I am nearsighted and have worn glasses since I was a child. Nowadays, I wear them pretty much 95% of the day; when I’m on the computer, watching TV, or just existing in the world. If I wear them while I’m reading, however, they tend to give me a headache, so when I take up...
In a poignant profile shared by Jason Wolfer on March 12, 2020, Travis Guy Lebel’s resilience and determination shine through as he navigates life with Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA) since birth. Travis’s journey with Ataxia began with early signs noticed by his parents, leading to years of medical inquiries and specialist visits.   Despite the challenges,...
Let’s meet Krystal Schulze, whose journey with Ataxia took an unexpected turn due to a brain tumor. Discovered during her high school years.  Krystal shares her courageous story of resilience and adaptation as she navigates life with Acquired Cerebellar Ataxia (ACA). Diagnosed at the age of 18, Krystal’s life took a drastic turn as she...
Zoyeb Mohamed Zia’s life took a drastic turn when he was diagnosed with Ataxia during high school. Despite the initial challenges and uncertainty surrounding his condition, Zoyeb’s resilience and determination propelled him forward. Supported by his family, he pursued his education. And is now working as an Assistant Professor of Zoology, with plans to start...
Let’s be real: 99% of people don’t know what ataxia is in the first place. In fact, my first and most common misconception could be “No, actually, I don’t have multiple sclerosis, thanks for asking…” I wrote an article recently explaining what ataxia is, and here I’ll tell you about the most common things people ask...
I recently wrote an article about my disability journey for my local newspaper. Click here to check it out! A young man about to graduate from a nearby school with a physical therapy degree then contacted me; serendipitously, when the article was published, he was working on a project that involved interviewing patients with neurological conditions....
Who decides whether a product is “adaptive” or “accessible”? Even if the store calls it “accessible”, will it work for you? Often, we don’t know. We just search for products out there in the internet-verse, *hoping* to find a user review or video that can testify to a disabled user’s experience with that product. It’s frustrating...
JC Colyer’s life took an unexpected turn when he was diagnosed with Cerebellar Ataxia in 2007, transforming what he once considered normal clumsiness into a debilitating condition.  Despite the challenges, JC’s resilience and determination have been unwavering, propelling him to become an advocate for people with disabilities. Following his diagnosis, JC faced the daunting reality...
Liam is the co-founder of Day Undefined. You can read his bio here.  Thanks for reading Tech-It-Out, a series brought to you by Day Undefined and the National Ataxia Foundation. Disability does not fit into a box.  Whenever I try to describe my own experience – or honestly even to label it for myself – it feels inauthentic and...
Hello! My name is Lisa, and I live in Canada. At the end of June, I’m going to be traveling by train to visit one of my oldest friends, who lives in Ottawa, Ontario. Originally published on Day Undefined. This trip will have several legs, starting with taking DARTS (Disabled and Aged Regional Transit System)...
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To continuously empower others on building healthy lifestyles where personal/spiritual growth is prioritized, the pursuit of positive mind-body change is valued, and the notion of making the most out of life is a core motivation. In addition, to raise overdue Ataxia Awareness and spark meaningful perspective shifts that both present-day society and future generations can mutually benefit from.

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