Disability stereotypes you will probably never meet: Bad Cripple

Most people think they know all about disability and/or chronic illness even though they don’t know anyone living with one.  There are some really goofy stereotypes that for some reason are widely accepted as truth.  One by one, I want us to discuss and squash each one.  Let’s start with Bad Cripple.  I’m sure you’ve heard all about him.  He isn’t REALLY disabled. He just puts on a big show so he can screw the government by getting Social Security, park in good parking spots, and get pity off of poor unsuspecting saps.  He also messes up the public schools by demanding special ed services for disabled (learning or otherwise) children which takes money away from AB kids.  No wonder schools can’t afford books or supplies.   Bad Cripple is killing the American dream too by reporting businesses that aren’t ADA compliant.   Who cares if it’s the law? Why should a business owner have to pay for a wheelchair ramp? Let Bad Cripple go somewhere else.  Sounds familiar, right?   No one has ever met Bad Cripple, but like any urban legend if it’s a friend of a friend then it must be true.  But think about it — why would anyone want to be Bad Cripple?  Of course there are con artists out there that swindle people out of money but is there really a good enough pay out for Bad Cripple?   Most people with disabilities live in poverty.   Applying for social security is a long and embarrassing process.  It usually takes 2 years to be awarded and during that time every doctor’s visit, hospital stay and prescribion is reviewed by social security.   In order to be awarded Bad Cripple has to convince not only his doctors but also countless social security representatives and a judge!  All this for a few hundred bucks a month.  Wouldn’t it just be simpler(and more profitable) to buddy up to a rich old person?  And as far as Bad Cripple screwing over schools and small businesses,  this isn’t someone throwing a fit, it’s the law.  Every child should receive an education.   Yes, it’s expensive but it doesn’t have to take money away from general ed programs.   Like any government agency, school will always complain about a lack of funds.  And yes, there have been lawsuits about ADA compliance.   Do you know what Bad Cripple won?  Wheelchair ramps.  Not exactly a windfall is it?

Super Veggie Soup


8 medium-sized carrots, sliced

2 medium-sized tomatoes, diced

1 medium-sized zucchini, chopped

1 medium-sized yellow squash, chopped

1 medium-sized yellow onion, diced

15oz can of navy beans

24oz jar of your favorite pasta sauce

4 cups vegetable broth

1 gallon-sized plastic freezer bag


Add everything to freezer bag except broth. Remove as much air from the freezer bag as possible, seal, and lay flat in your freezer. Thaw, pour contents of freezer bag into your slow cooker and add broth. Cook on “low” setting for 6-8 hours

Instant Pot Polenta


1 tsp olive oil

1 onion, diced

2 Garlic cloves, minced

4 cups of water

1/ 3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, diced

1 tsp sea salt

1 bay leaf

½ tsp dried oregano (or 1 tsp fresh)

¼ teaspoon of dried rosemary

3 tsp fresh basil, chopped

2 tsp fresh parsley (or 1 T dried)

1 cup polenta



Open the instant pot and press the sauté button to Preheat.

When hot, combine the oil, diced onion and include the garlic and sauté until soft and translucent.

Add water, sun-dried tomatoes, salt, bay leaf, oregano, and rosemary, along with half of both the basil and parsley.

Sprinkle the polenta over the water and close the lid without stirring.

Manually set the instant pot to cook for 5 minutes on High pressure.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then do a quick pressure release.

Remove the cooker lid and discard the bay leaf.


White Bean Tuna Salad


2 cans white beans, drained

1 can water packed tuna, drained

2 green onions, sliced

1 red chili, chopped

1 red onion, sliced

½ cup corn

1 teaspoon capers, drained and chopped

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons lemon juice

Salt and pepper to taste

½ teaspoon dried oregano


Combine the beans, tuna, green onions, chili, onion, corn, capers, oil and lemon juice in a salad bowl and mix well.

Some Berry Tasty Quinoa


2 1/2 cups water

1 1/2 cups quinoa

1/2 cup mixed berries

2 Tbsp honey

1 Tsp vanilla extract



Combine all ingredients in Instant Pot.

Set the vent to “sealing”.

Cook on the “Rice” setting for 1 minute.

Release the pressure and allow it to cool for a few minutes.

Top with berries and extra honey if desired.