• My Hallowed Holiday, Halloween

    My Hallowed Holiday, Halloween

    My first crush? Jareth, Goblin King of the Labyrinth. My childhood idol? Morticia Addams. My favorite movie? The Worst Witch. Or Elvira: Mistress of the Dark. Or Hocus Pocus. As difficult as that decision may have been, choosing my favorite holiday was not – Halloween was the highlight of my year. The interplay between Halloween and my disability was always unpredictable. Sometimes, it definitely resulted in a trick rather than a treat. Imagine my horror when Halloween landed on a colder-than-average night and my mom tried to make me wear a turtleneck underneath my mermaid costume.
  • Cold Hands, Warm Heart

    Cold Hands, Warm Heart

    Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. It has it all. You get to put on a mask or disguise to be whoever you want, and then you get to knock on the doors of strangers and get free stuff (the other 364 days of the year this is called burglary). You are allowed, and often times even expected, to do anything to scare the socks off of people. Plus you get to make gourd art to show your friends. What more could you ask for in a holiday? While every Halloween when I was growing up was fun and memorable, there is one year that sticks out in my mind.
  • White House To Convene Disability Summit

    White House To Convene Disability Summit

    For the first time, a White House event will bring together experts from across the country to address the unique health and fitness concerns of those with disabilities. Posted: 10/29/2014
  • My Wheelchair and Me

    My Wheelchair and Me

    Recently during vacation I found myself hesitating to post a picture of me on Facebook in a wheelchair. As I became consciously aware of my hesitation, I pondered upon my reasoning for this. I talked about this with my wife and she asked me if I hesitated because I was ashamed. That thought never crossed my mind and I was pleased with myself for never having had this thought, at least not consciously. However as a psychologist, I enjoy exploring my mind. So, I decided to reconstruct my reasoning from a psychological perspective.