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A Story of Being Human: Love Life, and Love Living It

This is an installment from our storytelling photography project entitled A Story Of Being Human. To learn more, check out our introductory post here.   “When I was little I went to a kids MDA camp. There were two people there, Donna and Becky. They were both older than me and when I was a … Continue reading

A Story of Being Human: Doing It My Way

This is an installment from our storytelling photography project entitled A Story Of Being Human. To learn more, check out our introductory post here.   “I always did it my own way, whatever ‘it’ is. I’ve done a lot of things I really wanted to do, Packer games, I left the country—took a road trip … Continue reading

Journaling: A path towards happiness?

In my previous article, I discussed the idea of gratefulness and how it can shift your view of the world, and life in general, for the better. I know from experience that life is not always fun, but taking steps to find the positives in life will not only make you feel happier, but also … Continue reading

Gratitude, a first step towards happiness

Written by Scott U., Edited by Lori P. Being grateful may seem simple to some of us, but to others it can seem like a chore.  We might go an entire day, or week, or maybe even a month or more, focusing on all that’s “wrong” and forget to take stock of what’s “right.” The … Continue reading

Why Long-Term Care Programs Give Me My Arms, Legs, and So Much More.

It’s been a long night. I’ve been tossing and turning. My mouth is dry; I need more water. I haven’t gotten much sleep lately, so I know this morning is going to be rough. The door unlocks, the light turns on. I’m greeted by the start of a tea kettle for my French press coffee … Continue reading

From Secret Entrances to Plywood Ramps: Navigating Your Social Life With a Disability

Your twenties are supposed to be the time where you branch out, meet new people, and experience new things for the first time.  If you’re in college, “welcome week” brings about many activities, and every weekend there’s something going on.  If you are not in school, you and your friends are all trying to balance … Continue reading

This Will Be Our Reply to Violence: To Make Music, Art, Poetry and Dance, Share Love With Family and Friends, and Live the Hope of Peace

As people of all abilities we can participate in the arts, love and the hope for peace. We can take beauty and kindness to the next level. Continue reading

Emotional Maturity and Your Road to Success

Life is riddled with obstacles and difficulties, particularly when you have a disability. It’s easy to get lost in or held back by your emotions. We all do it. It’s OK to feel disappointed. But, we cannot allow ourselves to get stuck there! We must learn to overcome disappointments and setbacks. That is a sign … Continue reading

Attitude isn’t everything…but it is something

Here in the disability community there is nothing that irks an advocate with a disability more than seeing a poster that says this… “The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” The slogan is almost always accompanied with a finely tuned athlete on runner’s blades or a beaming child in a wheelchair. Hmmm… It’s … Continue reading

A Credo for Being Human

                                1. Love yourself without hesitation or caveat. 2. Embrace failure as an essential part of your personal journey. 3. Listen. Think. Think some more. Respond. Listen some more. Repeat. 4. Search for beauty in the mundane. 5. Read every … Continue reading