Fighting the Stigma of Power Wheelchairs

Kids love machines. We recently got a new gadget that infuses still water with carbonation to cut down on our family’s consumption of single-use sparkling water bottles and cans. Observing this device in action was a major event when we hosted one of my kids’ playmates for dinner recently.  As exciting as a seltzer makerContinue reading “Fighting the Stigma of Power Wheelchairs”

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”

Things People Say to Me and My Husband

My husband and I have been together for over three years. We’ve been married for about seven months. We have a home together, some cats and dogs, stable jobs and disagree about at what temperature the thermostat should be set. All in all, I’d say we’re a pretty average couple. Despite how boringly average weContinue reading “Things People Say to Me and My Husband”

National Women’s Checkup Day

Every year, the second Monday of May is National Women’s Checkup Day and it is part of National Women’s Health Week. National Women’s Health Week starts on Mother’s Day every year and is a weeklong health observance to remind women and girls to make their health a priority and take care of themselves. It isContinue reading “National Women’s Checkup Day”

Finding the Right Nurse or Caregiver

Living with a disability comes with many challenges. One of those challenges is finding a capable caregiver. My condition doesn’t allow me to do anything for myself, which is why I need a nurse. My doctors recommend that a nurse helps me for 16 hours a day. Why I Need a Nurse I need aContinue reading “Finding the Right Nurse or Caregiver”

Friends as Caregivers

While disability comes in all shapes, sizes and diagnoses, caregiving options are more limited. Most people with disabilities will fall into one or more care categories at any given time: independent, receiving care from a family member, friend, significant other or agency. The most complex of these relationships is that of a significant other andContinue reading “Friends as Caregivers”

Expanding Access to Role Models for Girls with Disabilities

Back in November, I told you about the new nonprofit organization I co-founded, Disability EmpowHer Network. Disability EmpowHer Network is dedicated to connecting, motivating, and guiding disabled girls and women to grow, learn, and develop their highest potential and gain the confidence to lead. When I first shared the news about Disability EmpowHer Network, we only hadContinue reading “Expanding Access to Role Models for Girls with Disabilities”

Girls with SCI Need Women Mentors with SCI

Anyone can benefit from mentoring, but I cannot stress enough that girls and young women with SCI need women mentors with SCI. Women mentors with SCI can help girls with SCI with their development, academic achievement and self-esteem to improve high school graduation rates and employment rates as adults. Studies show us that girls withContinue reading “Girls with SCI Need Women Mentors with SCI”

People with Disabilities and Vaccinations

For some people with disabilities, it has been a bit difficult to get vaccinated. While living in Wyoming, it has been easy to stay safe and isolated in my small town. I am scheduled to get my vaccine on Wednesday. Here is some information to help you understand some of the tips or procedures thatContinue reading “People with Disabilities and Vaccinations”

Important Days for People with Disabilities

Whether you are someone who has a disability or considers yourself an advocate for people with disabilities, there are some important days each year that you should know about. These days promote and celebrate individuals with disabilities. Participating in and spreading awareness about these days are ways that you can advocate for the disability community.Continue reading “Important Days for People with Disabilities”