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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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David and Goliath: A Summary

Disabilities are a part of the diversity that is found in society.  While a disability may bring with it functional limitations, societal stereotyping, and lack of opportunity—it may also bring certain advantages in the right situation.  In fact, the advantage … Continue reading

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I’m Not a Very Creative Person

By Mike Bullis   The title of this blog may seem like a put-down.  In this day and age when everyone is supposed to be positive and filled with belief in themselves, we’re taught that we can do anything.  Just … Continue reading

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Constraint –Induced Movement Therapy

By Lisa Labre My son Chase has cerebral palsy which for him affects the right side of his body.  His entire right side is weaker than his left side. This has affected his ability to do anything that requires the … Continue reading

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“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 … Continue reading

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Successful Transition from Nursing Facilities to the Community

By Lori Fitzell New Programs For those of you who haven’t heard, there have been recent changes to the Medicaid Waiver programs in Maryland. Beginning in January of this year, the Living at Home waiver and the Older Adults waivers … Continue reading

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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.  … Continue reading

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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 … 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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