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  • The Dance of Communication

    Karen Putz » Deaf Mom
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    There’s a famous quote of Helen Keller that gets to me. How it rubs me depends on whether I’m having a challenging day or feeling on top of the world. “Blindness cuts you off from things. Deafness cuts you off from people.” The quote is believed to have come from a letter to Dr. James Kerr Love (1910), published in Helen Keller in Scotland The problems of deafness are deeper and more complex, if not more important, than those of blindness. Deafness is a much worse misfortune. For it means the loss of the most vital stimulus — the sound of the voice that brings…
  • Leishmaniasis Parasitic Disease - Symptoms Treatment and Prevention

    Disabled World
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    The disease is classified as a, 'Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD).' Leishmaniasis is caused by infection with Leishmania parasites, which are spread by the bite of phlebotomine sand flies. There are a number of forms of leishmaniasis that affect people. The most common forms include visceral leishmaniasis, which affects several internal organs such as a person's liver, spleen and bone marrow, as well as cutaneous leishmaniasis which causes skin sores.
  • Gene inhibitor, salmon fibrin restore function lost in spinal cord injury in rodents

    Disability News -- ScienceDaily
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    A therapy combining salmon fibrin injections into the spinal cord and injections of a gene inhibitor into the brain restored voluntary motor function impaired by spinal cord injury, scientists have found. In a study on rodents, researchers achieved this breakthrough by turning back the developmental clock in a molecular pathway critical to the formation of corticospinal tract nerve connections and providing a scaffold so that neuronal axons at the injury site could grow and link up again.
  • Can’t Stop Me: Rock n Roll Singers Provide a Roadmap for My Motivational Speaking Career

    Do It Myself Blog - Glenda Watson Hyatt
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Over the years, various songs have been anthems or theme songs for my life. These tunes either mark milestones or help me navigate something I am going through. My current theme song is Rod Stewart’s Can’t Stop Me. Why does Rod’s song about how he got started in his singing career bring me to tears as I launch my motivational speaking career? Back in my early years at university, I spent my second summer semester “learning how to use the microfilm and the microfiche in the library just in case I needed to use that technology to research a paper” – yes, I am that old! And, really,…
  • Six Months

    Rollercoaster Parenting
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:49 am
    Pretty much from one day to another, our 13 year old son could no longer walk.So, what do you do? You ring your service provider to inquire about a wheelchair of course.Now these guys know our boy. He started therapy there when he was maybe four or five years old. They know the way he walks, they know his quirks. They KNOW him. I explain to the intake lady that Beaver can suddenly not walk anymore.- Yeah, so he will need to be seen by an Occupational Therapist, who can then script a wheelchair.- Ok, and then...- Then we put the application in with Enable for funding...- How long will that…
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    Karen Putz » Deaf Mom

  • The Dance of Communication

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    There’s a famous quote of Helen Keller that gets to me. How it rubs me depends on whether I’m having a challenging day or feeling on top of the world. “Blindness cuts you off from things. Deafness cuts you off from people.” The quote is believed to have come from a letter to Dr. James Kerr Love (1910), published in Helen Keller in Scotland The problems of deafness are deeper and more complex, if not more important, than those of blindness. Deafness is a much worse misfortune. For it means the loss of the most vital stimulus — the sound of the voice that brings…
  • When You Hit a Major Slump

    28 Apr 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Regular readers of this blog will probably notice it’s been quite some time since I blogged here.  This has been one long, dragged-out winter in more ways than one. My normal, “energy on spin cycle” has hit an “off” button. I feel as if life is moving in slow motion. When that happens, I know it’s a time of transition and a time of growth. It’s a time for me to pull back and reflect on what really matters. The longer I took to get back to blogging, the harder it became to find the energy, drive, and the resolve to get back into it. It was the same…
  • The Growing Bolder Lifestyle

    1 Mar 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Back in 2011, I discovered an awesome website called Growing Bolder.  I stumbled upon the Growing Bolder segment on Banana George while doing some research for the Gliding Soles, Lessons from a Life on Water book I was writing at the time. “It’s not about age, it’s about attitude,” was the Growing Bolder tagline.  “It’s an attitude. A mission. A passion. A team of people who believe in the power of hope, inspiration and possibility.”  The site was filled with one inspiring story after another featuring people living passionate lives.  Marc…
  • MORE Magazine Article Inspires Passion

