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Monster In a Wheelchair

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by Treadmarkz

I am not sure if this video was meant to be, but is, a very clever way to illustrate exactly how many of us in wheelchairs often feel when kids run away when they see the chair coming (most don’t, most ask really good questions) or, more often, when a parents grabs their kid by the arm and yanks them away, like they think I am going to just plow right into the kid. Or they think it will cause a scene if there kid speaks to me, and by God, offends me.
I mentioned in a previous post that I don’t really feel discriminated against as a disabled man, but I’ll go on record here and say that this really can be offensive when parents do this, for two reasons. First, I am perfectly well under control of my wheelchair, and second…

Note To Parents: It’s Okay If Your Child Asks Me A Question About Being In A Wheelchair. Kids Are Curious. It’s Natural. It’s Healthy!

PS: Your Kids Are Smarter Than You Think They Are!

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February 29, 2008 at 6:11 PM

Disabled Rodney King? Come on, people…

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by Treadmarkz

By now, you’ve probably all seen the video of Brian Sterner, a quadriplegic being dumped from his wheelchair by police officers and doing a faceplant on the floor. If you check the blogs, some are making Sterner out to be some sort of Rodney King in reverse, given his race and the race of the officers involved. I can see the parallels: white on black, black on white, and both King and Sterner were reportedly stopped for fleeing police (Sterner had a warrant out stemming from an incident in October).

But is the issue race or even Sterner’s disability? Or maybe is it the lack of real accountability in the American justice system? Wow that was a huge cliche, but think about it: No report was ever filed by the police officers involved or those who witnessed it. The only reason the story got out is because the surveillance tape got out after Sterner went to a local reporter last week. And those cameras aren’t there to protect the “criminals”, they are there to protect the police officers. And I can’t help but be angry regardless of whether Sterner is guilty of anything. Not only because he and I are both disabled, but because he is just another victim of another power trip by those “in charge.” Nobody on the tape seems to be all that concerned when Sterner was first dumped. They reportedly did not believe or understand that he was actually disabled. I guess it took them a while to realize that Sterner really wasn’t going to get up, then they rush to his aid in droves.

Four officers involved have been suspended, and I have made no plans to participate in a riot.

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February 13, 2008 at 3:06 PM

The Spirit of Adventure on Four Wheels

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Here is a link to a story about Derrick Williamson, a man who has a dream to help preserve some great forest land in California which is being threatened by urbanization. In the process, he hopes to expand the physical boundaries of where people in wheelchairs can go for recreation, and to bring awareness to the preservation of “the spirit of adventure” Check it out here.