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Wheelz Life Notes



Words about life on wheelz: my adventures in parenting, the arts, music, writing, knitting, and whatever other passions capture my attention.



Updated: 2017-11-27T10:10:16.759-05:00

 



Wheelz on Hiatus

2007-11-02T12:31:51.177-04:00

I'm sad to announce that WLN is on hiatus indefinitely. I want to come back to it someday, but only if I have something important to say and the time to say it.Thank you to everyone who has read, and especially those who commented.



Ow.

2007-08-02T12:42:23.245-04:00

From the comments on this CNN story, by way of the fantastic Kay at The Gimp Parade blog:My son was born 9 weeks early. At 6 months, his pediatirican indicated that he was not progressing as he should. This statement started the long journey to the diagnose of cerebral palsy, the endless hours of therapy and multiple procedures and surgeries. In a couple of weeks, my son will be turning 8 years



Transported back to Special Ed. by a poem

2007-03-15T09:29:27.432-04:00

Poem: "How to Tell If You're a Participant or a Staff (A Handy Guide for Day Programs)" by David Moreau from You Can Still Go to Hell and Other Truths About Being a Helping Professional. © Moon Pie Press. Via Writer's AlmanacHow to Tell If You're a Participant or a Staff (A Handy Guide for Day Programs)If you have a bowel movement at work and no one records it in acommunication book — you're a



Little and Cute

2007-01-07T00:14:14.098-05:00

I spent the first twelve years of my life firmly attached to my dad's hip. He carried me a lot--to keep up with neighborhood kids, wander around the mall, or explore the woods around my summer camp. I couldn't walk or push a chair well enough to do those things, so he did them for me--for as long as he could.In light of all that, I can understand Ashley's parents' decision to keep her small and



2007 on Wheelz

2007-01-04T13:29:14.394-05:00

In honor of the new year, I am newly committed to Wheelz Life Notes. I liked the format and focus of the blog before, so mostly I just want to say Tally-Ho and Back At It. That being said, I have never left well enough alone in my life, so you can expect some "improvements" at some point.I don't do resolutions anymore, but here are some goals:a weekly essay.a weekly news roundup.a monthly



Katrina on Wheelz

2007-01-05T15:34:16.873-05:00

"The disaster, it seems to me, is the failure of a philosophy. A philosophy of small government, tax cuts, deficits and privatization. The federal government should have arrived sooner but the federal government was doing other things." ~Stephen Elliott at SalonThat says everything I've been scribbling and scratching out, ranting and ruminating about for a week now. Well, almost:How does a mayor



News on Wheelz

2005-09-01T10:06:20.716-04:00

Talk Show Focusing On Disabilities Makes Worldwide Impact OnlineEmediawire (press release) - 6 hours agoIf you are one of 56 million Americans with a disability who have wanted a place to be heard and understood by others, then tune in online to DisAbility News & Views Radio every Tuesday and Sunday.InstantService and Direct Interactions Partnership Enables People With Disabilities to Work From



News on Wheelz

2005-08-31T10:30:44.146-04:00

Air NZ wheelchair policy challengedTVNZCCS, formerly the Crippled Children's Society, is pursuing its Human Rights complaint about Air New Zealand's treatment of wheelchair users despite the company making significant changes.Grounds broken for UWI centre for students with disabilitiesJamaica ObserverTHE Digicel Foundation has committed $5 million towards the construction of the UWI (University



News on Wheelz

2005-08-29T11:00:49.496-04:00

National Associations to Be Recognized for Empowering Citizens with DisabilitiesBusiness Wire (press release) WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 29, 2005--The National Organization on Disability (NOD) announced today a competition that will recognize five major non-disability associations from across America for their work on behalf of people with disabilities.TRICARE ANNOUNCES NEW EXTENDED CARE



Alison Lapper on Parenting and disability

2005-08-28T09:02:23.296-04:00

BBC's Ouch! Has posted an interview with Artist Alison Lapper-- the model and collaborator on the sculpture chosen famous "fourth plinth" in London's Trafalgar square.This interview focuses on Alison's experiences as a mom and as a participant in a televised study on parenting. Her thoughts are not only articulate and pithy, they bring to light experiences I believe are widely felt among parents



News On Wheelz

2005-08-27T10:15:51.236-04:00

Paralympics: Jason Dunkerley and Andre Beaudoin win gold for CanadaRunnersWeb - 10 hours agoESPOO, Finland-Jason Dunkerley of Hamilton and Andre Beaudoin of Cowansville, Que., each won gold to highlight a seven-medal performance for Canada on Friday at the European Paralympic track and field championships for athletes with a disability.



