Posts by Colleen Berlingieri

I am a Mom, Disability Advocate and Entrepreneur. I earned my degree in Recreation Therapy at Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology in Ontario Canada. I am the President of Big Harvest Distributing LLC. which owns the FATWHEELS brand as well as several holdings in both the USA & Canada. I am dedicated to empowering individuals with, (& without), disabilities - it is the driving force behind my company & all that I do.

We All Need A Little Respite

“R-E-S-P-E-C-T find out what is means to me!…” 

As my plane slowly descended onto the runway at Detroit Airport, I found myself humming this Motown classic.  I was returning from a rare long weekend in Nashville with my husband and NO KIDS!

As I looked out the window of the plane, the song’s chorus kept repeating in my head. I closed my eyes—took a deep breath—and pictured myself on stage rocking a sequins dress and belting out the tunes.  And just like that, I was the Queen of Soul, but my version went something like this:

R-E-S-P-I-T-E

Find out what it means to me

R-E-S-P-I-T-E

Take care, TCB

Oh (sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me)….

I smiled to myself and pushed up my seat tray – it was no small feat, but I had done it. I had gone away with my husband for three whole days!

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Yearbooks Get Me Every Time

Does anyone else cry when they look through yearbooks?

I was sitting in my living room this morning crying like a baby. My youngest son, Jacob, has given me his 6th grade yearbook to flip through.

Jake: Mom! Are you crying? You are so weird!

Me: Never mind – get me a Kleenex – some day you will understand! Continue reading →

The Great Adventure

Twenty-four years ago my oldest son Geordi , (Geo), was born with big blue eyes, dark curly hair and chubby little cheeks that made you want to smother them in kisses. He was also born “fussy” – not wanting to sleep for more than 20 minutes at a time and not feeding well. As time went on, he was also late to sit, crawl, walk and talk. By the age of two, he was diagnosed as, “developmentally delayed” – cause unknown. Continue reading →

Disability Life Hacks

My 23- year-old son Geo has a cognitive disability and still has trouble putting his shoes on the right feet.

I always joke that if he could pick the lottery numbers with the same knack that he has for consistently putting his shoes on the wrong feet I would have been a millionaire a long time ago…..
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Which Adaptive Cycling Product Is Right For Your Child?

How Am I Going To Help My Child Ride A Bike?

There’s no doubt about it – some children with disabilities need an adaptive bike.  These kids have significant medical challenges and cannot hold their trunk upright or pedal due to their disability.  Continue reading →