Eureka! Or is it Oreck?

I recently had a Facebook friend with cerebral palsy post this sentiment to her wall, “I. Hate. Stairs.” I responded with, “We should start a club. Let’s especially hate stairs where there are no railings!” Stairs, at times, seem like the bane of our existence, an architectural annoyance separating one space from another. Sometimes just the mere sight of them

So Here’s My Questioin

I was recently invited to a custom made jewelry party. I slipped into the bathroom to take a look at a locket I liked in front of a mirror. I struggled to adjust the chain and in doing so, the locket fell and smacked against the porcelain sink. Moments later, I realized I had cracked the jewelry and waved good

Opening The Door To Opportunity

This summer I was invited to volunteer at a Joni & Friends Family Retreat which offers an oasis for families who have a member with a disability. Our main meeting room was an auditorium called The Anchor which had tiered seating. I walked in the first day and immediately noticed a problem: there were no railings. Suddenly, I found myself

I couldn’t have said it better myself….

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the word disability. What is the focus of that word? Is it upon what an individual cannot do? I recently learned of a student organization at the College of St. Ben’s / St. John’s University who use the term DIFFERbilities. I like it. I think it suggests that when encountering a person with

Finding My Way

I get lost walking in my neighborhood that I’ve lived in for 5 years. Sometimes I turn the corner in the one-level elementary school building where I work and am uncertain how to get back to desk. As hard as I try, I can’t seem to retain what side of the envelope a stamp should go on. All too often,

Professional Perception

I am in the midst of studying to be an elementary school principal. Many nights are filled with reading texts on communication, leadership, and motivation. Recently, I came across a new concept to me, kinetics in the workplace. Specifically exploring how body language effects perception. The text went on to describe how leaders should have good posture, stand to assert

To The Top Of The Wall, Part IV

“I am Batman!” I called out in triumphal determination. I closed my eyes and pictured this summer’s blockbuster. I was resolved to press on just like Christian Bale as he pulled himself out of the Pit to freedom. Only a few more hurdles left. “Ahh!” I grunted as I pulled my body up and over an outcropping in the wall.

To the Top of the Wall, Part III

Guess I’m going to do it without any help. I extended my left leg towards the rock as it began to spasm, shaking uncontrollably. “Left. Leg. Spasming!” I announce, as I reached for the hold. “Can you put any weight on your left foot?” I hear my spotter ask. “I don’t know!” I shifted my weight, trying to bear down

To The Top of the Wall, Part II

“Muscle spasm!” I called out in frustration for anyone to hear. My right hand had been working overtime and ached as if it had been intently gripping a pen for hours. I squeezed my hand and wiggled my fingers, hoping for relief. “We can take as many breaks as you need. There’s no rush.” My spotter called from below. “Ok!”

To The Top Of The Wall

All summer long, I wanted to climb a rock wall. After reading Andrew Clements’ Extra Credit in early June, I began to wonder what it would be like to scale a wall, propelling myself upwards. I caught myself eyeing the wall at a local community center, sizing up the task. Occasionally I would let my imagination take over, closing my