    20 Feb 2014 | 4:50 am
    Judith Swankoski reached out and connected with me via Facebook to share her thoughts about my story which appeared in MORE magazine. I didn’t discover her message until recently. Judith went on a passionate adventure of her own so I asked her to share her journey:   As often happens when you move toward your heart’s desire, situations and people appear in your path to help illuminate your way. Karen Putz appeared in my path in the form of her inspiring story in MORE Magazine. Reinvent Yourself After Misfortune After reading about Karen, I felt a renewed sense of enthusiasm about…
  • Sometimes You Just Need To Get Away

    16 Feb 2014 | 6:32 am
    This winter was getting to me. While I enjoyed the glistening white of freshly-fallen snow on most days, the cold was finding its way deep into my bones. I was struggling to write each day. The flow had stopped. I was way out of “the zone.” Despite having three books to create, I couldn’t find the words nor the enthusiasm to bring them to life. The winter blues had arrived and I was just slogging through the days waiting for the change of seasons. There were a few bright moments of enthused writing, especially the story from NFL player Derrick Coleman’s mom and my…
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    Disabled World

  • Leishmaniasis Parasitic Disease - Symptoms Treatment and Prevention

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    The disease is classified as a, 'Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD).' Leishmaniasis is caused by infection with Leishmania parasites, which are spread by the bite of phlebotomine sand flies. There are a number of forms of leishmaniasis that affect people. The most common forms include visceral leishmaniasis, which affects several internal organs such as a person's liver, spleen and bone marrow, as well as cutaneous leishmaniasis which causes skin sores.
  • Claiming Full Citizenship: Self Determination, Personalization and Individualized Funding 2015 International Conference

    26 Jul 2014 | 2:41 pm
    With the passage of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, self-determination, personalization and individualized funding initiatives have a new foundation upon which to build. In countries all over the world, these initiatives are transforming the lives of people with disabilities. Like the shift from institutions to community services, these initiatives are a momentous step forward in assisting disabled and elderly people achieve meaningful and rewarding lives as full citizens. In October of 2015, UBC Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship is hosting: Claiming Full…
  • Preeclampsia, HELLP Syndrome and Eclampsia Information

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    Preeclampsia is a serious condition that affects around 5% of women who are pregnant and usually begins after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Increased blood pressure is the main symptoms, yet there might be other symptoms such as liver or kidney abnormalities, protein in the urine, vision changes, or persistent headaches.
  • A Step Closer to Cell Therapy for MS Patients

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:51 pm
    For the first time, NYSCF scientists generated induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells lines from skin samples of patients with primary progressive multiple sclerosis and further, they developed an accelerated protocol to induce these stem cells into becoming oligodendrocytes, the myelin-forming cells of the central nervous system implicated in multiple sclerosis and many other diseases.
  • Agitos Foundation - EUR 650,000 of Paralympic Funding via Grant Support Programme

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    The International Paralympic Committee's development arm, the Agitos Foundation, on Wednesday (23 July) announced that 28 IPC Member organisations from around the world will receive EUR 650,000 of funding through the second edition of its hugely successful Grant Support Programme.
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    Disability News -- ScienceDaily

  • Gene inhibitor, salmon fibrin restore function lost in spinal cord injury in rodents

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    A therapy combining salmon fibrin injections into the spinal cord and injections of a gene inhibitor into the brain restored voluntary motor function impaired by spinal cord injury, scientists have found. In a study on rodents, researchers achieved this breakthrough by turning back the developmental clock in a molecular pathway critical to the formation of corticospinal tract nerve connections and providing a scaffold so that neuronal axons at the injury site could grow and link up again.
  • Activity level may predict orthopedic outcomes

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Patients' activity level is a strong predictor for how well they will do with certain treatments and how well they recover from injuries after treatment, research shows. "In orthopaedics, we want to restore function to take away pain and to help patients return to activity," said an orthopaedic surgeon and lead study author.
  • 3-D-printed tissues advance stem cell research

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    A tissue engineering and vascular biology expert recently won a Faculty Early Career Development Award for his work on 3D tissue printing, and its contribution of the advancement of stem cell research.
  • Fly-inspired sound detector: New device based on a fly's freakishly acute hearing for futuristic hearing aids

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    The fly can pinpoint the location of a chirping cricket with remarkable accuracy because of its freakishly acute hearing, which relies upon a sophisticated sound processing mechanism that really sets it apart from all other known insects. Researchers have now developed a tiny prototype device that mimics the parasitic fly’s hearing mechanism, which may be useful for a new generation of hypersensitive hearing aids.
  • Neuroprotective role of immune cell discovered

