Monday, November 30, 2009

One of my newest readers

Hello everyone~

With Christmas on the way, I have kind of lost my focus in doing this blog. Hence, being three weeks behind is the result. But as I have stated before in previous posts, those weeks were not lost. I was able to get a lot of writing done as well as have a friend visit me. I just wanted to let you know I haven't forgotten about you and am grateful for all of my readers.

In today's post, I would like to feature one of my newest readers. She seems to be a lot like me in terms of wanting to keep the public out today on on the latest news regarding disability. Her readership seems to be growing fast. I hope you take the time to visit her website at:

Friday, November 27, 2009

Another Website regarding the Things to Think about When Choosing a College

Hey Guys,

As my readers may have noticed, I like to reminisce a lot about my experiences in college. These experienced help shaped into the person I am today. That's why I believe it's so important for people with disabilities have the same type of experience. That being said, here's another article featuring things to think about when choosing a college.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Encouragement:: The Little Girl Who Dared to Wish article

Welcome Back,

Okay, so I know it's been a while since I last posted. Since Thanksgiving, I have decided to focus my efforts on finishing my book. It's gone pretty well considering the circumstances. I am now almost halfway through writing Chapter 7. Pretty good, considering I had a friend visiting from Michigan. It was fun, but now it's time to get back to business. I know I promised I would finish the book review of I A Potential, but that is going to have to wait until I am finally caught up on my posts or finish chapter 10-whichever comes first! But I have a lot to do first-three weeks of writing..

In the meantime, I came across an article that I thought my readers might enjoy.

Monday, November 23, 2009

New blog guidelines.

Dear readers,

I know it's been a while since I've posted a blog entry. Things have been very busy around here lately. Since Thanksgiving, I have been busy working on my book as well as enjoying a month visit from a friend. It's certainly been interesting; I've also made great strides in terms of my book. Recently, I just finished chapter 7, almost reaching the halfway point. It's exciting to think that by the end of this month a real Christian editor will have looked at the first five chapters of my book.

That being said, I have been kind of focused on that one aspect of my life right now. In the process, I have lost track of this blog. So, you can imagine my surprise when I saw some spam or otherwise inappropriate comments on my blog. As a result, I have employed comment moderation for my posts from now on. This should on a lot of it. I apologize to those who find it difficult to use word verification because of their disability.



Dance Helps Man to Walk Again

Welcome Back~

I thought I would pass this article on to my fellow readers before Thanksgiving. I know in reality this post in a week late, but I'm just now catching up on things. It has been a busy one on my end; last weekend I stood up in one of my best friend's wedding. It's hard to believe she's a married woman now. Upon our return, we stopped through Pittsburgh to visit some college friends of mine.

Anyway, here's the article. It tells a remarkable of how dance helps a disabled man to walk again

Friday, November 20, 2009

Topics of debate

Dear Readers,

I came across this article while researching for different topics of interest to discuss on this blog, the subject is kind of misleading when you think about it. But if you read further down, the following posts make some startling revelations of topics of debate. One of which being pre-determining genetics of the unborn to eliminate the possibility of a disability. Personally, I don't believe it's right to do so. Doing so plays God, not only eliminating an opportunity to trust him, but puts our own fate in human hands.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Encouragement: Disability on Glee (NBC)

Hey Guys,

Over the last couple of weeks, I have become a fan of Glee on NBC. Not only because they have a great variety of music on the show, but because they show the universal meaning of acceptance. This acceptance is not based on values of cliques often found in high school, but formed because of one common interest-their love of music. It takes teens from all walks of life, races and brings them together. Some people, though, question the show's premise; they say it waters down the true "impact" a disability has by making fun of it.

I've watched this show and I still don't know what to say. I'm on the fence. But what do you think?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Being Thankful For Time

Welcome back,

With Thanksgiving coming up, I came across this article and was reminded how grateful I should be to have not missed 23 years of my life. Reading this article reminded me of how miraculous life can really be and to never take anything for granted.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Beauty Will Rise


So I know it's been a while since I last updated this blog. I have been busy dealing with computer problems, bridesmaid responsibilities and gearing up for Thanksgiving. But I'm back down and planning on updating as much as I can before taking a break. For today's blog, I came across this article featuring Steven Curtis Chapman talking about his new album, Beauty Will Rise. This album comes just about a year after the tragic death of his five -year-old daughter, Maria

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Encouragement: Military Families Fighting for More Than Just Peace

Welcome back,

Did you know one out of 88 military kids have autism? That's an alarming statistic, but surprisingly accurate. Researchers say that these numbers "paint a more realistic picture" about the large number of autistic children of military families . Where does that leave our soldiers? Worrying about their kids as they fight to protect Americans, waging a war on terrorism. As you know, autism is not an easy disability to live with; it requires several hours a day of applied behavioral analysis in order to teach them to function in the real world.

That's not an easy task, considering the military currently covers only a part of the therapy costs. According to program, most military families receive only 10 to 14 hours of the 25 needed each week for the therapy. The rest may have to be paid out of pocket by the family; Congress is considering providing more help. We need to pray for these families.

