Category Archives: Ms. Wheelchair Kansas

I Want to Buy New Socks!

There are holes in all of my socks. And I am not going out to buy new ones. As I have said many times previously, I am affected by spastic cerebral palsy, which means, among other things that there is … Continue reading

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Ms. Wheelchair America 2016

This is a spectacular article about the Ms. Wheelchair America pageant and the goals and dreams of the organization and its participants.  I was honored to be crowned Ms. Wheelchair Kansas 2007.  All the women involved are indeed “roll” models. … Continue reading

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Because of My Disability, Not In Spite of It

The following is my first (sort of autobiographical) guest blog post for United Cerebral Palsy’s national website.  It was originally published on January 12th, 2015.  I feel honored to have been asked to write for such a great organization! Lorraine … Continue reading

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They Took My Picture

In 1974, at six years old, I saw myself as pretty typical. However, much of the world saw me as “Tiny Tim.” I was a scrawny kid with skinny arms and legs, pigtails in my hair and a smile that … Continue reading

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On Their Knees

Hopefully, most readers know a simple fact about me by now:  I happen to embrace my disability.  I’d be the first to tell you that there have been many times throughout my life when my situation has caused frustration and … Continue reading

Posted in Accessibility, Accommodations, cerebral palsy, communicating respect, Friends, inclusion, Making people comfortable, Ms. Wheelchair America, Ms. Wheelchair America pageant, Ms. Wheelchair Kansas, power of touch, What some people don't think about | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments