Posts in category "People with disabilities"

How Writing on the Bedroom Walls Led to a One Direction Music Video

“Mom, can I write on my walls?” When my teenage daughter asked me that question, I had to probe further.  ”What do you plan on writing on the walls?” I asked. In the previous years, Lauren had requested permission for many different ways of expressing herself. Multiple ear piercings. Belly button piercing. Tattoos. I suddenly... Read more »

Signing With Harry Styles at the One Direction Concert

This is a guest post from my daughter, Lauren Putz,  and her friend, Lauren Holtz:  Lauren Holtz and Lauren Putz We’d been waiting for more than a year since we’d bought our tickets for the One Direction concert. As we are both deaf and speak American Sign Language (ASL) fluently, we knew we wanted to... Read more »

Harry Styles Signs to Deaf Fans at the One Direction Concert

“Mom, Harry Styles signed to us at the One Direction concert!”  My daughter picked me up from the airport and couldn’t wait to tell me about the concert.  Her face glowed and she trembled with excitement.  For over a year, Lauren and her friend, Lauren Holtz, waited for this special night.  The tickets were bought,... Read more »

Want to Learn American Sign Language? There's an App for That

  “Where can I learn American Sign Language?” This is a question I get over and over again, from families with deaf and hard of hearing children who want to sign with their kids as well as those who are curious about learning American Sign Language.   And from now on, I’m going to refer... Read more »

Tate Tullier: A Passion for Photography

Tate Tullier remembers his first photo shoot very well. As a teen he was fascinated with girls and fashion. One Christmas morning, he dolled up his young cousin with his mom’s earrings and an umbrella and proceeded with a fashion shoot.  He grabbed another young family friend in her Christmas pajamas and snapped away.  ”You... Read more »

Killing Yourself Over a Disability

Until this morning, I had never heard Christina Shymanski’s name.  Her smiling picture popped up on a news source.  Her story… broke my heart.  Christina made the decision last fall to starve herself to death.  It took two months before she drew her final breath. Her reason for leaving this earth began with an accident... Read more »

Sandy Morgan: Cerebral Palsy Doesn't Keep Her From Dancing and Skydiving

When Sandy Morgan wakes up each morning, she has to have a cup of coffee before she turns on her computer and begins her day.  But Sandy doesn’t get the jitters from the extra dose of caffeine; instead, her muscles do a different dance due to cerebral palsy. I was introduced to Sandy via SendOutCards,... Read more »

Adam Fitzgerald: Pushing the Limits with Ultramarathons

Meet Adam Fitzgerald:  husband, father, minister and endurance athlete.  Back in 1968, Adam weighed a mere three pounds at birth.  Five months later, he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain.  The prognosis was poor; doctors told his parents that he might not develop speech or the ability to walk.... Read more »

Are You A Badass? Johnny B. Truant is Looking For You

I can’t remember how I initially stumbled across The Badass Project, but I remember whittling away an entire morning while immersed in the site.  It’s not just because I have a disability myself–that’s not what glued me to the site–but the stories of the folks on there who are, well… badass.   The Badass Project offers... Read more »

Stephen Hopson, Obstacles Are Just Illusions

Shortly after leaving a lucrative career as a Wall Street stockbroker, Stephen Hopson found himself in a coffee shop day after day, writing a series of stories about his life in a notebook.  He submitted one of the stories to Chicken Soup for the Soul and to his surprise, his story was published. He submitted... Read more »