Category Archives: kids with disabilities

More the Same than Different

In her poem “Human Families,” one of Maya Angelou’s lines is “We are more alike my friends than we are unalike.” __________________________________ The trip was more than thirty years ago, but because the lesson I learned was so profound, in many … Continue reading

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We. The People…

When I was a junior in high school, my English teacher was pretty creative.  If we wanted to earn some extra credit, she encouraged us to go to plays put on by the drama department.  Sometimes writing stories would get us … Continue reading

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What Inspiration Porn Isn’t

Do you want to know my definition of a pet peeve?  It’s pretty simple.  A pet peeve is something annoying that people do that is totally unnecessary, in my opinion. There are several that get under my skin.  People who … Continue reading

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Look Beyond!

A few decades ago, when I had fewer miles on my wheelchair and significantly less self-esteem, I spent a fair amount of time trying to figure out my place in the world.  As I started college, I was hundreds of … Continue reading

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Right On, Target!

https://www.yahoo.com/parenting/priceless-target-ad-goes-viral-for-all-the-right-184054339.html Target’s latest ad for Halloween features a little girl on crutches front and center on the page, dressed as Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen.” To me, this is inclusion at it’s finest.  Nobody is highlighting her disability, instead, it is … Continue reading

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Look At Me…

This story was originally posted on United Cerebral Palsy’s national website a few months back.  They asked me to describe what it was like being poster child when I was young.  They encouraged me, to be honest.  I appreciate them … Continue reading

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Great Expectations

I have heard of great expectations before, but when I listened to an interview on NPR recently, it gave the whole concept a new twist for me. Bob Rosenthal is a research psychologist. Early in his career, he went into … Continue reading

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My Greatest Hope for Him

My line of thinking about this subject is different than most. Not very popular. Outside the norm. But I believe it with every fiber of my being, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. My dance instructor is a … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Colin!

His gut-wrenching response to her question broke his mother’s heart. She wasn’t content to leave the situation alone, so she looked outside the box for a solution. What happened next could potentially change his life. Colin is a young man … Continue reading

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He Already Won

“Disability does not have to be a disadvantage.” That was the quote from Oscar Pistorius, who made history on Sunday by being the only athlete ever to compete in both the Olympic and the Paralympic games.  He is a runner … Continue reading

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