We often struggle with access in our neighborhoods and we wonder how our city compares to others. Now we can find out how well our city compares to others by reading “Top Cities for Disability” lifestyle satisfaction created by The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
Everybody needs a helping hand from time to time, so instead of a service dog to assist a person with disabilities, how about two helping hands in the form of a Monkey Helper?
Many years ago Reebok ran a great commercial based on Newton’s Laws of motion. The take away from that commercial was “A body in motion, stays in motion and a body at rest stays at rest”. I wonder if Newton knew that within his statement was the perfect exercise prescription!
I recently had the opportunity to have lunch and good conversation with two individuals living with Fibromyalgia (among other conditions), but Fibro was their common thread. What struck me though, was how different their experiences were not only with Fibro itself, but even more so, how different their experiences with healthcare, and specifically healthcare professionals, were.
I live in the city, and there isn’t much chance of me doing a technical mountain climb. But I do get out with my family on the bike trail along Lake Michigan almost every day. Every day there are hundreds of us out there running, walking, wheeling and moving in every way imaginable along the Chicago Parks and Recreation trail that runs 36 miles along the lakeshore.
I’ve been a student for nearly all of my adult life – and the two short years I took off between my first and second rounds of graduate school, I spent working in campus recreation.
Johnnie Tuitel is an advocate and motivation speaker with cerebral palsy who was traveling to a give a speech in Kansas City to the National Self Advocacy Conference about people with disabilities. Johnnie’s wheelchair had been tagged, taken to be loaded as baggage, and he was already seated when a U.S. Airways gate agent returned with a narrow aisle chair to take Johnnie off the plane. Johnnie said people were pointing and staring at him. He was embarrassed and “humiliated” when U.S. Airways removed him from the flight because he was “too disabled to fly.”
Whether or not to place your loved one in a group home is a tough decision, often talked through with a case worker. In Texas, at a privately owned group home, the case manager exploited and swindled more than a dozen residents with disabilities while he was entrusted with managing their money.
In a culture overwhelmed with images of beauty and perfection, how does the average person achieve the seemingly unobtainable goal of being beautiful? Can every person regardless of his or her genetic predisposition be deemed attractive or good-looking?
With the economy as it is, times are tough for everyone, but there is no excuse for this “class act.”