Herb's writings are taking from episodes in his own live and the lives of people that he has met through his many years of his advocacy work and his career as an Earth Science major. Herb is writing an autobiography. You will be able to subscribe to his stories at a later date. Click here to see a preview his work.
Herb's stories and commentary are made to educate, inspire, motivate, and educate . His soul-mate once told him that the reason that he is disabled is to show people how hard life can be.
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This true story was written to provide insights into how a power wheelchair is used in daily activities of one individual. Technology has made it possible for severely disabled people to become useful and contribute much to society. I am in no way different than any other individual. I was just lucky enough to be given a chance. History is full of true stories of how people with disabilities have helped change the way we live and think, i.e. Stephen Hawking, Alexander Bell.
It is hoped that more funding is granted for R & D, also but increase the Medicare / Medicaid funding so all people with disabilities can use this technology to live with dignity. I must say that some of the Medicare / Medicaid rules don’t make sense in the eyes of disabled people and needs changing, i.e. not paying for power wheelchairs to be weatherproof because it is thought that disabled people don’t go out.
This story is only part of my life story. I’m writing an autobiographical story about where my tracks have taken me thus far. It is hope that my story will inspire persons with disabilities, able-bodied people, and parents to strive for the impossible. Stay tune to the Olmstead Network Facebook pages for further details.
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LEANING TO USE MY LEFT FOOT
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I was born on late in the darkness night of May 27, 1947, during the baby boom era. I learned that the doctor wanted to delay my birth because he was tired, but he was told that I was ready to be born.
Six months later, my mother asked my baby doctor why I couldn’t sit up by myself. My doctor told her that I had Cerebral Palsy. He also told her that he didn’t want to tell her sooner because he wanted her to enjoy her baby. When I was about 3 years old, I told my mother to put my toys by my feet so I could play with them. Over the next several years, I taught myself how to use my feet for many things, including driving my power wheelchair.
My tire tracks started after I graduated from Spaulding High School (a public school for disabled kids). I fought with my high school advisor, Illinois department of Vocation, my parents, and others to try to get accepted at Southern Illinois University (the only university that accepted severely disabled people). After I was accepted at SIU, I saw the need to get a power wheelchair. Up to this point, I used a walker and a manual wheelchair to get around in. I could not use my hand to use the joystick, and a foot device was not invented yet. I was lucky that my father was handy and was able to attach the joystick to the left foot plate. I taught myself how to use it by driving around in the alley behind our house.
ME AND MY POWER WHEELCHAIR GO TO SIU
Where did his tire tracks lead him at SIU? What model power wheelchair was available in 1969? Find out by donating. See below.
If you like this story and Herb's other writings, please help him continue to live in his own home, and continue has work. There is a video in his gofundme page that shows his determination to inspire other people with disabilities can accomplish anything that they set their mind to. This video is about how Herb was able to work for 35 years in the federal government. By clicking on DONATE , you will be able to see the video. Please consider a donation.
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