“Getting ‘old’ is a privilege” By Dr. Josie Badger

Stacey Park and Josie Badger

I toss and turn, trying to find any position to get away from the pain. The compounding years of living with a 90° angle in my back wears in my body. Potential arthritis, hypothyroidism… the list continues to grow. As a person with a disability, our bodies often age faster. I hear people around me … Continue reading “Getting ‘old’ is a privilege” By Dr. Josie Badger

“Pills, Pups, and the Pandemic” By Dr. Rachel Kallem Whitman

Let me start off by saying mental illness and pandemics are friends. Actually, not just friends, best friends, who share the same passion: making people sick. COVID-19 is threatening and devastating the health and livelihood of so many people. We’re not just wrestling with boredom and demands for bangs, we’re straddling a scary line between … Continue reading “Pills, Pups, and the Pandemic” By Dr. Rachel Kallem Whitman

“Stay Calm and Keep Fighting” Disability peer advice during COVID19- By Anomie Fatale

Taking maximum precautions against catching a globalized pandemic when you are among the at-risk population is not over-reacting or panicking. As members of this vulnerable group, stocking up at home sufficiently with necessary supplies and staying quarantined from outside potential exposures is a life sustaining activity. Unfortunately for us with home health care, being quarantined … Continue reading “Stay Calm and Keep Fighting” Disability peer advice during COVID19- By Anomie Fatale

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