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  • Abuse, Harassment & Violence Towards Disability - Prejudice or Vulnerability?

    Disabled World
    28 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    I have been concerned for quite some time about an academic shift within the UK, a shift from considering 'bias and prejudice' as a motivator of abuse, harassment and violence perpetrated towards the disabled, to the concept of 'vulnerability' as its primary motivator. At present, the concept of 'bias and prejudice' motivated by the identity characteristic of disability is arguably being side-lined and replaced with the concept of 'vulnerability'. However, it's a shift that perhaps also falls into line with the way the British legal system generally perceives abuse, harassment and violence…
  • New foam technology to lead advances in medical devices and protective equipment

    Disability News -- ScienceDaily
    26 May 2015 | 11:48 am
    A unique, high performance foam has been developed that can be used to make safer athletic gear and medical equipment, among other things. The developers anticipate an immediate benefit to the medical device and protective equipment industries while the collaborative project for the development of the new prosthetic sock is underway.
  • Dreams Do Come True with the Red Carpet and Tassels, After Doing the Yucky Parts

    Do It Myself Blog - Glenda Watson Hyatt
    Glenda
    12 May 2015 | 8:04 pm
    “Do whatever it takes to make your dream come true!“ On New Year’s Day, 1988, I left home for Simon Fraser University. On a beautiful day in June, 1995, I received my Bachelor of Arts. Finally. The seven years in between those two memorable end points were challenging and, oftentimes, lonely. It meant most evenings and weekends alone, studying and writing papers that only one person – the Teaching Assistant – would ever read. What was the point of all that work and consternation? I often – at least  once per semester – felt like giving up and walking away. I have…
  • An Afternoon at the Movies: It continues

    Rolling Around In My Head
    27 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Part 2:The movie started. Once the woman next to me was finished with being helped to eat. The support worker with her jumped up and went over and sat with the staff at the other end of the row. Left alone, the woman soon began very low sounds. These sounds over a 5 or 10 minute period became louder and louder. Eventually they were loud enough for her staff to come back to her and sit with her for a few minutes. She quietened down immediately. After three or four minutes of quiet, the staff ran back to her seat beside her co-worker and then, shortly, the low sounds began again. This went on…
  • At the Water's Edge

    Half Soled Boots
    4 May 2015 | 6:44 pm
    Today I finished "At the Water's Edge". Sara Gruen, the author, also wrote "Water for Elephants", which I read not too long ago.In this novel, set in early 1945, the main character is an American woman visiting Scotland with her husband and his best friend. Back in Philadelphia, they are socialites with more money than direction or purpose, and their trip to Scotland in the middle of World War II is more of a frolic than anything else.They are after a sighting -- and hopefully photographic proof -- of the Loch Ness monster. This fact, coupled with their truly awe-inspiring rudeness toward…
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    Disabled World

  • Abuse, Harassment & Violence Towards Disability - Prejudice or Vulnerability?

    28 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    I have been concerned for quite some time about an academic shift within the UK, a shift from considering 'bias and prejudice' as a motivator of abuse, harassment and violence perpetrated towards the disabled, to the concept of 'vulnerability' as its primary motivator. At present, the concept of 'bias and prejudice' motivated by the identity characteristic of disability is arguably being side-lined and replaced with the concept of 'vulnerability'. However, it's a shift that perhaps also falls into line with the way the British legal system generally perceives abuse, harassment and violence…
  • Nebraska Replaces Death Penalty with Smart Alternatives

    27 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Today, a supermajority of Nebraska legislators voted to override Governor Pete Rickett’s veto of LB 268, a bill that replaces the death penalty with a life sentence that has no possibility of parole.
  • Medicago Biotech to Build New Production Facility in Quebec City

    26 May 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Medicago, a major Canadian biotech company and an international leader in the development and production of plant-based vaccines and therapeutics, is proud to announce that Quebec City will be home to its new production complex. The $245 million project will create 200 new high-skilled jobs by 2019, adding to the team of 180 employees already working at Medicago's Quebec City office and laboratories. The project is expected to generate more than $461 million in direct and indirect economic benefits over the next five years.
  • New Google Chrome Accessibility Extensions

    26 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    Google recently released two new extensions for its Chrome browser, both aimed at helping persons with disabilities better interact with the Web.
  • How to Recognize Symptoms of Eye Parasites

    25 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    Have you ever experienced red, irritated, itchy and gritty feeling eyes that simply do not seem to go away? Recently, researchers have been finding a high rate of, 'Blepharitis,' or inflammation of the eyelids, is caused by Demodex Parasite infestation. Demodex parasites are small mites found at the roots of a person's eyelashes and might cause an entire spectrum of eye conditions - from irritation and dandruff-like material on the eyelashes to more serious eye inflammation and scarring, or even turning in of the person's eyelashes which constantly irritate and rub the eye.
 
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  • New foam technology to lead advances in medical devices and protective equipment

    26 May 2015 | 11:48 am
    A unique, high performance foam has been developed that can be used to make safer athletic gear and medical equipment, among other things. The developers anticipate an immediate benefit to the medical device and protective equipment industries while the collaborative project for the development of the new prosthetic sock is underway.
  • New findings about mechanisms underlying chronic pain reveal novel therapeutic strategies

    26 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    A critical role for a class of cells present in the brain and spinal cord, called microglia, has been discovered for those in pain. Researchers have found microglia to neuron signaling to be crucial in the development of pain hypersensitivity after injury, but also for one of the paradoxical effects morphine and other opioids sometimes produce, called hyperalgesia, which is an increase in pain sensitivity.
  • Anti-stroke drug effective treatment for middle-ear infections, researchers say

    21 May 2015 | 10:35 am
    An existing anti-stroke drug is an effective treatment for middle-ear infections, showing the ability to suppress mucus overproduction, improve bacterial clearance and reduce hearing loss, according to researchers.
  • Experts map surgical approaches for auditory brainstem implantation

    21 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    A technique called auditory brainstem implantation can restore hearing for patients who can't benefit from cochlear implants. A team of experts has mapped out the surgical anatomy and approaches for auditory brainstem implantation.
  • Blood to feeling: Scientists turn adult human blood cells into neurons

    21 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    Stem cell scientists can now directly convert adult human blood cells to both central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) neurons as well as neurons in the peripheral nervous system (rest of the body) that are responsible for pain, temperature and itch perception. This means that how a person's nervous system cells react and respond to stimuli, can be determined from his blood.
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  • Dreams Do Come True with the Red Carpet and Tassels, After Doing the Yucky Parts

    Glenda
    12 May 2015 | 8:04 pm
    “Do whatever it takes to make your dream come true!“ On New Year’s Day, 1988, I left home for Simon Fraser University. On a beautiful day in June, 1995, I received my Bachelor of Arts. Finally. The seven years in between those two memorable end points were challenging and, oftentimes, lonely. It meant most evenings and weekends alone, studying and writing papers that only one person – the Teaching Assistant – would ever read. What was the point of all that work and consternation? I often – at least  once per semester – felt like giving up and walking away. I have…
  • Go Beyond: Stare Your Fear in the Face and Boldly Go for It!

