I don't know who in my house was more excited about the release of Finding Dory, my two toddlers or my 36-year-old, mid-life self. (Don't judge me.) We've been talking about the movie for months, and I even made my daughters a "Days to Dory" countdown calendar for our kitchen. Every day, Nuala would place a special Dory-themed sticker on one of the numbers, helping us keep track of the days remaining until we could finally see this fish-tastic flick!...more
I was sitting in one of those canvas painting classes, waving a paintbrush back and forth in a very amateur attempt to recreate Monet’s Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lillies (spoiler: as you can see below, I’m not an artist and the end result bore little resemblance to the original)....more
Spring is here, meaning prom season is upon us. As much as my 33-year-old self loves the vicarious joy in seeing what the kids are into — which is decidedly not French twists and chokers anymore — I shudder at the thought that my news feed will soon be inundated with a certain kind of prom-posal that stresses me out.
The kind of stories and videos I'm talking about are ones you're surely used to seeing in your own feeds: ones where a person with disability is asked out to the big dance.
Is voicing your dissenting opinion on appearance more important than someone else’s discovery of their own happiness and power?You would like to think that woman-on-woman crime is a thing of the past. After all, didn’t we all see Mean Girls?But that leap of faith into the waiting arms of fellow sisters is still something that I would hesitate to undertake with an unfortunate number of ladies that I encounter....more
Would you like to know you made a difference or truly positive impact in someone’s life? By practicing random acts of kindness, and paying it forward, you can do just that. This is especially true and appreciated in healthcare — it can positively impact a patient’s day, treatment, and overall disposition....more
On Saturday morning of Labour Day weekend 2014, Frank Stack, 82, left his house in Elmhurst, Illinois and drove to the group home where his son, Francis, 48, lived with five other men with developmental disabilities. Mr. Stack, a regular visitor to the home, told the supervisor on duty he’d have his son back later that day.Next, the father drove to another group home where his daughter, Mary, 57 also developmentally disabled, resided. He told staff there that his wife, Joan, who was very ill, wanted to see her daughter....more
Transportation is the key to independence. People with physical disabilities want the same freedom driving their own automobiles along with everyone else. Whether you are a veteran, the aging, recovering from a stroke or you have a physical limitation, driving is not out of your reach. ...more