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Joanna Schroeder
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My role:
Advocate
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Des Moines
My Age Range:
36-45
About Myself:
I am struggling with a congenital hip disorder in both hips that have rendered my partially disabled. Have had to advocate for myself to get better healthcare and treatment.
About My Family:
My family is unable to help when I need it.
I'm here because...
My experience has been tough. It's a struggle to work with doctors when you have a fairly rare condition. Especially when you have to work across speciality doctors in various hospitals and clinics around the Midwest.
Disability Interests:
Orthopedic Impairment

Joanna Schroeder's Blog

How Rion Paige Taught Me Courage

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 11:00am 0 Comments

I was recently checking out some videos on YouTube and I love the stories of singing competitions when an underdog blows the judges away. One such story is that of Rion Paige who not only blew the X Factor judges away during her audition, but blew the world away as a finalist in Season 13.

Rion is spectacular. I bet I will be buying one of her albums soon. …

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The Cloud Sees No Disabilities

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 10:30am 0 Comments

Did you realize that the "cloud" sees no disabilities?

Many of you are probably wondering what in the world the "cloud" is. I think I'm still trying to figure it out. But in a nutshell, the cloud is where our data lives - in virtual space, per se. It's the new big thing in data management. 

Many of us also think of the cloud as being many social media apps and sites. When I am sending a 140 character Twitter message, no one knows I have a disability. When someone is using…

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Accepting a Disability

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments

One thing that I have been struggling with is what my future will look like now that I have a physical disability. But I may not be struggling for the reason you think. 

I'm a planner. A big planner when it comes to work and major life decisions but I can be spontaneous on little things like taking a weekend trip to a lake. So when I was given my diagnoses by the specialist who would do my hip surgeries and told that I would never get back full mobility in either of my hips, my doctor…

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A Disability Does Not Define You

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 11:30am 1 Comment

When Shelby Nurse spoke during the 2014 Together We Can conference I was really moved. Born with spina bifida, she has gone from the NICU to a senior at University of South Florida majoring in psychology. Let's be honest. The fact that while she is a successful college student is amazing. But what really resonated with me was when she spoke about inclusion.…

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