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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

Three Questions to Inspire Happiness

Who am I? This is a loaded question no doubt, but before we can even hope to improve our outlook, we must become intimately aware of every nook and cranny of our being.  We must come to fully understand ourselves so that we may come to understand our actions and feelings. While I hesitate to … Continue reading

Caring leads to change

There is no question that living with a disability is difficult. It is! Really, really difficult! It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, fall into a “why even bother” mode and bow to the limitations that your disability presents. We get it! Sometimes, it’s just plain easier to throw in the towel…to simply stop caring. One of … Continue reading

Today and Every Day is Your Day

Let us not make resolutions in the New Year, but instead reflect on who we are and who we wish to become. Let the wise words of these men and women carry you on your journey and remain with you, always… “Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with … Continue reading