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Author: Chris Lenart

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HMS School – Different Kind of School

As a child with Cerebral Palsy, education is really difficult to receive. Schools sometimes overlook the potential of the students and not provide the education that the students need. There is a school that is making a difference with students with Cerebral Palsy. It is named HMS School which is in Philadelphia, PA How HMS School Got Started HMS School…

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IOS 13, iPadOS, and Shortcuts Automation

IOS 13 is almost here and iPadOS is coming out at the end of the month. People are getting excited to get their hands on it. I love the new features but the most important feature that I can’t wait is automation with Shortcuts. For those who don’t know what Shortcuts is, it is an app that allows you to…

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Hearing Some Heartbreaking News is Hard

Earlier this week, I received a message from a friend of mine who went to college with me. Mike got disabled from a car accident when he was in high school. The accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. He received his law degree and he worked in Chicago. After that Mike met a woman who he fell in…

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Apple IOS 13 and Disability Features

People are Apple lovers or Android lovers. With me, I am an Apple lover and write a lot about Apple. IOS 13 and iPadOS will be coming out within a few months now. I am learning a lot about what new features they will have for people with disabilities. The most powerful change is that they are moving the accessibility…

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Look Beyond Facial Distortions

We all say that this guy is good looking or this child is so cute. These comments make a person feel good about their selves and they long to hear it. But there are times when people say things that are really degrading to a person. I found a great podcast called “Advocate Like a Mother”.  The host is a…

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Best High School Reunion Ever

This past Saturday night I went to my 30-year high school reunion. Yes, I am that old. I went to it not expecting too much because it was in a big group, I feel I am left behind because it is too noisy.  Talking When I got there, it was in a small room in an Irish pub, and I…

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Love Someone With a Disability

I ran across an article about a woman who has MD and is in a relationship with a man who is able-body. She was asking him questions about their relationship. His answers were well thought out. He was her caregiver too. This was really unique, to say the least. When a person with a disability is in a relationship, the…

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Prepare for Emergency When Being Nonverbal

I have talked about being nonverbal, but today I will talk about what you might do in an emergency if you are alone. During the warm months, I am usually out and about on my own. Going to church or going downtown Naperville on a beautiful sunny day is fun, although, the weather is not good for that this year.…

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Mental Health Month – Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illness

By: Marie Miguel Mental illness is experienced by one in five adults every year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. It includes bipolar disorder, anxiety, and depression, the latter being the leading cause of disability in the world. And yet, one of the biggest challenges we face with mental illness is the stigmatization surrounding it. As a society,…

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I co-wrote a book entitled “They said We Couldn’t” with my friend Lisa Cesal about our lives with Cerebral Palsy. We want to spread the message that people who have Cerebral Palsy can do anything they want in life.

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