Howdy from Houston!

Houston, Texas - view from our hotel window

Houston, Texas – view from our hotel window

This week, Tuesday Talk is coming to you from Houston, Texas. Nathan Todd, the assistant director of the disAbility Resource Center accompanied me on this trip. We are attending a conference to learn about expanding Center for Independent Living capacity through Home and Community Based Services programs.

I have learned how to advocate for the community-based services I need. The Nurses Night and Day agency has helped me with all of my personal needs including bathing, dressing, catheterization care and transferring to and from the wheelchair.

I scheduled the attendant services weeks before the trip. The first night in Houston, two nurses and a nurse’s aide came to the hotel to do my admission intake. They discussed my past medical history and talked about the services I requested.  Each morning and night, the nurse and aide arrive take my vital signs and begin the care. The services they have been exceptional. I’m looking forward to using these types of services at home and when traveling.

Some of the other community-based services include physical therapy, occupational therapy and other rehabilitation services. These services allow individuals to remain in their community instead of being placed in an assisted-living facility. It’s important for those with disabilities to understand that these services are available to maintain autonomy within their cities and towns.

While in Houston, Nathan and I will be checking out the accessibility of the city.  Follow Tuesday Talk With Alex on Facebook to see more photos and videos about our adventures.

About Tuesday Talk With Alex

Born in Charleston, SC, I was injured in a motor vehicle accident when I was nine months old. I acquired a C5-C6 spinal cord injury. I'm now 30 years old and I do not let my disability deter me from acheiving my goals and enjoying life. I will be sharing my experience of living with a spinal cord injury.
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7 Responses to Howdy from Houston!

  1. Shelton says:

    Howdy and tell Nathan hello as well. Great picture and hope to see more upon your return. Good luck with your work and trip.
    Shelton

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  2. Ann Cario-Hurley says:

    You go….Alex:)…Have a great trip and learn all you can….I look forward to reading all about it upon your return to Charleston….

    Ann Cario-Hurley

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  3. Aunt Kathy says:

    In case I haven’t told you lately… you are awesome. I am so excited about your ability to get the support you need. You are a fantastic advocate and an even more powerful role model.

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