Children’s Books that Include People in Power Wheelchairs

Reading and Bookstagram, which is an online community on Instagram that posts about books, are two of my favorite pastimes. It was through Bookstagram that I learned about the hashtag, OwnVoices, which are books written by a person whose identity or lived experience is reflected in the subject matter of the book. Given the disabilityContinue reading “Children’s Books that Include People in Power Wheelchairs”

Springtime and the Beautiful Flowers in St. Louis

During the month of May in St. Louis, everything comes alive! The foliage in the trees become thicker and greener and you can see it as the wind blows. This is the best time to check out some spots in the St. Louis area where you can see beautiful flowers and plants that you don’tContinue reading “Springtime and the Beautiful Flowers in St. Louis”

Great Spring Cleaning Tips for Wheelchair Users

My favorite time of the year is spring. I love the colors that come with it, as well as baby animals, warmer weather, and the fact that summer is on its way. I also love spring cleaning! Here are some ways that you can organize your stuff and get rid of what you don’t needContinue reading “Great Spring Cleaning Tips for Wheelchair Users”

Cooking in the Kitchen with iLevel Technology

I’ve always loved cooking fresh meals for my life partner, but it was always a struggle maneuvering around my kitchen space in my manual wheelchair at the time. My manual wheelchair was a bit wide, so turning around in tight spaces was a pain. I had to carry things on my lap so that IContinue reading “Cooking in the Kitchen with iLevel Technology”

Using iLevel Technology in My Kitchen

I’ve been living life at iLevel for over seven years now. Honestly, I do not think I could ever go back to life without iLevel. When I first learned about iLevel technology on power wheelchairs, I thought it was cool but not necessary. After using it every day for the past seven years, however, IContinue reading “Using iLevel Technology in My Kitchen”

May Day and the Value of Work

The first day of May has been celebrated as a holiday across many European cultures since the Middle Ages. May Day marks the approximate halfway point between the Vernal Equinox and the Summer Solstice. In addition, May Day has also been celebrated as International Workers Day since the late nineteenth century, a day where theContinue reading “May Day and the Value of Work”

The Best Ways to Travel with Mobility Equipment

On the tail end of the pandemic, I’ve been doing my fair share of travel this year as the world re-opens and people have begun to congregate again. Most of my traveling is for work, as I move around the continent educating people on inclusive play, playing on playgrounds, and leading design workshops. With plentyContinue reading “The Best Ways to Travel with Mobility Equipment”

Top Reasons Why iLevel is Medically Necessary for Wheelchair Users

One of the biggest and best changes that has happened in my life is when I got my Quantum® Power Wheelchair with iLevel® technology. It wasn’t easy, because my insurance company denied coverage for iLevel power adjustable seat height, stating that it wasn’t medically necessary. After fighting with insurance for so long and being deniedContinue reading “Top Reasons Why iLevel is Medically Necessary for Wheelchair Users”

The Other Side of the Hospital Room

Growing up, hospital rooms felt more like home to me than my actual home. It might sound wild to you, but I LOVED going in for surgery. I was the youngest of three kids. I shared a bedroom with my sister and we only had one TV in our house when I was little. So,Continue reading “The Other Side of the Hospital Room”

Air Travel by Persons Who Use Wheelchairs

On Thursday, March 24, 2022, the U.S. Department of Transportation held an all-day virtual public meeting on the subject of air travel by persons who use wheelchairs. Over 600 people attended the meeting. At the meeting, we heard from representatives from the Department of Transportation, including the Secretary himself. We also heard from airline industryContinue reading “Air Travel by Persons Who Use Wheelchairs”