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Resources & Funding Strategies for Making Homes Accessible

June 13, 2016

From Money GeekLiving with a disability is a challenge, but adapting your home can ease the burden and help you live independently. How extensively you would have to renovate varies widely based on a homeowner’s needs and a house’s age and condition. You could install a taller toilet for a

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Some Positive Aspects of “Me Before You”

June 10, 2016

Given that I am approaching my 33rd year as a quadriplegic, I was immediately interested in Me Before You when I first saw a preview of it in a theater a few months ago.My initial reaction was similar to many others with disabilities: Why wasn’t an actor with a disability

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The Inaccurate and Dangerous Message of “Me Before You”

June 3, 2016

Hollywood’s latest tearjerker, Me Before You, promotes the dangerous message that it is preferable, and somehow nobler, to choose euthanasia than it is to live with a spinal cord injury.This is a cliché, the same trite and irresponsible stereotype we have seen time and again in movies including Who’s Life

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Outrage Builds Against ‘Me Before You’

June 1, 2016

Outrage against the movie Me Before You by people with disabilities is escalating as the movie gets set to open in theaters on June 3.The movie, based on JoJo Moyes’ book of the same name, bills itself as a positive, life-affirming romance — its Twitter hashtag is #LiveBoldly. But it

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How Do You Cope When a Relationship Ends?

June 1, 2016

Four years and a dog later, my ex-boyfriend somewhat unexpectedly ended our relationship. When we moved in together years prior, I changed my attendant care and got comfortable having an extra set of hands. After he packed up, and amongst balled-up tissues, I had worries beyond the single life. I

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Crip Buzz: There is No Replacement for My Wheelchair

June 1, 2016

When Gina Schuh wrote “My Wheelchair is My Legs, When it Breaks it IS an Emergency!” for Pushliving.com, the Gilbert, Arizona, C5-6 quad with a law degree may have set off a revolution. Here is an excerpt:  My wheelchair replaces my legs because they retired in 2003. I rely on

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No Fingers No School

May 12, 2016

In most developing parts of the world, it is really hard for children with disabilities to access education and in most cases this has affected their future and their independence negatively. Children with disabilities are usually denied their right to

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Your Stories | Sylvia

May 9, 2016

Original Post on Facebookby Sylvia AlmesticaNorth Carolina, United States—When we think of having children, the joys about pregnancy, and the joys of our children being born and living fulfilling lives is a natural reaction. We never think about our unborn children being born with disabilities, diseases or deformities. It seems

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Learning to Shed the “I Can’ts” of Paralysis and Focusing on the “I Cans”

May 9, 2016

Stephanie Arrache sees no reason why she can’t kick in her own way, regardless of her paralysisStephanie Arrache is learning to change the “I can’ts” of paralysis into “Maybe I can, if I just do it differently and am proud of what I CAN do!”It’s May, which means temperatures are

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Your Stories | Sifa

May 3, 2016

Original Post on FacebookWe have been asking you to share your stories with us about living with spina bifida, raising a child with spina bifida, or working with people with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus. We are honored and privileged to share the FIRST in our series of stories with you, from

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Motorvation: Accessible Golf Carts

May 2, 2016

Golf is a lifelong sport played by people of all ages for fun, plus it also promotes improved stamina, flexibility, enhanced circulation, and social activity. Golfers are able to enjoy the surroundings in a relaxed atmosphere with family, friends and business acquaintances. Thanks to guidance from federal agencies and follow-up

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SCI Life: May 2016

May 2, 2016

Recording Progress and Positivity A wayward moose on a late-night Alberta, Canada, road in November 2013 may have been the cause of Kiesha Mastrodimos’ C6-7 quadriplegia, but where she has taken her life since then is a much more worthy story. Despite being only 17 at the time, she embarked on

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Eat Well, Live Well: Keep It Simple

May 2, 2016

People often assume that eating well is complicated and time consuming. It’s actually quite the opposite. Sticking to basic, whole fresh foods is an easy, healthy and flavorful way to eat. On a recent trip to Greece, I absolutely loved the simplicity of the diet — which studies have repeatedly

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Everyday Advocacy: Tweaking the ADA

May 2, 2016

Q. Some local advocates have made a proposal to our county council to adopt a new version of the symbol that appears in all of the accessible parking spaces in our community. I feel that this change will be a distraction from the very limited progress we have made in

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Where Have All the Rental Vans Gone?

May 2, 2016

The days of renting a wheelchair accessible minivan with hand controls from an adaptive van dealer are all but over. Too bad.I love minivans. In 1984 I bought the first available minivan, a Plymouth Voyager. Then I purchased a 1988 Grand Caravan with the more powerful engine, followed by a

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