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Life After Paralysis is a blog that represents a variety of paralysis community members. It is a place for open conversation about the issues and the interests of people living with paralysis, their family, friends, caregivers, and the professionals that serve them.
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Category: Culture Category
I attended the Dallas Cowboys
vs Kansas City Chiefs
game at Aarowhead Stadium
on September 15th as an early birthday present. My friend Carrie (also in a wheelchair), her friend Maria, and my dad attended the game with me. We had great seats in the club level near the end zone. We could see everything on the field and everything around it. The seats were some of the best I have had when it came to seeing a football game. However, I was a little ticked off at how many able bodied people were in this section. Now, I understand that there is a rule out there that the stadium and/or venues can sell those tickets if the game is sold out and those are the only seats available. That’s all fine and good, but Carrie and I went through hell to get the accessible tickets a couple of months ago. Read More
I make no secret of my gushing fandom of Teal Sherer's scripted comedy, My Gimpy Life. I find it smart, realistically funny and some of the most impactful advocacy I've ever witnessed. Over the last year, I've been fortunate to get to know Teal and I was really lucky that in between pre-production meetings she was able to speak to me about her life and her show for this blog. Read More
I’m taking a risk, jumping out of my box, doing something completely different with my published writing. A first for me. I’m taking a risk and hoping you will too. Read More
We've talked before about my decision to sell my already modified home in order to move closer to the neighborhood where I spend most of my time. That's going to mean renovations to make whatever home I purchase accessible so that I can function independently.
I'm excited and frightened in equal measure. I got some things wrong when I did this house, moving will allow me the opportunity to get those things right. But, what if? What if I can't find an acceptable home to modify or I start and run into unforeseen problems or what if I don't budget properly or I get something painfully wrong? “What if” keeps me up a lot of nights.Read More
What is wrong with the media in this world? Since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
, advocates have been beseeching the media and the general public to use appropriate language whenever describing people with disabilities. It is very irritating when almost any article referring to disability or wheelchairs reverts back to the outmoded language of decades ago. It is even more irritating when that language originates from people with disabilities or the organizations that serve us. Read More
I discovered the Rolling Diva, Bethany Hoppe through our mutual friend, Teal Sherer. (I love that I have smart engaged friends.
Bethany's new project,"Pennhurst: The Divas Will Rise," immediately caught my attention. As an advocate with an interest in the history of disability I recognized that notorious name. Read More
Hollywood can't have it both ways. If audiences are open to stories about people with disabilities should actors with disabilities be cast in those roles? Is it acceptable for able actors to portray characters with disabilities and if so, is there an obligation toward accuracy and authenticity?Read More