Friday, April 11, 2008

Cruise issues

Hi friends,

I thought that I would take a few moments to tell you about the cruise in the frame work of disability issues. I only had two major issues; the rest of the experience was wonderful... good service, excellent food and wonderfully pleasant staff who were happy to help with various things.

The first issue was that when I booked the cruise, I was told that the tenders were not wheelchair accessible and that I would only be able to go ashore at those ports to which the ship could dock. NOT TRUE. I learned too late that the tenders were indeed accessible and that we could have seen Catalina Island.

The second issue was that it was very difficult to get to the theatre on the 5th deck because the only elevators that went to 5 were tiny round elevators that were only large enough for one wheelchair at a time or those near our room which got us to the 5th floor, but then we had to go up three steps. That was a little difficult, especially after a show, bingo, etc.

Other than these two things I was delighted with the experience and we are already saving for another one sometime in the future.

Cruise On!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Institute on Leadership and Disability

4th International Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2008

August 12 - September 2, 2008
Eugene, Oregon, USA

MIUSA will bring together 25 women leaders with disabilities from around the world to strengthen leadership skills, create new visions and build international networks of support to explore new leadership opportunities for women and girls with disabilities.

WHO CAN APPLY
Emerging and established women leaders with disabilities who are:

* From Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America, the Middle East, and
Oceania/Pacific
* First time visitors to the USA and have NOT participated in a MIUSA
WILD program
* From an organization led by and for people with disabilities, or by and for women, with particular attention to issues of women and girls with disabilities; or employed in a business or program committed to inclusion of women and girls with disabilities

**Women with disabilities who are from rural areas and/or indigenous backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply**

APPLICATION
1. Download application: (Applications in English strongly preferred)
http://www.miusa.org/exchange/WILD2008/index_html

2. Return application and two reference forms to:

Mobility International USA
WILD 2008
132 E. Broadway Suite 343
Eugene, OR, USA 97401
Email: womenleaders@miusa.org
Fax: +1-541-343-6812

APPLICATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2008

APPLY EARLY! We expect to receive a large number of applications for a limited number of openings

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Flagging Energy

As I get older, I find that I can't keep up with full-time work. I think this is because of my disability taking energy that I would otherwise have to expend on work. Luckily, I can work part-time financially, but sometimes my job requires too much of me to actually be the part-time employee I want to be. I wonder, now that I am tired and used up, how you all cope with differing energy levels that affect your work. Any ways you recharge your batteries that seem to be successful?

Friday, February 1, 2008

What we are about...

The following is adapted from the abstract for a conference panel several of us presented at in 2006. It is posted here as a means to get us started iscussing topics of importance to us.

Despite the American with Disabilities Act, women with disabilities continue to have an uphill climb for equality, especially in the world of work. Many researchers have described women with disabilities as having a “double disadvantage” of being female and disabled resulting in educational, economic, social and psychological barriers to success. The numbers, let alone the experiences, of disabled women in the professions are rarely documented or discussed. To live successfully-- economically, socially, and psychologically-- in the community, women with disabilities must achieve their educational and professional goals. To better partner with our non-disabled co-workers and our colleagues with physical disabilities, it is crucial that we understand the theoretical underpinnings as well as the real life struggles and successes of professional women with disabilities.

What resources in your life and work help you to be a successful professional woman with a disability?