Freedom Friday: Disability And Independence

The “fundamental nature” of Independent Living is “a philosophy of consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access, and individual and system advocacy”.  Consumer control means that the individuals with a disability assets control over his or her personal life choices, and in addition, has control over his or her independent living plan, making informed…
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What’s Wrong Wednesday: Poorly Designed Businesses Aren’t Just Annoying, They Can Be Dehumanizing

Often, when we think of “accessible design,” we think of people in wheelchairs, hearing aids or dark glasses for the blind; but there are thousands of individuals who have an invisible disability.  About 15% of the world’s population—about a billion people—have some form of disability, according to World Bank data.  Wheelchair users only make up about…
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Motivational Monday: An Invitation To Our True Self

“I have sent you my invitation, the note inscribed on the palm of my hand by the fire of living. Don’t jump up and shout, “Yes, this is what I want! Let’s do it!” Just stand up quietly and dance with me.” Our ability to live in a way that is consistent with our longing—our…
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Freedom Friday: When The Tough Days Are Ahead Of You

When life sucks you under, you can kick against the bottom, find the surface, and breathe again. When you experience a loss of dreams during your life, you can find yourself in a deep fog of grief, a void, an emptiness that fills your heart and your lungs, constricts your ability to think or even…
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What’s Wrong Wednesday: Concern For Disability Civil Rights?

Attorney General Jeff Session’s Department of Justice just dropped its appeal of a key disability rights case, causing fear among the disabled community and their advocates.  The suit involves a sheriff’s deputy, Emily Hall, in Richmond Virginia, who had heart surgery in 2012 and was unable to return to work in her old position. The…
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