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Many, many years ago, when I was only 5 months old, I became paralyzed due to a DPT shot and a doctor who refused to listen to a wise woman, whom I called mama. Over night, I fell into a deep, deep sleep, and did not wake for 10 days. The doctors declared that I would be deaf, dumb and...
…are scientific advancements overshadowing human values in regards to people with disabilities. I would have to say yes, most definitely. From the time I was a small child, until now, I have seen much through these green eyes of mine. That was over a half a century ago, now. I was born...
This article is mostly made up of short stories told from a service dog's perspective however the last story is told by the service dog's owner (who is a wheelchair user but not blind) Tammy.
...the wheelchair story. My wheelchair has a horribly rough ride, which triggers many spasms and causes me much pain. When they hit, my spasms cause my body to extend and go rigid from chin to toes, to the point that I can’t even breathe. It feels like the life is being crushed out of ...
They also began "classes" to teach me what I needed to know about being a paraplegic. "What’s to know? I thought. That my legs don’t work? Not like I’ll forget that any time soon!" Boy, was I wrong. There is some stuff that you really do need to know!
After almost a week had passed, they upgraded me to "He might make it, but he’ll probably never wake up". After I started to stir slightly the story changed again to "Don’t expect him to be the Dave you knew" (referring to the brain injury). After 5 weeks of total unconsciousness, I st...
I came home on the 22nd of December. What a Christmas present! As the ambulance ride was rough enough on me, we didn’t do much that day. God it was good to be home though. The following day, they (my family) got me up for my first shower since October, when I went in to the hospital......
Here’s what happened. My medical insurance on my motorcycle paid it’s maximum right up front, no problem. Progressive is awesome! My insurance through work, they balked at some stuff, paid some stuff, and refused some stuff outright, even though my doctors said I had to have it. And th...
My accident was in 04. I started a journal in 05 on the events in my life since then Originally started on 1/ 7/ 2005) My name is David. I was born March 4th. 1962. At the time of my accident I was a 42 year old factory worker. A husband and father to three grown children, the yo...
So, if you see a dog wearing a jacket/vest with no harness, it’s likely not a guide dog. Also, if my handler is making eye contact with you while you talk and comments on how stylin’ your boots are, it’s probably safe to assume that she or he is not blind!
A Parent’s Perspective By Conrad van der Kamp Recently I was asked: so what’s the special role of a Dad in the life of a child with CP? What’s the role of a Dad in any child’s life? It’s all aboutproviding, safeguarding, teaching, hugging tightly and encouraging. And it’s also abou...
I attended an elementary school in BC in the early 1970’s as a ward of the Province. At that time, inclusion meant the public school system, but a separate classroom and curriculum. All the children with a recognizable disability were in the same classroom. At recess we segregated ours...
Tammy’s lucky; she does some of her work from home, with me sitting comfortably under her desk, but even so I’m at the office with her several times a month for meetings, and stuff. “Off to work” means going on the train, and that means having other people want to pet me. It can also m...
In the spring of 2007 PADS Service Dog Breeze blew into my life like a hurricane. I should have known something big was up when the voice over the phone asked whether I was sitting down…For those of you who don’t know, I’m a quad – I’m always sitting down! The big news was that I had b...
Isn’t it interesting, that still, in today’s society, we find indentations and grooves chiseled out in our expansive society which tries to prevent and stop our disabled population, our seniors, our financially limited person, and the less affluent from truly surviving, staying a float...
It hardly seems possible that I have been writing for Audacity Magazine for well over a year, now. Every article I have written has been a new challenge. Every article, I have written, has been as different as the article before. And every article I write comes from a place of unders...
Often, the reality of our disabilities can lead to an increased instance of depression.
This is an article about Rudy Sims's life with a disability and his goals and projects focused on raising disability awareness and helping as many people as possible.