Flying with a disability
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Flying with a disability

You absolutely can fly while managing your condition! While there aren’t generally travel discounts (airlines are private companies), there are rules to help you travel safely, referred to as the Air Carrier Access Act. Your carrier’s services should provide you with supports for your trip, but it is your responsibility to let them know that…

Traveling with a disability: Save yourself spoons and money!
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Traveling with a disability: Save yourself spoons and money!

Traveling in any way can be a relatively large expense, and for those of us with disabilities, it can also take up a disproportionate amount of energy. There are some things you can do now to help you have an easier time when you travel later, whether you’re traveling across town or across the country….

The Seven Steps of Accepting Your Diagnosis
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The Seven Steps of Accepting Your Diagnosis

As I have mentioned in previous posts, accepting your diagnosis isn’t as easy as it may first sound. For most people, there’s a fair amount of time between when symptoms first occur and when they know what is actually happening inside their bodies. There also is definitely a sense of loss involved in really recognizing…

Three years of growing Thriving While Disabled!
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Three years of growing Thriving While Disabled!

So it’s once again time for A Chronic Voice’s monthly linkup. This month’s words are incorporating, breathing, smiling, stopping, and relishing. This month is the three-year anniversary of creating this blog! I can’t really believe that it’s been three years. I’m really proud of the fact that I’ve published a new post every single Friday since…

Improving your public transportation experience
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Improving your public transportation experience

I know that using public transit can feel overwhelming, but it can also become empowering to take it—it’s a way to regain at least some longer-distance mobility and allow you to go out on your own to work, play, or get medical care. Understand your transit system’s patterns Once you know where you want to…

Traveling with a disability: Using the bus
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Traveling with a disability: Using the bus

When you are managing a disabling condition, taking the bus may be your primary option for independent travel.  I feel very lucky, living in New Jersey, that I have a relatively large variety of options for traveling, but I understand that in the South and areas of the Midwest especially, trains are few and far…