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I love Gianna. (Background: Jessen has the “gift of cerebral palsy” and walks with a limp.) Her tweet above reminds me of my response when people ask me “why don’t you use an electric wheelchair (it’s easier, you can move faster, etc…)?” “Because I can use my hands and arms,” I say. Maybe it’s prideful, […]

Posted at: November 16th, 2015 - 11:15 am - Number of Comments » 0

Commenting on gender reassignment as “treatment” for people with gender identity issues a few years ago, Wesley Smith said: People want to be fulfilled and lead happy lives as “themselves.” Very well. But I also worry that once we accept the premise that we have a fundamental right to be physically remade to comport with […]

Posted at: June 12th, 2015 - 6:05 am - Number of Comments » 0

This is a great story: After helping Sami Simmons learn to adjust to life with a wheelchair, the staff at Rusk Rehabilitation Center was not going to let the Brunswick teen miss her junior prom. Sami was paralyzed from the waist down after she was ejected from her airborne 1997 GMC Jimmy during an October […]

Posted at: June 2nd, 2015 - 5:46 pm - Number of Comments » 0

American Horror Story actress Jamie Brewer made New York Fashion Week History when she strut her stuff down the runway this Thursday. Brewer is the first model with Down Syndrome to walk the fashion week’s catwalk. Brewer was part of designer Carrie Hammer’s “Role Models Not Runway Models” show, a project that invites inspiring women […]

Posted at: February 13th, 2015 - 11:55 am - Number of Comments » 0

Recently Rebecca Frech drew attention to the accessibility problems that many of us still face in parishes throughout the country. What’s perhaps most surprising is that it’s not just old buildings that are a problem. Even some brand new or newly renovated structures don’t seem to take accessibility into account (and, it should be noted, […]

Posted at: November 21st, 2014 - 7:43 am - Number of Comments » 2

I totally missed this news from a few weeks ago. Apparently Jeopardy superstar, Ken Jennings, was under twitter fire for a comment he made about people in wheelchairs. Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair. — Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) September 22, 2014 *sigh* Nothing sadder than smart people saying really dumb things. Hey, […]

Posted at: October 9th, 2014 - 10:14 am - Number of Comments » 0

Before praying at the abortion memorial in Korea this weekend, Pope Francis also visited the “House of Hope” Rehabilitation Center Saturday afternoon. He spent almost an hour at the center where he embraced and blessed many of the patients and greeted teachers and health workers. According to CNA, Bishop Gabriel Chang Bong-huh, Bishop of Cheongju, […]

Posted at: August 18th, 2014 - 11:20 pm - Number of Comments » 0

Mary Evelyn at What Do You Do Dear? recalls what it was like when a little girl walked up to her son, who has spina bifida and is in a wheelchair, at church one day: And then, without taking her eyes from his face, she said “I feel sorry for him.” I felt it more […]

Posted at: July 30th, 2014 - 10:22 pm - Number of Comments » 0

I’ve written several of my own reflections about life in a wheelchair here. Today I thought I’d let someone else take the wheels, so to speak. Nine-year-old Ella is the daughter of author/blogger Rebecca French. Two years ago she was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. This year her condition has worsened to the point she […]

Posted at: June 20th, 2014 - 4:29 am - Number of Comments » 0

A few years ago, Susan Windley-Daoust reached out to me about reviewing a chapter in her forth coming book Theology of the Body, Extended: The Spiritual Signs of Birth, Impairment and Dying. For obvious reasons, she was interested in my thoughts on the chapter on “The Theology of the Impaired Body”. You can read a […]

Posted at: June 11th, 2014 - 2:58 pm - Number of Comments » 0