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”

Amanda Brown is Loving Life in Her Quantum Power Wheelchair

When asked what her favorite thing is about her Quantum Power Wheelchair, Amanda Lynn Brown couldn’t pick just one. “I love everything about it!” Amanda said. Thanks to her Edge 3 Stretto® Power Chair, Amanda has discovered just how wonderful independence can be. Staying Active and Independent in her Community Amanda was born with spinaContinue reading “Amanda Brown is Loving Life in Her 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?”

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 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”

The Fear of Damage When Flying with My Quantum Power Wheelchair

This summer, I took two round-trip flights across the country with my Quantum Power Wheelchair. In late July, I flew with my mom to Washington, D.C., and back. In mid-August, we flew to Albany, N.Y., and back, changing planes in Chicago. The July trip was the first time I ever flew with a power wheelchair,Continue reading “The Fear of Damage When Flying with My Quantum Power Wheelchair”

Sharing EmpowHer Camp in Pittsburgh

In October my organization, Disability EmpowHer Network, was invited to Pittsburgh, PA, to present at a Volunteer Leadership Workshop hosted by the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF). MEAF was established by the Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and is dedicated to helping youth with disabilities maximize their potential and participation in society. Disability EmpowHer Network is gratefulContinue reading “Sharing EmpowHer Camp in Pittsburgh”

New Condos Create Disabled Parking Spaces for Vans

In my previous blog, I wrote about the lack of disabled parking spots in public places like grocery stores and strip malls. So, when a new condo complex was being built about 1 mile down the road from where I live, I was curious. Nobody really knew anything about it or how many units wereContinue reading “New Condos Create Disabled Parking Spaces for Vans”

How to Practice Sun Safety When You Have a Disability

While many people are experiencing fall and getting ready for winter, it’s a different environment down here in Florida. In mid-October, we experienced a 92-degree day with total sunshine. If you are not careful, you can get a sunburn quickly. Here’s what you should know about sun safety. The Importance of Sun Safety A whileContinue reading “How to Practice Sun Safety When You Have a Disability”