Rock On! A Dancer with a Disability Joins the Rockettes

Can’t  spot the one with the disability? That’s the whole point! It’s so great to see people with disabilities making their way into our most visible symbols of Americana. And Sydney Mesher is a great example. Obviously, she is not letting her disability keep her from living the life she wants. You go, girl! https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/24/us/disabled-radio-city-rockette-history-trnd/?hpt=ob_blogfooterold Continue reading Rock On! A Dancer with a Disability Joins the Rockettes

Communicating “Normally” with People who have Disabilities

The following New York Times article gives many common-sense ideas about interacting with people who have disabilities. In reading it, I realized that very little is new. It just reminds us of the value of treating EVERYONE with dignity and respect. ____________________________________________________________________________________ https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/02/opinion/disabled-human-rights.html Continue reading Communicating “Normally” with People who have Disabilities

Welcome to the Real World, “Wheelchair Barbie” and Friends!

  https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/12/us/barbie-doll-disabilities-trnd/index.html Okay, I’ll admit it – on some level I wanted to look like Barbie. Even though I intellectually knew that she wasn’t real and didn’t resemble any person I knew, that skinny piece of painted plastic still had the power to make me feel woefully inferior, if I let it. There was something about her silent perfection that could not help but scream … Continue reading Welcome to the Real World, “Wheelchair Barbie” and Friends!

Play Ball – Legally

The baseball season is fast approaching, and that includes Little League. These are indelible symbols of our American values, but they still must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In 1992,  Little League, Inc. adopted a policy saying that coaches in wheelchairs were not allowed on the baseball field, but had to coach from the dugout. After one tries to visualize how that could … Continue reading Play Ball – Legally