Hot Disability Issues

A hot issue currently is an employee’s ability to keep their job when they have to take time off due to an illness or disability and the duty of an employer to accommodate them while maintaining a productive workplace. Although the Americans with Disability Act (“Act”) has been in effect for some years, its provisions became muddled and diminished through various court decisions....more

Our Disabled Parking Pass Is None of Your Business

Why someone needs a disabled parking pass is none of your damn business, just so you know. Folks don't have the passes if they don't need them, and as they go through an official process of applications and approvals to get that pass, your opinion is irrelevant -- even if you can’t tell what the person’s disability is. ...more
Many people don't seem to know that there are "indivisible disabilities."  I've heard many ...more

Starting again

Life is not the way i intended. Life never is what you expect.  Not for us at least.You see our darling daughter has Cerebral palsy. This isnt new to us but the condition becomes more obvious with every passing day and we face new challenges, with her and with our own view of the world.We know that our lives have to change and we have to change with them. That is exactly what i plan to do. It really isnt that difficult.I need to be home with baby girl...fact. I need to earn a living...fact....more

Thoughts on Attending BlogHer '13 with a Disability

There are many blog posts about the mega BlogHer event that concluded in Chicago almost two weeks ago. Each one I read was wonderful, detailing the unique camaraderie between bloggers, discussing the brands at the Expo Hall, and summing up what each blogger learned both from the sessions and their own personal experiences. As a writer and a health advocate, I can’t sit still without using my own voice about BlogHer from the point of view of a midlifer and someone living with a disability. ...more
cgermans Thanks Christie!  What a lovely thing to say.more

9 ways having a disability is awesome

I have a physical disability: I was born without fingers on my right hand. Don’t worry, it’s cool. Bitches love nubbins.…Actually, no they don’t. I’m not even sure why I said that. I think it’s because I was trying really hard to make this a post that had no swearing or inappropriate humor, and I cracked after two sentences.Sorry....more

Don't Go Near Him. Something Is Wrong with Him

One day when I went to the pet supply store to get dog food, I took Rugby with me. It was a rainy day and there were very few people in the store. As always, Rugby was scoping out everything at his eye level. I was focused on my errand and we were walking in that direction when I heard people talking....more

D is for Disability

Cross-posted on Living off Script on 12/13/12NOTE: A slightly different version of this post appeared on my old blog in November 2009. Three years later, it's still relevant, in that my current depressive episode has left me dis-abled, so I thought I'd share it here....more

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Don't Be an Ass

  We are all asses.  There-- I said it.  You.  Me.  Your mom and dad.  The President.  Mother Teresa.  Your priest.  Your mail carrier....more