Caregivers: What I've Learned After 28 Years

by Lorraine Cannistra writer, Lorraine Cannistra and her service dog, Leah
I have heard the words hundreds of times, but they never get easier to take.  When a good caregiver tells me that they have been accepted to nursing school or are otherwise moving on, my congratulations are always genuine, but they are coupled with a flutter of fear in my heart.  Will I find someone else just as good?  Being born with cerebral palsy means that I am a full-time wheelchair user, and there are many things in my day-to-day routine that I cannot accomplish on my own.

The Raw Beauty Project

by Kara Aiello writer, Kara Aiello
Recently, I was honored to join Wendy Crawford and other members in viewing the second annual Raw Beauty Project in NYC, the first being held in 2006 in Miami Florida.  Raw Beauty Project NYC consisted of 20 models with various physical disabilities and was held at the ACA Galleries on September 20, 2014.  About 200 people were at the exhibit many of whom use wheelchairs themselves.  But the project also brought out family members, friends and many others who wanted to see what this rare event was about.

mobileWOMEN Looks North at Accessibility in Canada

by Amy Saffell

We had such a great response to the story about Sarmistha Sinha, a wheelchair user in India (, that we wanted to explore the lives of more women living internationally. This time, we meet Louise Sertsis in Canada. We expect that women living in developing countries like India, might face more challenges than someone living in the United States, but what about our friends to the north? Are there more challenges for women with disabilities there?