Rolling With Me & Friends: Book Series Teaches Kids Disability Etiquette 

About a year into my injury, I began speaking at churches and elementary schools. I would share my story and talk about what life was like for me as a wheelchair user. Even though it had only been a year since my injury, there was so much to cover yet never enough time. As a […]

Thoughts on Eco-Friendly Living with Hydred Makabali

By now, we’ve all heard the reports — our modern way of life is destroying the planet we call home. Plastic fills our oceans, burning fossil fuels pollute the air we breathe, and wild pollinator counts continue to decline, threatening our ability to produce sufficient sustenance for our growing population. Yet, simply being aware a […]

Stares: An Opportunity To Educate the Non-Disabled

Reflecting on my kindergarten years, I remember dreading the day it was my turn for Show and Tell. My biggest fear was standing in front of the classroom with all of my peers staring at me waiting to hear what I was going to say. In my 5-year-old mind, my presentation had to be perfect. […]

How Makabali Uses Creativity and Connections to Simplify Life

Editor’s Note: When Hydred Makabali became paralyzed at the age of 18 due to a spinal cord injury, early adulthood proved drastically different than she had ever imagined. But after battling depression and moving out on her own, she began to develop critical life skills as she faced complete autonomy for the first time. With […]

Comfort Conversations: The Importance of Positive Playtime & Learning Experiences for Kids of All Abilities

Societal attitudes and behaviors have a significant impact on the inclusion of individuals with disabilities. Despite the Americans with Disabilities Act and various civil rights movements, the effects of negative perceptions of disability are still prevalent in structural and social contexts today. Because of these constructs, children with disabilities experience several challenges in classroom and […]

Comfort Conversations: How Hydred Makabali Stays Balanced and Healthy

Editor’s Note:  In 2017, we featured a story about living life to the fullest with Hydred Makabali. After dealing with depression and agoraphobia as a result of a spinal cord injury at the age of 18, she began exploring a career in the arts and also picked up billiards as a form of “productive distraction.” […]

Comfort Conversations: Ralph’s Riders Launches Ride On In Life Campaign

For many people, the month of January represents a new beginning, an opportunity to make changes in your life where you feel you have failed in the past. As someone living with paralysis, I’ve come to the realization that there is no reason to dwell on the past. Our mistakes and tragedies are not meant to […]

Comfort Conversations: How Does Giving Help Defeat the Holiday Blues?

Feelings of sadness are different for everyone as is each individual’s reaction to those emotions. Sorrow during the holidays can stem from preexisting factors like pain, stress, or financial problems, but can also be heightened by feelings of loneliness or unrealistic expectations to buy gifts. Over-commercialization of the holiday can exacerbate symptoms and make them […]

Comfort Conversations: Top 10 Instances of Discrimination Against People With Disabilities

People with disabilities make up the nation's largest minority with nearly 20% of the US population living with some type of disability. Unlike racial or ethnic groups, anyone can become part of the disability community at any time. Unfortunately, people with disabilities experience discrimination on a daily basis. Diversity Inclusion The concept of diversity inclusion encompasses […]

Comfort Conversations: Anyone Can Dance

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion series led by our Ambassadors who share their thoughts on issues affecting wheelchair users worldwide. Today’s topic is, Anyone Can Dance, written by Comfort Medical and Wheel:Life Ambassador Margarita Elizondo. Dance is a therapeutic form of exercise and artistic expression and is great not only for […]

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