Tagged: wheelchair

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Just for a Day

Just for a day I forget about seizures, about IEPs and lurking surgeries. Just for a day, I sit on my couch and shush my children so I can hear who won gold; I get on my feet and cheer for every athlete; I look on in amazement as a guy with one leg hops over a high jump. Just for a day (or so) I was glued to the Paralympics and I was moved....

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Seven Snippets of Inspiration

— 1 — The Paralympics 2012 has been a game changer for people with disabilities. Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee from South Africa also known as the Blade Runner, put them on the map when he competed in the Olympic Games this summer. The Paralympic Committee worked hard to get commentators who are athletes with disabilities and former Paralympians. This served to educate the public as we watched the Games. And the people came, and...

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Why I Love Wheelchair Rubgy

They’re kickin’ a** and taking names. Wheelchair rugby is played on a basketball court and is a mix of rugby, basketball,and handball. So why do they call it Murderball? I could tell you that the term was popluarized with the release of the 2005 documentary of the same name which was made to raise funds for the US Paralympic team, or you could watch this: And the US has not lost a World Championship nor...

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They Did Whaaaat?

Today is World Cerebral Palsy Day. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to acknowledge the amazing achievements happening at the London 2012 Paralympics. What incredible things are happening in London right now, you ask? Besides the Irish runner whose mom got to present him with the gold medal, or the blind runner who held up a marriage proposal sign after crossing the finish, or the big Oscar Pistorius upset, or my...

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Olympic Driving

I’ve wanted to share an update about how well Aidan is driving. He’s reached Gold Medal status around here. Aidan happens to love going into small spaces and most of the time doesn’t crash at all. It’s just not as easy as it looks. It took awhile for him to start using backwards but he’s getting the hang of it. He LOVES driving on his own. And for a bonus clip I give you the...

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Be The Change

So Gandi tells us to “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Ok, I can get on board with that, but what if you’re busy or exhausted or discouraged? What if you’re already making change because in the regular course of raising a child with a disability you’ve made noise in the education system, you’ve argued considerably with insurance, and you’ve taken the time to educate medical professionals? What if, among other...

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Snippets of Reading

— 1 — So sometimes being a blogger really means you’re just an obsessive  blog reader. That’s what I’ve been doing this week. Partially because I was unmotivated during this rainy week and partially because the blogosphere was alive with passionate posts about parenting. — 2 — This piece sums up how I feel about parenting in light of all the hullabaloo out there in the past weeks – do what is right for your...

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My Former Life

I had a great life before kids. Wait, let me rephrase that….my life was different before kids and it was great in a different way. I worked in the field of education in varying capacities and loved it. I love kids, and being creative, and watching young minds blossom. Right before I had Liam, I worked as a teacher’s aide in a third grade classroom with one student in particular. I was given free reign...

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Birthday Snippets

— 1 — I usually complain that I don’t get good pictures of Aidan, but boy oh boy did he produce photogenic joy for his birthday this year. — 2 — I’d say some tricked out wheels and independence is a great way to start your 11th year. — 3 — He loved getting gifts, though truth be told he mostly loved to drum on them and it took some coaxing to get him to...

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Why a Wheelchair?

Aidan’s wheelchair is on it’s way from wherever wheelchairs are born, I guess a wheelchair stork. We’re very excited. It was at first denied by insurance but with a little encouragement (not the mob kind, I promise) they began to see things our way. The only tricky part is that everything in their denial is slightly true, or truthy, or based on truth….whatever. They don’t want him to have the power chair because it’s not...