Gina is on a Roll

Gina is on a Roll Disability related news, ADA information, and advocacy for everyBODY. I broke my neck at 18, and since then have been fighting for disability rights.

As a quadriplegic I received my BS and Juris Doctor degrees. I'm loud, outspoken, and I question everything.

As a quadriplegic I received my BS and Juris Doctor degrees. I'm loud, outspoken, and I question everything.

Operating as usual

The time has come, it is time for me to step back and focus on myself for a little while. I will be back, but in the mea...
07/17/2020

The time has come, it is time for me to step back and focus on myself for a little while. I will be back, but in the meantime I will be searching for someone to take over my place. It has just been exhausting, I am exhausted.

I am tired of the criticism without action, I am tired of always fighting someone else’s battle in addition to my own. Sometimes you just need a break, that time is now for me. Thank you so much to everyone who has been so supportive and shown so much interest. 

UPDATE ON TODD: World’s Biggest DouchebagTHANK YOU CSPD!!! 🥰If you were one of the thousands of people who watched the v...
07/07/2020

UPDATE ON TODD: World’s Biggest Douchebag

THANK YOU CSPD!!! 🥰

If you were one of the thousands of people who watched the video of Todd (available in previous post), you know he’s a jerk. Well not only is he a jerk, but he is a liar. Todd isn’t a cop, supposedly friends with cops.

This morning I spoke with Colorado Springs Police Department and I am so impressed by their response. They tracked him down, confronted him about claiming to be a police officer, and they will be ticketing him.

Thank you for dealing with this menace in such a swift manner Colorado Springs Police Department.

07/06/2020

UPDATE: CSPD contacted me and informed me that Todd is not a police officer, however they do you know him quite well. He sounds like a menace to society, but unfortunately he is also friends with police officers so he feels entitled. BEST PART? The PD tracked him down AND THEY ARE TICKETING HIM!!!

Original Post:

I know I have not been on here for a while, but every once in a while a pretty crazy situation happens that I feel like I have to share.

I’m with my caregiver and her sister, two women in their early 20s enjoying lunch outside. Two men on motorcycles pulled up to park in the access aisle adjacent to accessible parking (where another individual was parked illegally).  He got off his bike and referenced the car parked illegally next to him and said, “I should find this guy and rearrange his face.” I responded to him that he was parked illegally as well.  He proceeded to tell me he is a police officer, the restaurant said he can park there, and he is not parked illegally...then continued to challenge me to call because he said “I know they won’t give me a ticket.”

We were not rude or hateful, and this man is the perfect example of who we do not need on the police force.

To top it off, he yelled insults and made political rants on his way out saying, “I’m sure you are Democrat! You should vote Trump!”

Please share this so that people like this can learn a lesson.

I had a wonderful opportunity to be part of a podcast to discuss how I have gotten to where I am, what I have been throu...
06/11/2020
Living As A Quadriplegic - Gina Schuh by Stories of Hope • A podcast on Anchor

I had a wonderful opportunity to be part of a podcast to discuss how I have gotten to where I am, what I have been through, and my general outlook on life.

If you guys are interested, feel free to check out the link.

After breaking her neck jumping into a 3-foot pool, Gina decided she was going to invest in her mind Instead of focusing on losing mobility in all of her limbs. This is Gina Schuh's Story of Hope... If you would like to share your Story Of Hope or become a sponsor of a future episode, email me today...

What an amazing opportunity! Yes, that’s me! Yes, I’m still begging for Elon Musk to hit me up. 😂😂😂
05/29/2020
Valley woman appears on the Price is Right

What an amazing opportunity! Yes, that’s me! Yes, I’m still begging for Elon Musk to hit me up. 😂😂😂

A Valley woman made an appearance on the Price is Right and used the moment to advocate for change.

This day is burned in my memory. It was the day I learned about paralysis, I was 9 years old. I remember sitting on the ...
05/27/2020

This day is burned in my memory. It was the day I learned about paralysis, I was 9 years old. I remember sitting on the floor watching the news with my parents seeing the reports that Christopher Reeve was paralyzed. I asked my parents what that meant and they explained it to me. I proclaimed “I would kill myself if that happened to me.” I still think about that moment often.

Here I am approaching 17 years as a quadriplegic, the good news is I obviously have not killed myself. At 9 years old I didn’t know what I was saying, I had every stereotype in my head that most people have. Since then I have learned so much, one of them is how incredible and influential Christopher Reeve has been. Christopher and Dana Reeve have been monumental in bringing awareness to spinal cord injuries and bringing forth change. Through their legacy they continue to positively impact people who have been affected by a traumatic spinal cord injury.

While what happened to him was tragic and completely unnecessary, the impact he made and how he handled the injury is an example to all of us and he should be considered a true inspiration. 

