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 …

One Word, One Theme for 2018

Before the new year arrived, I started pondering, “what should my new word be: Fullness…Trust…Faith…Impossible?” All these words felt important to me, things I pray, themes I hope to see in my life. One day last month, it finally became clear — FAITH. The verse popped off the page: “…for truly, I say to you, if you have faith like …

How 2017 was the Year Full of Impossible Things

As I mentioned last week, 2017 was full of impossible things. Here are 10 examples + links to accompanying photos or blog posts: I spent a whole day at Panera. Twice actually. Two friends made this happen. I wrote about love. Not just one week, but four. I shared my story and my fears related to the disability factor. I …

Exploring Italy From a Wheelchair User’s Perspective

Today we welcome Jasmine from The Globe on Wheels to the traveling conversation! My love of ancient cultures and civilizations began when I took a Greek and Roman mythology course as an elective for one of the programs I was studying at the time. As soon as I finished that program, I applied to my local university and was accepted into …

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 …

Turning Points: The Way to Hope + Dream, part two

Last month, I gave an early morning chapel talk to a group of middle and high school students. I shared part of my story and walked them through the idea that hope gets attached to our dreams. And those dreams are often connected to the turning points in life. In the talk, I answered the questions: What is the right …