Moving Past Negativity

Part of my workday is spent sifting through the Internet for interesting articles relating to Independent Living, disability rights, human rights and other issues relating to the disability community.  I learn a lot by doing this: information about organizations and events as well as the newest trends in technology; unfortunately, I come across a lot of negativity as well. Continue reading “Moving Past Negativity”

Disability Interview: Shauna Bruce-Hamburger

Interview with Shauna Bruce-Hamburger of Divine Potential

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill

Shauna Bruce-Hamburger is the perfect representation of this powerful quote. An optimist from a very young age, Shauna has always maintained a “glass half full” type attitude despite dealing with more than her share of struggle and challenge. Born with Spina bifida, Shauna vowed from an early age that she would never let her “so called” disability get in the way of living her life to the fullest. Continue reading “Disability Interview: Shauna Bruce-Hamburger”

Do disability service organizations really promote people with disabilities?

This past weekend, I visited with some family members, and one of our topics of conversation was self-sufficiency and independence in disability service organizations for PWD (people with disabilities); this of course, was after my mention of my involvement with ILWAD. A family member and I have both worked as disability social advocates. We discussed the inconsistencies in disability services provided and mission statements within organizations. We both recognized that despite so-called promoting independence for PWD, many organizations, or at least employees of those organizations still cling to the idea that PWD cannot be fully independent. Continue reading “Do disability service organizations really promote people with disabilities?”