Michelle Carston: Resiliency

Recently, I watched a documentary on The Learning Channel, Paralyzed and Pregnant, 4 Years Later. The woman documented in the film, Michelle Carston, was 23 and on vacation when she was injured, leaving her with a permanent C5 injury. Paralyzed and Pregnant, 4 Years Later is the story of her life as a woman, as a mother, and as a human being, who just happens to be a quadriplegic.

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Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days!

Colleen is a disability rights leader, advocate, and visionary. Her passion for assisting The Prosthetics Outreach Foundation, which assists amputees in developing countries, is evident by her commitment to raising money and awareness for the 100 Miles in 100 Days campaign.

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Working Well Together

It’s been awhile since I attended an in-person conference, so it was refreshing, and once it began, I felt right at home. Attending, networking, and sharing resources made me feel like an important part of my community. In addition, I connected with about 40 mental health professionals, consumers, and advocates.

Last week in Oakland, CA, I attended the Professional Development of Consumer and Family Member Staff Seminar put on by Working Well Together, which is a collaborative between four organizations, including NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness). Continue reading “Working Well Together”

Justin Dart, IL Leader

Wherever Justin Dart went, his ‘signature’ hat was sure to be with him. To this day, his hat still attends events in his absence. He was wearing it on the White House lawn the day the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) was signed by President Bush and it was atop his head whenever he was out rallying support for disability rights.

Justin Dart (August 29, 1930-June 22, 2002) is known for being the “Father of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” the “Godfather of the disability rights movement,” and the “spiritual leader of the IL [independent living] movement.” Continue reading “Justin Dart, IL Leader”

Are You an Advocate?

The other day I had a conversation with Ron Bercume (ILWAD co-founder) about what it means to be an advocate. He asked me, “Would I be Continue reading “Are You an Advocate?”