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Perhaps unlike you, I have a handicap. A physical or mental impairment, chronic illness or pain compromises operation of an integral part of me: my senses, my body, or my mind. This makes my fully functioning and achieving unusually difficult, if not totally impossible. Even at those times when I seemingly overcome this condition, I am still conscious that it exists. I’m aware that people and / or technological “crutches” often help me. I’d like to depend on these less, and more often function independently of them. I have learned lots about my special needs and overcome obstacles once thought insurmountable. Perhaps like you, I value self determination, self respect and equal opportunity.

Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries:

struggling to overcome disability

struggling to overcome chronic illness

struggling to cope with problems of old age

value a person's right to make own life decisions/self advocacy

summary Wikipedia article: Independent Living

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 2212

Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 32

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More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #52: Independent Living for the Sick or Disabled

Independent Senior Living  (from online encyclopedia)
Disability Rights Movement  (from online encyclopedia)
Accessibility (from online encyclopedia) 
Elderly Care (from online encyclopedia)
The UN Convention on the Rights of People With Disabilities (complete text of all 50 articles from 2006 publication)
World Institute on Disability
Disability Related Organizations -- Links
National Organization on Disability
Independent Living Institute (devoted to "promoting the self determination of people with disabilities")
The National Council on Independent Living
The National Council on Disability (NCD)
The Movement for Independent Living--A Brief History, by Maggie Shreve
Independent Living Centers (a list of hundreds of such centers in USA, many state-supported)
Center for An Accessible Society
ADA Homepage (info and technical assistance related to the Americans With Disabilities Act)
Disability Culture -- Links
Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement (from UC Berkeley where the movement began)
Resource Center for Independent Living
My Senior Care ("a community for senior housing, home care, and health")
Home Modifications to Promote Independent Living  (four page fact sheet from AARP, promoted by
The Ultimate Guide to Home Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities (one of many articles re: disabilities/ independent living from publichealthcorps)
Aging Parents and Elder Care (from Senior Solutions of America, Inc.)
Disability Benefits Guide (link to the entire guide for 2016 re USA social security benefits from The Simple Dollar)
"How to Exercise if You Have Limited Mobility" (chair exercises and fitness tips for disabled people)
"How to Remodel for Accessibility" (Angies List post)
"Healthy Eating for Wheel Chair Bound People" (from website)
Enabling Acts by Lennard Davis (more on this 2015 book about the ADA from Beacon Press)
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (review of highly recommended book by Sheri Fink New York Times Nov 6 2014)

“Driverless cars promise far greater mobility for the elderly and people with disabilities” by Ashley Halsey III   (article from Nov 23 2017 The Washington Post)

"End of Life : What People Want Most in their Final Months" (article in The Economist April 29 2017)
Reversing Deafness (report from The Economist August 20 2016)
"Workplaces Can Be Particularly Stressful For Disabled Americans, Poll Finds" by Yuki Noguchi  (NPR story July 13 2016)  
"Displaying Braille: Reading Lessons" (article about tablet computers for blind people from The Economist June 20 2015)
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande (book review in The Economist Oct 4 2014)
"Disability: Who Counts?" (article from The Economist December 14 2013)
"The Home Remedy for Old Age" by Jonathan Rauch (article from The Atlantic December 2013)
"Technology and Deaf People: Listen Up" (article from The Economist July 20 2013)
"US Senate Rejects UN Treaty on Disability Rights Amid GOP Opposition" (news report from The Guardian Dec 4 2012)
"A Disabled Writer's Book Unfolds a Tap At a Time" by Nita Lelyveld  (LA Times article 12/3/2011)
"Independent Living Movement: organizing for an active, disabled old age," by Judith E. Heumann
UCTV Series Coming of Age Lecture Series (from Center for Healthy Aging at UC Davis)
"Americans With Disabilities Act Turns 20"  by Suzanne Robitaille (July 26 2010 USA Today story)
Geriatrics: Dementia, Delirium and Depression with James Bourgeois (2008 UCTV program)
The Disability Rights Movement--From Charity to Confrontation (read this 2001 book at Google Books)
The History of Disability: A History of 'Otherness' by Jayne Clapton and Jennifer Fitzgerald
The Center on Human Policy / Syracuse University ("policy, research, and advocacy organization" working to insure the rights of those with disabilities)
Christy Brown (from online encyclopedia)--author of My Left Foot, painter and poet overcame cerebal palsy
Temple Grandin's Official Autism website (inspiring story of overcoming disability made into award-winning 2010 movie)
Family Fun and Resources for Families with Disabilities and Special Needs
History of Independent Living, by Gina McDonald and Mike Oxford
Rethinking Disabilities: Toward Inclusive Communities, by Michael Peterson
"Generativity Versus Stagnation:  The Seventh Stage of Psychosocial Development"  by Kendra Cherry 
Waist High in the World: A Life Among the Non-Disabled by Nancy Mairs (more on this 1997 book)
The Experience of Motor Disability by Hans Bleeker and Karel J. Mulderij  (classic often cited article) 
National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research
quotes related to disabilities

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