Category: Make Things Happen

Blogger-in-chief, award-winning public speaker, and disability awareness advocate Shari Cooper provides insight, humor, and reflection on a range of issues.

Thankful-All Around

This year’s Thanksgiving will be even more special. For the last two years, many couldn’t come together due to social distancing caused by covid; But now, many are able to gather and celebrate. I’m so thankful for many things, including my family, peace of mind, friends, independence, job, organizations, task forces, boards, and committees that... Read more »
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Airline Issue-Missing Scooter

Have you ever lost something while traveling on an airline? Perhaps, you’ve lost luggage, a phone, wallet, or even a purse. And, although upset and inconvenienced, none of these things stopped you from physically moving around. If only I could have just lost my luggage when on my fall vacation to Seattle, Washington. The airline... Read more »
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She’s Cooking

I recently purchased an air-fryer and I love it. It’s so simple to use and for me that’s great. I’m not much of a cook due to the physical limitations of my disability. So far, I’ve mastered cooking wings and sausages. My favorite part of my new air-fryer is it requires little clean up and... Read more »
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Reboot-Accessible Halloween 2021

Slowly but surely, after a long two years of dealing with Covid, the world is at least opening back up to some of the normal activities that we have had in the past. I’m so happy life is resuming to some things that we have enjoyed because I’ve missed many traditional activities.  I have missed... Read more »
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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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