    Glenda
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    In September, I had the pleasure of attending InBound 2014 in Boston to deliver a 12-minute Bold Talk, which is very similar in format to a TED Talk. With great anticipation, I am excited to now share the video of my Bold Talk "Go Beyond: Stare Your Fear in the Face and Boldly Go for It!" (Transcript is available here.) And my accompanying PowerPoint slides: If you enjoyed my Bold Talk, please visit my speaker site for more info on having me speak at your next  event. And, remember: Magic happens when you step beyond your comfort zone. Be bold! If you enjoyed this post,…
  • Go Beyond Your Fear and Discover the Magic

    Glenda
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:53 pm
    Every so often, if you are fortunate, someone will challenge you to go beyond your comfort zone and to try something new. My friend Charlie Gilkey was recently that someone for me. He invited me to be a guest on his not-yet-launched podcast Creative Giants Show. Charlie describes Creative Giants as “naturally compassionate, creative people who have the vision to see how the world might be, the courage to take action, and the capability to actually change the world.” I was honoured and humbled to be included with the likes of Pam Slim, Seth Godin, Mark Silver and Jonathan Fields. All…
  • My Most Cherished 2014 Christmas Gift: A Basketful of Rocks and a Writing Challenge

    Glenda
    1 Jan 2015 | 7:49 pm
    Happy New Year! May your 2015 be filled with well-being, health and happiness. I’d like to take a moment to share a Christmas gift that I received from Mom; a gift that I already know I will cherish throughout the years to come. The gift: a basket filled with rocks. Yes, rocks! Each was individually wrapped in a paper towel, love and memories. In addition to each rock being uniquely shaped and beautifully polished, each one is embossed in gold lettering. One word per rock. Believe. Celebrate. Joy. Goals. Success. Dream. Hope. Remember. Inspire. Spirit. When I asked Mom why she chose the…
  • Letter to Santa 2014

    Glenda
    23 Dec 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Dear Santa, When I look around, my heart breaks because so many people – near and far – are hurting and in pain. Not only physical pain and un-wellness, but also emotionally, relationally, and even spiritually. Some folks don’t realize they are hurting. Santa, my one wish for Christmas this year is health, strength and happiness for those who are hurting. Let 2015 be filled with well-being, health and happiness. Thank you. Wishing you and the reindeer a safe trip. Merry Christmas! With love from,  Glenda If you enjoyed this post, consider buying me a cafe mocha. Thanks kindly.
 
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  • An Afternoon at the Movies: It continues

    27 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Part 2:The movie started. Once the woman next to me was finished with being helped to eat. The support worker with her jumped up and went over and sat with the staff at the other end of the row. Left alone, the woman soon began very low sounds. These sounds over a 5 or 10 minute period became louder and louder. Eventually they were loud enough for her staff to come back to her and sit with her for a few minutes. She quietened down immediately. After three or four minutes of quiet, the staff ran back to her seat beside her co-worker and then, shortly, the low sounds began again. This went on…
  • An Afternoon at the Movies: The First of Many Parts

    27 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    Photo Description: a big red star, outline in gold with the words The MOVIES written across. Yesterday we had a day off, with nothing we had to do, So, of course, we went to a matinee. We love catching the first movie of the day, There are fewer people there and it leaves a fair bit of the afternoon to do other things. We got to the theater, got our tickets and headed on in to the auditorium.They had two spaces where people with disabilities could sit next to someone and two spaces where there were spaces for people in wheelchairs but no seats for anyone without their own chair. There…
  • Stop. Just. Stop.

    26 May 2015 | 8:27 am
    Lydia Brown holding a sign protesting the use of contingent electric shock.I've written, in the past, about the use of contingent electric shock. I written about the smell of burned flesh. I cannot imagine that this kind of treatment is seen as treatment and not as what it is, a blatant exercise of power permitted only because of the perceived subhuman nature of those who's lives, movements and choices are dictated by pain. I remember when the instruments of torture were called what they were 'cattle prods.'Under the name of treatment people are hurt, humiliated and had their humanity…
  • Sunny, Sunny, Day

    25 May 2015 | 12:33 am
    Photo description: A sunflower in a meadow looks to wards the sun.I am sitting in the sun, reading a book. I am parked, in my wheelchair, at the edge of the sidewalk, to catch the rays. Joe is seated beside me. Behind us is a laundromat where Joe has got clothes washing. My wheelchair is locked. I am firmly in place. My hands hold the book I am reading. Joe, beside me, sitting on a florescent orange chair borrowed from the laundromat, is checking emails on the phone. It's Sunday. The pace is slow.I feel him coming, I don't know where this sense comes from, I didn't have it when I was…
  • Inclusion in Words

    24 May 2015 | 7:18 am
    Photo Description: A word blog with the middle words "Be a fan of RESPECT" are surrounded by the words INCLUSION, ACCEPTANCE, UNITY and FRIENDSHIP.Sometimes small acts of thoughtfulness and inclusion really matter. I worry writing this because, like some other blogs about things that I find hurtful or bothersome, I fear being judged petty. For me it's 116 times more distressing to have people think that something that mattered to me or made me feel all warm inside is, somehow wrong or ridiculous. But, that being said, as I'm writing this you already know I'm going to tell you.We are in…
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    Half Soled Boots

  • At the Water's Edge

    4 May 2015 | 6:44 pm
    Today I finished "At the Water's Edge". Sara Gruen, the author, also wrote "Water for Elephants", which I read not too long ago.In this novel, set in early 1945, the main character is an American woman visiting Scotland with her husband and his best friend. Back in Philadelphia, they are socialites with more money than direction or purpose, and their trip to Scotland in the middle of World War II is more of a frolic than anything else.They are after a sighting -- and hopefully photographic proof -- of the Loch Ness monster. This fact, coupled with their truly awe-inspiring rudeness toward…
  • I'd Like to Think

    20 Mar 2015 | 11:13 am
    This has been a tough winter. I (and the whole family) have been slogging through the mire, metaphorically. After months of this, I find it's a bit hard to carry on.My niece, 14, was diagnosed two weeks ago with Crohn's Disease after an emergency admission to Children's Hospital. Her life just changed, and not in a "You won the lottery!" way. She had just been accepted to the International Baccalaureate Program, but maintaining honours will be difficult -- may well be impossible -- with active Crohn's and the school hours she will inevitably miss. And then there's the malnourishment...and the…
  • A Cup of Kindness

    31 Dec 2014 | 1:45 pm
    In September 2010 my best friend Sandy died. It was a hard year, watching cancer progress and my friend suffer, and her family suffer.Christmas didn't feel much like Christmas that year. At least -- it didn't feel like I was used to it feeling. The magic seemed to have lost its power. I worried about it but told myself, 'Never mind, it will be back. Next year it'll be just the way it was before.' New Year's, the last night of 2010, was unnerving. I wasn't prepared for the grief I felt. In my heart I stood before the doorway draped with holly, mistletoe, rosemary and snowdrop, and realized it…
  • Dress Shop of Dreams

    30 Dec 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Christmas is here, with all its spice and sleepiness. For the first time in months, I spent a few hours today reading a book: Dress Shop of Dreams, by Meena van Praag. It was a great way to pass the afternoon. It's a lovely thing like a slice of what they call 'plain cake'; simple yet sumptuous.Dress Shop of Dreams is a sweet story about a few people who are turning in the wrong directions and need to be put right. The book has romance, clever plot turns, a little suspense, a good dose of emotion, and just a whiff of sorcery.The dress shop really is magical, and that element of fancy, of…
  • Paging Linus van Pelt

