Guns & Roses: How Firearm Control Affects the Disabled

There's no doubt in my mind that Congress is going to get into a shootout over gun control in the coming weeks and months. As is all too common, the disabled probably won’t have much of a voice even though firearm legislation affects them more than most. The reality is that the disabled are especially vulnerable to violence, gun-related or otherwise. On the other hand, they also stand more to gain from the protection of a personal weapon like a firearm. The controversy on Capitol Hill hasn't prompted me to rush to the nearest gun store so I can start packing heat, however. I remember target practice with a .45 caliber automatic pistol when I was younger. It packed quite a punch! At this age, seated on a mobility scooter, I doubt [...]

5 Tasty Low Carb Recipes

January is the time that people begin to watch what they eat and recover from the heavy meals of the holidays. Try eating a low carb diet and pairing it with an active lifestyle as it can really help you shed some pounds.  Here are some of my favorite recipes that I've found across the web. Side Dish: “Better than Potatoes” Cheesy Cauliflower Puree This recipe substitutes cauliflower for the potatoes to make for a low carbohydrate mashed “potatoes” recipe. The smart substitution makes the side contain only 148 calories and 4 grams of net carbs. Check out the recipe here. Appetizer/Entrée: Slow Cooked Chili Mac This slow-cooked pasta favorite takes about 5 hours to make, but it tastes incredible and packs about 18 carbs in [...]

How to Set Realistic New Years Resolutions

The New Year is a time to reflect and set goals for the next twelve months. This is a great time to look back and evaluate big decisions and determine whether they were bad judgments or stellar decisions, deserving of a pat on the back. So if you haven't already, take about a couple hours this week, sit down with a cup of coffee or tea, and get your notebook out from the drawer. Focus your thoughts and get on track to improve your life for the next year. The first step is to create an annual self-evaluation chart with three columns. The first column will include “Major, Important Decisions” you made in your life this past year. This may take some time to deliberate, because the beginning of the year may be pretty fuzzy. Title the second [...]

Judged

So you've been judged inadequate. So what? Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured unto you. - Matthew 7:1-2. I'm fortunate enough to be surrounded by a group of loving friends and I'd never expect an untoward reaction to my mobility challenge or my method of dealing with a sharply increasing walking disability. At times I find myself on my own in a public setting and I get the occasional stare or attempt to help me. I am aware that my initial reactions were really an expression of pride (strange, that's the brand of my scooter) and I realize the error is in my reaction. Instead, I tend to accept the offer of help or ignore the stares. [...]

Turn on the Accessibility!

I have a love-hate relationship with my computer. There is something about this piece of plastic, keys, and hard drive that keeps me gravitating towards it! Whether it's keeping up with the latest news or Skyping with the family, we all seem to be totally hooked on information. The internet’s relentless, constant feed keeps us satisfied in many ways. Today, computers are adding important accessibility features to enable more people to participate and experience the endless possibilities and resources on the great web. They provide accessibility options for individuals with disabilities, including visual and physical impairments, just to name a few. The control panel on your Microsoft Windows laptop or computer reminds me of the command [...]

Wheelchair-Accessible Websites: Must See Sites for the Wheelchair-Bound

The ADA, or Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, helped clear the path toward accessibility for all individuals with a physical disability in buildings and other public or private dwellings. You may want to give yourself some time when taking on a read-through of this lengthy document, which details every accessibility concern, from playground equipment to appropriate space needed in lavatories or shopping aisles. With all this detail, you would think life shouldn't be so difficult for an individual who uses a wheelchair or scooter for mobility; but unfortunately you’d be quite mistaken. Everyone knows that many public places that are considered “wheelchair accessible” do not adequately fit that description. If you have not visited [...]

Ready, Set, Go – The London Paralympics

At this time, most Americans’ eyes are fixated on their televisions and the 2012 Summer Olympics in Great Britain. This world event seems to bring out our competitive nature and love and pride for our country. To see young individuals put so much effort into something so positive is enlightening and provides relief from the negative, stressful news prevalent in the media. It makes you believe that you can accomplish anything with focus and determination. The Paralympics, which is a multi-sport world competition for athletes with physical disabilities, takes place following the Olympic Games. It is even more inspirational to see amputees and individuals with other physical and sensory disabilities train and compete in challenging events. [...]

No Know-It-Alls In Mobility Scooter Riding

Mobility scooter riders don’t have a “code of the road” and maybe that is why some type of accident almost always befalls the beginning rider. These accidents aren’t usually serious; probably more embarrassing than anything else. I would know; I had mine trying to negotiate some soft sand alongside a path and tipped over. If at all possible, have someone with you when you start riding. You will be surprised how heavy even the lightest scooter is when it’s sitting on top of you. There are some good things about these mishaps; like other mistakes, you learn from them in knowing the limitations of both your scooter and yourself. No doubt about it; there is a learning curve, particularly if you are wheeling around on three wheels. [...]