THE STAR OF THE SHOW

Nov 30, 2010
THE STAR OF THE SHOW

At this joyous season it is a bit surprising to reflect upon the many little hurts and wounds children can receive.


Tricia Downing: Redefining Able

Nov 29, 2010
Tricia Downing: Redefining Able

Imagine a moment so dramatic that it could define you for the rest of your days. That it could change what you do, how you do it and call into question every dream you’ve ever dared to chase. What happens when you arrive back at square one?


The Controversy Behind “The Cure”: Friend or Foe?

Nov 29, 2010

The current discourse, which caters to the support for the advancement toward a ‘cure,’ is a highly controversial topic within the disability rights community. Yet when the discussion towards finding a ‘cure’ arises more often than not very little tribute goes to activists with disabilities who speak against the need for a ‘cure’.


Go Instead Where There Is No Path?

Nov 26, 2010
Go Instead Where There Is No Path?

In the news today I read a story about how a man was ticketed for riding on a main road in his wheelchair while going to the store (see the story here). The police and the man seem to disagree about the details of the story, and I do not know enough to make a judgment call about who is right, but what I found most interesting is a short, passing statement at the end of the article that said:


Going for A Walk-Part 4

Nov 26, 2010
Going for A Walk-Part 4

Passion for the Work-

When someone takes on a role as a personal fitness professional, it is because they have a passion for it. The spectrum of individuals that come into the profession is as broad as the day is long, with different expertise and different goals. As a full- time occupation dedicated to helping people make changes in their lives through guidance, support, and motivation, it requires the provider to be very giving of themselves.


Stretching Safely: A Personal Perspective

Nov 25, 2010
Stretching Safely: A Personal Perspective

I would like to begin this blog by saying that I believe everyone can exercise, but exercise must be done in a safe manner to avoid injury.  The best way to do this is to listen to your body and if you feel that something is wrong, whether something is hurting or just does not  feel right, just back out of the exercise.


Oooh! That looks so GOOD!

Nov 25, 2010
Oooh! That looks so GOOD!

About this time of year we enter the festival of foods and family: Thanksgiving.

And Thanksgiving Day is just the beginning of the party season with its abundance of cookies, candy, pie, cakes and other delights of the season.  It brings us joy to share delicious foods and special drinks with our family and friends. Delicious at the time! But we are so sorry afterwards.


What Kind of Society Are We?

Nov 24, 2010

I recently read about a lawsuit filed by a girl here in Chicago against her condo association (http://www.chicagotalks.org/2010/11/17/building-resident-files-discrimination-complaint-against-condominium-association/). The plaintiff is a young girl in her 20’s who uses a wheelchair and also has a dog but apparently dogs are only allowed to enter/exit the building through alternative routes . . . .


Going for a Walk-Part 3

Nov 24, 2010
Going for a Walk-Part 3

The Framework of Co-Leadership-

My work and collaboration with James House has been successful due to a number of factors including:


86-yr-old Bedridden Granny with a Disability Tasered Twice by Police Officers

Nov 23, 2010
86-yr-old Bedridden Granny with a Disability Tasered Twice by Police Officers

From the land of wow-that’s-crazy comes this story of an 86-year-old bedridden grandmother with a disability who police officers tasered twice