“Dear God, Make Me a Bird so I Could Fly Far—Far, Far Away From Here”

Hello there. My name is Joseph Barrett.  I, like many of my readers, have a disability.  I was injured in an auto accident in 1992 and damaged my spinal cord.  I have been in a chair ever since.  More about me later. Fly away Let me tell you a story about…

Fashion Tips 2014

By: Imani S. Graham Just because you are disabled or visually impaired does not mean your clothes must be less attractive.  My name is Imani Graham and I am blind. However, I take pride in my clothes and my overall appearance.   This does not mean I spend a lot of money on my clothes.  In fact,…

“b” and “d”, Same But Different

By: Kirsten Robb-McGrath Often we hear the phrase “I must be dyslexic today,” when individuals spell words wrong or flip numbers around even if they may not actually have dyslexia.  I am dyslexic, but not just for one day alone or occasionally, each and every day I am dyslexic. Let’s start from the beginning, when…

Managing Expectations for Relationships

By: Meredith Ritchie It is February, the month of love, romance and sexy fun.  For people who are not in relationships, but want to be, February is a month of frustration. Relationships are seen as the solution to lots of problems; people think that if they were only in a relationship everything would be wonderful. …

Why am I a CIL Director?

Michael Bullis I became the Executive Director of the newly created Center for Independent Living (CIL) for the Baltimore Metro area in December of 2010.  No phones, no desks, no office, no employees. Many people have asked me why I gave up a good State job that paid more, had retirement and job security, to…

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