By Ben Mattlin My hands were in a cold sweat as I entered my wife’s third-grade classroom at a small private school in the San Fernando Valley.
BLOG – Breaking the Bad News
Nobody likes to deliver bad news, including doctors. When the diagnosis is paralysis, there has been a long history of keeping patients in the dark.
BLOG – 5 Things I Wish I Had Known
It begins with an accident, an injury, and someone to blame. I fell asleep at the wheel, causing my youngest child's C6-7 spinal cord injury.
Parents on Call – a reprint in honor of Father’s Day
A thoughtful, provocative and honest reflection on his father by Jeff Shannon, a veteran writer and frequent contributor to FacingDisability.com
FacingDisability Featured in Exceptional Parent Magazine
Parents need all the support they can find concerning children with a spinal cord injury (SCI). FacingDisability.com shows how parents cope.
What Gets Under Your Skin?
As you know, navigating the world in a wheelchair means you will inevitably encounter a lot of well-meaning, but annoying behaviors.
Sex and Dating After Spinal Cord Injury
FacingDisability is shedding a light on the “hush-hush” topic of sex after spinal cord injury.
Adventures In Caregiving – Part One
Caregivers – can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em. Disability rights writer, Jeff Shannon, dives into the thorny issue of caregiving
Finding Plan B
"Concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things you can't" -- says our blogger, Jeff Shannon.
Happiness is a Choice
There’s no way to avoid the blunt, honest truth: Paralysis from a spinal cord injury is a great personal tragedy. Words of wisdom from Jeff Shannon.
The Sympathy Smile
One way or another, wheelchairs are a fascinating perch for observers of human nature -- insightful wheelchair psychology from our Jeff Shannon.
For My Mother
A poem by Jennifer Lane-Landolt, written after her mother became quadriplegic at age 44.