When We Invite People In

Over the summer, I had a conversation with someone I knew well in college. She was my suite-mate for two years and we shared more than one friend group by being in the same organizations. We met for coffee and reminisced about the college days and what is going on now. It was fascinating to hear her comments of who …

Returning Home in a Fog

After my week in Raleigh, I came home and immediately started thinking about next year’s conference. Would I be able to go again? Could I wait that long to see these new friends again? I had met people from all over the country and world…England, France, Canada, Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Massachusetts, etc. ******* The first Sunday post-trip, I was eager …

The Last Season

Slowly I am catching up to the fact that we are in a new season. Fall. When temperatures go down and calendars fill up. New routines are set. No matter what, every season signals a transition. Maybe you’re…back on the school schedule. Starting a new job. Building new friendships. Looking for community. Sometimes we are slow to accept a transition. …

To the Parents that Empower

Dear mom and dad, You didn’t just raise me as your daughter with a disability. You saw much more from the beginning. I was your fourth child. In your eyes, I have always been “normal.” You were the first to teach me determination. Giving up was not an option. We didn’t focus on disability or discuss how my limitations affected …

When the Wheelchair Only Goes So Far

I left my wheelchair on a dock. I parked it there for a few hours. Before I jumped back in it (well, before my dad helped me get in), I looked at it. I mean, really took in what I was seeing: an empty wheelchair. The wheelchair couldn’t go on our friends’ boat. So it stayed on the dock while …

Perfectly Abnormal, an interview with Chris Morris

1. Tell us a little about yourself. I’ve been married to my wife Barbara now for almost as long as I lived the unmarried life, and every year is an adventure. Together, we’re raising four kids, three boys and our daughter who’s epileptic and high-functioning autistic. Plus, I have my own seizure disorder. So, it doesn’t often feel like we …

One Man’s Journey to See the Glass Half Full

Hi, my name is Yoav Gaon and I am one of the co-founders of yoocan. yoocan is the world’s leading empowerment site for people with disabilities. In 2008, my son Erez was born with a rare disease and complex cognitive and physical disabilities. When Erez was born, we didn’t really know what to expect. The odds were against us and …

Love & the Disability Factor, part three

I carried the hope in my heart to college. I wondered if I’d find a guy there and the story I imagined would grow after graduation. But I moved back home with the hope hanging on an unfulfilled dream…. A dream for marriage. A longing for love. A hope for my turn. All that seemed far away and impossible. There were questions I was …