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Early Adopter

So after writing not long ago that I would hold off on upgrading to Windows 10, I did exactly that yesterday. Based on my reading, it seemed that most upgrades were proceeding smoothly and I decided that the risks were minimal. My own upgrade took less than an hour and was entirely uneventful. All of [...]

Men. Doors. Children.

Sadie is an interesting kid. She knows her own mind. She makes her own decisions. She will, at all costs, want to do something she's seen done once, on her own, without help. Discernment is one of her gifts, if she tries something, realizes she can't do it, she will, without hesitation, ask for assistance. Show More Summary

A Blog For Me: My thoughts on getting home

Getting home late Friday night, well late for us as it was past 10, and getting out of the car to wheel up to our apartment, I had that old familiar feeling. I've been travelling and lecturing for many, many years now. Decades. I remember,...Show More Summary

Three Boys

They, they were with their mother. She looked tired. Three boys, all under ten, all coltish and full of boundless energy. They looked like they should be running free in some pasture or playground somewhere, not following their mother through a grocery store.Me, I was tired. Show More Summary

Special Olympics GB footballers go for gold

2 months agoHealth / Disabilities : BBC: Ouch

Twenty-five-year-old Ben Kelly has been part of the Team GB squad playing in the Special Olympics football competition in Los Angeles.

Checking In, Checking Out

Photo description: One large purple bruise and one smaller red one on left arm. We stopped on our journey down to Butler, PA, where I will be lecturing tomorrow, to shop at the large Premium Outlet mall in Grove City. We had a list of things we wanted to pick up and as luck would have it they were at stores at either end of the huge mall. Show More Summary

So Long And Thanks For All The Zen

I started watching The Daily Show sometime in 2000, just before the madness that was the Bush-Gore election saga. Jon Stewart’s brand of baffled, snarky liberalism became an essential part of my media diet, helping me cope with a Bush administration that seemed grimly determined to keep America in a perpetual age of war and [...]

Risks and Evaluations

I've done it hundreds of times before.No incident.No problem.No pain.But on Tuesday, last, I got out of my chair to walk from the bus to the door of my office, and my feet somehow fumbled and over I went. I crashed to the ground. During the fall, which took until the middle of next week, I imagined hospital beds, bedpans and boring hours 'resting'. Show More Summary

Viewpoint: Living and learning at a disabled-only college

2 months agoHealth / Disabilities : BBC: Ouch

The students who benefited from a segregated college education

What's Mine

Joe and I were on our way home and had decided to go a slightly longer way so that we could walk a lovely path through some old University of Toronto buildings. We were very at ease with each other and as we went south on Avenue Road. Show More Summary

Breaking Bad's RJ Mitte on showbiz and disability

2 months agoHealth / Disabilities : BBC: Ouch

The latest edition of the long-running talk show about disabled life.


We turned a corner and had to come to a stop. A small crowd had gathered around one of the museum exhibits and there was simply no way past. One of the girls, with a group of other girls, all around Ruby's age, saw me and said, loudly,...Show More Summary

Disabled in an instant

2 months agoHealth / Disabilities : BBC: Ouch

How do you adapt to life with a disability if you've been able-bodied all your life?


We had finished lunch in the cafeteria at the ROM. On our way out, heading up to see the exhibits, I had to go the long way round through the cafeteria because the side way was blocked. Sadie joined me and said, "I'm going to push your...Show More Summary

The Other Ramp

There's a restaurant slash bar that's opened near us that Joe and I have been going to for a while. We were excited to see it, even in the renovation stages, because we could both see that the entrance was free and clear. We decidedShow More Summary

Just Seen

She was shy, fighting back tears, and desperately trying to understand what was being said to her. She didn't notice me waiting. Neither did he. I could see that she was being trained to operate the cash register, I could hear that English was her second language and one that she was still just beginning to learn. Show More Summary

Wanted: A personal assistant to help me wash and dress

2 months agoHealth / Disabilities : BBC: Ouch

How do you employ a personal assistant if you're a young disabled person?

Is it unfair to ban smoking in mental health hospitals?

2 months agoHealth / Disabilities : BBC: Ouch

Smoking is banned inside NHS mental health units, is this fair?

Special Olympics: Going for gold in gymnastics

2 months agoHealth / Disabilities : BBC: Ouch

Laura Green has a learning disability and represented Team GB at the Special Olympics in Los Angeles, with hopes of winning gold.

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