Do you look handicapped today?

Thursdays are primarily my ‘low energy day’ of the week.

Tuesday’s are a nose-to-nose at the wire second place.

Low energy or not, Thursday, Tuesday, December 26th –

rheumatoid arthritis and all her sister diseases are with me

and cosmetics do not change the complexion of disability

anymore than a blue placard or license-plate.

This Army vet publicized her hate note and her response-

yeah, now you really wanna read the article, I did!

Good stuff ~

Living Life to the Best of Your Possibility

‘One can judge a nation by the way it treats its most vulnerable’ ~ Aristotle

Victoria Kaloss

National Service Dog Month Tribute~

Service Dogs have had quite a time this past year;

they’ve continued their commitment

toward assisting a multiple array of people in need,

providing easement of,

greater independence for

their humans’ lives

despite two-legged see-saw publicity.

Service dogs serve – thank you canine companions!

(And forgive humans for all the negative press, your hearts exude unconditional love while people keep learning to do so)

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Its-National-Service-Dog-Month-326726021.html

Living Life to the Best of Your Possibility

“One can judge a nation by the way it treats its most vulnerable’ ~ Aristotle

Victoria Kaloss

Picture this!

Happy 25th Anniversary ADA ~

Happy Friday~

Each day counts everyone!

Living Life to the Best of Your Possibility

‘One can judge a nation by the way it treats its most vulnerable’ ~ Aristotle

Victoria Kaloss

Nothing says freedom better than our own voices~

Celebrate the ADA 25th Anniversary!

http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2015-07-13/the-americans-with-disabilities-act-25-years-later

During a final exam in my senior year in college, the professor asked if I needed extra time to write my essay.

Initially, I felt insulted.

I didn’t need extra time.

I didn’t need an extra advantage.

I asked him, ‘why do you ask?’

“Because your arthritic hands may be slowing you down. You’d have every right to take extra time, Vikki.”

As I neared the blue book essay conclusion within the time frame I answered, ‘I can do it.’

I finished the timed exam and passed with an A.

The professor clearly proved ahead of his time.

I however, clearly proved too ingrained in my educational conditioning – be normal.

Decades flew past until I realized the integrity and depth my professor’s simple question. And my fixed perspective, my fixed mindset.

The ADA assists all disabled through all life’s developments, challenges and goals and dreams.

Structured, organized special education didn’t exist during my educational career.

I encourage all students requiring extra time, extra books, extra anything to utilize their greatest tool, their voices.

Ask for assistance.

The ADA has given opportunities for you and all disabled a gift, a life lesson crossing all cultural, social, economic boundaries –

the gift of learning to ask for what you need.

Asking is a life lesson for everyone.

Good luck and have fun! If you’re not having fun, try harder 😉

Living Life to the Best of Your Possibility

“One can judge a nation by the way it treats its most vulnerable’ ~ Aristotle

Victoria Kaloss

Universal Access goes global!

Inclusion and accessibility are paramount in creating a world wherein all voices are heard.

Sounds elementary, trite even.

Not the case – yet.

Events unfolded in India for voting rights and now the Arabs are taking

notice and building a platform for their culture.

This is a part of the dream, a wonderful first slice of cake-

Read the article and enjoy the peace~

http://www.arabnews.com/columns/news/758696

Living Life to the Best of Your Possibility

‘One can judge a nation by the way it treats its most vulnerable’ ~ Aristotle

Victoria Kaloss

Disabled Rock-the-Vote in New Delhi~

Power to the people, all the people, everywhere.

This article captures exciting images for the disabled in India who have been fighting valiantly for accessibility at voting poll sites.

With great pride, joy and empowerment – they cast their votes, cast their important, individual and collective choices, decisions and opinions – officially.

Now that is one form of power – Rock-On, New Delhi!

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/delhi-elections-2015-disabled-persons-turn-out-in-strength-to-cast-vote/articleshow/46157674.cms

Homes built for disabled needs – now that’s sweet!

Organization building homes for disabled is taking the homeowner’s specific needs

into consideration.

Universal design is not an old concept and to witness these principles in action

makes me all warm and fuzzy on this snowy, icy winter day!

http://ow.ly/IjaVy

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