Whether you're dealing with the hardships of a bodily condition or the intrigues of an expanding empire, Catherine the Great was right: "If you feel unhappy, raise your self above unhappiness, and so act that your happiness may be independent of all eventualities." She never said, however, that maintained optimism in difficult circumstances was easy. … Continue reading Queen for a Day (with Muscular Dystrophy)
Accidents happen, even red scooter accidents. In mid January, I fell off my zippy mobility scooter after taking a curbed curve too quickly and fractured my pelvis in three places. Ouch! After a brief hospital stay, I was transferred to Sante of North Scottsdale where I convalesed for over a month. What follows is a … Continue reading Rehabbing at Sante of North Scottsdale
With over 10,000 roses on display, there's a lot of ground to cover--4.5 acres to be exact--at Portland’s International Rose Test Garden (commonly referred to as Portland Rose Garden). Thanks to voters’ passage of the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond, enhanced ADA accessibility makes exploring this beautifully landscaped park easier for those of us with a … Continue reading Accessibility at Portland’s International Rose Test Garden
Access advocacy works! Many thanks to everyone who contributed constructive comments regarding the need for ADA automatic front door openers at Regal Cinemas. After my original post (Where are the ADA automatic front door openers at Regal Cinemas?) and other collaborative calls for action, this critical accessibility feature was added in Fall 2018 at Regal Cinemas … Continue reading Regal Cinemas Bridgeport Improves Accessibility
The unassuming city of Cottage Grove is the home of one of Oregon’s most gorgeous recreational multi-use trails, the Row River Trail. The paved, mostly flat path offers the perfect adventure: spectacular scenery, interesting history and great accessibility for mobility devices of all kinds. It’s a perennial day trip from Portland for my husband and … Continue reading Scootering the Row River Trail, Oregon
Karma? Serendipity? Call it what you will… I’ve only written to one celebrity in my life, Jane Fonda, and that was just a few months ago (read below). Then, last night at dinner in Ashland, Oregon I shook hands with her. Lovely lady. My post to Jane Fonda's website on embracing one’s inner “scooter person”: … Continue reading “Scooter Person” Jane Fonda
Sure, like so many others on mobility devices, we took in dinner and a show after cruising The Strip. (I got around easily in my Jazzy red power chair.) But, by far, the most interesting thing my husband Lou and I did in Las Vegas was to take a one-hour guided tour of the Neon … Continue reading Neon Boneyard, Las Vegas
In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous. – Aristotle Although the entire 21-mile Banks-Vernonia State Trail has felt the tred of my red scooter tires, the section my husband and I return to most frequently starts at the Vernonia Lake adjunct. (See map.) Super accessibility The paved loop around Vernonia Lake … Continue reading Accessible Adventure at Vernonia Lake and Banks-Vernonia State Trail, Oregon
I have often teared up at a theater, but at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, I teared up because of the theater. Let me explain: OSF‘s dedication to Access for All its patrons is an impressive example of social responsibility — and a smart move for the ongoing success of the theater organization. From the recent … Continue reading Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Making Accessibility Happen Here's what I e-mailed the corporate headquarters of Regal Cinemas (a recently acquired subsidiary of the Cineworld Group), and why I say that their motto “The Best Place to Watch a Movie!” only applies if you can get in the door. Copy sent to: Regal Entertainment Group; Regal Oregon, Washington, Idaho DM, Shane … Continue reading Where are the ADA automatic front door openers at Regal Cinemas?
It's always uplifting to hear about a corporation putting people first. I'm happy to be the bearer of such good news. Since my post, LA Fitness: Why the “LA” Stands for Lacks Accessibility, first aired in February 2018 a lot has happened, good stuff, progress. And without a protest march, petitions or expensive lawyers. A major … Continue reading LA Fitness Tualatin Upgrades Accessibility
When service is selfless, it brings joy and peace. When it is rendered with attachment, it brings pain and suffering. If we experience suffering in service, we can examine the way we offered it. An exquisite path of awakening!—Ellen Grace O'Brian There was a knock on the door, the entry from the open garage into … Continue reading Confessions of a Caregiver, Vol. 3, When Opportunity Knocks
For travelers with or without disabilities, Las Vegas is becoming less about the casinos, and more about “The Experience.” Whether you’re looking for award-winning cuisine, color beyond compare, or a blast of contemporary culture, you’ll find it in “the city that never sleeps." And with great accessibility. I’ve never seen more scooters per capita than in … Continue reading Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden, Las Vegas
"To die will be an awfully big adventure." —Peter Pan She wouldn’t tell me why she was scared. She didn’t need to; I knew why: Nudgemamma ("Nudgie" for short), Hungarian for "grandma," was there to die, transition, pass on, kick the bucket, go off the grid, whatever you want to call not living in a … Continue reading Where do we go from here?
Of the twelve southwestern national parks encompassed within The Grand Circle, Zion is the jewel in the crown. Here are some tips to maximize accessible travel for people with disabilities. Get yourself an Access Pass (You can thank me later.) The national parks issue an Access Pass for US citizens with permanent disabilities. You can apply … Continue reading Best places to spin, sup, and sleep in accessible Zion National Park