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Rolling Around In My Head doing damns the darkness/ A Blog By Dave Hingsburger

A New Everest

A little over a year ago I wrote a blog post about my attempt to push up a really long and very steep ramp. As I described then, the ramp is so long that they built a flat section about 2/3 the way up so you can rest before attempting the last part. The last part changes pitch a bit and is considerably steeper that the bottom part. When I wrote about

A Honking Big Piece of Pie

A research study was recently published that showed that one quarter of non-disabled people avoided conversational contact with people with disabilities if they could. One quarter! A quarter of a pie is a big, freaking piece of pie, it’s half of half. Now when asked they said that they were ‘afraid of offending’ us. Really? You avoid us for our benefit. You think that targeting and then isolating people with

Chairless Tongue

“You don’t sound disabled,” the voice on the other end of the phone said, suspiciously, “are you sure you need these accommodations?” I don’t sound disabled. That’s what I was told. And what exactly does “disabled” sound like? I don’t know for certain but I know that whatever it sounds like, it doesn’t sound like me. Do people think when they speak about disability? Do they realize how offensive their

The Door

I was pushing down the hallway of the hotel in which we are staying. I had pushed through a doorway that separates one part of the hotel from another and was now on my way to the lobby. Perfectly normal start to my work day here in Boston. Now, please notice that I had pushed through the doorway, by myself, without assistance, as this needs to be clear in order

The Glue

I’ve been troubled over the last couple of days over an incident that happened at a movie theatre. Joe and I had just purchased tickets to go see ‘The Big Sick’ and I was rolling away. I hadn’t noticed in the line behind me that there were two staff and two people with intellectual disabilities immediately behind me. We’d arrived early and went immediately to the ticket counter, they must

Anger

I see you see me. You wash your hands, quickly, then pass me by. You act as if I’m not there. As if I won’t know that it was you who made the mess. Who pissed all over the toilet seat in the accessible stall. As if I don’t figure into your world, as if I am an inadequate consequence to your filthy behaviour. But I wonder if you see

Give the Kid a Moment

I was rolling towards the accessible toilet when a large group of children poured out of the gym. One of the kids was with a staff who, when seeing me indicated for me to pull over so they could pass. I clearly couldn’t because I would have to pull into a steady stream of children, there was no room. I saw that the boy had an intellectual disability and that

Difference … Loved Away?

I was clicked in to read a blog written by a mother who made the claim that in her house, her children would never have to come out of the closet because she and her husband were never going to stuff them in one. In her house love would be love and that’s the end of it. She wrote this in response to those videos that show kids coming out

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27 names Abdulmezhidov Adam Isaevich, born 27.5.1987 Abumuslimov Apti Hasanovic, born 02.06.1989, Shali, Street School, 16. Abdulkerimov Side Ramzan Ramzanovich, born 25.03.1990, registered at the village of Kurchaloy, street Dohtukaeva 18. Alimhanov Islam Aliev, born 6.7.1998 Abubakarov Adam Dzhabrailovich, born 05.05.1995 Bergan Ismail Shadidovich born 19.08.1998 Dasaev Adam Ilyasovich, DOB 16/06/1988, Shali. Dzhabayev Zelimhan Hizirovich, born 12.18.1993 Ilyasov Adam Huseynovich, born 22.09.1997 Lugano Rizwan Saeed-Hamzatovich, DOB 13/09/1987, Shali. Malikov Rizwan

The Gym

The gym that I’m thinking of joining, there’s a phrase I never thought I’d say, has three pieces of accessible equipment. I went yesterday for a free trial day to see if the machines would work for me and if they’d be enough to keep me interested with a variety of exercises. One of the staff stayed near me to show me how to make the machines accessible, one by

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