Being Disabled and in Love

Love, dating and relationships are hot topics in and outside the disability community. There are many questions, concerns and emotions conveyed, but the bottom line is that people with disabilities are worthy of love just like anyone else. I met my fiancé while in high school. Before him, I never wanted to date another disabledContinue reading “Being Disabled and in Love”

Andraéa LaVant is Shaping the World

Although freedom means many things to Andraéa LaVant, one definition recently became a reality to her. My power wheelchair that I’d had for over seven years began to malfunction,” Andraéa said. “I’d grown accustomed to the independence that the push of a button could bring.” Andraéa resides in Tempe, Arizona. She has with spinal muscularContinue reading “Andraéa LaVant is Shaping the World”

Helpful Snow Cleanup Tips for Wheelchair Users

It’s February in New York. If you live anywhere in the northeast, you know that February usually brings a lot of snow. For me, snow is not my friend. It means I have to stay inside because of the cold. Plus, when all that white stuff covers the ground, it can be very challenging toContinue reading “Helpful Snow Cleanup Tips for Wheelchair Users”

The Importance of Power Adjustable Seat Height (PASH)

When I was 12 years old, I started going to the mall with my friends. My dad noticed that I just couldn’t keep up with the other girls. My dad suggested I get a power wheelchair and I fought him on it. I told him I didn’t want to use a wheelchair because people wouldContinue reading “The Importance of Power Adjustable Seat Height (PASH)”

What I Love Most About My Stretto Wheelchair

My Stretto is my first power wheelchair. When I sat down with my representative to customize my wheelchair…woah! There are A LOT more choices compared to making selections for a manual wheelchair! As is usually my go-to when I’m entering uncharted disability-related waters, I checked with friends and colleagues in our disability community to askContinue reading “What I Love Most About My Stretto Wheelchair”

How to Host Parties and Celebrations During a Pandemic

It’s been 2 years since the pandemic began. We’re still adjusting for ways to be safe and have fun. Once I realized that COVID-19 wasn’t going away any time soon, I started to get creative. Here are some ideas of how you can show your family and friends how much you care about them onContinue reading “How to Host Parties and Celebrations During a Pandemic”

How My New Power Chair Gives Me Back My Freedom

Freedom. That word has so many meanings, depending on who you ask. As a black and physically disabled woman, freedom certainly means different things, depending on the day. One aspect of freedom became more real to me toward the end of last year. My power wheelchair that I’d had for over seven years (I know,Continue reading “How My New Power Chair Gives Me Back My Freedom”

Important Things to Do to Prepare for Severe Winter Storms

Recently, we had a pretty big snowstorm here in Rochester, but that really isn’t anything new for us. I grew up here and can tell you that snowstorms are one of my favorite parts of living in Upstate New York. Many people ask me how I can tolerate living in a snowy city as aContinue reading “Important Things to Do to Prepare for Severe Winter Storms”

Our Exciting Plans for Building a Wheelchair Accessible Home

My husband and I are working with our architect to get into the nitty gritty of our house plans! This is very exciting for us because it feels like the pandemic has put our house building on the back burner for far too long. We are really looking forward to building our dream home thatContinue reading “Our Exciting Plans for Building a Wheelchair Accessible Home”

How I Experience the World in My Stretto

At the end of December, my first-ever power chair was delivered! I’m ecstatic to be a new ambassador for Quantum and to share my journey with you. I am a mom of three and a professor who studies, writes and talks about disability…a lot! I have osteogenesis imperfecta. My bones break easily and I’m aContinue reading “How I Experience the World in My Stretto”