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Dr. Nanette Bowles

Dr. Nanette Bowles has spent the last 25 years advocating for and empowering people with disabilities, including 14 for the government. She earned her B.S. degree in Psychology and M.Ed. in Educational Psychology, from Northern Arizona University then her Doctorate in Adult Education from Nova Southeastern University.


She has presented for over 1600 city, county, state and federal employees in both the private and public sector.


Having non-visible disabilities of her own, Dr. Bowles speaks passionately from both her professional and personal experiences. Her QUEST in LIFE is to break down the physical and attitudinal barriers faced by individuals with disabilities and empower each of us to value and embrace our unique abilities.

Dr. Nanette Bowles “10 Tips to Getting Stuff Done”

Isn’t it amazing how we can get so much done when we have a short amount of time yet get almost nothing done when we have all day? Not that life is all about “Doing”. We are, after all, human BE-ings…not human DO-ings! Click here for the full article.

Dr Nanette Bowles “Living without Cancer”

Years ago, a friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer. As her co-workers and friends, we rallied around to support her. We had a scarf party for her and enjoyed the different colors and styles of her wigs. Click here for the full article.

Dr. Nanette Bowles “Forget the Labels…Focus on Strategies”

I don’t want to focus on a specific disability this month. Maybe sometimes we focus too much on labels when it would be helpful to focus on strategies. Here are several examples of common behaviors, the potential underlying difficulty, and ideas for strategies. Click here for the full article.

Dr. Nanette Bowles “Wheelchair Bound”

A dear (and recently passed) friend of mine used to say that the phrase “wheelchair bound” made him wonder if the person was “bound to a place called Wheelchair”. A person who uses a wheelchair is not “bound” or “confined” but quite the opposite. A wheelchair can provide mobility, inclusion, independence and freedom. Click here for the full article.

Dr Nanette Bowles “ADD/ADHD Disability or Super Power?”

I know a young lady who thinks that ADHD is a “Super Power”. All she wanted for her 5th birthday was homework! So, at age 4, a school principal tested her and was shocked as how well she did. For example, when asked questions such as, “If there are 8 elephants in the pen and 3 walk away, how many are left”, she answered 5 instantly. The results showed that, in math alone, she tested at 8 years/4 months. So, she started kindergarten at age 4 and excelled in her classes. Click here for the full article.

Dr Nanette Bowles “Diabetes? What you Need to Know”

Years ago I was at an evening social function when a woman came in with her two young grandchildren. She sat at the table with her plate of food but seemed dazed. She fumbled around trying to cut her food and acted as though she could not see in front of her. I went over to assist and found out that she was diabetic and had not eaten all day! Her grandchildren sat and watched in fear as we quickly got her to drink some orange juice. She explained that she “just didn’t have time to eat”. Click here for the full article.

Dr. Nanette Bowles-Living with Depression: 10 Practical Tips

Most people feel sadness or minor depression at some point in their lives. This can be a natural and temporary response to situations or events. For some people though, this can continue for a period of time. Situation depression is an adjustment disorder “triggered by an outside stress and generally goes away once the person has adapted to the situation” according to WebMD.com. If not treated, this can become major Click here for the full article.

Nanette Bowles “Assistive Technology”

Do you remember life before text messaging? Years ago, before texting became so popular, a co-worker of mine got this cool device called a Sidekick. She was Deaf and this allowed her to send messages back and forth to others. Over the years, these and other devices have made text messaging a way of life for many and have made communication much easier for those who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing. Click here for the full article.

Nanette Bowles I Know I Can

We all remember the story of the “Little Engine that Could”. “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…” It inspired us to cheer for the Little Engine…for ourselves and for each other. Imagine that, instead of a world of “I CAN” or “You CAN”, you experience “YOU CAN’T” everyday. It can seem to be all around you…in words or phrases like “handicapped”, “disabled”, “crippled”, “suffers from”, “afflicted with”, etc. It can be experienced all around you in curbs, narrow parking spaces with not enough access aisles, entry steps, narrow doorways, inaccessible restrooms, small print, etc. Click here for the full article.

Nanette Bowles How do Blind People Dream?

We all dream, whether we remember them or not, but the way a person who is blind dreams may be different, depending on if they’ve ever had sight, when they lost it and to what degree they lost it. Many seem most curious about how a person who had never had any vision dreams. So…relax, take a deep breath and……imagine for a moment you are at the beach. Think about the sound of the waves, seagulls, etc. Imagine the sand between your toes or the cold water splashing on your feet…maybe slimy seaweed getting caught around your ankles! Can you imagine the wind on your face…or the sun beating down on your cheeks? Can you smell and almost taste the salty air? Click here for the full article.
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