We are all abled and disabled.

We are all changing, fluid, living people. When I wake up in the morning, I need to move slowly and with care. I’m not as steady on my feet as I was when I was younger. As the day goes on, I loosen up and feel more solid and balanced. My body warms up. You could say that in the morning, I have a disability that disappears by the time I leave the house.

I will live long enough to need help to walk or hear. Heck, right now, I need help to see. I have worn glasses since I was in kindergarten. Without my glasses, I would not be able to drive, read a menu or watch television. I also need help to remember. Without my calendar, I would bumble aimlessly, not knowing where I was supposed to be.

Ability and disability was all part of the human condition – affecting each of us.


Kim Singleton

Kim is the Senior Director of TechOWL @ the Institute on Disabilities. In her previous life, Kim was a speech-language pathologist specializing in children and adults with complex communication needs, creatively enhancing lives with emerging technology. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, she received her Master's Degree in Speech Pathology from Miami University. She loves to sing and play.

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