Exerpt from the draft Constitution of Iraq

2005-08-26T13:24:59.663-04:00

Article (30):1st _ The state guarantees social and health insurance, the basics for a free and honorable life for the individual and the family _ especially children and women _ and works to protect them from illiteracy, fear and poverty and provides them with housing and the means to rehabilitate and take care of them. This shall be regulated by law.Article (31):1st _ Every Iraqi has the right



News on Wheelz

2005-08-26T11:09:40.010-04:00

Quadriplegic woman sails solo across ChannelBy Jenny Booth, Times Online[Hillary Lister] today broke a world record by becoming the first quadriplegic to sail solo across the English Channel.Teams ready for wheelchair hoops tourneyHouston Community Newspapers OnlinePasadena is gearing up for the annual International Shootout Wheelchair Basketball Tournament to be held Labor Day Weekend.



Computer Issues.

2005-08-25T21:16:20.980-04:00

We are having Computer Issues, so I can't really post tonight-- tune in tomorrow, though, for lots of interesting stuff: supreme court nomination, Murderball, and access in Israel.



News on Wheelz

2005-08-26T09:30:21.716-04:00

Family loses right-to-life appeal for babyDarren Wyatt, 33, and his wife, Debbie, 24, who have been told by the hospital treating their daughter [Charlotte] that she has made "remarkable progress", failed to persuade the Court of Appeal the order should now be rescinded.



News on Wheelz

2005-08-23T12:11:14.063-04:00

Segway finds niche among people with disabilitiesDetNews.com Shane Latham said he had tears in his eyes last month when he received his Segway Human Transporter, a self-balancing, electric-powered transportation device.http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2005/08/23/2003268816">Taipei Hospital offering custom-made wheelchairsTaipei Times BY JEAN LIN. The Rehabilitation Center of Taipei



Comment Spam and disclaimer

2005-08-22T17:17:28.713-04:00

WLN has gotten its first comment spam. IF you are an actual reader interested in having a conversation with the author of this blog, and not a hit-monger, and your comment was inadvertantly deleted, please re-post it. I have no desire to edit comments that are posted by bloggers and blog readers, only to keep spammers off my blog.



Sometimes I'd like to skip Sundays

2005-08-22T16:09:19.510-04:00

I went with my daughter to a church function in a local park last night. It was a fun event; they were giving away bikes, backpacks and clothes to low-income schoolkids, and Char sang and performed some dramas with the youth ministry team. There were even a few dance numbers.I may just spend a lot of time with "churchy" people, since my daughter's involved with youth ministry and my grandfather



Pulling Punches

2005-08-19T08:41:25.640-04:00

I've been thinking about yesterday's post, and I realize now that I didn't quite say what I meant to.Whether there's anything wrong with the article or not, my reaction to it was about me. Unless I can get myself to hold still long enough to observe my own reactions, my insights won't be valuable to me or anyone; they won't be complete, or completely honest. I tried to do that yesterday, and I



I may be a writer, but I just don't understand journalists.

2005-08-22T18:12:37.990-04:00

My news clipping service sent me a link from today's Knoxville News, called "Hope in a bottle." The article focuses on Lee Sims, a young man who has HIV/AIDS. Now, I must admit that I had absolutely no business clicking on the article at all, since it opened with a description of flowers AND was culled by the clip service based on the keyword "blind." I have learned, over the year since I began



News on Wheelz (Not)

2005-08-22T18:13:31.403-04:00

Slow news day, at least when it comes to wheelchairs or disabilities. In future I will just skip this feature if there's no qualifying news to report.



Today South Carolina, tomorrow the Country!

2005-08-22T18:14:37.986-04:00

South Carolina lawmakers are hoping to change their Medicaid plan into a kind of voucher system: Here's the money you're entitled to based on your age and health-- Go spend it however you want! The program's proponents say it will put patients back in charge of their own care, while creating significant cost savings for the government. Sound like a Win-Win situation? Of course it does. But



News On Wheelz

2005-08-17T13:34:15.423-04:00

Czech Government to integrate children with disabilities in schoolsPrague Daily Monitor(PDM staff with CTK) 17 August - The Cabinet will discuss today its plans to markedly increase the number of children with disabilities to be placed in regular schools. Ghana's Govt provides ¢1 billion for People With DisabilitiesManpower, Youth and Employment minister, Joseph Kofi Adda, says the Office of the



New Feature-- News on Wheelz

2005-08-16T11:12:59.766-04:00

There are exciting things in store at Wheelz Life Notes this week. I have been inspired by some excellent blogs to add additional content to this site. The first new feature is "News on Wheelz," Items culled from Google News that meet the following criteria: Stories pertaining to people with challenges to their mobility that are national in focus. There's a lot of great local stuff happening;



Audacity article up

2005-07-02T18:12:23.590-04:00

Thanks to Nathasha over at Audacity Magazine for publishing my parenting article.Thanks to Char for being such an inspiring daughter.