 2020). Of course, if you don’t live your life in a chair or use assistive devices, you’re not going to think of certain necessities. I’m a family physician with experience in geriatrics. The percentage of those over 85 is growing quickly. We’re going to need accessible residences and public spaces. I loved this article and am inspired by Karen Braitmayer’s creations — beautiful, relaxed, stream-lined spaces that everyone can enjoy. I want to go to Seattle!
What an amazing article and person! Thank you for this information on Karen Braitmayer. It was a pleasure to read about her life and her contributions!
Keys to Home Care
I found this article very helpful for sharing various perspectives on caregiving relationships (“What Caregivers Care About,” January 2020). In any successful relationship, it’s important that all voices be heard. Accepting — let alone welcoming — someone into one’s home is sometimes a daunting, necessity-driven choice. In our home, we rub up against the employer/employee relationship and the family-like nature of spending many hours together doing tasks that are essential for living. Finding compatibility and compromise are pretty key, just like in any lasting interaction. With all due respect, one of my personal coping mantras is: This is better than a nursing home.
Communication is Critical
I have cared for a number of complex care quadriplegic clients as an RN. I agree that good communication from both client and caregiver is foundational to a great working relationship. What really stood out to me, though, was the client who noticed things about me, and remembered to follow up with questions in regards to previous conversations we had had. She had a lot to keep track of personally, yet she managed to show her interest in me as a person, and it really made an impact. I loved working for her.
Feel the Bern
So glad to see you highlight Bernie’s disability plan! (“Sanders Unveils the Most Comprehensive Disability Plan to Date,” Blogs, Newmobility.com, Jan. 31) To win this election, it will take all of us. Bernie calls on us to fight for someone else as much as we would for ourselves. That is how we win!
Have you people lost your mind! Bernie is a socialist and so are the majority of the Democrats’ proposals. Nothing is free! No matter what your situation, you should not expect the government to take from someone else to give to you.
2020 has so much potential — I hope we all realize this and can do even the little things that will make life better for people with disabilities (“New Year, New Start, New Energy,” Reframed, January 2020). I’ve been in this game for 37 years and I’m still willing to “fight the good fight.” Thank you, Reveca Torres, for starting the new year on a positive note.
Your words are inspirational and your use of technology to level the playing field proves that the mind and soul are the most important elements of humanity (“Technology: Winning The Uphill Battle,” Todd Against The Machine, January 2020).
Works for Me
Great info (“You Are Not Alone: My Quadriplegic Employment Journey,” Work Works, January 2020). Finally, a real-life story on how to put work back into the lives of the disabled.
This is great information! I have worked since I was 16 (and have used a wheelchair as long as I can remember, since I have spina bifida). While I have been able to manage my healthcare needs through insurance at work, I had no idea the struggles those with Medicaid have with getting a job until I started seeing post after post on Facebook about people being upset that they cannot work and maintain Medicare/Medicaid, so I am so glad this is not true. I am now 61 and retired, kinda. My careers have been exciting and enriching, not to mention profitable. I am glad the opportunity is there for those with disabilities to find gainful employment. I’m looking forward to your future posts. I found that picking a degree that could be done from the chair, getting an internship and joining clubs in my field all led to my getting a job before I graduated. For me, the ticket has been doing well in school, and getting outside experience has always enabled me to get the job I apply for.
Nancy Pudvin Gore