Matthew Curcio

Friday, December 12, 2014
Let me make some assumptions. Your family loves you and your close friends get you. They bend over backwards to help you accommodate and to make your life more accessible. They may not know first-hand what it is like to have a physical disability, but they try hard to love you the best they can and to see the world from your eyes. Now what about the rest of the world? What about the young men and women we run into, pretending to be disabled so they and their friends can get to the front of rides at amusement parks? What about teenagers that think your wheelchair or scooter are just...
Friday, November 21, 2014
I am 23 years old. I am single. I graduated from college into “adulthood” not too long ago. I recently moved across the country by myself to San Antonio, Texas. And I have muscular dystrophy. No, this isn’t a dating ad - this is my reality. My terrifying reality. The last ten months of my life have brought new meaning to the word independence. I have never been afraid of doing the independent thing and living away from home, I studied away during college for five months in Colorado Springs. I have traveled with my friends all over the country to places people with disabilities probably...
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
If you were not already aware, living with a physical disability is quite difficult. Especially once you realize you are living as a disabled person in an able-person’s world. I have a few reality checks to go through first before we get into this conversation: 1. Finding a job for anyone in this current market is difficult and exhausting. 2. If you have a physical disability your options are limited - pretty drastically I would say. 3. If you have a physical disability and find a handful of jobs that you are well qualified for that does not mean you are going to be hired. People...
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Ya’ know, sometimes being a young man with muscular dystrophy is just not very easy to live with. That’s not something that I like to admit very often. I grew up with people (strangers most often) feeling it necessary to tell me what an inspiration I am. That it is amazing how well I am doing and how much I can do for myself independently shows just how strong of a person I am. I used to be sensitive to these types of comments because well, what other people without a disability see as a major debilitating disorder, I see as my “norm.” I was born with my disability, and I do not know...
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
There is something very special to be said about standing up for yourself even when perhaps you cannot stand up all by yourself. Self-advocating is probably one of the scariest and most intimidating tasks. No one wants to be a burden; no one wants to ask for more. I don’t know about you, but I personally struggle with this a lot as a young man with a disability. But sometimes it is in those absolutely scary moments that we discover the strength that so many outsiders claim they see in us. If you are transitioning to college or are already in college or perhaps are headed into independent...
Friday, August 3, 2012
Heading to college is quite the transition for any young man or woman, regardless of physical ability. Add muscular dystrophy to that formula, and the drama becomes worth of reality television, I believe. Who doesn't want to experience the freedom and independence of adulthood? Who doesn't want to get to decide when they wake up and when they go to sleep and when or what they eat just because they can. Well, living with a physical disability tends to place a bit of a learning curve on all those new, fun leases on life that typically are granted when entering college. I am entering my...