Judith Nitchie, CMT, LMFT

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Entries in ambulation (8)

Wednesday
May252016

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Jeeja Ghosh was removed from her airplane seat because the pilot was 'uncomfortable' with a handicapped person travelling independently. Ghosh has studied abroad, travels, and makes her away around Kolkata on the crowded public bus system. Alone. She has Cerebral Palsy. 

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Tuesday
Apr052016

Legos!!

In June 2016 Lego will release a 'minifigure' of a child in a wheelchair!! Lego enthusiasts, please support greater representation and buy this figure!

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Monday
Feb222016

Hey, wait a minute!!

We all want to find the perfect parking spot, the one that is closest to our destination. For the disabled this can mean the difference between participation and isolation. A convenient 'disabled' parking space might just make it possible for someone to live with a degree of independence or, at least, greater social interaction.

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Saturday
Oct102015

What's the Message?

What's wrong with this picture?

 

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Saturday
Jun062015

Those Dang Placards

Anyone who lives in San Francisco and has spent 45 minutes or more circling in ever-widening blocks to find parking at the end of the day or just to run into the store for that one item, knows the frustration of those restricted parking spaces and blue curbs and those healthy-looking people getting out of their cars...and not even feeding the meter. I would guess that I am not the only one who has ever wondered, "What did she do to get that placard?" or "Is he really disabled?"

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Monday
May182015

Unwinnable Fights

Shirley goes round and round in therapy about how her husband doesn't understand what it is like to live with constant pain; that he doesn't understand how awful it is when her legs start to spasm and she can't get herself around the kitchen; that he doesn't get it about not being able to drive, about losing big pieces of her independence. And her family, too: nobody knows what it is like to be in her body, suffering as she does. None of them has any idea what it's like for her. They just don't get it.

I finally tell her, "You are right. He doesn't. They don't. They can't."

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Sunday
Apr262015

How to Receive

Greg Walloch is an actor and a comedian. He has Cerebral Palsy and walks with two canes. Through his story telling and comedy, Walloch addresses situations that we can all imagine: navigating an airport, taking an acting workshop (maybe we can't all imagine that one), dating.  Sometimes ordinary tasks and activities are made more challenging because of his disability. Sometimes his abilities are thwarted by well-meaning but misguided strangers who create new obstacles.

In his story How to Receive he describes unexpected physical interference: a man tries to yank him up a broken escalator and an acting teacher becomes violent: "This woman is sitting right in front of me and she can't even see me."

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Saturday
Apr122014

Asking for Help

"When you are genuinely helping people with what they really need, it's part of what makes us human--it's part of how we became human."

 

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