Balancing Priorities: Reflections on Personal Relationships and Career Success

By: Josh McDermott I’m not the kind of person who readily shares details of my personal life. I’ve always been adept at keeping my professional and personal spheres separate. Throughout my life, I’ve only been in three long-term relationships, each of them significant. I hold dating and relationships in high regard, considering them to beContinue reading “Balancing Priorities: Reflections on Personal Relationships and Career Success”

Empowering Accessibility: Making a Difference with Evacuation Chairs

I am so excited to share that a project I have been working on has moved to the next step! After my experience at EmpowHer camp last summer,I decided that my year-long project would be to try to get evacuation chairs in my school – and hopefully other places in the community. The idea behindContinue reading “Empowering Accessibility: Making a Difference with Evacuation Chairs”

How my #4front2 saved my Grammys experience

My work as a disability accessibility and inclusion consultant takes me to some exciting places. From partnering with tech companies like Google to participating in events with leading entertainment and streaming works like Netflix, I’m grateful to daily get to witness how various industries are making strides toward being more inclusive of disabled people inContinue reading “How my #4front2 saved my Grammys experience”

Counseling Awareness Month

As we celebrate Counseling Awareness Month, I can’t help but feel proud of being a part of the wonderful community of helpers that is devoted to the service of others. As a counselor, this profession plays an immense and integral role in my life and my identity. To echo my sentiments, I’m sure I’m notContinue reading “Counseling Awareness Month”

Planning an Accessible Garden

Happy first day of spring everyone! If you know me then you know about my love for gardening, what you may not know is that I am also an herbalist who loves plants. Every year I find myself acquiring more pots and planters for my ever-growing collection. The only issue with the planters and potsContinue reading “Planning an Accessible Garden”

My Quantum Power Wheelchair and the MDA Shamrocks Campaign

As March continues, I reflect on my work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and its Shamrock campaign, which started in the 1980s. Thousands of participating retailers will sell MDA Shamrocks to customers for a donation, ranging from one to five dollars. I was the national goodwill ambassador for the MDA in 2012 and 2013Continue reading “My Quantum Power Wheelchair and the MDA Shamrocks Campaign”

We Need Better Resources for Adults with Cerebral Palsy

By Isabella Bullock March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. According to the CDC, CP is the most common motor disability in childhood. Cerebral palsy is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain. ThisContinue reading “We Need Better Resources for Adults with Cerebral Palsy”

Let’s Celebrate International Women’s Day

Mark your calendars! March 8th is International Women’s Day: a time to celebrate the courageous trailblazers who fought, persisted and overcame. This year, we’re showcasing three famous women with disabilities who have contributed to the women’s movement, shattering barriers and paving the way for future generations. Frida Kahlo (1907–1954) Frida Kahlo, a Mexican portrait artistContinue reading “Let’s Celebrate International Women’s Day”

Getting Outdoors in My Quantum Wheelchair

I have an unpopular question among the Disability Community. Where’s all the snow?! I live in Scranton, PA, (yes, home of “The Office”) and one thing about living there is that our summers are usually pretty hot, and our winters are typically gray, snowy and cold. I don’t love the cold. Having acquired a spinalContinue reading “Getting Outdoors in My Quantum Wheelchair”

Art for Equity Demonstrates the Need for Accessible Healthcare

The Raw Beauty Project is an art platform that celebrates women with disabilities. It’s based in Miami, Florida, where I lived for a few years in graduate school. I still miss the weather, the people, the food, and the fun! So, when Raw Beauty Project founders Wendy Crawford and Dr. Susan Solman contacted me aboutContinue reading “Art for Equity Demonstrates the Need for Accessible Healthcare”