jDate gave me the opportunity to show who i am

All success stories on JDate are special. Mine, although a little different, has the same happy ending. It is truly amazing how things work out, and that meeting someone online can lead to “happily ever after.”

I met Kim on January 4, 2012, and we are getting married on July 6, 2014! We couldn’t be happier!

As someone living with cerebral palsy, I must walk with a cane for balance and strength – dating was never easy. Meeting someone the old fashioned way was not working. On first impression, people could not see past the canes and the disability. JDate gave me the opportunity to show people who I am, before seeing my disability. It took me a long time to be comfortable enough to tell my potential dates about my disability.

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ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival

ILiveWithADisability.com is proud and excited to announce that we will be partnering for the second consecutive year with ReelAbilities.

ILiveWithADisability.com is proud and excited to announce that we will be partnering for the second consecutive year with ReelAbilities.

ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. Initiated in NY in 2007, the festival presents award winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout each hosting city.

Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience. ILiveWithADisability.com will be featuring films that will be shown at ReelAbilities on their blog showcasing and inviting discussion for each specific film. We are inspired that ReelAbilities has grown into a national program – now in 13 cities around the United States.

For the first time, this year, immediately following the New York festival. ReelAbilities is launching the first annual ReelAbilities: NJ Disabilities Film Festival (March 13-17).”ReelAbilites and ILiveWithADisability.com both have similar goals and missions to help and motivate people living with disabilities and their loved ones to feel “Beautiful, not Broken.”

Learn more at http://www.reelabilities.org/

A SERP (Special Ed, Rehabilitation, and School Psychology) Project

This video was created as a project in 2003 for a SERP (Special Ed, Rehabilitation, and School Psychology) class at the University of Arizona. We tried to show different viewpoints from someone who was newly/temporarily disabled vs. those viewpoints from someone who has fully adapted to a disability for quite some time.

Hi Everyone! This is a video that my friend Eric (@erickatz) created while he was in college in 2003. I met Eric when I was in high school and he motivated me to compete in local and regional adaptive sporting events. Eric competed in track and field, swimming and basketball, just to name a few. Continue reading “A SERP (Special Ed, Rehabilitation, and School Psychology) Project”

New Jersey Natural Disasters

I’m back…

Before this week, I would have said that natural disasters in New Jersey were an oxymoron.  After this week, I don’t know what to expect next.  On Tuesday, August 23rd, we experienced an earthquake!  I did not believe that it was an earthquake until it was published on CNN.com.  I was sitting at my desk working on a project and all of a sudden, things started to shake; I thought that there was a big truck driving by or someone was moving things on the floor below us.  Continue reading “New Jersey Natural Disasters”

Real Choices

Since the last time I wrote, I have done a lot of thinking about how choices and underachieving affect one another.  I chose to do lots of really great things in the past week.  I started my new job, joined a gym and went everyday after work!  I get to spend my evenings doing things like going to dinner with my brother or hanging out and watching the Phillies!  I love being in a routine, it really helps with my time management. Continue reading “Real Choices”