    10 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    I came online this morning and took a look at the blog, and thought: I've not posted for two months? I guess that sounds about right - on the one hand, I hardly noticed the time go by; on the other, sometimes every day is like a month.Christmas approaches fast, and with it the end of a difficult year. I'm trying to use a single word to describe 2014, but everything I come up with, sounds so dramatic. I think, "Maybe "gruelling"?" But then I wonder whether "gruelling" is yet to come, and I ain't seen nothin' yet.Not a very optimistic approach to the new year's possibilities.My children come to…
 
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  • Why My Activism Is Inextricable From My Religion

    25 May 2015 | 2:22 pm
    One of the (many) things that I love about the Orthodox Church is that it doesn't require me to be a pacifist. We have saints who protected the innocent and vulnerable even when it meant the loss of lives of those who were attacking. Many of them even lost their own lives while protecting others or speaking out against the injustices perpetrated on others.For me--I'm not saying this is what it should be for anyone else--this religion demands that I speak out when I see exploitation. Hey, if a person isn't doing anything to others, I have no business commenting on their life or spirituality!
  • The Problems with Adoption

    3 Apr 2015 | 2:59 pm
    I am a person who looked into adoption after I found out that I wouldn't be able to have another child. I desperately desired to raise another child, to have a sibling for my child, to give all of the economic advantages that my partner and I had to offer. First we looked into adoption overseas. We found out that this is an industry where children, the vast majority of whom are people of color, are often needlessly taken out of their communities and extended families and sold to affluent people around the world (mostly in white-dominated Western nations that are responsible for the social…
  • Gender Stories

    3 Apr 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Today, someone in my social circle shared this article: I Was a Transgender WomanHere's a different "story". It's just as real. It's the story of my family.My kid always loved being naked as a kid. That kid would take off hir diaper or anything else the second I wasn't looking. When ze did have to wear clothes, ze would wear any combination of clothes without any concern for their intended use or targeted consumer. Because I loved my child, ze was allowed to wear what made hir happy except for when we went to religious services 3 times a week. This unwillingness to make clothes something…
  • Suicide and Survival as a Black Indigenous Person in a Settler Colonialist System

    2 Apr 2015 | 11:35 am
    Racism at Core of Teen Suicides in Pine RidgeThe first time I was committed to a "mental hospital" I was fourteen. I'd already tried to commit suicide several times. I felt such despair that while I was in the hospital, I carved the word HATE into my thigh. It wasn't even a really conscious thing. I felt so numb from the horrors in my life that maybe my mind was looking for some way to finally be taken seriously, finally find some way of expressing what I felt about myself.The second time I was committed, I was twenty-one years old. My white doctor had ignored my medical history and…
  • In the Drug Wars, People With Disabilities Are Often Collateral Damage

    31 Mar 2015 | 7:37 pm
    "Oh, you want heavy narcotics strong enough to kill an elephant? Okay! But first let's make sure you aren't using anything harmful like marijuana."This is what I go through every eight weeks and that's when things are going well. When my body is in the middle of a lupus flare-up or some infection or another creeps in as a result of being immuno-compromised, I have to go every four weeks. I've been living this routine for the past five years, ever since I asked my oncologists to help me find a way to start taking less medicine. It's a bit of a pain (no pun intended) to be tied to this…
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  • Answers for Society’s Most Uncomfortable Questions

    dnw
    21 May 2015 | 2:40 pm
    5 Helpful Answers To Society’s Most Uncomfortable Questions | Cracked.com. [parts saved here for posterity] You’re not a person. This is going to sound like some real Rust Cohle shit, but bear with me because deep down you already know all of this. For instance, you already know that you are, to a certain degree, a product of your genes — they go a long way toward determining if you would be physically imposing or weak, smart or stupid, calm or anxious, energetic or lazy, and fat or thin. What your genes left undecided, your upbringing mostly took care of — how you…
  • WCAG Cheatsheet

    dnw
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:20 pm
    WCAG Cheatsheet.
  • A convoluted plethora of barely connected cloud silos

    dnw
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:55 am
    Recently on Facebook JP was lamenting the confused state of managing our data in the cloud when multiple identities and platforms are involved. JP Rangaswami New Windsor, United Kingdom · iCloud is terrible. Going back to Microsoft is unthinkable. Having lived through trying to use personal and corporate gmail accounts in parallel, Google is ruled out as well. Actually contemplating living a life without Apple or Google now, not just Microsoft. All three now excel at making simple things hard.   And it’s true. Trying to make sense out of the various cloud services is…
  • Listener’s Poker

    dnw
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Over on his blog, my mate Kent has started a game of listeners poker. He explains it like this: [It’s like]  Liar’s Poker, but with sound.  Somebody pick something good, and others try to top it.  We’re talking playing, and musicianship.  Not just some studio-created and network-marketed nonsense.  Music.  Reeeeeel music. Well, I’m game. And seeing as he started with an instrumental I’ll continue that theme, and raise him a Bruce Cockburn… Got some music you think is good? Prove it!
  • Firechat Enables the Crowd to Become the Internet –Bypassing Central Powers | Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Digital Business

    dnw
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Keep an eye on this. Mesh networking should be more of a player as proliferation of mobile devices increases. Especially in high density populations. Firechat Enables the Crowd to Become the Internet –Bypassing Central Powers | Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Digital Business.
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  • BADD 2015: Wikipedia Against Disablism, Part 2

    Penny L. Richards
    1 May 2015 | 11:29 am
    Ahem.  Hello? Hello? Okay, I'm here for BADD 2015, because how could I break our ten-year streak of participation? I couldn't.  I'm not so much of a blogger these days, but I'm willing to add my bit to the big event.  For our past nine appearances in the series: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006. (For the record, the 2007 and 2008 entries are two of my favorite blog posts
  • Disability at AAG [Assn. of American Geographers] April 21 - 25, 2015

    Mike Dorn
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:38 am
    This is the AAG Disability Specialty Group featured session, right before the business meeting at the AAG Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois (April 21-25, 2015). Mike 1177 Questioning geography’s ‘healthy subject’ I: Geography and Mental Health(Sponsored by Disability Specialty Group, Cultural Geography Specialty Group, Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group ) Friday, April 24, 10:
  • Enrico Toti (1882-1916)

    Penny L. Richards
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    Statue of Enrico Toti in Rome; much-larger-than-life muscular male nude, holding a crutch, with his left leg ending mid-thigh.  In a park setting, with blue skies.  Base is inscribed with his name and other text in Italian. With all the WWI centenary coverage, we were moved to come across this statue at the Villa Borghese gardens, on a recent family vacation in Rome.  Enrico Toti (1882-1916)
  • BADD 2014: Wikipedia Against Disablism

    Penny L. Richards
    30 Apr 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Manke Nelis (1919-1983), a Dutch singer and musician whose right leg was amputated after a motorcycle accident in the 1950s; in this image, he is an older man on a sports field, singing into a microphone, with his arms raised.  His sweatshirt reads "Nelis Goes to Hollywood." Image from Wikimedia Commons (of course). (Blowing dust from the mike) Tap tap tap.... hello? testing... hello?
  • Nelson Mandela on "the long walk to equality"

    Penny L. Richards
    5 Dec 2013 | 3:32 pm
    "We cannot claim to have reached anywhere near to where a society should be in terms of practical equality of the disabled. We continue to try. We realise that legislation and regulations are not sufficient or the end of the long walk to equality and non-discrimination. Education, raising of awareness, conscientisation, eradication of stigmatisation: these are key elements in achieving
 
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  • Cybertalker, an Early Text-to-Speech Device