Today marks the 25th year since Christopher Reeve was paralyzed in an equestrian competition. Christopher put a human face on spinal cord injury and motivated neuroscientists around the world to conquer the most complex diseases of the brain and central nervous system. Under his leadership, the Reeve Foundation became the preeminent spinal cord research foundation, funding some of the earliest discoveries in basic science and debunking the centuries-old dogma that the spinal cord could never be repaired. Today, we honor Christopher and remember him with deep gratitude. Thanks to Christopher, Hope Happens Here, and we will achieve his Inevitable Dream.
“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”
#JoinReeve

05/22/2020
My shout out when I spun the wheel!

A few months ago Jaymi and I went on a last-minute trip to California and we decided to go to the Price is Right! BEST DECISION EVER!!!!

I knew I had an amazing opportunity so I had to do an amazing shout out. I was concerned that they were going to cut it, but I cannot even begin to express my excitement when I was watching today and I heard my shout out!!!

Waiting on you Elon Musk. 🥰❤️

A couple of months ago Jaymi and I went to Price is Right. Our episode airs tomorrow, keep an eye out for us next to the...
05/21/2020

A couple of months ago Jaymi and I went to Price is Right. Our episode airs tomorrow, keep an eye out for us next to the big screen in the back! 😜

🤪🤪🤪😂😂😂
05/09/2020

🤪🤪🤪😂😂😂

Inspired by Gina Schuh

CARTOON
A Day in the Life of a PWD

Frame 1:
A woman in a wheelchair is having a drink at a pub. A man leans over and asks: "So...can you still have sex?

Frame 2:
Woman replies: "Nope! When I broke my neck, my vagina sealed up like a Barbie Doll"

“You can’t wear this, you can’t wear that...”When I was a new injury the amount of rules regarding clothing that able-bo...
05/09/2020

“You can’t wear this, you can’t wear that...”

When I was a new injury the amount of rules regarding clothing that able-bodied medical professionals imposed on me blew my mind. I remember one of them suggesting that I wear Velcro shoes (before Macklemore made them cool) and I died a little inside. Never. I didn’t listen. I found what works for ME.

When I was able-bodied I loved expressing myself through coloring my hair, accessories, make up, and fashion. After my injury I had to explore a new sense of fashion. Ironically in my 20s when my body was at its prime I would have never worn such a short skirt with a high slit. Here I am approaching 35 years old in August and I am absolutely loving sexier clothes. I’m not the only one that likes it either. 😂😂😂

I like it, I like dressing however I damn well please. I like not worrying about whether or not my skirt is too short...as long as I’m covered who cares?! 🤷🏻‍♀️

As you can tell black lace is my thing. 😜 Get out and find your thing. 😘

“Being disabled and a woman I get lots of questions, most of them from complete strangers who have no regard for my feel...
05/07/2020
Inappropriate Questions: No Disability and Necrophilia are Not the Same

“Being disabled and a woman I get lots of questions, most of them from complete strangers who have no regard for my feelings and purely want to satiate their curiosity. More often than not, they are what most would deem ‘inappropriate questions’...”

Click on the link to see what inappropriate questions I’m talking about and how I handle them...

Being disabled and a woman I get lots of questions, most of them from complete strangers who have no regard for my feelings and purely want to satiate their curiosity. More often than not, they are what most would deem “inappropriate questions.”

Let’s talk sex appeal and having a disability. My experience is I feel sexy, but the fact I’m a wheelchair user makes so...
05/04/2020

Let’s talk sex appeal and having a disability. My experience is I feel sexy, but the fact I’m a wheelchair user makes some men uncomfortable. I blame stereotypes and societal standards. When a man looks at me, some of them question if it’s wrong. It’s because people assume physical disability means cognitive disability or that in someway I am more vulnerable.

Let’s set the record straight. I absolutely love being a sexual being, I feel beautiful, I feel sexy...I see myself as a sex symbol. You heard me right, a sex symbol! What is a sex symbol but a construct of societal norms? I have sex so why can I not be a sex symbol? I can. I AM.

If you spend any time with me at all, you will know I’m a very sexual person. I love talking about it, laughing about it, pretty much anything that has to do with sex because I feel like intimacy is something we all need in life. It is something that society has tried to take away. I won’t allow that to happen.

Is my body perfect? Far from. I find beauty in all humanity and every body. Am I able to do every wild position that my able-bodied counterparts are? No. Am I able to have a fulfilled relationship with a VERY satisfied partner? Absolutely.

So, get your sexy on. Explore your sexuality and who you are, don’t let society tell you who you should be. 🥰

04/24/2020
Painting Update!

For those of you who saw my earlier video where I was live and just painting blue, this is what it has turned into so far...

04/24/2020

One thing I think we can ALL take away from this pandemic is that you should not believe everything you hear. I’m not talking about Covid-19 existing, I’m talking about every single one of us hearing somebody repeat false information or just willingly believe something that’s not true.

