Beyond the Chair

Grand Valley State University senior and journalism major talks about life in a wheelchair, and her journey on the road as Miss Wheelchair Michigan.

Inspiration: Maybe, maybe not.

If there were ever four words that make people with disabilities cringe, they would come in the form of you are an inspiration. I address these four words after making an appearance on GVTV’s student-produced show, INSPIRE, which will air Oct.


Funding: it is worth talking about.

Funding. It’s a big issue for most us on campus. It’s not uncommon to see people pinching their pennies after buying the textbooks they need to make it through the semester. For many disability-related organizations though, pinching pennies has a whole new dynamic. A number of the programs put in place to help people with disabilities experience some of lives simplest activities such as playing sports or even gaining access to educational opportunities are provided by nonprofit organizations and numerous volunteers. This past weekend was the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon.


Working to turn dreams into goals

As we start a new semester and the piles of homework begin to form, most of us are one step closer to obtaining a degree and perhaps finding that dream job. During my senior year here at Grand Valley State University, I was fortunate enough to receive an opportunity unlike any other.