    Marissa Stalvey
    28 May 2015 | 11:20 am
     Many cell phones, tablets, and computers today come pre-equipped to provide text-to-speech for blind users, but that hasn’t always been the case. If you owned a Speak & Spell as a kid—introduced originally by Texas Instruments in 1978—you owned one of the first electronic speech synthesizers on the commercial market.  Our object this week is another early speech synthesizer, the Cybertalker 2, developed to make early networked computers accessible for blind users. At the University of Michigan in the late 1960s, programmers developed a system that allowed multiple users…
  • APH Quick Tip: Physical Education (PE) Resources for People who are Blind and Visually Impaired

    Marissa Stalvey
    27 May 2015 | 10:54 am
    Check out our Physical Education (PE) webpage to discover everything you need to know about physical education for individuals with blindness or visual impairments. It's all right at your fingertips, and you can learn about this resourceful page by watching this week's Quick Tip!
  • The Hoff Aid, a left-to-right slate and stylus

    Marissa Stalvey
    21 May 2015 | 11:27 am
     When we give tours in the Museum here at the Printing House, sighted people just can’t get their mind around the way you write with a traditional slate and stylus.  Of course, because the downward writing stylus raises dots on the bottom of the paper, the braille characters must be written in reverse.  Piece of cake for a six year old, whose brain is a ready and plastic sponge, but possibly more difficult for an older person learning braille for the first time.   The challenge of designing a slate that would write braille left-to-right has intrigued many an…
  • NEW PRODUCT: Chameleon, a Print, Braille, and Tactile Book from APH

    Marissa Stalvey
    19 May 2015 | 1:23 pm
    6-77951-00 -- $189.00 Chameleon is a print, braille, and tactile book featuring a friendly chameleon! Readers are introduced to concepts such as soft/hard, smooth/rough, big/little, on/under, heavy/light, short/long, and alone/together. The colorful chameleon shapes can be felt and seen. From a smooth black chameleon, to a fuzzy green chameleon, to the big purple chameleon, contrasts are presented. Some illustrations involve the child in manipulation. A shy chameleon hides “under” a textured leaf. To illustrate heavy and light, each chameleon can be lifted from the page. Chameleon is…
  • TellaTouch: a Very Early Refreshable Braille Display

    Marissa Stalvey
    14 May 2015 | 12:43 pm
     Our object this week is a very early and very simple example of what now is called a refreshable braille display. Unlike modern displays, which take digital files and convert them to braille, the Tellatouch facilitated communication between a typist and a deaf-blind reader, one character at a time.  Jackson Kleber was an electrical engineer who had worked for both RCA and Bell Telephone. Laid off as a result of the Depression, he came to work for the American Foundation for the Blind in 1932 to help continue research efforts on the development of the "Talking Book."  AFB…
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  • Maker uses 3D printing to create eye-tracking wheelchair

    dnw
    17 May 2015 | 2:15 am
      UK-based maker Patrick Joyce, who has degenerative condition motor neuron disease (also known as MND or ALS), has created an eye-tracking wheelchair controller that allows a user who has lost all motor functions except for eye movement to be able to control their wheelchair and an onboard computer. With Joyce, fellow Maker David Hopkinson, helped with some more involved physical tasks for the project. Read full article via 3ders.org – ALS-diagnosed Maker uses 3D printing to create eye-tracking wheelchair | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News. Related posts: Robot-building…
  • Reader writes: Lead needed for Second Hand adaptive bike

    dnw
    11 May 2015 | 8:34 pm
    A recent email I received from Shellie: I have been researching adaptive bikes for my 7 year old grandson. Many are so expensive and out of our price range. Do you ever find people interested in selling a used bike? So, if anyone knows anyone or any resources Shellie can tap into to find a used adaptive bike, please leave a comment below or send me an email and I’ll put you in touch. [Bikes on Lifekludger] Related posts: Reader Writes – carbon fiber mouth stick fabrication needed Motor bike with hand controls Reader Writes: Another alternative for a touch mouthstick
  • Robot-building twins enable themselves through 3D printing technology

    dnw
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:44 am
      The ABC runs a article on two brothers with advanced muscular dystrophy in Melbourne who are using 3D printing tools to build things they need. The brilliant thing about 3D printing is that you don’t need your own. You can design your own things and send the file to others who have a 3D printer and return a physical object. It’s these kind of linkages of those who make things for fun and need things for life that Lifekludger has as its vision and the Internet and technology enables. Muscular dystrophy robot-building twins enable themselves through 3D printing technology…
  • Open source, 3D Printed, thought controlled prosthetic hand

    dnw
    9 Feb 2015 | 11:28 am
    3D Printed, thought controlled prosthetic hand for less than $1000. – Opensourced     via Meet Easton LaChappelle, The Teen Building A Cheaper, Better Prosthetic Arm. Related posts: 3D-printed, individually designed prosthetic legs Lego Prosthetic Leg – [video] Open-Source Hardware for Prosthetics
  • Special Stylus solutions by shapedad on Etsy

    dnw
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:40 am
    Shapedad is an outlet on Etsy that provides custom solutions for stylus’ for touch screens in many formats. Shapedad says: “It all started when the wife of a quad (quadriplegic) patient ordered a regular Stylus Socks stylus from our Etsy shop.” Some examples below:                     Special needs solutions by shapedad on Etsy Related posts: One problem with Stylus for Capacitive Touch Screens Hitachi stylus compatible, capacitive touch panel Dagi Transparent Stylus for Capacitive Touch Screens
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  • Social Security Disability still under attack

    Disability Blogger
    27 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    This is what I suspected would eventually happen. Some members of Congress want to make it even tougher to win disability benefits. One obvious way to do that is to change the medical/vocational rules, or the grid, that direct decisions of "disabled" or "not disabled". This proposal, therefore, by Orrin Hatch, republican Senator of Utah, is not really surprising. If this proposal, of the
  • The attack on Social Security Disability and, yes, Social Security as well.

    Disability Blogger
    11 Feb 2015 | 1:31 pm
    I will continue to post articles on this situation as it develops over time. Gradually, a few more people are becoming aware of what the newly elected Congress is trying to do. However, I would say that many still don't realize what is happening. So let me recap: People who receive SSD, Social Security Disability benefits, do so because they have worked X amount of years and have paid into the
  • Republicans attack SSD on basis of out of control claim growth...but claims are going down.

    Disability Blogger
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:42 am
    Certain members of Congress are setting the stage to attack the Social Security Disability program, based partly on the premise that claims are continuing to rise. However, this graphic provided by attorney Charles Hall shows that really isn't the case. The number of claims filed has been decreasing since 2011. Why is this happening? It's impossible to know. However, its a well-known fact that
  • 21 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am

    Disability Blogger
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am
    There are days when everyone thinks they have it rough. And perhaps they really do. But, then, you read a story like this and you feel thankful what you do have. From the article: "Martin Pistorius spent more than a decade unable to move or communicate, fearing he would be alone, trapped, forever." Trapped In His Body For 12 Years, A Man Breaks Free Return to My Disability
  • Better ways of tracking glucose levels for type II diabetics

    Disability Blogger
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    If you have type II diabetes, this tattoo seen in the article linked below--and the technology that it signals might possibly be around the corner--is a potential game changer. Perhaps in the near future, type II diabetics will have no further need of test strips, lancets, and tiny pinprick holes in their fingers. Diabetes Monitoring Tattoo Developed to Provide Relief from Needle Pricks
 
