29 September 2013 - by ~ 1 Comment

Not Confined

John Herrmann

In countless articles and news stories about people with disabilities who are wheelchair users, the person is often referred to as being confined to a wheelchair. This phrase makes it seem that having to use a wheelchair is a horrible fate. It creates images in my mind of a person being chained to a wheelchair, […]

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21 October 2011 - by ~ 0 Comments

Voice for Independent Living

I am a member of Voice for Independent Living, a group that advocates for the rights of people with disabilities to live independently in their communities. We write to, and visit our legislator’s offices, and attend rallys. The group also provides training in advocacy and community organizing. Most of the work of the group these […]

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30 August 2011 - by ~ 0 Comments


I browse through the catalog of e-books on Amazon.com, find a book I want and download it to my kindle reader on my PC. In a matter of seconds, the book is on my computer and ready to be read. It is so convenient, and for a person with a disability, like me, it makes […]

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19 March 2010 - by ~ 1 Comment

Blogger Introduction: John

I am John Herrmann. At 41, I am one of the old guys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, but not the oldest. As a result of DMD, I use a ventilator 24/7, use a feeding tube to eat, and a power wheelchair to get around. I live in Rancho Santa Fe, California in San Diiego County. […]

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