Author: Shari Cooper

If I Could Change the World, by Terri Thrower, Ph.D

During my journey of advocacy, I’ve met a lot of amazing people. Terri Thrower is one of those people. In the two years I’ve know Terri, I’ve found she has a great passion for creating opportunities for others to share their voice. Her perspective of living life with a disability is so unique and refreshing... Read more »
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Work Is What I Do Disability Employment Month

I just celebrated my 20-year anniversary with my current employer, Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley. When I think about my work anniversary, I get kind of emotional. I had to jump over many hurdles before I landed my job.  To know that I overcame those obstacles makes me extremely proud. As a person with a disability,... Read more »
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Celebrating-World Cerebral Palsy Day

Today, October 6th, is World Cerebral Palsy Day! Although there are many disabilities affecting people in the world today, I must say, I’m partial to cerebral palsy (CP). I have CP and even though it poses its daily challenges, I take full ownership of it. I’m not here to inspire the world just because I... Read more »
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Strangest Questions Ever Asked

Over my 48 years of life, I’ve been asked some strange questions. I used to think everyone gets asked the same type of questions. I later learned, the odd questions coming my way were generated because I have a disability. When I was young and people would ask me strange and inappropriate questions, it used... Read more »
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Show Gratitude

The definition of gratitude is the quality of being thankful or readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness or appreciation. No matter who you are, there will be times in your life in which someone has shown you the gesture of what true humanity is; National Gratitude Day is this week and I... Read more »
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Self-Improvement

During the past year, I’ve been doing many things to improve myself and make changes that I needed to make me a better me. So, I wanted to celebrate Self Improvement Month by updating everyone on what I have been working on in hopes that it inspires you to look around and revaluate your priorities.... Read more »
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For the Love of Theo By: Guest-Blogger Diana Mairose

I love my dog, Tiny! I must admit, although I like dogs, I never wanted one of my own, until Tiny entered my life three years ago. It’s funny that even though she can’t talk, we communicate well. I know when she’s hungry, doesn’t feel well, wants a belly rub, or wants to play. In... Read more »
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Taking Care of Your Mental Health

As we all know, last year was difficult and this year is continuing the same pattern by throwing not only a curve ball, but also a fast knuckle ball. Sometimes life gets so discombobulated, I just need to scream! Our mental health is certainly affected by our surroundings and if you are not taking care... Read more »
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Paralympics Pandemonium

I’m excited because for the first time ever, the 2021 Paralympics will receive evening media coverage. I’ve always been a fan of the Olympics especially this year. I’ve been watching faithfully and must give a shout-out to my favorite Olympian, “The Goat” Simone Biles who won a Bronze Medal on the balance beam after sitting... Read more »
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The World According to COVID-19

Since covid-19 hit, I’ve shared how it interrupted my life from a person with a disability perspective. I often don’t think about how it may affect my family, especially my mom, who has and always will continue to care for me until she can’t. Although I thrive to be independent, I must not forget mom... Read more »
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