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    Rolling Rains Report

  • The Give Scott a Lift Campaign by Sherri Backstrom

    Scott Rains
    20 May 2015 | 12:42 pm
    This project is designed to help author Scott Rains.  https://www.facebook.com/dr.scott.rains
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    Scott Rains
    20 May 2015 | 12:42 pm
  • RollingRains.com: Give Scott a Lift

    Scott Rains
    19 May 2015 | 12:02 pm
    This past December Rolling Rains blog author Scott Rains had some health issues. His colleagues started a campaign to support his new lifestyle at Go Fund Me.There is less than $3,500 to get to our goal and Give Scott a Lift. Thanks to the generosity of each of our donors, Scott and Patricia have been able to put down a deposit for the track system. Please join me in making one final push to invite others to participate in this campaign of caring and gratitude to Scott. If everyone who already donated persuades JUST ONE OR TWO more people to give, we will achieve our goal in no…
  • Thoughts on Evaluating Countries for Mobility-Impaired American Travelers

    Scott Rains
    14 May 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Thoughts on Evaluating Countries for Mobility-Impaired American TravelersScott Rains, srains@oco.net When Americans with disabilities ask about a place "Is it accessible?" they actually mean "Is it independently accessible?" ("Can I get in, out and around there by myself  using whatever means of mobility is normal for me?") They most likely also mean, "Are all the products, programs and social interaction which take place there open to my participation." (Is it socially inclusive?) When Americans with disabilities travel they do so with an assumed…
  • Update After an Absence

    Scott Rains
    6 May 2015 | 12:33 pm
    On New Year's Day 2015 the character of the Rolling Rains site changed due to a diagnosis of two new tumors for Scott Rains.With these brain tumors I will continue to post but less frequently and with a more biographical or less travelogue tone.
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    DISABILITY NEWS - Google News

  • Disability group aims to make Pere Marquette Park Beach more accessible for all - MLive.com

    Google Inc.
    28 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    MLive.comDisability group aims to make Pere Marquette Park Beach more accessible for allMLive.comMUSKEGON, MI – To Tamera Collier, executive director at Disability Network West Michigan, too many Muskegon residents are trekking to Ludington to enjoy an outdoor treasure that should be fully accessible to all: Lake Michigan. At Stearns Park Beach in ...and more »
  • BBC posts advert to find new forecaster with a disability - Daily Mail

    Google Inc.
    28 May 2015 | 1:50 am
    Daily MailBBC posts advert to find new forecaster with a disabilityDaily Mail'Surely it's much more important for the weather to be presented by an expert, rather than someone with a disability? 'Everyone supports disabled people getting great jobs but it makes sense that they still have the right experience and qualifications Wanted by the BBC: a new weather presenter who 'must be disabled'Telegraph.co.ukBBC slammed for job ad seeking 'disabled weather presenter'New Zealand HeraldBBC 'advertises' for new disabled weather forecasterMirror.co.ukAOL Money…
  • ABC's 20/20 Exposes Rampant Disability Fraud - NewsBusters (blog)

    Google Inc.
    28 May 2015 | 12:41 pm
    NewsBusters (blog)ABC's 20/20 Exposes Rampant Disability FraudNewsBusters (blog)In a surprising segment, ABC's 20/20 highlighted several cases of freeloading by people looking to fraudulently claim disability. While the program did not get to the heart of the matter – just how easy it is to claim disability and the skyrocketing
  • Disability payments to 1200 Kentuckians under review; payments suspended for ... - Lexington Herald Leader

    Google Inc.
    28 May 2015 | 6:21 am
    Lexington Herald LeaderDisability payments to 1200 Kentuckians under review; payments suspended for Lexington Herald LeaderOne is Social Security Disability Insurance, which covers people who have worked and paid into the system before becoming disabled. The other is Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, which is for people who are disabled — including children — and Class action lawsuit in the works after government suspends disability payment WKYTLawyer's clients' disability payments suspendedThe Courier-JournalDisability Benefits Frozen For Some Clients Of East Ky. LawyerLEX18…
  • Idaho Capitol's disability access spurs more remodeling - The Spokesman Review

    Google Inc.
    28 May 2015 | 3:04 pm
    The Spokesman ReviewIdaho Capitol's disability access spurs more remodelingThe Spokesman ReviewBOISE – After spending $120 million to renovate its state Capitol, Idaho will pay $400,000 more to make the building more accessible to people with disabilities. State officials wrongly assumed the historic structure was exempt from compliance with the ...and more »
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    お金を借りる即日wiki【スピードキャッシング審査ガイド】

  • アイフルは無人契約電話BOXてまいらずで即日ローンカードを発行できる?

    0aylAGFISP
    27 May 2015 | 11:48 pm
    「無人契約電話BOXてまいらず」のアイフルならローンカード即日発行可能? 消費者金融でお金を借りる時にはできれば誰にも会わずに契約をしたいものです。 さらに即日ローンカードを受け取れたら嬉しいですね。…
  • 無利息キャッシングのプロミスは審査、在籍確認で会社や家族にバレませんか?

    0aylAGFISP
    26 May 2015 | 7:22 pm
    キャッシングを利用したい時の一番の心配は、お金を借りることが会社や家族などにバレないかどうかということではないでしょうか。家族によけいな心配をかけたくないという方は多いでしょうし、やはり誰にもバレずにキャッシングを利用したいものです。 大手消費者金融の中では最低水準の低金利と無利息キャッシングで人気の三井住友銀行グループのプロミスの審査の際には、通常在籍確認のために会社への電話連絡が行われます。…
  • 主婦が内緒でお金を借りるならレディースキャッシングのプロミスがお勧めです!

    0aylAGFISP
    14 May 2015 | 4:33 pm
    毎月の家計管理で、急な出費が続いてしまいお金が足りないという時がありますよね。 そんな時便利なのがキャッシングです。   しかし、女性のキャッシングと言うとどうしても不安に感じてしまいがちになります。 「主人にバレないだろうか?」「パート主婦の自分でも借りられるのだろうか?」と気になる点はいくつもあるものです。  …
  • 現金がないならクレジットカードのキャッシング、現金化より消費者金融がお勧め!

    0aylAGFISP
    13 May 2015 | 7:30 pm
    買い物中や給料日前になると「現金がない!」という事が度々ありますよね。 そんな時に便利なのがクレジットカードでのキャッシングです。   大手消費者金融のアコムの「ACマスターカード」は年会費無料・最短即日発行が魅力の一つです。   「マスターカード」という国際ブランドから作られている為、一般的なクレジットカード同様に外国でも使用が可能なため、旅行中などは是非とも持っておきたいカードとなります。  …
  • 口コミ評判、au限定割のじぶん銀行カードローンは誰にも内緒でお金を借りれる?

