Special Needs, Differently abled, Crippled? Why don’t I like these terms?

There are a lot of different terms people use to identify a disabled person but to be honest I don't like most of them. Most of the terms that are used to identify a disabled person I think are very negative and I don't prefer to identify myself in that way. People still do identify … Continue reading Special Needs, Differently abled, Crippled? Why don’t I like these terms?

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Guest post: Three times inaccessibility had a negative impact on my life

  Accessibility does not end at ramps and when you are not easily accessible for a disabled person we feel excluded and it can have a huge negative impact on us. There have been a few times when Karly has had to deal with inaccessibility and today she explains how it negatively affected her. Growing … Continue reading Guest post: Three times inaccessibility had a negative impact on my life

Seven things that frustrate wheelchair users

Wheelchair users are often very frustrated by some of the things that are said or done by abled people. Abled people often times don't mean to frustrate wheelchair users but more often than not that is what they end up doing without out realizing it. I am only a part-wheelchair so there aren't quite as … Continue reading Seven things that frustrate wheelchair users

How filmmakers can make movies with disabled characters better

I am always looking for new movies about disabled people but to be totally honest every time I watch one about a disabled person I am very disappointed. Filmmakers do not hire actual disabled people to play disabled characters but instead, they hire abled people to play them so that makes these movies very unrealistic … Continue reading How filmmakers can make movies with disabled characters better

Things you should never say to a handicapped person(part 2)

Sometimes an abled person may say things to a disabled person because they think they are funny but a disabled person may not see it that way and maybe very offended. In a previous post, I talked about things you should never say to a handicapped person but since there are so many things you … Continue reading Things you should never say to a handicapped person(part 2)

Things to think about before you say “you’re so retarded”

Has a friend or family member ever offended you by the language they use? Sometimes, people, we are close to may offend us with the language they use without even realizing how wrong it is. Calling someone retarded is very offensive to the developmentally and intellectually disabled and should not be in your vocabulary. Before … Continue reading Things to think about before you say “you’re so retarded”

Why I have been discouraged from shopping at JCPenney’s

When was the last time you went into a dressing room at your local department store? If you are abled that is probably not a big deal but if you are disabled not having an accessible dressing room can be a huge problem. Last week my sister Kim took me to the mall and it … Continue reading Why I have been discouraged from shopping at JCPenney’s

Why you shouldn’t use a handicapped parking sticker if you do not need it

I cannot tell you how many times I have gone out and all the handicapped spots are filled. Chances are, most of them are probably being occupied by someone who is not disabled. Using a handicapped sticker or taking an accessible space just because you want a closer parking spot is not only lazy but … Continue reading Why you shouldn’t use a handicapped parking sticker if you do not need it