August 5, 2014

@shannondevido: I want to get a 3D copy of my butt and put it on the back of my wheelchair. I’m tired of the compliments on my personality and intelligence.

Agreed. Physically speaking, my butt is one of my best assets. ;) #wheelchairproblems

@shannondevido: I want to get a 3D copy of my butt and put it on the back of my wheelchair. I’m tired of the compliments on my personality and intelligence.

Agreed. Physically speaking, my butt is one of my best assets. ;) #wheelchairproblems

May 14, 2014
stefiecakes:

Art commission for Maria, featuring her sweet self & her kitties! ♥

#catlady4lyfe

stefiecakes:

Art commission for Maria, featuring her sweet self & her kitties! 

#catlady4lyfe

April 28, 2014
Why I No Longer Apologize For My Crutches

thebodyisnotanapology:

by Natalie E. Illum, Guest Writer

[Text descriptions for all photos appear at the end of the piece.]

Natalie is in the sunroom of her apartment, sitting sideways on a piano bench. Her right hand is playing an upright 1930s Hamilton piano, which is directly behind her. Her left hand is positioned behind her for balance. To the left of the piano is a wooden music stand with a white piece of paper on it that says “Be Beautiful.” Behind the music stand is a vintage yellow typewriter. The sheet music is Tori Amos’ “Silent All These Years.” Natalie identifies strongly with the lyrics. On top of the piano is her collection of giraffes and a framed black and white photo of Joni Mitchell, her childhood muse. Natalie is looking sideways at the camera, wearing a burgundy and white polka dot dress, which is unbuttoned to show her cleavage. She is a white woman with dark shoulder-length hair and glasses. Denise is taking the photo through the glass door of the sunroom, so that Natalie’s body is partially framed by the white panels of the door. One crutch is leaning up against the piano. Natalie’s crutches are also burgundy.

I didn’t really think in terms like beautiful/ugly or shame/confidence. I knew that my disability was permanent and that I was a financial and physical burden to my family. Those were the facts. I was sometimes told I looked nice, but I didn’t expect to hear words like beautiful or stunning associated with any part of my body. Ever. Those words were for able-bodied people.

February 9, 2014
The Question - Illustrated Responses Given by Wheelchair Users Who Were Asked, “What Happened to You?”

sarahcastic-corner:

7 drawings of real, actual people and authentic answers they have at one time given to someone - cudos if you can guess which question was posed!

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RESPONDENT #1:

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RESPONDENT #2:

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RESPONDENT #3:

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RESPONDENT #4:

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RESPONDENT #5:

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RESPONDENT #6:

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RESPONDENT #7:

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…SPECIAL THANKS to TK, Dominick, Yarianna, Cindy, Emily, Chany, and Denise who shared their faces and experiences with me :-D

December 3, 2013

December 1, 2013

mindthegapmta:

Gap & Ledges : A City Tale of Subways, Wheelchairs and Danger!

I decided to get back on the subway, but this time bring a small video camera with so I could document the process. Here you can see proof that some subway cars that pull up to wheelchair accessible stations, are simply not wheelchair accessible.

I checked the MTA website and there was no construction or broken elevators that would impact my trip and yet…

In parts of the video, I slowed down the footage so you can see the varying heights of subway car entrances/ledges.

It’s called Gap & Ledges : A City Tale of Subways, Wheelchairs and Danger! I hope you all enjoy it and pass it on!

And a big thank you to everyone who has been liking, retweeting and reblogging these posts. I really appreciate it.

Sign the Petition! MTA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer: Make the wheelchair accessible subway stations consistently accessible!

May 9, 2013
supercrip:

“If you pet me, I’ll bite.”

supercrip:

“If you pet me, I’ll bite.”

