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Be the Change You Want to See

What a week it has been since I last blogged.  I’ve experienced a rollercoaster of emotions, along with the rest of the country.  We had headline-making shootings on three consecutive nights, not to mention what has happened on a “smaller” scale in other cities throughout the country (including my area of the Triad of NC). […]

Tsunami in the Disability Community

Tsunami noun  tsu·na·mi \(t)su̇-ˈnä-mē\ Simple Definition of tsunami: “A very high, large wave in the ocean that is usually caused by an earthquake under the sea and that can cause great destruction when it reaches land.” According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of tsunami is as outlined above. The largest tsunami on record was recorded in 1958 in […]


Some of the best things in life happen by accident.  Many people have heard that the chocolate chip cookie was accidentally invented by someone trying to make chocolate cookies.  The thought was that the milk in the chocolate chips would melt, and turn the regular dough into chocolate dough.  Similarly, my involvement in the field […]

Observations From Below: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Are you sitting down? I am, but I am not, in fact, a blond headed woman with outstretched arms. If you’re confused, you wouldn’t be the first one. When my blog called, “The Dark Side of Inspiration,” was published, the best photo I could find, which I thought depicted my point, was one of only […]

Observations from Below: Parking Wars

One of my many Facebook friends recently tagged me in the following mini-rant: “I have watched SO many people abuse the use of their Handicap hang-tag/Placard the past month, as well as this weekend. If you use your handicap placard when a handicapped individual is NOT in the car with you THIS IS WRONG and […]

Observations from Below: Reawakening

To get autobiographical, as a disability advocate, I wish I were born sooner, so that I could help in the major advocacy that came before my generation’s time. Looking closely at today, I might still get my chance. In many ways, we’re not making much progress on key disability issues. For example, one of the […]

Observations from Below: The Kid in the Purple Wheelchair.

“I’m starting with the man in the mirror, I’m asking him to change his ways And no message could have been any clearer If you want to make the world a better place Take a look at yourself, and then make a change” ~ Michael Jackson I love the song “Man in the Mirror” by […]

Vote for Disability Rights

“If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.”- Michael Enzi While this saying is probably true for most people, it is especially true for most people with disabilities. Unfortunately, people with disabilities vote at a much lower rate than the general population. According to a document found on Disability Rights NC, only 55 […]

Has the American dream become disabled?

In 1931, James Truslow Adams, a popular historian, coined the phrase “American dream” in his book “The Epic of America.” He defined America’s dream as a better, richer and happier life for all our citizens. For Americans with disabilities, however, achieving this dream is nearly impossible. According to the American Association of People with Disabilities, […]

Voting for Seniors and People With Disabilities

The overwhelming number of political ads we are seeing on television these days is a reminder that a presidential election year is here, and the primary season is right around the corner. In North Carolina, this is the first election cycle, beginning with the primary election on March 15, where some of the changes in […]