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

Mickey Mouse isn’t stopping the line any more: a change in Disney’s disability policy

Mickey Mouse isn’t stopping the line any more: a change in Disney’s disability policy

As kids, my brother and I were blessed to experience both major Disney parks-Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. and Disney World in Orlando, Fla. As a person with a disability, I was considered to be a ton of fun to take to these parks because of their long-standing policy of allowing people with disabilities to go … Read More

My love/hate relationship with shoes (yup, this is about disability)

All girls love shoes, right? After all, you must have black ones, brown ones, white ones and a few of various other colors. There’s heels, flats, boots, boat shoes, snow shoes, pumps … the list goes on and on. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with shoes pretty much my whole life. Mostly the hate side, … Read More