    0aylAGFISP
    13 May 2015 | 1:29 am
    内緒でお金を借りれる方法?au限定割のじぶん銀行カードローンの評判と口コミ カードローンを申し込む際、周囲には内緒にしておきたいですよね。 「auじぶん銀行カードローン」の場合、たとえば専業主婦の方ですと旦那さんの職場に在籍確認が無いので審査時は安心して利用する事ができます。 そのほか、最短で即日融資可能な事から利用者の方の間でも「審査の回答が早い」と驚きの声が上がっています。…
 
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    ATMac

  • Dear Apple Accessibility Team: Requests from Switch Users

    Ricky Buchanan
    28 May 2015 | 3:34 am
    This week, OneSwitch.org.uk posted a video which is both a thank you to Apple for their work in switch accessibility and a request for something more… Thanks to Barrie Ellis for giving me permission to repost this eloquent video: There should be a video here – if you can’t see it, try viewing the post on ATMac. A “fixed point mode” would make it easier for switch users to use switches to repeatedly activate the same point on the screen – the same effect as touching the same spot on the screen. As the video shows, there are many situations where a user might…
  • Weekend Roundup for 24 May 2015

    Ricky Buchanan
    25 May 2015 | 3:32 am
    Here are the best Apple assistive technology and accessibility links for the week of 24 May 2015. Everything from around the web that’s relevant to disabled, aged, and chronically ill Apple users. No pretty pictures this week, I ran out of energy – sorry! OS X New OS X audiogame! Audio Rally Racing is available – full version Monday Tech Tip: Clipboard Manager Copy’em Paste for OS X – I use this one myself – it’s handy! Digital reading focus card application for Mac OS X iOS How to Use Siri on iPhone and iPad Why accessibility should matter to iOS…
  • Atlas is learning to talk with Aacorn AAC

    Ricky Buchanan
    19 May 2015 | 8:39 pm
    This is a gorgeous video from the Aacorn Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app about a boy, Atlas, who has used their app on his iPad mini. Well worth watching… There should be a video here – if you can’t see it, try viewing the post on ATMac. Meet Atlas, a beautiful three year old boy diagnosed with expressive receptive language disorder at a young age, but whose progress with learning language should reassure anyone of the value of early intervention. Mom Elizabeth always knew her son had a lot more to say, and in this short video she discusses their journey…
  • Weekend Roundup for 17 May 2015

    Ricky Buchanan
    17 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    Here are the best Apple assistive technology and accessibility links for the week of 17 May 2015. Everything from around the web that’s relevant to disabled, aged, and chronically ill Apple users. OS X The Blind Swordsman; a Self-Voicing Audio Game for Mac OS X Chrome add-on helps you see the web if you’re color-blind Been wanting to buy Dragon Dictate? Now is a great time to give your hands a break and get started with dictation. iOS AppleVis Unlimited: What’s New in Accessible Apps for April 2015 [Audio for VO users] How to unlock your Apple watch from the watch itself or…
  • iOS Switch Control for Vision Impaired Users

    Ricky Buchanan
    13 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    After getting a Tweet from someone who was trying out Switch Control with some blind users with CP, I decided to fire up the Speech function and try using it without sight. Here’s what happened… [Thanks to Christopher Hills for this awesome guest article! – Ricky] I have been using Switch Control on iOS since it came out in 2013. Being able to access a phone changed my life. I’ve demonstrated this with various videos on my YouTube channel and some presentations, but I have never talked about how the accessibility feature works for blind/low vision users. Because I don’t…
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    Disability Scoop

  • Study Casts Doubt On Rising Autism Rates

    Mark Roth, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS
    28 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    The largest study of its kind suggests that actual autism rates probably have not changed in recent years, even though diagnoses of the developmental disorder continue to climb.
  • Google Putting Up Millions For Disability Initiative

    Shaun Heasley
    27 May 2015 | 9:13 am
    Google is looking to address the needs of a billion people with disabilities worldwide and it's putting big bucks behind the effort.
  • Pets Reduce Stress In Kids With Autism, Study Finds

    Shaun Heasley
    26 May 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Animals may offer more than comfort for kids with autism, according to new research finding that pets can bring about physiological changes in those with the developmental disorder.
  • Torches To Travel Nation Ahead Of Special Olympics

    Michelle Diament
    26 May 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Three torches will make their way across the country in the coming weeks reaching every state on foot or by bicycle before converging at the Special Olympics World Games this summer.
  • Technology Breaks Silence For Nonverbal Students

    Yamil Berard, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS
    26 May 2015 | 12:12 pm
    For years, educators and parents have reported promising results with iPads among kids with special needs. Now, the technology is proving useful for older students with disabilities too.
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    HEALING THROUGH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

  • God Is Bored

    Cathy
    21 May 2015 | 1:22 pm
    “FLY GIRL”, 14x14x4″, shell,bone,gravel,dirt GOD IS BORED I think God is bored. Suppose we were to be the main event; The entertainment if you will? Sorrow and fighting And lock-down minds So sure and garish in false glitter Meant to impress. God is bored, I tell you. The food God likes to eat is us; Supple with eyes slightly wet From hearts so over-filled They have to spill over And drip down wrinkled cheeks To fall on the head Of a newborn at the breast Which is God’s breast. I have friends. They shine brightly And always carry a lamp When they visit me So I may keep…
  • Territory

    Cathy
    18 May 2015 | 11:18 am
    Dogs are so insistent on marking territory. Lift a leg and be done with it. Some men and women are like that too. When I was married I mistakenly moved into my husband’s beloved self-designed home. It was gorgeous with an expansive garden and borderlands of wildness. We had a ceremony with friends to ease what everyone knew was a challenging transition for my independent self; saying yes to a co-mingled life. After a few years I began to itch for a space I felt was my own in the house. It was clearly HIS house and I was hankering after a she-cave of sorts; just a tiny bit of real estate…
  • Bedlam

    Cathy
    16 May 2015 | 8:43 am
    ceramic, D-16×14″ _______________ So- this new bed is BAD. It smells of smoke from some other weary Medicaid-ed soul. The mattress has no structure and my butt carves a deep pocket in the tired foam which I fight to extricate myself from. I must stay in one position all night as I can’t claw my way out of the booty depression. (I am kvetching because it is too grey and rainy outside and I just can’t help myself..). This morning I love money. Money says one can Google adjustable beds and find the best looking one (clearly a priority), pick a bed wide enough to change…
  • Cathy needs a drink

    Cathy
    14 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Do you remember those ads for CRAFTMATIC adjustable beds on TV years ago? Back then it sounded pretty luxurious and I wanted one. Now I have one out of need and I’m not sure…. I mean- I have the need as my torso muscles are weak which makes it a challenge to lift myself from true horizontal. Two brawny guys brought my new bed yesterday and I wasn’t quite prepared; A twin semi-automatic bed (no- SMALLER) seems to say: 1. No more sex or men in bed with you EVER AGAIN. (not that I’ve been hankering in this direction but DON’t TELL ME WHAT I CAN’t HAVE says…
  • Mother’s Day

    Cathy
    9 May 2015 | 2:05 pm
    “TREE OF LIFE”, ceramic ___________________ I did not have children and it was pretty much the best choice I ever made. Was never drawn to the progeny experience. Having a man in one’s life you’d like to disappear boundaries with in the heat of love is an element which seems to help usher in baby souls waiting in line for the grand slide into existence. Lacking that element and the general impetus to give birth physically allowed me the space to do what I feel I was meant to do: use this time to re-acquaint myself with my original intelligence; the one that gets…
 
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    ROHO®

  • ROHO’s Smart Check™ Cushion Wins Award for Product Innovation

    Stephanie Tesreau
    15 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    Toronto, Ontario, May 18, 2015 – ROHO’s newest product, Smart Check™ has been named a gold winner in the Registrant Choice Harding Award for Product Innovation by the Canadian Seating & Mobility Conference. ROHO® is the manufacturer of the world renowned DRY FLOATATION® technology, which helps heal and prevent pressure ulcers. The new Smart Check system provides maximum […] The post ROHO’s Smart Check™ Cushion Wins Award for Product Innovation appeared first on ROHO®.
  • Permobil acquires ROHO

