Author Deborah Davis

Deborah is a Speaker, Disability Inclusion Consultant, Entrepreneur, Writer and Business Owner of Wheelchair Lifestyle Enterprise Push Living Inc. She was a Former Dancer, Accident Survivor (C 6-7 Spinal Cord Injury resulting in incomplete Quadriplegia 1985), College grad (BBA Finance 1991 U of Miami), with a background in Sales and Marketing and Non Profit Development and Management. She is now embarked on new path creating a market for Disability Inclusive Stock Images with the creation of PUSHlivingPhotos.com and publishing an online enterprise: PushLiving.com. The mission is to create Inclusion for people with disabilities through stock images for advertising, marketing and editorial uses, providing accessible properties for travel, swap or purchase, publishing an online magazine for improved health and well-being, providing information and opportunities for Accessible Travel, and operating an online store with products that improve lives. She is most passionate about building a network of people with disabilities who are empowering, supporting and creating a more inclusive world. Personally, she is a mother of two beautiful, wise and exceptionally bright young women, and residing in South Florida.

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Einstein

‘I am thankful to all those who said no. It’s because of them, I did it myself.’ Einstein (Also Attributed…

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“When You Roll with Life, You Know People will be Watching” An Interview with Cutie Courtney Cirabasi

Okay, so no way around it. When you’ve got a wheelchair and you go in public, people are going to look. They’re going to pay attention to you, and they do ask questions or make comments sometimes. When you roll with life, you know people will be watching. I’ve grown used to it, and in a weird way, embracing who I am in the chaos of the attention some people give, it has helped me become very confident.

Design & Access Casey, a young man with blonde hair in wheelchair with a young girl posing next to him outside in the sun with his black labrador
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Voices of the Community: Bogus Service Dogs – The Scam Co-Opting the Rights of the Disabled

To some people, this may not seem like a big deal. What’s the problem with being allowed to bring one of your best friends with you everywhere? Unfortunately, it’s a huge problem. Every legitimate service animal has been evaluated, and will continue to be evaluated to make sure that it is suitable to be out in public where you may experience large crowds, loud noises, and a huge list of distractions. A lot of average pets can be easily scared by many of those things, which can also mean aggression and violent behavior. That is not safe at all for the public, and especially not safe for service animals.

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Part 3 – Women with Disabilities: How Accessible is the Road to Motherhood?

On record, Bethany said that the DCS is “such a defunct, broken system… a whirlpool creating its own internal problems, and are not servicing the children in a healthy way.” While, as a potential adoptive parent, you are required to go through classes that are inspected at a microscopic level, the children that are in foster homes require only a fraction of this oversight or screening. They are being placed with multiple other children, often in unhealthy homes, and without care and safety.

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Dear Media: Please Stop Saying We Are “Bound to Wheelchairs”

So, to the media outlets who want to do a positive story about a person with a wheelchair, creating a remarkable new enterprise, or simply winning the Nobel prize, please remember to be BOUND by what is the morally and factually correct way to describe an entire group of individuals who are trying to overcome pity, fear, and discrimination. Continuing to use these type of words and descriptions are not helping.

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