Seven Wheelchairs

Author: Gary Presley
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
ISBN: 1587297523
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In 1959, seventeen-year-old Gary Presley was standing in line, wearing his favorite cowboy boots and waiting for his final inoculation of Salk vaccine. Seven days later, a bad headache caused him to skip basketball practice, tell his dad that he was too ill to feed the calves, and walk from barn to bed with shaky, dizzying steps. He never walked again. By the next day, burning with the fever of polio, he was fastened into the claustrophobic cocoon of the iron lung that would be his home for the next three months. Set among the hardscrabble world of the Missouri Ozarks, sizzling with sarcasm and acerbic wit, his memoir tells the story of his journey from the iron lung to life in a wheelchair. Presley is no wheelchair hero, no inspiring figure preaching patience and gratitude. An army brat turned farm kid, newly arrived in a conservative rural community, he was immobilized before he could take the next step toward adulthood. Prevented, literally, from taking that next step, he became cranky and crabby, anxious and alienated, a rolling responsibility crippled not just by polio but by anger and depression, “a crip all over, starting with the brain.” Slowly, however, despite the limitations of navigating in a world before the Americans with Disabilities Act, he builds an independent life. Now, almost fifty years later, having worn out wheelchair after wheelchair, survived post-polio syndrome, and married the woman of his dreams, Gary has redefined himself as Gimp, more ready to act out than to speak up, ironic, perceptive, still cranky and intolerant but more accepting, more able to find joy in his family and his newfound religion. Despite the fact that he detests pity, can spot condescension from miles away, and refuses to play the role of noble victim, he writes in a way that elicits sympathy and understanding and laughter. By giving his readers the unromantic truth about life in a wheelchair, he escapes stereotypes about people with disabilities and moves toward a place where every individual is irreplaceable.

Branding and Designing Disability

Author: Elizabeth DePoy
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136203087
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Over the past fifty years, design and branding have become omnipotent in the market and have made their way to other domains as well. Given their potential to divide humans into categories and label their worth and value, design and branding can wield immense but currently unharnessed powers of social change. Groups designed as devalued can be undesigned, redesigned and rebranded to seamlessly and equivalently participate in community, work and civic life. This innovative book argues that disability as a concept and category is created, reified, and segregated through current design and branding that begs for creative change. Transcending models of disability that locate it either as an embodied medical condition or as a socially constructed entity, this book challenges the very existence and usefulness of the category itself. Proposing and illustrating creative and responsible design, DePoy and Gilson include thinking and action strategies that are useful and potent for "undesigning", redesigning, and rebranding to meet the full range of human needs and to enhance full participation in local through global communities. Divided into two parts, the first section presents a critical examination of disability as a designed and branded phenomenon, exploring what exactly is being designed and branded and how. The second part investigates the redesign of disability and provides principles for redesign and rebranding illustrated with examples from high-tech to place-based sustainable strategies. The book provides a unique and contemporary framework for thinking about disability as well as providing relevant design and branding guidance to designers and engineers interested in embodiment issues.

My Dog Is My Hero

Author: Susan Reynolds
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1440508682
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The heroic friends who save us--one bark at a time. Our dogs rescue us every day--whether theyÆre pulling our children out of wells or standing by our side during tough times. In this moving collection, youÆll meet fifty unforgettable dogs who have earned the love, respect, and admiration of their humans, including: Widget, a wiry little terrier who alerted her master that a poisonous snake was coiled to strike her daughter George, an abandoned, oversized, loopy white dog with no particular talents beyond graciously mentoring brother and sister foster dogs, including an annoying litter of six coonhounds Skip and Obie, two abused dogs whose former owners poured lye down their throats but who now bestow their rescuers with daily kisses and hugs This book reminds you that every dog has his day--and that courage canine-style comes in all colors, shapes, sizes--and breeds.

