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Ladies: For the moment, forget about making babies or pleasing partners — think about our own possibilities for engaging in the fun, adventurous, frivolous, messy, tender, exploratory endeavor we call sex. And listen to what other paralyzed women have to say about sensation, communication, fantasy and all of the other pieces to the pleasure puzzle. You’ll be surprised and delighted, and you may decide to “be a unicorn!”
From our friends at The Onion: WASHINGTON — Disability rights groups celebrated Thursday after the federal court for the District of Columbia handed down a ruling requiring all private businesses nationwide to install handicapped-accessible wheelchair jumps. “This is a major victory for any disabled American who’s ever been prevented from performing a killer wallride or 360 bunny hop by the lack of proper handicap accommodations at a place of business” …
You can learn to advocate for yourself to get the kind of wheelchair you need to live the life you want, says Kenny Salvini, C3-4. It takes concerted effort to connect with the DME industry, the wheelchair-using community and fundraising opportunities, but you can definitely acquire the skills if you plug in to the vast knowledge of those who have gone before you.
When it comes to adaptive adventures, “drift diving” is one of the most accessible. The current carries you past coral reefs and sea life, and you can “think” your weightless body in different directions. It is incredibly freeing, and it’s doable even by mid-level quads.
Before Obamacare, the healthcare system was extremely difficult for people with disabilities: plans were too expensive, healthcare wasn’t comprehensive, and some people were outright turned away from insurance plans because of pre-existing conditions. Others were simply stuck living in institutions because of age-old policy and a lack of supports. And important services were hardly guaranteed or accessible in a way that helped truly keep people healthy long-term. If those in Congress follow through on their promise to repeal the ACA, we risk going back to those situations and endangering lives in the process.
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