Another inspiration, more complex but deeper was Federal Judge Leonard Suchanek—chairman and chief judge for the General Services Administration's Board of Contract Appeal. I cooperated with the BLIND judge in the organization and production of the
Even though I regretfully signed a lot of Social Security applications for patients over the last 30 years, I am a "glass half-full" advocate. I demonstrated that to myself in my 1988 scooter accident that I described in another post. I also had some stellar patients who reinforced this belief. At NYU in the early 90s, I had the privilege one day to consult with the pianist of Engelbert Humperdinck. He had advanced Multiple Sclerosis and he wanted to continue playing and composing. He did not want to be on SSDI but wanted them to pay for an elaborate computer music set-up that we designed for him. I got SSA to pay the $20,000 for the device which was novel in those days with
Another paraplegic patient in upstate
I also remember that young man on TV who played classical guitar with his feet. because he had bilateral amelia (no arms).
In my 30 years of practice, I have signed more handicap sign forms to lazy patients with minor disabilities who did not want to work too far to enter the store, than too severely disabled para- or quadriparetic patients who drove their own vehicles. I believe our society encourages people to take on the disabled mantle. Look at how many handicap parking spots you see in a skating rink parking lot! Only in