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At Long Last, a Secret Ballot for All

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 17, 2006
My friend Bill Kincaid is an eightysomething -- with wit and energy surpassing most fortysomethings I could name -- and he's worked the polls with his wife, Mildred, for decades of Cincinnati electi  

History of Disabilities Shows Social Progress

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 19, 2006
My Uncle Bob died nearly a decade ago due to complications of Alzheimer's disease. He is preserved in memory in a black-and-white photo in my upstairs hall, a jovial young man helping 4-year-old me   

The Paralympics Deserve Equal Time

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 15, 2006
If you were jonesing for the thrill derived from daily highlights of the International Olympic Games, you don't need to wait for Beijing 2008 for another fix. The world's second largest gathering of  

Discriminated Against, Like Me

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 15, 2006
We said goodbye to the first lady of civil rights this week and, whatever your politics, it probably sparked some reflection. For me, as I listened to the eulogies -- some so breathtakingly lovely,   

Get Involved Before You're Disabled

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 18, 2006
There's a significant kind of countdown that kicked off this month that far too few people are thinking about -- and I don't mean the shopping days left 'til next Christmas. On Jan. 1 the parade of  

Disability Doesn't Define the Holidays

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Years ago a new friend asked me how I could appreciate the Christmas season. It initially seemed a foolish question. Then I realized it was a very culture-based question. Look at some distinctions   

Thankful to Be Welcome at the Table

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Next Thursday we'll be celebrating America's favorite holiday. There are no obligations except for eating, being with people you love and thinking things thankful. I can be glib about a lot of thin  

Cane Makes You Able, But Not Necessarily Safe

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 19, 2005
"Wait! Stay there a minute," a guy shouts at me as I'm walking up a major road in Hyde Park. On my right, the cars are streaming past, drowning out some of his distant words to me. My guide dog is z  

To Be Disabled During a Hurricane

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 21, 2005
While everyone was glued to Fox and CNN after Hurricane Katrina for more images of looters and stranded families on rooftops, I found I had trouble wrapping my mind around the concept of water highe  

Accident Broke His Neck, Not His Spirit

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Sometimes disability occurs in a single instant, and sometimes that's a tragedy. The smart money, though, is on just figuring out how to navigate the detour and get back on track with some new techn  

For Some, a Dog Is More Than a Pet

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Three days after Clarice, my 14-year-old retired guide dog, died last year, an acquaintance, glancing at the young and lovely golden retriever at my side, asked, "Oh, so did you go pick this one up   

Medicare Rule Doesn't Have a Leg to Stand On

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 15, 2005
If your notion of the current status of people with disabilities in our culture is that all of that discrimination jazz -- not to mention just plain stupidity -- can be summarized as foolish facts o  

Washington Is Disabling Service to the Disabled

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2005
You don't ask the guy who repairs your driveway to operate when your dog needs her teeth cleaned. You wouldn't dream of asking your favorite interior decorator to prepare your taxes. And you would k  

Watching TV Without Seeing It

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2005
If you were one of the people who called WCPO (Channel 9) last week to complain that some kind of alien forces had laid claim to your audio -- especially during Oprah -- please read on. What you ex  

No Need to Avoid People with Disabilities

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 16, 2005
It's an amazing phenomenon that many people with disabilities experience. You go to a room that will soon be filled with people. You settle in and wait for others to arrive. But when they do, no one