Friends and SCI/D: An Adjustment for All


By Erica Jacques with Alex Ghenis During my six years as an occupational therapist in a rehab hospital, I witnessed more life-changing events than most people do in a lifetime. When it came to addressing the needs of people who were recovering after a spinal cord injury, I … [Read more...]

A Different Type of Friend


In just over a year together, Scott Fedor and Melanie (the monkey) have developed a deep bond. Melanie loves to groom Scott but is just as happy hanging out and playing with Scott. On the surface, almost everything about the friendship between Scott and Melanie is what you would … [Read more...]

Dating/Relating: Embarrassing Moments


Zoë Amour In a relationship on wheels, you have to learn how to laugh at the things you can’t control. Semi-embarrassing moments are bound to happen, but you and your main squeeze can become even stronger by laughing them off or learning from them. A real relationship is one … [Read more...]

Risking Your Heart: Online Dating


When a friend encouraged Daniela Castagnino to try online dating, her thoughts immediately turned to what could go wrong. What if no one responded? What if her time away from the dating game had left her rusty? What if the person she met killed her and chopped her into … [Read more...]

Dating/Relating: Getting Physical


Zoë Amour Let’s cut to the chase: part of dating is getting physical. I’m not talking about pumping some iron — this is the lip-locking, bodies-touching kind of physical. Don’t let your wheels, a titanium frame, or mobility constraints get in the way of having some fun and … [Read more...]

Dating/Relating: Meeting People


While a lot of the situations that nondisabled folks use to spark romance pose hurdles, there are a million things you can do to meet new people. Zoë Amour Taking the plunge from the single wheeling lifestyle into the dating world takes guts. It’s never easy putting yourself … [Read more...]