Marriage Equality for All, Unless You’re Like Me

Josie Badger, one of her dogs, her husband, Mike, and their wedding party

Caption: Josie Badger poses with her husband, Mike, their dog, and their wedding party Not long ago, I remember the excitement that spread across America when the Supreme Court decided that “love ruled,” giving the right of marriage to gay couples. News articles, Facebook posts, and email subjects all celebrated the news of “marriage equality.” … Continue reading Marriage Equality for All, Unless You’re Like Me

Ms. Grishman or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Disability

Hi. My name is Alisa Grishman. I’m 37 years old, I’m disabled, and I love it. Giving you a moment here to digest that… My disability is as beautiful to me as my storm cloud-grey eyes and my tattoos, and just as how I get annoyed at my hair for being frizzy or notice the … Continue reading Ms. Grishman or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Disability

Significantly Able to Work: Employment for the Significantly Disabled

Josie Badger sits with cohorts of the #IWantToWork campaign.

by Dr. Josie Badger As an individual with a significant physical disability—requiring the use of a ventilator, power wheelchair, and 24-hour care—it was difficult to identify a career where I could maintain my physical health while being employed full time. In relatively recent history, individuals with more significant physical disabilities are surviving and thriving. Although … Continue reading Significantly Able to Work: Employment for the Significantly Disabled