Browsing: Voices

Lifestyle Gina leaning forward woth hands in lap while sitting in wheelchair. Wearing a cap backwards and smiling at camera

Voices of the Community: My Wheelchair is My Legs, When it Breaks it IS an Emergency!

Why don’t they have stricter standards? Ignorance. The federal and state laws are written by able-bodied people who couldn’t be more ignorant of what someone with a true disability needs. The current situation and laws perpetuate the stereotype that people with disabilities are second class citizens. There is a lack of knowledge, and that needs to change. Our medical field and government perpetually victimize people with disabilities. Whether it be handing out disabled parking to anyone who asks or ignoring our pleas for changes. We have voices for a reason, let’s use them to educate people and demand change. I smell a class action, because after all the only language these greedy bastards speak is $$$

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

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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Voices of the Community Opinion Piece: Why I Don’t Obsess over a Cure for SCI

Do I hope for a cure? Yes. Do I get angry there isn’t one? No. Why? It’s not healthy. I learned early on that my happiness depended greatly on focusing what I can do, and not what I can’t. I know, it sounds cliché, but I don’t care because it works for me. So am I anti-cure? Definitely not, I would give up a lot in my life to be cured.

PUSHLiving Woman seen bound by tape with words written on tape conveying negative stereotypes about disability

The “Paralyzed Bride” Speaks on Cure Research, Medical Equipment Funding, and Pain

When I sustained my spinal cord injury three years ago, I was nothing short of terrified. I wondered “will I ever walk again”? I did my physical therapy and got as strong as I could, but my life as I knew it was over. I so desperately wanted a cure, but I was given zero chance of ever walking again. I started my research, but amongst all of the information I could find, was a deep seeded debate on stem cell therapies.