Disabled and Sexual

Being disabled means approaching the world and its challenges in a different way, especially when it comes to sex. And let’s face it, sex can be full of obstacles and problems even with optimal conditions; adding a disability into the mix can be downright disastrous. That’s why so many disabled people are turning to sex toys for help with their intimate relations and finding that whether they’re playing solo or with a partner, a toy can help make the experience not only possible, but extremely pleasurable.

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Coping with the aftermath can be a disaster, too, for people with disabilities.

By Jim Hammitt

My God, this is the BIG ONE!” was my first thought as I was jolted awake by the roaring and shaking of the Northridge earthquake at 4:31 a.m. on January 17, 1994. My wife and I forgot about the luxury of a couple of extra hours of rest because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, as we faced the real possibility of being trapped and crushed in our brick-lined bedroom. It sounded as if the roof was coming off while the room …

Disaster Prep


If you have a disability, the forces of nature can be meaner to you than anyone else. But you can fight back. Be prepared.

By Douglas Lathrop

Floods, brush fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, riots – the last few years have seen more than their fair share of disasters both natural and man-made. In especially hard-hit areas such as Southern California, the jokes about plagues of locusts and Las Vegas beachfront property have long since worn thin.

Disaster-prone areas such as southern Florida and California are home to large concentrations of persons with disabilities, of whom increasing numbers are living either …

When Disaster Strikes

Fire, flood, earthquake … terrorist attack. Disasters, natural and man-made, turn our world upside down, inflicting suffering and death on all of us involved. For people with disabilities, coping with the aftermath of disaster can be doubly difficult. After the Northridge earthquake in 1994 and the hurricanes in the southeast, MAINSTREAM took a look at how people with disabilities fared, and what we can do to prepare. In light of the attacks in New York and Washington, DC on September 11, 2001, these articles are worth examining anew.

Disaster:If you have a disability, the forces of nature can be meaner …

The Fizz from the Dems

As the dogfight continues for the Democratic nomination next year, all the candidates now have cobbled together their stands on disability issues. Check them out at the National Organization on Disability and the American Association of People with Disabilities. And, of course, you can check George Bush’s New Freedom Initiative, too. As the race for the White House heats up in the next several months, one thing is clear: disability rights will only be as visible as people with disabilities make them. It’s up to us.…

I Hate Tiny Tim

By William G. Stothers

I hate Tiny Tim.

TT is on the ropes in Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol. Sickly and dependent, TT is getting shakier and shakier on that homemade little crutch. But he is saved from death by old Ebeneezer Scrooge, who sees the light in the nick of time.

Now, before you go apoplectic at my assault on wee Tim, think about how he helps shape some of society’s most cherished attitudes — charity, pity (for poor little TT), for example. Tiny Tim, plucky, sweet and inspirational, tugs at the public heart.

TT has become Disabled Everyone in …

Health Care Strategies

How to protect yourself when you go to the doctor: Provide good information, maximize your 15 minutes and keep your own records.

According to the American Society of Internal Medicine, 70 percent of a correct diagnosis depends solely on what the patient tells the provider. Giving providers as much information as possible about your health can help them make faster, more accurate decisions about your condition and treatment.

If providers don’t ask, tell them things about your disability they should know. Give them relevant information about how your disability affects your health care. (If you prefer that certain information not …

Managing Your Own Health Care

You’ve got to be a savvy consumer to make sure your needs are met.

By June Isaacson Kailes

Finding your way safely through the increasingly complex health care jungle is never easy, especially if you are sick. It can be a tricky and pressure-filled business, but there are ways to protect yourself.

The most important thing to recognize is that ultimately you and you alone are responsible for managing your own health.

As a friend Darrell Jones put it, “I finally began to apply to myself what I had been preaching to the disabled community in my work: take back …