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Let's Talk About Disability Pride! (I Met One of the Producers from Crip Camp!)

  Today is the 31 st anniversary of the American’s with Disabilities Act and Disability Pride Month! In case you didn’t know t his important civil rights law works to ensure all people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else (Social Media: Tweets & Posts, n.d). What a month to show your support for the disability community! This past week I attended the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) summer conference in Austin, Texas and the opening speaker was Andréa LaVant one of the producers of Crip Camp. She told her story of growing up as a Black disabled women and how it affected her. What stood out to me the most was that while she had been taught about Black pride she had never been taught about disability pride. Figure 1: This is a thumbnail of my latest YouTube video “Let’s Talk about Disability Pride” with a black colored fist that reads Support Disability Rights. As a former Special Education teacher I remember talking about f

Adult Daily Living Skills: Unpacking Groceries


Unpacking groceries is my LEAST favorite thing to do especially because I live in an apartment and it takes a lot more effort to get everything in the door. You probably never thought of something this simple as being an Adult Daily Living Skill but it is! Think about the time it takes to organize each item in its correct place while making sure that nothing hits you in the head when you open the fridge. This is definitely a needed independent living skill!


Figure 1: This is a thumbnail of my YouTube video on Adult Daily Living Skills: Unpacking Groceries. I have a photo of groceries and a tired look on my face.

I remember watching my mom unpack groceries and thinking thank God she didn’t ask me to help! Now I have to tackle this task all on my own. I utilize a utility cart to get my groceries in the door that I purchased from Sports Academy so I don’t have to make more than one trip and man is it a life saver! Once I get my groceries in the door, I remove everything from the bags and then place my freezer, fridge, and pantry items in one pile.


Figure 2: This is a photo of my groceries on the counter.

Once I’ve gotten everything in a pile I then put the freezer items away since I don’t want anything to melt. While I’m doing this I usually try to throw anything away that looks old and I also reorganize anything that is out of place. I find that putting my items in the freezer is usually like a puzzle because I am constantly moving things around to make sure they fit and won’t fall out when I open the freezer door. Next, I move to the fridge and place all of my items inside before moving to the pantry. Lastly, I organize my grocery bags in my bag dispenser before putting my cart away. 

Figure 3: This is a picture of my neatly organized freezer.

How do you unpack your groceries? Do you use fresheners like baking soda to make sure your fridge stays fresh? Drop down in the comments and let me know! Be sure to check out my latest video below and don’t forget to subscribe!



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