What is normal?

I do not think it means what you think it means, pt 2

What is normal? Ask 100 people, get 100 answers. The truth is, there is no such thing as “normal,” and that fact becomes more evident each and every day. We constantly hear about “normalizing” disabilities, especially for children, by making them more visible, more acceptable, and more a part of […]

Just another day at the SSA office in Charlotte, NC.

Your tax dollars at work

I’m not one of those people who are proud to be collecting government benefits. It is not something I talk about much, but I do it because it is a necessary evil in my life. Realistically, my employment options are limited due to my osteogenesis imperfecta and using a wheelchair, […]

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About that time…I shut down a skating rink

When I was 8 years old, I was involved in that girlhood tradition known as the Girl Scouts. To be specific, I was a Brownie – and only a Brownie – throughout my GS career. Scouting wasn’t really my thing. Even though I wasn’t going to continue on to the […]

Logo for Americans With Disabilities Act 25th anniversary

25 Years and Counting

Sunday, July 26, 2015, marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and my local paper made a big deal out of it with a whopping two op-ed columns. Both extolled the virtues of the Act, of which there are many, and exclaimed over the progress made since […]

I'd rather be someone's shot of whiskey than everyone's cup of tea.

Consider Me Bittersweet 1

Waaaay back in 2004, I had an incredible opportunity to write a monthly column for my local newspaper. I was just out of college, and retained aspirations of being Lois Lane. (Love me some Clark Kent.) The reason I applied in the first place was because it was an opportunity […]

The Lies We Tell Ourselves

The Lies We Tell Ourselves 1

We, as a species, lie to ourselves on a regular basis, for any number of reasons. I don’t want to focus on the myriad reasons, but rather on one lie that a more specific “we” – this “we” meaning wheelchair users – perpetuate. Recently, on social media and its ilk, […]

May 6 is Wishbone Day

Happy Wishbone Day!

Today is Wishbone Day for Osteogenesis Imperfecta Awareness. As you may know, I have OI. But rather than going into a long explanation, I’ll just let Sophia’s video take care of it. It surprised me how much her life is like mine was in kindergarten.

Mutual Distribution delivery truck on NYE 2014 parked in access aisle

Social Shaming

I am a big fan of social media shaming. Not the kind that hurts kids and leads to teenage suicide. No, I am a proponent of social media shaming that leads to a correction in behavior. Particularly when it comes to people parking illegally in and around accessible parking spots. […]

Stella Young

Inspiration Porn: I’m No Centerfold

Stella Young was a comedian and disability activist with Osteogenesis Imperfecta from Australia, who died in December 2014 at the age of 32. I am ashamed that I had not been aware of her until her death, and deeply wish I had. In this TEDtalk in Sydney, Stella touches on […]