The ‘inspiration thing’ and disability

If you claim someone with a disability has inspired you, what were you inspired to do? The very word “inspire” involves the idea that someone is provoked to take action. I and others like me will never be viewed as equal if we continue to be reduced to being a source of warm fuzzies and objectified as life lessons.

Willing & Able…my views on disability representation in media

Willing & Able…my views on disability representation in media

Last weekend, I was able to participate in discussions about how both women and people with disabilities are portrayed in society as evidenced in various forms of media. The Bentonville Film Festival just wrapped up its fifth year in Northwest Arkansas and I took time to attend two events that address the role of both … Read More

See the world through my eyes (TEDx talk)

See the world through my eyes (TEDx talk)

Today’s blog is a bit of a mix. It’s about disability, it’s about empathy, it’s about communication, it’s about boundaries. What I want to focus on most, however, is empathy. I recently had the honor of presenting a TEDx talk called “Do You Hear What I Hear?” where I share four common scenarios that often … Read More

Video: K9 Kannon great for dog owners with disabilities (or anyone with tired shoulders)

Video: K9 Kannon great for dog owners with disabilities (or anyone with tired shoulders)

  I have been experimenting with doing more video and love using the new Twitter-based social media platform Persiscope (follow me at @JamiesThots). I recently “scoped” about the K9 Kannon, which we’ve used for at least a year to play fetch with Jazzy, who needs up to two hours of exercise every day. She would … Read More