Great Wheelchair-Accessible Eats in Downtown St. Louis

I live in the downtown area of St Louis, which is not as big as people think. In my area, there’s a lot of cool things that you can get to from where I live, including different kinds of restaurants. The building where I live is pretty nice, which is great because we all knowContinue reading “Great Wheelchair-Accessible Eats in Downtown St. Louis”

People with Disabilities and Understanding Voting Rights

The right to vote has not always been a luxury for all Americans. Non-landowners, African Americans, Native Americans, and women have not always been afforded the luxury of voting. Individuals with disabilities have not always had the necessary accommodations to vote.  Through the years, various amendments to the constitution and Voting Rights Acts have beenContinue reading “People with Disabilities and Understanding Voting Rights”

Why it’s So Important to Give Back

The name “49er” honors those who moved across the country to dig in the Gold Rush from 1848 to 1855. These miners were looking to become rich from the gold they found while providing for their families. This is a representation of what being a Charlotte 49er means. We are looking to find our goldContinue reading “Why it’s So Important to Give Back”

My Mentoring Relationships with Disabled Girls

National Mentoring Month passed back in January, but as this year has progressed, I seem to find myself reflecting on mentoring a lot. Over the past year, I’m extremely proud to have found myself in a mentoring role for not one, but two fantastic young disabled women. Disability EmpowHER Network While January was a monthContinue reading “My Mentoring Relationships with Disabled Girls”

Birthday Party Planning as a Parent in a Wheelchair

Planning birthday parties is among my favorite parts of parenthood. This year feels even more special because we haven’t gone all out in a couple of years. Our youngest’s 3rd birthday party in 2020 was our last large family gathering. Many of us have not seen each other in months or longer! This year, we’reContinue reading “Birthday Party Planning as a Parent in a Wheelchair”

Discovering New Ways to Live with Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease

Charcot-Marie Tooth (CMT) is a neuro-muscular disease that can impact everyone differently. There are a few variations of a CMT diagnosis, but I have never been given a specific diagnosis. The diagnosis test generally involves a form of electrical nerve stimulation which is very painful, so I just avoid it. I never needed testing becauseContinue reading “Discovering New Ways to Live with Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease”

Positive Changes in the Pandemic

Over two years ago, everyone’s lives dramatically changed due to COVID-19. The fast-paced life we led came to a screeching halt. With our daily routines so abruptly interrupted, we had to learn new ways to carry on. As an individual living with a disability, I must confess that I enjoyed and still enjoy some ofContinue reading “Positive Changes in the Pandemic”

My Favorite Features in My New Accessible Sewing Room

For the past two months, my partner and I have been slowly plugging away on moving things around in our house. One of the projects that we’ve been doing is setting up my wheelchair friendly sewing room! What exactly makes my room wheelchair friendly? Aside from being on the first floor of our house, myContinue reading “My Favorite Features in My New Accessible Sewing Room”

How iLevel Technology Makes Grocery Shopping Easier

So, we all need to go grocery shopping. It’s a part of life. I used to hate it because I couldn’t reach half the items on the shelf in the store. Grocery stores aren’t exactly built at wheelchair height. Thanks to iLevel® technology on my Edge® 3 Power Wheelchair, I actually don’t mind it atContinue reading “How iLevel Technology Makes Grocery Shopping Easier”

The Importance of Autism Awareness Month in April

April is Autism Awareness Month.  With autism being an increasingly common diagnosis, my social media timelines are becoming inundated with posts encouraging everyone to wear blue. Jigsaw puzzle pieces are in abundance. Unfortunately, while most of these posts are well meaning, distressingly few of them are from #ActuallyAutistic people.  Many times, these posts have beenContinue reading “The Importance of Autism Awareness Month in April”