From Where I Sit


From Where I Sit by Kathy Bates offers an informative, honest, and sometimes deeply personal look into the world of disability. The topics Kathy writes about are not just disability issues; they are timely and relevant community issues. It is her hope that this blog will encourage the understanding that disability never discriminates, and it touches us all sooner or later.

Ms. Kathy Bates
Three decades after the Americans with Disabilities Act took effect, new research finds that many physicians remain unaware of their obligations under... Learn More
Mental health is a community issue, and it feels more important than ever. Community supports and services can play a significant role in reducing the... Learn More
Over time, Clouse’s traumatic brain injury improved. He started working as a welder, met his future wife, and got his parents’ permission to marry her... Learn More
“The disability community lost a giant on Sunday with the passing of Senator Dole,” said Heidi Mansir, president of the board of directors at the Amer... Learn More
I began my freshman year at Somersworth High School in 1976. The magnet school was the only public school open to students with disabilities in the ge... Learn More
“One of the biggest things that I realized when my disability first started is there was just so much that I had to learn. I had no idea what barriers... Learn More
“One of the things I’m interested in right now is, I’m seeing too many smart kids that are having problems at school,” Grandin said. “One of the worst... Learn More
“There’s a ton of overlap,” Schutte said, and that is why it has often been hard to recognize that there is more than autism happening. Some of the an... Learn More
Scallan and her 20-year-old son, who has Down syndrome and autism, initially evacuated to Shreveport. They stayed in a hotel with her elderly mother a... Learn More
Mental health issues have been more out in the open than ever before, which is an unexpected positive side effect of the pandemic. We've had to deal w... Learn More