Welcome to the OHS Journal, where we share important stories and articles that complement our core mission while providing additional insight and perspective that impacts our disability community.

A Tribute to Stephen Hawking

Our Heart Speaks (OHS), through the power of the story has been privileged to share and bear witness to a life of meaning and purpose when facing the…

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Mastering life…if not fate

MATURITY
by Daniel Senser
Many a time in my youth I wandered the streets
Drunkenly belting my song for all the world to hear.
Usually, I got picke…

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Present Imperfect

My son didn’t seem to like me all that much in the first weeks of his life and I couldn’t say I blamed him. I may have managed not to drop him, or…

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Interview with OHS Founder, Dr. Keith Rafal, on The Hand in Hand Podcast

Our Heart Speaks through the international patient stories project supports a “Culture of Possibility.”

OHS founder, Dr. Keith Rafal speaks with ho…

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Daniel Gu’s Story of Stroke Recovery

My name is Daniel Gu. On Sept 22 of 2012, 3 months before turning 41, I suffered a brainstem stroke. My left side was almost totally paralyzed, includ…

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The Passion of Music

Along with her story, Maureen Gaynor shared with the Our Heart Speaks community her uplifting 2014 track,”Angels Unaware.” Enjoy.
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Travel Tips for Seniors with Disabilities

The golden years are a great time to travel and see the world, and many people make this a top priority once they retire. For disabled seniors, howeve…

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Women with Disabilities: Healthcare Barriers

Several years ago I asked my mom’s gynecologist if she could give me a routine pelvic examination. She said she would have to put me under anesthesi…

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