Weighing in on the Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the ADA

The 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has the theme of Celebrate, Learn, Share for this year’s July 2020 celebration of the ADA. For someone who is disabled, who wants to work and can work, but cannot find work, the ADA can seem to ring hollow without anything to back it up.... Continue Reading →

As History Repeats, We Must Rise Up, We Must Vote

In 1775 before the Declaration of Independence and Revolutionary War, our founding fathers struggled with how to deal with the richest man in the world, the King of England, who basically ignored the colonies except as a source of taxes and additional wealth--"taxation without representation."  In 1775 the colonists first prepared a “Declaration of Dependence,”... Continue Reading →

2020: A Future With Us?

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." ~ Alice Walker The 2015 version of this article started with despair. A lament that our elected officials didn't hear us, or worse, they didn't care to hear us. The needs of Americans with disabilities, their families and allies... Continue Reading →

Developing Healthy Social Media Habits

Over the past several decades, with the advent of social media and hand-held smart devices, we have become increasingly connected to the world around us. Yet, studies show we are feeling lonelier than ever. When social media platforms such as Facebook emerged, they offered a way to reconnect with long lost friends and out of... Continue Reading →

Forest Bathing: Healing in Nature

Can simply being in nature really improve your health? Studies (and Japanese traditions) say yes. Of course escaping into nature for a few hours is not going to magically cure our chronic illnesses or erase disability, but the benefits of regularly “bathing” yourself in nature are clear. Forest Bathing, known as Shinrin-yoku in Japan, was... Continue Reading →

An Inclusive Society Starts With You

Inclusive. It’s a word that's been buzzing around for some time now. It inspires awards and congratulations for businesses who hire disabled people. It makes “honorary” teammates out of disabled students. It begets news stories about a "Good Samaritan" who helps a wheelchair user stuck on a snowy sidewalk. It results in those memes that... Continue Reading →

An Advocate’s Resolve

If we judge 2018 through social media alone...the twitter tirades, the sarcastic memes, the name calling, the ugly debate threads, the nauseating generalizations, the anger, so much anger (justifiably so)…one might think every ounce of humanity has left us. While sucked into this black hole of incivility, with bleary eyes and mouth agape, I sometimes... Continue Reading →

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