Geek on Wheels

Random rolling ruminations

Disabled from the eyes of youth – their perspective

A few months ago, my brother-in-law and sister-in-law shared a story about their son Liam, who just turned 5 not long ago. They were showing him pictures from their wedding and he stopped them when he saw a picture of me. Their wedding was in July of 2010, just a few months after my second spinal cord surgery, which we thought had been a complete success. They asked me to.. Read More

A picture of a storm is worth five headaches to come

Yep…been a while again. I’m working on it. Last night we had the first real good dumping of snow to hit Toronto this year. It wasn’t a massive storm by any measurable level, but as the first good dumping, you know it was going to bring the Monday morning work rush to a standstill. It’s a day that virtually guarantees I’ll be working from home and I often joke with.. Read More

A Geek’s look at Coke “Life”

So. Coca-Cola Life. Ok let’s get this out-of-the-way right off the top. I am a Coca Cola connoisseur. It comes from growing up as a full on geek, where we would finish off entire 2 litre bottles EACH of it during an all night RPG session. Hey, you try to be the storyteller for a Vampire: The Masquerade game that started at 4pm and is still going strong at 4am.. Read More

The Wheelchair Challenge – how would your workplace do?

The summer of 2016 has come to a close and it was a break from blogging for me, but I’ve been working on a few ideas and projects during that time. One of them has come to a great conclusion in the form of my first Wheelchair Challenge with Stantec, a major design and architectural firm in Toronto (and globally). A few brave souls from their staff volunteered to take part in.. Read More

Dear Mr. Trump – Accessibility is not charity

WARNING! Language to follow! Ok, once more bear with me. I’ve tried. I’ve REALLY tried to not be political in my blogging. This hasn’t always been easy, as my friends will snicker and choke knowing that I am an incredibly opinionated bleeding red Liberal (not to confuse my American readers, the colour for the left and right are reversed north of the border). I’ve never met a debate I’m not tempted.. Read More

One big cottage, seven people on wheels – wheelchair mafia unite!

Over on my personal Facebook page, I’ve hinted at an adventure I had a few weeks ago. An adventure that might have seemed rather normal, even boring to the average person. Average doesn’t begin to describe the people I shared it with. They were remarkable of experience, attitude and humour, creating a weekend that pushed our boundaries, opened our eyes, created some new friendships, and won’t be something I soon forget. JJ, Rookie,.. Read More

Distracted Driving – great ad, terrible message

I have a beef with the government of Ontario. Ya ya…I’m sure many of you are telling me to stand in line, but once more bear with me! (I should make that the blog’s tagline “bear with me”) There is a campaign hitting TV and radio that intends to cut down on distracted driving. The goal is a good one. Reducing traffic related injuries and deaths caused by texting and driving, hell any.. Read More

#AccessWins! Sometimes it’s done right

I know I know, I use this blog to most often complain about design, people, situations that make it harder for anyone with a disability. In all fairness, I really do need to give shout outs to success stories when they are due. They are few and far between, I’m afraid, so I don’t have to worry about losing my sarcastic edge. Tonight, I give you two totally different examples of doing.. Read More