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2020 Disability Holiday Gift Guide

Wow…we’ve made it to the 2020 holiday season. Bittersweet though it may be, I’m finding joy in upholding the tradition of the annual Disability Holiday Gift Guide along with Kate Caldwell of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurship Education for People with Disabilities (CEED) project. People have actually been reaching out to ask when the guide would go […]

Tell Your Story: Pitching Tips from an Editor

As an editor and a writer, I’ve experienced the pitching process from the inside, out and the outside, in. I know what it’s like to keep clicking refresh on my email, waiting, wishing, and hoping an editor will accept my pitch. I also know what it’s like to open my inbox and feel buried under […]

The Best Chair Exercise Videos

Years ago, as I was growing into a stronger sense of disability identity and gaining a deeper understanding of ableism, I read an article that scared me out of my mind. Dr. James Levine, a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist, sounded the alarm on sitting: “There’s a glob of information that sitting is killing us…You’re basically sitting yourself […]

The Americans with Disabilities Act just turned 28 and I have some thoughts about it.

Every year, when the anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) rolls around, I find myself wondering how much further the Disability Rights movement has come in the years since the elder President Bush signed it into law. These days, activists seem to be playing a game of whack-a-mole, trying to […]

Start Your Own Website

Without a doubt, the most common question I’m asked about Words I Wheel By is “how did you get started?” I think there’s a common misconception that starting a blog or creating a website is a difficult process, but it doesn’t have to be! If you want to share your words and your passions, I’m 100% […]

Is the Restroom Accessible? That’s Up in the Air

When you’re getting ready to go on a flight, what’s on your last-minute to-do list? Mine looks a little something like this: Make sure I packed enough underwear Charge my Kindle Start limiting the amount of liquid I drink Does that last one seem a little strange to you? Well, for wheelchair users who are […]