-- Citation for TV Program: "Battle Against Autism " News segment Tisha Thompson reporting, Fox channel 5 WTTG Washington DC, News at 10 pm, November 9, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

Possible genetic link to autism?

Hey Guys,

I came across this article, claiming there may be a link between a specific gene in twins leading to autism. What do you think?

Friday, November 6, 2009

Another Interesting Article Showing Startling Trends regarding Employers Hiring the Disabled

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Okay, so I came across this article regarding disability employment in Canada. It says employers are hesitant to hire people with disabilities. I wonder if this is a developing trend..

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Encouragement: A Number of New Sources


So it seems I am not holding up realistic expectations for this blog lately. My computer has been completely reliable and can stall out at any moment. With that and Thanksgiving coming up, I have decided to postpone my next installment of the book review for Patrick Henry 's I Am Potential. I hope that doesn't cause any inconvenience for anyone. But I am going to be busy during next few weeks, participating in a friend's wedding as a bridesmaid and other activities.

For the time being, I came across this cerebral palsy blog that provides some other helpful links

Monday, November 2, 2009

Interview with Western Illinois University Student

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Last week, I was contacted by a Western Illinois Unversity student in Special Education. She was inquiring about some information in regards to my disability to help her in a class project. I was happy to oblige, figuring it would lead to a better understanding of CP and disabilities in general. I have decided to include my answers to her questions here in the hopes of continuing to build such an understanding between the disabled community and the able-bodied community as well. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any further questions.

Answers to Questions about my Disability.

I am happy to answer the questions in hopes they will help others that are preparing to become special education teachers, or those with disabilities.

  1. What type of CP do you have? I am diagnosed with “spastic quadriparetic cerebral palsy” which means I have CP that caused me to be quadriplegic – I cannot use my hands or legs.
  2. How does your type affect your body and the way you live? It makes my muscles tight and difficult for me to do things by myself. As a result, I depend on personal assistants to dress me, feed me, etc. but I am blessed with a good mind. I had a very premature birth and the cause of my CP is probably some loss of oxygen to my brain, which caused a hemorrhage and damaged parts of my brain. I have met many people in my condition where their mental capacity has been affected because of the lack of oxygen at birth.
  3. Do you take any medication or attend any therapy to help your condition? I have a continuous small dose of the medication “baclofen” being pumped into my spine to help relax my tense muscles. The medication is provided by an intrathecal baclofen pump – a small pump implanted in my body that uses a small computer to control the rate of baclofen being pumped through a catheter that goes into my spinal cord. Every month or so I have to go to the doctor for a pump refill, and every few years I go in for surgery to replace the pump and batteries.
  4. How did you parents react when they found out you have CP? They told me they were scared and unsure of what my future would bring. But they trusted God. They wanted to learn all they could and get the best therapy. It was difficult but God gave them strength and hope.
  5. When you were in school, were there any accommodations that were made in relations to your schoolwork? In terms of my schoolwork, my IEP (individual education plan) ensured that I would have the extra time needed to complete tests, and homework. This was important because I depended on other people to write down my answers Word for Word. That is, until in about 1995 I received Dragon Dictate (one of the first voice recognition software for computers) It has now turned into Dragon NaturallySpeaking and allows the computer to write when I say. This is how I got through high school and college.
  6. Are a student’s learning abilities affected differently according to the type of CP they have? Yes, I don't know how I exactly. But I kind of covered it in question number two; in my case, the Lord gave me the ability to learn and a good mind enabling me to graduate from high school, attend a Community College and earn an Associate’s Degree, and then go on to Concordia University and earn a BA Degree.
  7. What would you like to see with the future research on CP? It would be wonderful if researchers could find ways to heal and restore damaged brain cells!
    Do you have any personal goals when it comes to CP? I have the same goals as other people: to find love, get married, and have kids.
  8. What kinds of difficulties to you face on a day-to-day basis? Everything is difficult for me, if I allow myself to look at it that way. I want to be independent, but I have to depend on other people for so much. But such is life. I think the way people react to disabilities is most frustrating. I have to work so hard to overcome the stereotypes that people have of disabled people.
  9. Were you ever treated differently because of CP? Any specific stories? I think that when people see me, they automatically see the wheelchair and think the worst. They are often afraid to talk to me or they think I am younger than I am because I am petite and sitting in my wheelchair. I will illustrate by a story. When I was in college, we would go to a restaurant and the hostess would give me a children’s’ menu- when I was over 20 years old! Then, the waitress would ask my father what I wanted to eat – rather than ask me. So my dad would look at me and say, “Debbie, what are you going to order?”
  10. What activities or hobbies do you like? I like to read and write, because, of course, that is one of the limited things I can do. My blog, “Rollin into the Future” is an important hobby – more of a mission – because it allows me to provide encouragement and information to other people with disabilities. For now, it is the daily mission that God has given to me.
  11. Did CP ever get in the way of these hobbies, if so how did you overcome it? I buy a lot of books – but I cannot turn the pages in the books. So my dad cuts the binding off with his band saw and feeds the pages through a scanner to convert them to computer format so I can easily read them on my computer – so I turn the pages with my voice!
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