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


Microchip Will Allow Individuals with Paraplegia to Exercise Paralyzed Limbs

Nov 23, 2010
Microchip Will Allow Individuals with Paraplegia to Exercise Paralyzed Limbs

Engineers have developed a microchip muscle simulator that will enable people with paraplegia to exercise their paralyzed muscles.


Just Sitting There Can Kill a Person!

Nov 23, 2010
Just Sitting There Can Kill a Person!

A new study has proposed a link between the amount of time a person spends sitting, and death. While most of us have heard that a lack of physical activity has been shown to contribute to type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity; we did not know that the discussion has ranged as far as linking simply sitting to early death.


A Necessary Evil?

Nov 23, 2010
A Necessary Evil?

On the bus ride to work this morning, as I sat there listening to my music while looking out the window and mentally sorting through my day, I noticed the following signs on the front door to a restaurant:


Who Is an Expert?

Nov 22, 2010

In the 15 years that I have been working with people who have disabilities, I have continuously gained new insight and information about various conditions.  In my line of work, I interact daily with people who are living with different disabilities and conditions.  Many have the same disability and yet much like snowflakes, no two people experience their disabilities in the same way.  The question I ask today, what exactly is the definition of an expert?  Can any person really master any disability or illness to the point of calling themselves an ‘Expert’?


Worst Bachelorette Prank EVER Leaves Bride-to-be Paralyzed & Unmarried

Nov 22, 2010
Worst Bachelorette Prank EVER Leaves Bride-to-be Paralyzed & Unmarried

All kinds of crazy things might happen at a bachelorette party, but the bridesmaid’s prank left the bride-to-be a quadriplegic and unmarried.


Staying Active During the Winter Months

Nov 19, 2010
Staying Active During the Winter Months

Winter is fast approaching.  The days are getting shorter. I look outside at 5pm and wonder why it id dark?  During winter I often times find myself more tired and sluggish, as opposed to other times during the year when it is warm and there is more sunlight. Thus, since I feel tired and sluggish, it is easier for me to find excuses not to be active.


Going for A Walk-Part 2

Nov 19, 2010
Going for A Walk-Part 2

The partnership with James began in December 2009. He made it clear to me during our workout sessions that he understands my goals and has embraced them. Together we may experiment with adaptive exercises, but I am not a specimen and James has never treated me as one. He is courteous and has a thoughtful professionalism. He periodically checks in to gain feedback for exercise progression and fatigue levels as we work.