Greetings, Internet! First, an announcement: My NYT essay, “My Life with Paralysis, It’s a Workout” is going to be included in the anthology, About Us: Essays from the New York Times’ Disability Series. It will be published September 3rd, and I will use any and all opportunities to plug it until then, because holy moly, … Continue reading Onward to ABD!
Academic FOMO (Feeling of Missing Out, for any non-millennials who happen to be reading) is that feeling you get when you don’t think you’ve accomplished much as you approach the end of your summer “break” (to say break without quotations would be a lie). This feeling is exacerbated when you see your fellow grad students … Continue reading A Summer of Academic FOMO
Greetings, internet! A while back, I wrote about Access-A-Ride (AAR). I complained about it, but only because it is virtually the only inter-borough travel option I have as a wheelchair user in NYC, and it is not very good. It is unreliable, disorganized, and very likely understaffed and overscheduled. Since that post, it has gotten … Continue reading Adventures in Paratransit, Part Two: Two Strikes for Access-a-Ride
A physical therapy post! Huzzah! I did a post a couple of years ago called “Standing with Context” in which I explained what it looks like, and then what is actually happening, when I do standing exercises. I also did one on the importance of core strength. Go read them if you haven’t yet. This is … Continue reading Squatting with Context
I was going to put off this post for about a week, because my school’s orientation is tomorrow and I wanted to get a baking project in before then. But instead, I am spending my night writing about adaptive sports gone wrong. After two delightful sled hockey outings, I thought I’d try another sport out. … Continue reading Adaptive Climbing Fail
What’s this? Two physical therapy (PT) posts in a row? Has Val run out of non-PT-related stories? Nah, I just wanted to get this particular post in before I leave for Cambridge (the American one) and have to take a brief hiatus from my PT gym. Believe me, I’d love to move my gym to … Continue reading Standing with Context
Prior to this past Saturday, I had never tried an adaptive sport before. Ever. But I know they exist. There’s rock climbing, rugby, tennis, cycling, etc. Basically, any sport that exists has an adaptive counterpart. These counterparts often receive far less attention than their able-bodied versions, even though both are ridiculously hard to play well. … Continue reading Sled Hockey: First Attempt