What’s Wrong Wednesday: Student With A Disability Denied Class Trip To Disneyland

Madison Wolanyk is just like every other 14-year-old, except she was born with cerebral palsy, spina bifida and autism. Madison has developmental delays and needs a wheelchair to get around, but she goes to school like everyone else and leads as normal a life as possible. Part of being a normal kid is going on…
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Motivational Monday: Are You Dancing Or Sitting On The Sidelines?

“Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor.” (H. Jackson Brown Jr) Are you sitting on the sidelines of life waiting for opportunities to find you? Or, are you actively taking steps toward your goals and dreams. No matter what you have done in the past, you can choose to do something new and…
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Freedom Friday: Meeting And Balancing Our Basic Needs

Freedom Resource Center for Independent Living’s mission is to help individuals with disabilities increase their independence so that they are equal and valued participants in society.  Meeting and making decisions as to how we meet are basic needs is an integral part of independence and integration. Choice theory states that all behavior is a result…
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What’s Wrong Wednesday: A Passenger With A Disability Was Removed From American Airline Flight

On March 27, 2017, Mark E. Smith, a regular contributor to New Mobility and power chair user with cerebral palsy, was removed with no explanation from his Los Angeles to Philadelphia flight by American Airlines staff. The incident began after Smith had transferred to his row 27 seat, and the doors were about to close for an 11:30…
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Motivational Monday: The Role We Play In Other People’s Success

“We all go through challenges — some you can see, most you can’t.  Society is increasingly placing people in silos based on biases and ideologies. We must look past the surface and be confronted with the truth that none of us are what you can see. There’s more to us than that, and we’re all dealing with things that you…
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