When he lost his legs, he went to work for the US Postal Service. So he did his best to make sure that his story wasn’t forgotten. The Postal Service also provides free wheelchair service and, for some recipients, free office space. So with those in mind, they posted the photo of Milano on March 6th. I really think I’m going to get it. I have a lot of friends for whom this is a very exciting thing. But here’s the catch- It has to remain a “surprise.” I’m sorry, but I’ll get it this month. If you’ve got friends who have a disability, please don’t tell them I’m going to tell them that a wheelchair-bound artist is at the USPS. Do you understand the rules? They might do the same for you. But please, do them a favor and do not tell them I’m going to tell them about it.
Posted by Paul at 9:11 AM
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty positive that I have an entire drawer full of wheelchairs just waiting at home. My brother-in-law and I own a home office building and we don’t even have a wheelchair but we sure have a great spot for any wheelchair user’s needs. Just know you are making the world a happier place. I am absolutely amazed at how much love, kindness and support we receive out there when we’re disabled. May we grow many more bridges between us.
Posted by Michael at 11:22 AM
I have a friend that has special needs. He is a writer and his family is looking for the perfect place to have him publish their new book entitled: “The Journey Begins” (on May 25). My friend is a fan of the show “Sons of Anarchy” and was really looking forward to meeting the cast and crew. The other day he showed the director his new book and was happy to be at the film’s opening weekend. The director called to tell him he couldn’t make the premiere because they couldn’t find a wheelchair to accommodate him. He was just so happy he can be there. I don’t know him personally, but I have a friend who was severely disabled and couldn’t attend a party for her birthday (in January). She and I had a conversation about how our lives may, at that time, be very different. What we talked about was not only why our lives were different, but also how we may even miss our good friends. Many years later we talk about it constantly. I would not be surprised to learn that what we went through was so much the same for many other people with disabilities. I think we all need some inspiration by remembering our good friends and the hard work they accomplish just by smiling and doing their best every day. I have a friend who had to learn to ride a baby stroller. He couldn’t be around his parents and their friends because he couldn’t move to get around on his own. Fortunately our parents took him out for a ride in his stroller and he was so happy to be around other people. How important that is for those with disabilities!! I think the same could happen for you, the wheelchair user. I wish they read my story and appreciated what it did for my friends who had a disability! I was fortunate enough to join a community of creative people that included someone with a disability as a teacher in the arts (at least I thought I was) and they were so kind, thoughtful and incredibly supportive. It gave me so much joy to see those who I wanted to be a part of. That’s a big deal! If I have to use an opportunity to learn about all kinds of creative people’s journeys, then maybe I’ll give even a better chance to those who are disabled. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
Posted by Laura at 5:54 PM
A few months back a friend and I were discussing his disability and what a life of constant discomfort he was being sent into. I thought back to reading a story that I knew about and it made me very sad and thought of everyone from a very low perspective. I could see that the story was for me. I am unable to walk at all (suspected of having a severe neurological condition). I’m still in a wheelchair. It would have been great to have these people and even better to know that my life is even more meaningful as a result. I found this group through a friend at “This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things.” Thanks to them I will be able to find a special place to keep my wheelchair.
Posted by Dori at 1:23 AM