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NEW IDEAS ARE DIFFICULT

The following article was submitted for publication to the Baltimore Sun on December 29th, 2015.  It’s difficult to say, in under 750 words, anything that has nuance or depth, but, I did feel as though we should try to alert … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Sex, Censorship and Disability

People with disabilities should have control over their own lives.    Most people agree with this statement.  Practically everyone who works in the disability field feels that self-determination is the key to a successful and independent life.  We encourage learning … Continue reading

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Found History is Disability History Meredith Ritchie

Found History is Disability History Meredith Ritchie As you may have heard in the past couple of months archeologist in England have unearthed the skeleton of King Richard III.  King Richard III was the last king of the House of … Continue reading

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Good Intentions Gone Bad

The article below was reported on May 5, 2009 by WSBT television in South Bend Indiana and has received wide distribution on the internet.  It illustrates how good intentions often produce unhealthy outcomes.  As you read the article, please notice … Continue reading

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Finding Your Passion

For most of us, finding our dream job is a slow and uncertain process.  Recently I spoke to somebody who indicated that the reason he wasn’t working was that “I’m not sure yet what my passion is.” It occurred to … Continue reading

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DOES THE JOB MARKET REALLY NEED ME?

This is a great time of year to look for work.  Everybody who is actually in their office is in a good mood because of the summer and not too busy to talk with you.  This is the time of year … Continue reading

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NCIL’d and Dimed

What do you do when you hate your disability and are suddenly surrounded by hundreds of other people with disabilities? That’s what I was trying to figure out while staring at my scooter’s steering wheel during the opening plenary of … Continue reading

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Announcing the IMAGE Center’s Disability Skills Library!

Have you ever wondered how an amputee ties his or her shoes, how a blind person knows what clothes to wear, or how someone who is paralyzed transfers in and out of a wheelchair? The Image Center’s Disability Skills Library … Continue reading

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Some Days It Just Hurts

There’s no denying that some days it just hurts. No matter how I act, no matter what I do, the world simply won’t budge. I’m walking to the bus stop this morning and arrive just as the bus pulls up. … Continue reading

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