disability culture

An accomplished adult with SMA reflects on his lifelong struggle to overcome the gravitational pull of low expectations

posted on July 1, 2012 - 3:00pm
When I was 7 years old, I stomped up the front porch steps into our modest eastside Detroit home. With tears in my eyes and head bowed toward the ground, I related to my mother how some friends did not pick me to join the impromptu baseball game organizing along a strip of grass across the street. Once again, real estate on the Louisville slugger had vanished, and I had not ended up a member of...

Along with soccer, bananas and “Zoom,” two New York kids grow up learning disability culture and service

posted on November 1, 2005 - 10:06am
QUEST Vol. 12, No. 6
Recently, I’ve come to realize the impact our children have on us. My daughters, soon to be 5 and 2 years old, have enriched my life in immeasurable ways. Sofia, our younger child, is a happy, inquisitive toddler who loves silly hats, bananas and Elmo. Isabella teaches me something every day.
posted on March 1, 2005 - 11:42am
"Don’t worry, Chris. Someday you’ll meet someone who’ll look past the wheelchair and see the real you." These words of consolation were uttered by one of my best friends, in the middle of a sleepless night during my sophomore year in college, in the wake of my being turned down for a date by the current "girl of my dreams." These words were ones of kindness, of compassion, of encouragement,...