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 …

Revisiting 2017: the Top Seven Posts

I’ve been thinking about all the things that happened in 2017. My one word was fill. As we begin a new year, I can definitely say that 2017 was a year… Filled with lots of moments. Full of impossible things. And the prayer I invited you to pray with me was answered. How was it full of impossible things? I have so many examples, …

Accessitrip: an Adventure with Accessible Tourism

The travel series continues with the story behind Accessitrip. Welcome, Irina! Hello, my name is Irina. I’m a travel lover, and I love to discover accessible places around the world for people with disabilities. I have a relative with reduced mobility and she is the main reason why I started my adventure with the accessible tourism. 2012 was the first …

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 …

Self-Advocacy: how to thrive with a disability at church

In the eyes of the world, I am weak. I have a physical disability that is very visible. I use a wheelchair outside of my house and I need hands-on help every day. These exact weaknesses make me strong. These limits teach me how to advocate. Self-advocacy is about more than feeling like you’re doing just enough. It’s about finding the …