My Thoughts on Why I Wear a Mask

It’s been almost three years of thinking about and planning around COVID-19. We’re all sick of worrying about the illness. For those of us who are at an increased risk if we become infected, we can’t ignore its presence. Even with this, I’ve changed my approach over the last few years (and even months). I’mContinue reading “My Thoughts on Why I Wear a Mask”

Beautiful Christmas Décor and My Quantum Power Wheelchair

The Christmas season is by far my most favorite time of the year. I love all the time spent with family, the abundance of fun holiday activities, and the traditions that continue year after year. Nothing gets me in the holiday spirit more than decorating. Most years, my Christmas decorations go up a few daysContinue reading “Beautiful Christmas Décor and My Quantum Power Wheelchair”

Should Kids Play with a Manual or Power Wheelchair?

As a psychologist who studies the way we learn and think about disability, I’m often pondering how we can better prepare kids to be inclusive and accepting. I’ve thought more about this in the last couple of weeks after reading accounts from one of my favorite Instagram accounts AbleismIsTrash. Her young daughter experienced a brokenContinue reading “Should Kids Play with a Manual or Power Wheelchair?”

My Quantum Power Wheelchair and Caring for My Pets

I use iLevel seat elevation on my Quantum Power Wheelchair for so many activities in my everyday life: cooking, personal care, household tasks, shopping and more. It’s easy for me to lose track of all the different things I do at iLevel because I use it for so many things! One category of tasks thatContinue reading “My Quantum Power Wheelchair and Caring for My Pets”

Great Wheelchair Accessible Shopping Tips

‘Tis the season for shopping and deals! Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving that is filled with sales and traditionally represents the start of the holiday shopping season. Cyber Monday is the Monday after Thanksgiving and is known for online shopping sales. Both days are heavily marketed and something many people look forward to,Continue reading “Great Wheelchair Accessible Shopping Tips”

Driving with a Disability: What You Should Know

This summer, I received my driving permit. The next step was for me to learn how to drive so I take a driving test and get my license. This is not as easy as it sounds. My learning to drive involves expenses that non-disabled 16-year-olds don’t have to think about. Here’s what I’ve learned aboutContinue reading “Driving with a Disability: What You Should Know”

Great Winter Weather Tips for Power Chair Users

For many of us, the winter season is quickly approaching, which means colder temperatures, ice, and snow. While snow is pretty to look at, snow and other elements of winter can add more barriers to the daily life for manual wheelchair and power chair users. Below are several tips for wheelchair users to help themContinue reading “Great Winter Weather Tips for Power Chair Users”

The Challenge of Family Gatherings, Access and My Quantum Power Wheelchair

Thanksgiving is a time for family gatherings. For wheelchair users, that can be an accessibility nightmare. Many families host their Thanksgiving dinners at houses with steps. To be a part of the celebration, wheelchair users must be carried into the house or pushed around in transport chairs because they left their mobility equipment at home.Continue reading “The Challenge of Family Gatherings, Access and My Quantum Power Wheelchair”

Great Tips for Shopping Black Friday in a Quantum Power Wheelchair

I never run from a good sale. Prior to my mobility challenges, I use to stand in Black Friday lines, awaiting the must-have sales. Now that I have a disability, I still shop Black Friday, but I am very strategic. Usually, the Black Friday ads are released 2 to 3 weeks before the sale itself.Continue reading “Great Tips for Shopping Black Friday in a Quantum Power Wheelchair”

Hurricane Preparedness When You Have a Quantum Power Wheelchair

A few months ago, the west coast of Florida was absolutely devastated by Hurricane Ian. I’ve been very fortunate and blessed to own property on a barrier island on the east coast of Florida for seven years. Hurricanes are a natural part of living in Florida. I want to talk about living in a high-riskContinue reading “Hurricane Preparedness When You Have a Quantum Power Wheelchair”