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April 17, 2013
laughingsquid:

Le Petit Prince, Photo Series Imagines an Ordinary Life for a Boy with Muscular Dystrophy

laughingsquid:

Le Petit Prince, Photo Series Imagines an Ordinary Life for a Boy with Muscular Dystrophy

March 18, 2013

Kickstarter Campaign for ABL Denim: Adaptive Jeans

January 20, 2013

What is January 20th, International Day of Acceptance and how did it start?3E Love’s founder and creator of their “wheelchair heart” symbol, Annie Hopkins was an advocate, entrepreneur, artist, and student, and she demonstrated what is possible when you love life. She created 3E Love with the idea that our symbol unified people of all abilities and it ignites conversations every day that will help change attitudes for the better. She believed that 3E Love could be a vehicle to introduce people to the symbol and her message. Her ideas didn’t stop there: she wanted to create a social entrepreneurial endeavor, disability owned and disability operated, that one day, when successful, would be further empowerment and a statement that we can achieve without charity. Social acceptance is the key, not pity and ignorance. Embrace diversity. Educate your community. Empower each other. Love life! On January 20th, 2009, the survival of the symbol and the idea behind Annie’s 3E Love movement was threatened when she passed away from unexpected complications to a simple medical procedure. Overwhelming support from friends, family, and the disability community helped keep her ideals alive! Stevie Hopkins, her brother who helped her start 3E Love, took the reins and never looked back.On the first year anniversary of her passing, Stevie and family wanted to turn the memory of a terrible day into the best day of the year! January 20th would now be an International holiday and we will celebrate Annie’s life, her ideas, and the 3E Love movement instead of mourning the tragedy.So on January 20th, 2013, we ask you to join us in celebration of social acceptance! Get involved by “wearing your heart on your sleeve”. You can do that in many ways! Draw our symbol on your hand or cheek, wear our temporary tattoos, buttons, t-shirts, whatever you have! Change your profile picture and cover photo to ours! Invite your friends to get involved!Friends, tell the world you embrace who you are; a person with social rights, who has an opinion, who has interests, who has goals and who loves life; a person who is empowered to make a difference in the world and not be without a voice in society. You are not living disabled, you are living.To our supporters, join us in telling the world that you are accepting of people with disabilities. As our parents, siblings, relatives, spouses, children, lovers, coworkers, teachers, personal assistants, friends, and anyone else - you also have a role in our culture and life. And you can have an impact on the future if you demonstrate your acceptance to others.Start the conversation of acceptance today!Learn more at http://www.dayofacceptance.com/

What is January 20th, International Day of Acceptance and how did it start?

3E Love’s founder and creator of their “wheelchair heart” symbol, Annie Hopkins was an advocate, entrepreneur, artist, and student, and she demonstrated what is possible when you love life. She created 3E Love with the idea that our symbol unified people of all abilities and it ignites conversations every day that will help change attitudes for the better. She believed that 3E Love could be a vehicle to introduce people to the symbol and her message. Her ideas didn’t stop there: she wanted to create a social entrepreneurial endeavor, disability owned and disability operated, that one day, when successful, would be further empowerment and a statement that we can achieve without charity. Social acceptance is the key, not pity and ignorance. Embrace diversity. Educate your community. Empower each other. Love life! 

On January 20th, 2009, the survival of the symbol and the idea behind Annie’s 3E Love movement was threatened when she passed away from unexpected complications to a simple medical procedure. Overwhelming support from friends, family, and the disability community helped keep her ideals alive! Stevie Hopkins, her brother who helped her start 3E Love, took the reins and never looked back.

On the first year anniversary of her passing, Stevie and family wanted to turn the memory of a terrible day into the best day of the year! January 20th would now be an International holiday and we will celebrate Annie’s life, her ideas, and the 3E Love movement instead of mourning the tragedy.

So on January 20th, 2013, we ask you to join us in celebration of social acceptance! Get involved by “wearing your heart on your sleeve”. You can do that in many ways! Draw our symbol on your hand or cheek, wear our temporary tattoos, buttons, t-shirts, whatever you have! Change your profile picture and cover photo to ours! Invite your friends to get involved!

Friends, tell the world you embrace who you are; a person with social rights, who has an opinion, who has interests, who has goals and who loves life; a person who is empowered to make a difference in the world and not be without a voice in society. You are not living disabled, you are living.

To our supporters, join us in telling the world that you are accepting of people with disabilities. As our parents, siblings, relatives, spouses, children, lovers, coworkers, teachers, personal assistants, friends, and anyone else - you also have a role in our culture and life. And you can have an impact on the future if you demonstrate your acceptance to others.

Start the conversation of acceptance today!

Learn more at http://www.dayofacceptance.com/