TAKE THIS FROM IT: Next time you have your rights trampled on and somebody tells you it’s legal, don’t believe them...RESEARCH IT! The amount of misinformation among people with disabilities always blows my mind, people repeating things like “grandfathering in“ or whatever other BS it may be. RESEARCH! Take two minutes to Google, ask a credible friend, reach out to a source that would know... whatever it takes to stop the flow of false information! Businesses LIE all the time! When we all start doing research, the benefits will be mind blowing.

Stay safe! ❤️

“Perry, who lives in a two-bedroom apartment with McCall, used to leave every other weekend before coronavirus. But for ...
04/22/2020
Oregonians with disabilities, caregivers deal with challenges during coronavirus crisis

“Perry, who lives in a two-bedroom apartment with McCall, used to leave every other weekend before coronavirus. But for the past six weeks, it’s been McCall and Perry together 24-7...”

I ADORE Brook and Stacie! Click on the link to get a better idea of what it’s like for them in the time of coronavirus. 

Sherwood's Ryan Kenneally, who is wheelchair-bound, has developed a strategy for his multiple caregivers to protect himself from coronavirus infection

I had a friend tell me that after the pandemic handshaking may be obsolete, therefore I will never have to have an awkwa...
04/22/2020
3 Ways The COVID-19 Pandemic Could Change Disability Policies And Practices

I had a friend tell me that after the pandemic handshaking may be obsolete, therefore I will never have to have an awkward handshake again! I laughed hysterically, but deep down was truly excited about the thought. 

BYE-BYE NASTY HANDSHAKING!

Do you agree with the ways you think this will impact people with disabilities?

In the disability sphere especially, our experience with the pandemic, however it turns out in the end, may suggest new ways of looking at some old issues.

“Dennis Shanahan, a surgeon, pilot, and air crash survivability expert with decades of military and private sector exper...
04/21/2020
The flawed logic that makes flying a nightmare for wheelchair users

“Dennis Shanahan, a surgeon, pilot, and air crash survivability expert with decades of military and private sector experience. Shanahan estimates that 85% of crashes are ‘quite survivable,’ including crash landings, tarmac incidents, and lower-speed crashes during takeoff and landing...”

This is an interesting point, I have heard from many people who are wheelchair users say they don’t care about the safety. Click on the article for some interesting points. 

Disability advocates are working to make traveling by airplane less stressful and painful for wheelchair users.

LET'S TALK SEX (my favorite topic besides parking).This is such a great article that really his on lot of issues people ...
04/19/2020
Disabled LGBTQ Activists Are Redefining Sex and Sexuality

LET'S TALK SEX (my favorite topic besides parking).

This is such a great article that really his on lot of issues people with disabilities face (not just those in the LGBTQ community). Able-bodied individuals AND people with disabilities struggle with the awkwardness of sex, but we all want it, well most of us...

Click to read more.

Three LGBTQ people are leading a revolution in how we think about disability and sexual freedom.

As many of you know I have been single during the quarantine so I got really bored and tried out a handful of dating app...
04/18/2020
Window Shopping Dating Apps in the Time of Coronovirus; Rolling with Gina

As many of you know I have been single during the quarantine so I got really bored and tried out a handful of dating apps, here is what I found...

Talk about total sh*t timing. My relationship ended right before quarantine. We didn’t officially live together so here I am spending hours upon hours alone, staring at the lizard who lives outside of my window (dude has mad pushup skills and his name is Larry). Anyone who knows me knows I’m a m...

EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER HERE! 🙋🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️Yesterday was a very productive day and I feel like I’m getting my mojo back! I...
04/17/2020

EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER HERE! 🙋🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

Yesterday was a very productive day and I feel like I’m getting my mojo back! I had an awesome opportunity and was invited to do a podcast with One Leg Up Productions. Talking about advocacy reinvigorated my passion that has slightly dimmed over the last few weeks. 

I realize I just need to get it together. Here I’ve been through so many things, I should be handling this like a champion. Truth is though, I haven’t. My motivation is nonexistent once my day begins and I am faced with options of what to do. I know everybody is going through this. Our worlds got flipped upside down. This is our new normal. I will say It’s always nice to be able to Zoom with a group...wish I could be seeing everyone in person but that’s not possible right now. 

DON’T FORGET! Tonight if you would like to have some fun join our Zoom meeting at 6:30 PM! We are all dressing up in 80s and 90s attire, so come with your shoulder pads, spandex, and blue eyeshadows! More information in the events. 

Have a beautiful day friends!

04/16/2020
The ASL Alphabet | ASL - American Sign Language - ABCs

QUARANTINE CHALLENGE:

Learn the ASL Alphabet! Can you imagine if every person took the time to learn the ASL alphabet and how that would open up the world for those who are hearing impaired.