    Stephanie Tesreau
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    PRESS RELEASE, MARCH 25, 2015  Permobil acquires ROHO  Permobil today announced the acquisition of The ROHO Group, Inc., the global leader in skin protection and positioning solutions for wheelchair users, based in Belleville, IL. The acquisition marks the next important step in Permobil’s strategy to become a leading healthcare company, providing innovative advanced rehabilitation solutions […] The post Permobil acquires ROHO appeared first on ROHO®.
  • ROHO® Introduces Smart Check™

    Stephanie Tesreau
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:09 pm
    ROHO® Introduces Smart Check™ The world’s first personal electronic cushion security device delivers confidence, independence and peace of mind, at the push of a button ST. LOUIS, March 18, 2015 –ROHO, Inc. (ROHO, Inc.) a leader in air-cell-based wheelchair seating solutions since 1973, recently unveiled Smart Check™, the world’s first personal electronic cushion security device, […] The post ROHO® Introduces Smart Check™ appeared first on ROHO®.
  • ROHO Proud Supporter of 31st Annual ISS

    Stephanie Tesreau
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:58 pm
    ROHO® Shares Research, Collaborates with Passionate Professionals at 31st International Seating Symposium Annual event has become vital forum for dialogues, sharing progress on mutual goals of ROHO and clinicians ST. LOUIS, March 11, 2015 – ROHO, Inc. (ROHO), a leader in air-cell-based wheelchair seating solutions since 1973, conducted a substantial industry outreach to the more than 2,000 […] The post ROHO Proud Supporter of 31st Annual ISS appeared first on ROHO®.
  • Free Webinar: It’s Not All about Ischemia!

    Stephanie Tesreau
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Please join us for an upcoming free webinar with Mobility Management.  This webinar will look at the latest evidence that shows how deformation of the skin and soft tissue has earlier implications in pressure ulcer development versus just ischemia alone.  Discussion will revolve around differences between superficial pressure ulcer development versus suspected deep tissue injury. This […] The post Free Webinar: It’s Not All about Ischemia! appeared first on ROHO®.
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    Need Project Podcast

  • In the Accessible Church with Tait Berge and Ken Ross

    14 May 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Tait Berge is the author of “In the Accessible Church”. We talk with him and Bishop Ken Ross from the International Anglican Church about inclusion of everyone in the church.
  • 100th Episode!

    14 Apr 2015 | 8:42 pm
    A celebration of the past eight years of producing the Need Project Podcast. This podcast brings together clips from some of our favorite guests like Dr. James Dobson, Joni Ereckson-Tada and DR. Peter Armstrong to name a few.
  • Help keeping marriages intact with Lon Adams

    14 Mar 2015 | 8:55 pm
    Lon helps us to encourage married couples to have a thriving marriage despite the challenges of raising a special needs child, or a spouse that has a disability. Lon has been a counselor at Focus on the Family since 1985, and in the wheelchair since Feb.1991, due to Spinal Chord tumors, and surgeries to remove them.
  • Special Needs Parenting with Dr. Lorna Bradley

    14 Feb 2015 | 8:51 pm
    Our guest is Dr. Lorna Bradley. Dr. Bradley is the author of the new book “Special Needs Parenting” from coping to thriving.
  • Encouraging Churches with Mike Dobes

    14 Jan 2015 | 8:03 pm
    Mike is the Supervisor of Church Relations for Joni and Friends International Disability Center. We discuss how to encourage our churches to support families with special needs members, and how Joni and Friends can help.
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    Enabled Kids

  • 5 Foods that Help Fight Arthritis

    Natan
    27 May 2015 | 10:07 am
    Broccoli: Broccoli, and other cruciferous vegetables, may help reduce your risk for developing arthritis! A compoundfound in broccoli, sulforaphane, prevents inflammation and may also slow down the symptoms of osteoarthritis (particularly the destruction of cartilage in joints). For more health benefits of broccoli, read here.   Almonds: Not only are they healthy for your heart, […]
  • 3 Ways to Keep Your Kids Toxic Free This Summer

    Natan
    20 May 2015 | 11:16 am
    With summer just around the corner and school coming to a close, it’s the perfect time for outdoor play and other summer activities. However, it’s also the primetime for when kids are exposed to a lot more harmful chemicals: globs of sunscreen, bug repellant, swimming pools, etc. Here are a few tips to help limit […]
  • Zucchini ‘Sushi’ Rolls Recipe

    Natan
    19 May 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Instead of raw fish, these ‘sushi’ rolls are filled with yummy veggies! It’s an incredibly healthy snack and fun to make with the kids! Check out the full recipe at Sonnet’s blog here.   Ingredients: ½ cup cashews (or nut of your choice) 1 tablespoon rice vinegar (optional) 4 zucchini 2 carrots, finely sliced into […]
  • Tea Tip: 3 Reasons to Drink Hibiscus Tea

    Natan
    12 May 2015 | 2:28 pm
    The marks of the hibiscus plant are its beautiful flowers, but it also has been used widely for its medicinal properties. Hibiscus sabdariffa, or more commonly known as ‘roselle,’ can be used for medicinal purposes and should not be confused with Hibiscus acetosella, which is a different species of hibiscus that is not used in treating […]
  • Failure Will Never Overtake Me!

    Natan
    12 May 2015 | 9:49 am
 
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    Support for Special Needs

  • The Child Leads

    Julia Roberts
    28 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    My daughter had an organ transplant (a kidney) at age eight. In fact, the “gift of life” was literally a gift, as the transplant happened on her actual eighth birthday. It was an uneventful kidney failure, if you can say that, because she didn’t have complications, she wasn’t near death like our son, and she was doing fairly emotionally well, although she had some anxiety (obviously). Since her transplant, her life hasn’t been as easy. A  year after transplant – about 4 years ago – she got a skin condition called molluscum, which is in the wart…
  • The Faith of Monkeys

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    25 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    When you see monkeys travel through the jungle, the thing that is most striking is their speed. They move fast, and when they release their grip on one vine, they are already reaching for another. They operate on faith. Faith that the jungle is healthy and the growth is consistent. Faith that there will be another vine waiting, and they won’t reach out and find only air and a long drop to the jungle floor. It’s not hard to imagine why parents of special needs kids might envy our monkey cousins and their confidence, and their faith that they won’t fall. I can’t…
  • A writer in the family

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    18 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    There are a lot of things Schuyler might choose to do with her life. At fifteen, she doesn’t entirely know which options are open to her and which are unlikely. And really, neither do the rest of us. She’s old enough that the professionals in her life feel comfortable beginning to close doors for her, and I guess that’s a pragmatic enough approach. As her father and her champion, however, I reject that entirely. I’d like for her teachers to join me in overbelieving in Schuyler, but it’s not necessary. Schuyler will do most of the heavy lifting in finding her own…
  • Running the clock

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    12 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    As we were getting ready for work the other morning, Julie stopped what she was doing and quietly said, “This morning when the alarm went off, I had this thought. I realized that in a few years, the day is going to come when we won’t be waking Schuyler up for school. I don’t even know what she’ll be getting up for in the morning, or what she’ll be doing with her days.” We talk about this a lot, and I suppose I write about it pretty often, too. I won’t apologize for the repetition; it’s the colossal bugbear that haunts our thoughts and disrupts…
  • Asking for, Accepting & Offering Help

