Ways I Travel Around Philadelphia with My Power Chair

My power chair gives me independence for transportation in the city. I got my driver’s license at age 18. It was one of the greatest days of my life. I remember taking the exam on my car, which had a stick shift. I was so proud that I made it through the parallel parking part.Continue reading “Ways I Travel Around Philadelphia with My Power Chair”

Important Employment Services for Disabled Adults

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). According to the U.S Department of Labor, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities past and present and showcases supportive, inclusive employment policies and practices. To support the employment of people with disabilities, there are multiple government programs, two of those include but are notContinue reading “Important Employment Services for Disabled Adults”

National Disability Employment Awareness Month: How to Navigate the Workforce with a Disability

For National Disability Employment Awareness Month, I reflected on the ways my career has grown over the past few years. I started my career in disability advocacy and I hope to apply what I have learned to my passion for engineering. I have applied to many job openings and have had many interviews in fieldsContinue reading “National Disability Employment Awareness Month: How to Navigate the Workforce with a Disability”

How My Quantum Power Wheelchair Helps Me Be Successful in College

Thanks to my Quantum Power Wheelchair, a Stretto with iLevel® technology, I can do a plethora of things on my college’s campus at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. It has made my life easier and has increased my independence. Here are some of the ways in which my power chair makes a differenceContinue reading “How My Quantum Power Wheelchair Helps Me Be Successful in College”

The Awesome Backup Camera on My Quantum Rehab Wheelchair

As I set up my first Quantum Rehab Wheelchair this time last year, there were several decisions to make. What color should I choose for the base? What about the wheels? Which side should I mount my joystick? At the time, the Quantum backup camera was a relatively newer option, and I was excited toContinue reading “The Awesome Backup Camera on My Quantum Rehab Wheelchair”

Talking to People About My Quantum Rehab Wheelchair

When you have a disability, you become accustomed to a certain way of living. This way of living will seem normal to you. To a non-disabled person, the way you live your life is completely different from how they live their life. When an opportunity presents itself to educate people on life with a disability,Continue reading “Talking to People About My Quantum Rehab Wheelchair”

My Quantum Power Wheelchair Allows Me to Enjoy Life

I started using a manual wheelchair in 2012, after a fall from spine surgery took away the mobility in my legs. I have a connective tissue disorder that’s caused me to need multiple surgeries on my brain and spine. From previous surgery complications, I already had quadriparesis (weakness of all my limbs.). The rehab centerContinue reading “My Quantum Power Wheelchair Allows Me to Enjoy Life”

When Your Disability Fights Back

In life, we often face challenges. Challenges for a non-disabled person are completely different for those who have disabilities. If you have a progressive illness like me, challenges can come out of nowhere. It is very rare for me to have a day where my disability gets in my way, or my body just letsContinue reading “When Your Disability Fights Back”

Embracing a New Season: Accessible Fall in California      

Fall is upon us! Typically, I am not excited about the shift in seasons. In the past, around this time when others are preparing to indulge in all things pumpkin spice and extra layers of clothing, I’m sulking about putting away my summer maxi dresses and hiding my cute pedicure under closed-toe shoes. This year,Continue reading “Embracing a New Season: Accessible Fall in California      “

We Need More Disabled Parking Spaces

Recently, I encountered a challenge in parking my accessible van. I had to circle a parking lot that had a bunch of wheelchair accessible parking spots, but none were available. Are there enough handicap parking spots? Do businesses offer enough disabled parking and wheelchair-accessible spaces? Is it even up to the business or is itContinue reading “We Need More Disabled Parking Spaces”