The Faces of Disability

When you hear the word – disability – what faces do you picture? What are they doing? Are they young or old, sedentary or active, struggling or laughing? Actually, there is no proper definition for disability. Disabilities are something that affects over 20 million families in the United States. It is all around us.

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Living Inside The Box

In our video of the week artist Phil Hansen inspired people with his recent TED talk.

People with disabilities may think his "disability" is not so limiting but who is to judge what is disabling and what is not?

His message is powerful - to not only seize the day, but also seize the limitations. To stop thinking outside the box, but think inside the box.

Enjoy the video of the week and share your comments. For his latest projects visit http://philinthecircle.com/

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Disability from Two Different Viewpoints

“Jimmy” and Timmy” in their new club for people born with disabilities only.

It might not be something you think of often but the creators of South Park had it right in the second episode of the seventh season when they did a show called “Krazy Kripples”. In the show, two characters born with disabilities known as “Jimmy” and “Timmy” create a club that can only be joined by people who were born with their disability as a way of protesting the attention given to Christopher Reeve, who acquired his disability in a tragic equestrian accident.

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Heroes Rock

There are heroes all around us. Specifically, heroes with disabilities. Too bad we can’t always tell them so.

Long has it been somewhat of a faux pas to admire someone with a disability just because… well, just because they are living with a disability. And to tag them with a gratuitous character statement of “courageous” along with the hero status is not good either in the spheres of political correctness. Too bad about that too.

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For the Love of Skiing

When people ask me why I moved to Steamboat, I always tell them “I moved here to ski, I broke my back skiing, and that’s still why I live here!”

I grew up in upstate New York in the Adirondack Mountains a product of my surroundings.  I did everything outdoors from fishing to rock climbing and probably spent more time outdoors than I did indoors.  But the one sport that I truly loved was alpine skiing. 

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Seven Sins at Sea

At 16 years old, I was a thrill-seeking teenager who thought that jumping out of an airplane would fulfill my lust for adventure. As fate would have it, my first jump proved to be my last as two malfunctioning parachutes had me plummet 3,000 feet, leaving quite a dent in a farmer’s field, not to mention what it did to the rest of me.

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