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Top Tips for Personal Growth & Independence

When you have a chronic illness or disability, it is easy to give in to your limitations and give up on life. We are here to tell you, from our own experience that it is OK to give in, but it is never OK to give up!

In this section you will find our best tips for living your best life and staying independent despite a chronic illness or disability. For more tips and products to help you stay independent search our Tips and Products section.

"The essence of independence has been to think and act according to standards from within, not without."
~ Aleister Crowley

12 Active Things to Do with Someone with a Disability
  Adaptive sports and equipment make it possible for people with chronic illness, aging limitations, and disabilities to be more active than ever before. Here are a few activities that may allow everyo..

10 Tips for Caring for Your Pet When You have a Disability
  For people with disabilities or those over 60, owning and caring for a pet can contribute to a healthier outlook on life, promote a feeling of safety, and improve health, including lowering stress and..

8 Ways to Get a Grip with Reachers
  Many different types of reachers are available to relieve the strain of bending, stretching, stooping or reaching things from a wheelchair. Here, Shelley Peterman Schwarz shares a few of her favorite..

12 Ways Sticky Notes Can Make Life Easier
  Shelley Peterman Schwarz shares some of her favorite uses for self-stick (Post-it®) notes.

8 Tips for Interacting with People with Mobility Impairments-Wheelchair Etiquette
  Do you ever wonder about how to address, help, or act around people in a wheelchair? Shelley Peterman Schwarz shares a few things to keep in mind.

ADA: Working with a Disability
  Learn more about accommodation in the workplace as guaranteed by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

17 Ways to “Keep it Together” with Rubber Bands
  Learn how to "keep it together," stay organized, and save yourself time and energy in the process.

11 Tips for Making Life Easier from our Readers
  Shelley Peterman Schwarz shares readers' tips for making your whole life easier with topics as diverse as shopping, traveling, writing checks, and swimming.

11 Tips for Staying Independent
  When you have a disability, life can feel out of control. Shelley Peterman Schwarz provides strategies for creating a happy and fulfilling life when a disability gets you down.

10 Tips for Making Life Easier™ – Preventing Falls
  For older adults, falls often lead to giving up living independently. Firmly believing that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, here are a few ways to reduce your chance of falling.

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