    Julia Roberts
    11 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    One of the issues that comes across my feeds everywhere on social media is about how hard it is asking for help. I’ve been a part of the isolating world of special needs parenting for over a decade and one thing that is true is that it is isolating. It doesn’t always have to be. It can be extremely hard for us to reach out and ask for help. Some of us don’t even know what to ask for, honestly. It is overwhelming thinking about how you will shower and get regular household chores done, that it’s not surprising it seems nearly impossible to plan the next two weeks and…
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  • A Special Needs Guide for Learning to Eat with Your SEVEN Senses – Part One

    Melanie Potock
    26 May 2015 | 7:09 am
    Most of us think of five senses and the human body: Sight, sound, smell, taste and touch.  But, when it comes to learning to eat a wide variety of foods, two other sensory systems also come into play: The vestibular system and our sense of proprioception.  As children grow, they are constantly processing sensory input, comparing it to other information stored in the brain and making decisions on how to react to that input.  When it comes to trying new foods, all seven senses contribute to a child’s willingness to explore and try new foods. How do we help kids…
  • 6 Classic Outdoor Activities for Children With Autism

    Ilana Danneman
    19 May 2015 | 4:50 am
    Spring has sprung, Memorial Day is almost here. If you have to pick a time of year to get outside, this is it! Here are 6 Classic Outdoor Activities for Children With Autism.
  • 10 Ways My Family Practices Acceptance

    Karen Wang
    18 May 2015 | 4:35 am
    “Acceptance is an action.” Throughout April, there were several social media campaigns to help people understand why acceptance benefits everyone and should be valued by everyone. The resulting discussions brought some valuable lessons for acceptance of all types of disabilities, not just autism.
  • 5 Books with Encouragement and Support for Mental Health Issues and Wellness

    Lorna d'Entremont
    15 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    These books are written for all families, friends, educators, or the individuals themselves who are looking for advice about the steps to take when mental illness is taking all they have… zest for life, relationships, friendships, career, and a happy childhood and school years.
  • 5 Reasons Why Speech & Language Therapy is Crucial for a Non-Verbal Child

    Becca Eisenberg
    14 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    Children who are not verbal need speech therapy just as much as individuals who are verbal. Here are 5 important reasons why.
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    Advocacy in Action

  • 2015 IATSE Annual Conference: Our School Community – Promoting Resilience and Wellbeing

    28 May 2015 | 2:55 am
    12th and 13th June 2015All Hallows College,Drumcondra, DublinWithin our school communities, both adults and learners share the need for a positive outlook on life. For learners with special educational needs, the skills to think positively and to become resilient and resourceful when things go wrong enable them to progress in both learning and socialisation. However, the wellbeing of teachers, special needs assistants and others adults involved in the school community is connected to that of the learners. 44 Presentations over two daysKeynote Speaker: Prof. Jim Deegan, Mary Immaculate…
  • 2015 Health Literacy: Research, Policy and Practice

    28 May 2015 | 2:42 am
    Conference Venue:The conference will be held in Áras Moyola, National University of Ireland Galway. Click here for the campus map.Conference Dates: The conference starts at 9 a.m. on Thursday 18th June, 2015 and closes at 5 p.m.  The Healthy Ireland Framework identifies Health Literacy as a priority action to empower people and communities for improved health and wellbeing. Health literacy is linked to literacy and is about people’s knowledge and ability to access, understand, assess and apply health information in order to take decisions in everyday life to improve their health…
  • UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre 7th Biennial International Conference

    28 May 2015 | 2:31 am
    Building Family Support Systems 11th & 12th June 2015 Institute for Lifecourse and Society Although highly valued in policy and academic discourse, Family Support often operates on the periphery of child and family serving systems, for example, in Child Protection and Welfare, Education and Mental Health systems.  Because of this, the full potential of Family Support actions to achieve positive change in the lives of families may not always be realised.  Taking its inspiration from the experience of Ireland’s Child and Family Agency, Tusla which is beginning a…
  • Motor Skill Problems in Autistic Children Linked to Social & Communication Deficits

    27 May 2015 | 2:15 am
    Children with autism have problems with social and communication skills. Many children with autism also struggle with deficits in their motor skills. The severity of motor skill problems is linked with the level of social and communication problems that children with autism have, according to research from Oregon State University.LeeDongRyeol on PixabayTwo studies led by researcher Megan McDonald examined whether there was a relationship between the severity of motor skill problems and the degree…
  • What's the best type of play for your child with autism?

    25 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    One way for parents to reward children's good behavior is by allowing them to engage in play they enjoy.  However, it is challenging for parents and teachers to find play activities that appeal to children with autism.Cocoparisienne on PixabayKathy Ralabate Doody, PhD from SUNY Buffalo and her colleagues set out to discover the types of play preferred by children with autism.The researchers found children with autism prefer play involving: strong sensory input and feedbackrepetitive movement or motioncause/effect attributes"Doody based the study on observations of…
 
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  • Helping Young Adults With Special Needs Find Their Way In The Workplace

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    25 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Although a large spectrum of support exists for children with special needs, the offers tend to slim down for young adults and grown-ups. Unfortunately, many young adults are intimidated by the apparent closing of employment opportunities because of their condition. Some end up staying with their parents, unsure of how to move on after a successful education. Special businesses Fortunately, exceptional initiatives exist. Some businesses out there are truly dedicated to integrating persons with special needs in the workplace and in the society in general, such as Special Kneads and Treats…
  • What Now: Transitioning from High School to Adulthood

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    18 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    What parent doesn’t want their child to lead the best life possible? The parent of an autistic child is no different. Envisioning a life of independence and stress-free transitioning into adulthood is sometimes all a parent can think of as a teen nears graduation day. For special needs teens, the transition is trickier, but success is still certainly achievable! Transition Plan Throughout the high school years, parents of autistic children should gradually craft a thorough transition plan. Though many times a plan is seemingly thought through, execution of it can be tumultuous if…
  • Happy Mother’s Day to Moms with Special Needs Kids!

    dgrauzam
    10 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Most moms will wake up today with a special day in store — breakfast in bed, maybe a homemade card, or a present that was thoughtfully chosen. For a special needs’ mom, the day is wonderful still, of course, but special needs children don’t always understand the sentiment, and the occasion can pass by ignored or misunderstood. And so Mother’s Day is just another day of challenges from the word ‘go.’ And that’s OK, because those moms are exceptional enough to know that every day is special. Their gifts come in different packages, day in and day out. They do whatever it…
  • 3 Cool Stories from Autism Awareness Month 2015

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    4 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    As April ends, it’s a great time to talk about what’s happened thus far during this year’s efforts to light it blue and raise awareness about autism. Here are three cool things that occurred during Autism Awareness Month 2015. Toni Braxton spoke out On April 14, Toni Braxton — a seven-time Grammy Award-winning artist and star of Braxton Family Values — spoke out on HLN, the News and Views network, about being the mother of an autistic child. Her son Diezel is 12 now, but Braxton noticed signs of autism when he was a baby, saying that the lack of eye contact and little communication…
  • Paying It Forward To The Special Needs Community

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    27 Apr 2015 | 9:58 am
    After being in business for over half a year, Special Needs Essentials starts giving back to the community. Each month, a partner whose efforts resonate with Special Needs Essentials’ mission is selected to receive a portion of all sales made through the website. To contribute to this project, just make a purchase through the website and a portion of your total will automatically be donated! How cool is that? In May 2015, the selected organization is Something Special Magazine, a free publication for special needs parents focusing on the positives in life. They give information and…
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