Shannon DeVido: Making Us Look at Disability and Humor in a Whole New Light

by Kara Aiello
Comedian and mobileWOMAN, Shannon Devido
Shannon DeVido is shaking up the world of comedy and proving that humor can come in the form of a strong, funny and intelligent woman who just happens to use a wheelchair as she entertains.  Below is her story and I promise, you will come away rolling with laughter.

Milita Dolan: Life as a Participant, Not a Bystander!

Milita working out at NeuroFit360
by Milita Dolan

When I was 16 years old, I walked into the hospital for spinal surgery. Little did I know, I would wheel out. My physicality had changed, but not my dreams. I had been accepted to Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) before my surgery.  When they found out I was now disabled, they told me they "had a bad experience with a girl in a wheelchair once and didn’t want to repeat it.” This ignited a fire in me. I fought my way in and entered F.I.T. only two days after my eight-month stay at Rusk Rehabilitation in NYC.

It was 1967 and there was no handicap parking, no accessible restrooms, no curb cuts and definitely no inclusion. I graduated and worked as a textile designer for a while, but it was not fulfilling enough for me.

For my next chapter in life, I married and had my first son.  Again, at that time, very few disabled women had children and there were no accessible changing tables or cribs.  My husband and I had to design and modify our own equipment. I literally became the "mother of invention"!

Sugar??? Aren't We Sweet Enough?



 By The ROLLIN RN, Patty Kunze, RNC, BSN



When I strive to come up with articles of interest to the folks with limited mobility population, I obtain my inspiration from various sources…..magazines, TV, friends, family.  When I research and write these articles, I learn new ideas as well, along with you all that read them.  And this one is no different.  SUGAR, I love it as much as the next but how much is too much and what are the consequences of this precious sweetener on our bodies? 

Exercise? Not now . . . then when?

By Allan Checkoway
My interest in writing for mobileWOMEN.org began when I realized my previous articles had not focused on gender or any particular cause of disability. I also realized my experiences in working with disabled employees of client companies gave me a valuable perspective on the process of becoming disabled and the lifestyle changes that need to occur.

When I recently fractured my hip, I learned an important lesson I want to share with you. Being in good physical health meant I recovered quicker and without complications (vs. others who don’t exercise). Hence, I am today MOST grateful I built in the “exercise habit” decades ago, without realizing how helpful it would be rehabbing at this moment in time.

We know that Exercise has the potential to prevent chronic disease, improve the health of someone with a chronic disease and help reduce the risk of additional chronic diseases. Regrettably, we know that 47 percent of adults with disabilities who are able to do aerobic physical activity don't do so.