The Polio Journals

Author: Anne K. Gross
Publisher: Rj Communications
ISBN: 9780578065915
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Description: Part memoir, part social commentary, The Polio Journals tells the story of Carol Rosenstiel, who contracted the disease in 1927 at the age of two, leaving her permanently paralyzed from the waist down.In the 1920s, society viewed polio as a shameful reflection of the dirty lifestyle of its victims, leading Carol's parents to silence all issues related to their daughter's disability. Pushed by her parents to be exceptional in order to make up for her impairment, Carol became a successful musician, married, and raised two children. Prior to her death in 1985, she broke her silence and poured out her memories in a series of diaries. The Polio Journals explores Carol's inspiring life, probes the changing cultural landscape that impacted her lifelong quest to be accepted by others, and examines the havoc wreaked on families by silencing that which causes shame. From a historical perspective, the book allows readers to see how attitudes toward individuals with disabilities have changed over time.About The Author: Anne K. Gross, Ph.D., received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Duke University, after which she dedicated her career to the treatment of individuals with disabilities and chronic illnesses. Although she now writes full time, her past professional positions include assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and regional consultant for the Social Security Disability program. She has published over a dozen articles in professional psychology journals as well as essays and editorials in the Denver Post and New Mobility magazine. She and her husband live in Colorado and have two daughters.


Author: Jon Douglas Levenson
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300145209
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This book, written for religious and nonreligious people alike in clear and accessible language, explores a teaching central to both Jewish and Christian traditions: the teaching that at the end of time God will cause the dead to live again. Although this expectation, known as the resurrection of the dead, is widely understood to have been a part of Christianity from its beginnings nearly two thousand years ago, many people are surprised to learn that the Jews believed in resurrection long before the emergence of Christianity. In this sensitively written and historically accurate book, religious scholars Kevin J. Madigan and Jon D. Levenson aim to clarify confusion and dispel misconceptions about Judaism, Jesus, and Christian origins. Madigan and Levenson tell the fascinating but little-known story of the origins of the belief in resurrection, investigating why some Christians and some Jews opposed the idea in ancient times while others believed it was essential to their faith. The authors also discuss how the two religious traditions relate their respective practices in the here and now to the new life they believe will follow resurrection. Making the rich insights of contemporary scholars of antiquity available to a wide readership, Madigan and Levenson offer a new understanding of Jewish-Christian relations and of the profound connections that tie the faiths together.

Living with Polio

Author: Daniel J. Wilson
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226901046
Format: PDF
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The personal stories of men and women who had acute polio and lived with its crippling consequences are chronicled in a history of the enduring physical and psychological experiences of the disease.

Beyond Barriers

Author: Anne Davey Koomans
Publisher: Page Publishing Inc
ISBN: 1683486463
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“Dave Davey was a remarkable guy - a trailblazer for the physically disabled who truly made a difference. I fully supported the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it was introduced, and proudly attended the White House ceremony when President George H.W. Bush signed the landmark bill into law. It was folks like my long-time friend Dave Davey who were foremost in my thoughts that day. Dave was a winner from start to finish, and finished a champion who NEVER complained. As a Christian, I know he is always praying for us here on earth. He continues to make a difference and this book is a testament to his faith - he was indeed one of God's gifts.” - US Congressman Fred Upton “During my time as President of Goodwill Industries, International, I had the privilege of meeting and working with many dedicated and impressive local CEO's but none more so than David Davey. Perhaps because he had personally overcome a disability himself, Dave had a special bond with the individuals whom he served and while his Goodwill was not the largest in the organization's vast network of rehabilitation facilities, it was one of the finest because it so fully embodied Goodwill's century long mission to restore the dignity of individuals with barriers to employment through the power of work. Dave's Goodwill didn't have "clients" it had a family and you could sense that devotion and love whenever you entered a store or set foot onto a shop floor. I spent eight years as a member of the US House of Representatives, but it was from people like Dave Davey that I learned the true meaning of public service.” - Fred Grandy, “Gopher” on The Love Boat, Actor, Radio Personality “Dave Davey was an outstanding man. As a young teen when he married my mother, I got the chance to know him, and have him as my dad. Through the years, I could always count on his wisdom and guidance. As a married young father, I would seek his perspective on life's issues, and valued his take on life. He was a one-of-a-kind man, and I cherish my memories of him.” - David Laramie Grab a tissue as you read how twelve-year-old David Davey survived nine months in the hospital, recovering from Polio. You'll read how Dave, when he was attending Wayne State University, recognized God had a purpose for his life, and how he spent the rest of his life fulfilling that purpose. Dave's work with Senator Bob Dole on the National Barrier-Free Architectural and Transportation Board helped develop the standards for the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. Your attention will be captivated when you read about Dave and Anne's experience when they slept in a lovely motel room full of Black Widow Spiders, how a ship was held in port for several hours as the staff devised a plan to get Dave aboard, and why they slept in the same penthouse room where President Kennedy once slept.