Category Archives: Impression Management

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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IMAGE Center Success Stories: Meet Crystal and Stephanie

(Crystal Brockington left, Stephanie Klima right) BACKSTORY Stephanie is one of the dozens of individuals the IMAGE Center has helped transition from living in a nursing facility to living independently in the community. 8 years ago, Stephanie was placed in … 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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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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The Halo Effect

Impression management requires that people with disabilities learn to recognize and counteract the “halo effect.” In essence, the halo effect says that people with visible disabilities are angelic creatures who, as my grandmother use to say, “wouldn’t say dirt if … Continue reading

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The Reversal

I was leaving our building the other day at Hampton Plaza and encountered a woman in the elevator who decided that I needed help.  I’m blind, so, carry a white cane and often folks decide that this must mean, without … Continue reading

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