“A Hopeful, Joyous Documentary With An Activist Spirit” (Marshall Shaffer)

Depressed, stuck at home and looking for some inspiration? You can’t do better than “Crip Camp,” a documentary that is currently streaming on Netflix. Produced by Barrack and Michelle Obama, the movie traces the development of “Camp Jened,” a summer camp created for disabled teens in the late 60’s in upstate New York. It is an unvarnished look at the reality of living with a … Continue reading “A Hopeful, Joyous Documentary With An Activist Spirit” (Marshall Shaffer)

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!

You made it off the plane – now what?

Holiday traveling is hard for everyone, but it can be particularly treacherous for people with disabilities. I know that with my multiple sclerosis, I must be continually looking forward (to avoid being knocked over) and down (to keep from tripping on piece of gum or a sidewalk crack). Nevertheless, I (and so many others I know) am determined to make it home for the holidays. … Continue reading You made it off the plane – now what?

Confusion and Abuse Feed off Each Other when it Comes to Service Animals

We’ve all seen or heard the bizarre stories: the dog…snake…pig…bird…that wreaks havoc when it is traveling around with its owner. But because the owner refers to it as a “service” or “emotional support” animal, everyone is afraid to complain about it. Then we hear about the situation earlier this summer: a woman who was legally blind called AAA because her car had broken down. However, … Continue reading Confusion and Abuse Feed off Each Other when it Comes to Service Animals

Hurricane Harvey and People with Disabilities

In 2010, Craig Fugate wrote about Benilda Caixeta, “who was paralyzed from her shoulders down. [S]he was one of many residents of New Orleans, Louisiana, still trying to evacuate when Hurricane Katrina struck on August 29, 2005. But despite her repeated calls to the local transportation system that served people with disabilities, as well as to 911, help never arrived. She was found dead in … Continue reading Hurricane Harvey and People with Disabilities

As Hurricane Harvey Barrels Towards Texas, People with Disabilities Should be Prepared

This morning, it looks like every national news channel is politely screaming at Texas residents to get out of the way of Hurricane Harvey. Reluctant reporters are trying to stay neutral as they ask some people why they are determined to defy the evacuation orders and “ride it out.” The answers are predictable: “I want to protect my family – animals – farm…” I’m not … Continue reading As Hurricane Harvey Barrels Towards Texas, People with Disabilities Should be Prepared