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Paralymic Pride

In Columns, Just My Bellybutton, Opinion by Nathasha Alvarez5 Comments

This past Wednesday, the 2012 Paralympic Games opened in London, England. The ceremony was live on the Internet. It appears NBC didn’t think it befitting to televise the ceremony on any of its stations. With over 4,200 athletes with physical disabilities from around the world, competing for the gold just like Olympians Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Gabrielle Douglas and Lebron …

Miami-Dade County Paratransit Comes To A Dead End: So Where Does that Leave You? Stranded? Isolated?

In Columns, Just My Bellybutton, Opinion by Nathasha Alvarez2 Comments

You would never think that there could be so much drama and suspense in transporting the disabled but in Miami, Florida it’s all that and more! Paratransit in Miami, Florida is operated by ATS, a company hired by the county to route the trips, take reservations and late vehicle calls. Under ATS are several transportation companies transporting clients based on …

Learning To Love Again

In Columns, Just My Bellybutton, Opinion by Nathasha Alvarez6 Comments

Several years ago, I wrote about Scrappy. He was the love of my life. A couple of years ago, I had to put him down. It was one of the saddest times of my life. I would come home and hope to see his face poking through the blinds. I didn’t think I would ever be able to have another …

Let’s Flush It!

In Columns, Just My Bellybutton, Opinion by Nathasha Alvarez1 Comment

Yesterday, I went to Barnes and Noble and had to use the ladies room. I was literally behind a lady entering the restroom as well. In fact, she held the door open for me so it was safe to assume she saw me. Yet, she walked directly to the stall for the physically disabled. I couldn’t believe my eyes. She …

Is the Recession Stopping the Disabled From Commuting?

In Columns, Just My Bellybutton, Opinion by Nathasha Alvarez0 Comments

Budget cuts are the buzz words in today’s world and rightly so. More and more leaders in organizations are found mismanaging company funds and profiting themselves. There is nothing wrong with tightening the cash flow of a company. Paratransit systems, transportation providers for people with disabilities, are no exception to these budget cuts. However, in Miami, Florida these cuts are …