Raising Awareness for Disability Employment

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a month that raises awareness, celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a diverse workforce, inclusive of the skills and talents that disabled people bring. As part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, it’s important to recognize the assistive technology that helpsContinue reading “Raising Awareness for Disability Employment”

Halloween is Here

It is officially my favorite time of year: Halloween season! Yes, I believe that Halloween is a whole season, not just one day!   I have always been a Halloween enthusiast for as long as I can remember. It’s not just the costumes and trick-or-treating that got me excited as a child, but all theContinue reading “Halloween is Here”

A Week at EmpowHER Camp

I’ve previously written about how we launched Disability EmpowHer Network last year. Disability EmpowHer Network is an organization dedicated to empowering girls and women with disabilities to live to their fullest potential and have the confidence to lead. Our first big program is EmpowHer Camp. This is a multi-stage skill-building, empowerment, and mentoring program thatContinue reading “A Week at EmpowHER Camp”

Feeling Slim in My Stretto Motorized Wheelchair

I have been using Pride and Quantum wheelchairs since I was 11. My very first power wheelchair was a Jazzy 1122. I can tell you that that wheelchair was an actual beast. It had a LOT of life in it. I got it when I was 11, but I was still using it in college.Continue reading “Feeling Slim in My Stretto Motorized Wheelchair”

The Gamble of Hotel Beds and Wheelchair Users

If you ask any power wheelchair user what they worry most about when staying at a hotel, I am willing to bet that “bed height” at least makes the top five. I think we all worry about whether the hotel does have an accessible bathroom or pathways that are actually as wide as they shouldContinue reading “The Gamble of Hotel Beds and Wheelchair Users”

How to Jazz Up Your Wheelchair

If you’re anything like me, you see your wheelchair as an extension of your body. It’s a part of you, and you want it to reflect who you are, just as your clothes reflect who you are. Thankfully, when we order our wheelchairs, we can put a little bit of our personalities into them, suchContinue reading “How to Jazz Up Your Wheelchair”

Babysitting at iLevel®

Now that we are vaccinated and able to spend time with our families, my husband and I had our nieces and nephews at our house for a sleepover last weekend! We usually have a big sleepover with all five of them at least three times a year, but the pandemic kept them away from usContinue reading “Babysitting at iLevel®”

31 Years is Enough Notice

July 26, 2021, marks the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act! Every year the Disability Community celebrates this day because the Americans with Disabilities Act is, as Justin Dart put it, “the world’s first declaration of equality for people with disabilities.” 31 years later, we recognize that while the ADA did not solveContinue reading “31 Years is Enough Notice”

Preparing for EmpowHER Camp

In a previous blog, I shared that I recently launched a nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls and women with disabilities called Disability EmpowHer Network. In that post, I shared a bit about two of our programs: Letter from a Role Model and EmpowHer Camp.  Now that some time has passed, I am excited to giveContinue reading “Preparing for EmpowHER Camp”

Building an Accessible Playground

In January of 2020, I participated in a news interview about playground accessibility. A young girl in the Rochester area named Santii was selling hot cocoa for $1 per cup in order to raise money for an accessible swing. Santii wanted to do this because when she was playing on a playground, she noticed anotherContinue reading “Building an Accessible Playground”