Let’s make it happen! SHARE and encourage others! 

Learn how to sign the American Sign Language (ASL) alphabet. Three simultaneous views for clarification. Closed-captioned. 1080p HD.

04/16/2020
NowThis Politics

I wish I could say this is surprising, but I myself have been treated so rudely ONLY because of my disability. It’s disheartening to see this.

If you are able to, teach yourself the ASL alphabet NOW! Well, do it during the quarantine. Come out of this with something positive. ❤️

Employees at this drive-thru told a Deaf man he was ‘faking it’ before throwing away his meal — and he filmed everything

You can watch the full video on Sign Duo's YouTube channel: https://go.nowth.is/2wzPCJa

via NowThis

There are so many impacts from COVID-19 we don’t even think about, special needs children not having access to special e...
04/15/2020
Educators Get Creative To Serve Students With Disabilities

There are so many impacts from COVID-19 we don’t even think about, special needs children not having access to special education is one of them. My thoughts go out to those parents who are struggling to offer their children the resources they need. ❤️

One of the biggest challenges in moving school online has been how to offer services for students with disabilities. But educators are finding creative ways to connect.

All dressed up and nowhere to go. 😭 That seems to be the theme for all of us. I think a lot of people are trying to figu...
04/14/2020

All dressed up and nowhere to go. 😭 That seems to be the theme for all of us. I think a lot of people are trying to figure out exactly how they feel during these times, I am one of them.

I have found myself allowing work to pile up, phone calls unmade, and zero want to do anything. I think as much as I hate to admit it, it may be a low-grade depression. For someone like me that is so out of the norm I can’t even begin to express how little I know about how I feel. I’m confused and I think that’s where my anxiety begins to peak, anxiety that I have never had before. 

I imagine this is what it feels like to be a caged bird...horrible. My free spirit seems trampled on and my heart aches. I’m lonely. Entering into the single world forced to be genuinely single without anyone around you is definitely challenging. It’s new, it’s sad, and it’s lonely. That being said there is a sense of pride in finding myself filling my days with something that keeps me from feeling like sh*t.

I just feel blah, I’m not calling friends and doing all the things I should be doing, I just don’t have the motivation. I need to find it and I will. I’m just adjusting to the quietness. 

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Just to get it out of the way, I’m in a wheelchair due to a “not-so-graceful” dive into a pool, leading to a broken neck in 2003, leaving me a C 5/6 Quadriplegic. Yes, yes...it’s sad, but I live an incredibly happy and purpose driven life. Since my accident I have graduated from law school and continued to advocate for people with disabilities. I have created my page to offer a glimpse into the life of a busy wheelchair user who loves to travel as well as news, updates, and information pertaining to people with disabilities.

I know most of the information is related to people with disabilities, but this page is for everyBODY! Education and exposure are the key to understanding and access. If you have anything you think might be worth sharing send it my way!

Regarding the Gilbert Art Wall located off of Lindsay and Pecos...I have always been an appreciator of art, and recognize what little opportunity artists have to display their talent, especially wall artists. Luckily I own a wall in Gilbert that is technically Maricopa County because it’s on a county island without an HOA, therefore it’s OK to paint it. I’ve opened it up to local artists to display their work proudly. Come by and check it out! Photographers are more than welcome. Please tag me if you take pictures, I love seeing them!

UNFORTUNATELY the wall will be taken down sometime before May 2020 due to expansions and changes to the property.

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just missing u!
Hey everyone does anyone know where to get used hand controls for a Jeep Cherokee??? Here in AZ preferably..TIA
Cool app. Can't wait to try it out.
Hi gorgeous I do have a daughter in a wheel chair too. God bless you
I have a NIP DRIVE wheelchair seat cushion 18X16X2 I am selling for a discounted price of $25 with a Drive cupholder for free. I am in South Phoenix/Ahwatukee/Tempe area. Will work with pick up arrangements. PM me if interested
I have a petition to improve handicap parking. We have 151 supporters so far! All it takes is a click to sign this petition! You can share through Facebook, Google, Twitter, email, WhatsApp, text message, copying the link, and sharing this post. Thank you for your time and support! ❤️
Thanks for hosting the ACE volunteer recognition event last night! Your thoughtfulness is a huge asset to our community!
Hey Gina seem this yet?
For anyone who thinks that parking abuse isn’t a problem for the disability community to address, I give you the Amazon fake parking pass... they look real enough and most law enforcement isn’t looking for accessible parking abuse... how are we supposed to get equal access when we are constantly competing with those who want to take advantage of the system?? Handicap Parking Permit
Perhaps a few minutes could be spent reading this mighty article.
This made me think of you...is he Parked in a handicap spot? And if he is why?
Happy Belate New Year Gina! Hope this new year brings you happiness and wellbeing w lots is alcohol