Service Dogs, Opening Doors to Independence!

Jessica Gardner poses with her service dog, Ford at the 2019 Ms Wheelchair Pennsylvania competition. Picture credit to Alex Jones Three years ago, I received the best birthday gift I’ve ever been given, my Canine Companions for Independence service dog, Ford. I can...

Service Dogs, Opening Doors to Independence!

Caption: Jessica Gardner poses with her service dog, Ford at the 2019 Ms Wheelchair Pennsylvania competition. Picture credit to Alex Jones Meanwhile, I would be praying that they wouldn’t run off with my personal belongings. Now this is no longer a worry, which...

Marriage Equality for All, Unless You’re Like Me

Caption: Josie Badger poses with her husband, Mike, their dog, and their wedding party Not long ago, I remember the excitement that spread across America when the Supreme Court decided that “love ruled,” giving the right of marriage to gay couples. News articles,...

Managing Independence

Managing Independence March 12, 2019 Growing up with a disability meant a different kind of parent-child relationship than a lot of my friends. My parents were my parents, but until I left for college, they were also my sole caregivers. In some ways, it was great –...

Love Because, Never Despite, Disability

There are few stories told in TV shows and movies about people like me in romantic relationships, and those stories that are told rarely paint being with someone like me as desirable. Me Before You is perhaps the most extreme depiction of this type, painting...

Medical Science vs. Identity

— A guest blog by Anomie Fatale — The only thing scarier than having a medical condition is having one that most doctors don’t know anything about. We try to assure ourselves that modern medicine has advanced to where all conditions are known and treatments have been...