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    A type of immune cell widely believed to exacerbate chronic adult brain diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis, can actually protect the brain from traumatic brain injury and may slow the progression of neurodegenerative diseases, according to research. "Our findings suggest the innate immune system helps protect the brain after injury or during chronic disease, and this role should be further studied," the lead researcher said.
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    Do It Myself Blog - Glenda Watson Hyatt

  • Can’t Stop Me: Rock n Roll Singers Provide a Roadmap for My Motivational Speaking Career

    9 Jul 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Over the years, various songs have been anthems or theme songs for my life. These tunes either mark milestones or help me navigate something I am going through. My current theme song is Rod Stewart’s Can’t Stop Me. Why does Rod’s song about how he got started in his singing career bring me to tears as I launch my motivational speaking career? Back in my early years at university, I spent my second summer semester “learning how to use the microfilm and the microfiche in the library just in case I needed to use that technology to research a paper” – yes, I am that old! And, really,…
  • An iPad and Proloquo4Text for Delivering Acoustic Presentations: The Review

    13 Jun 2014 | 5:42 pm
    In May, I had the opportunity to deliver two presentations. In both instances, I used the text-to-speech Proloquo4Text app on my iPad. And, wow! That was much easier, much less cumbersome than using the old way in PowerPoint. The first presentation,  titled “From Speech Impairment to Motivational Speaker: How I Got From There to Here”, was based on much I have written here on my blog. Creating this presentation looked like: Writing: 5.25 hours (not including the time my friend Karen spent editing) Creating the  PowerPoint with only photos: 2 hours Importing into Proloquo4Text:…
  • Communication Access: The Last Frontier in Accessibility

    2 May 2014 | 3:09 pm
    One morning, many moons ago…back in high school, while I was wheeling past the school office on my way to class, the boys’ guidance counsellor happened to be in the hallway and asked, “Glenda, would you rather be able to walk or to talk?” Some people might find that question insensitive or even offensive. I found it sincere and genuinely interested. I am puzzled by society’s obsession with the ability to walk. That not being able to move about upright on one’s own two feet makes you less of a person, less worthy or valuable. And it is something that needs fixing or curing. But the…
  • An Easter Bouquet for You

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Picked especially for you from our first Photo Wheel of the season… Wishing you a blessed Easter! If you enjoyed this post, consider buying me a cafe mocha. Thanks kindly.
  • An iPad and Proloquo4Text Creates an Acoustic Method for Delivering Presentations

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Ever since buying my original iPad and, even more so, since my iPad Air, I have wondered if I could use the device to deliver a presentation. Other people have been asking me if I use my iPad while delivering presentations. Thanks to the fairly newly released app Proloquo4Text (P4T) – a solely text-based communication app – I think I can finally answer, ”Yes!” With this app, I can enter text as phrases, sentences or paragraphs and, then, with one tap, my iPad will speak that text. Unfortunately, the voice of Kate – the synthesized voice that I use in all of my presentations and…
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    Rollercoaster Parenting

  • Six Months

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:49 am
    Pretty much from one day to another, our 13 year old son could no longer walk.So, what do you do? You ring your service provider to inquire about a wheelchair of course.Now these guys know our boy. He started therapy there when he was maybe four or five years old. They know the way he walks, they know his quirks. They KNOW him. I explain to the intake lady that Beaver can suddenly not walk anymore.- Yeah, so he will need to be seen by an Occupational Therapist, who can then script a wheelchair.- Ok, and then...- Then we put the application in with Enable for funding...- How long will that…
  • Diagnosis - 2014, the Big Setback

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:04 am
    2014 was always going to be a difficult year of big changes. We just hadn't quite appreciated how big they would be.All three children were starting at new schools. Beaver was off to High School, and was glad for it, as the last two years of Primary School were unpleasant to say the least. The small independent school we had sent the children to had gradually been changing, and I felt our two special needs children were not really welcome there anymore. When you get a sense everything is a "management problem" and you spend lots of cash on fees and special lessons and aides and their…
  • The rollercoaster kids

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
  • Diagnosis 2013-2014

    19 Feb 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Then, very gently but unmistakably, puberty hit. And with it came a whole new set of acronyms.Before you become a parent you have certain ideas about life. Then, you have kids, and the process of reassessing starts. And then your kid develops “issues” and you can reassess some more.We have always favored what people consider a hippie lifestyle. You know the one. Vegetarian, organic, fairtrade, all natural. So how did we end up with a child medicated to the hilt? Ah, parenting…Puberty hit, the hormone household is thrown upside down and sideways. Our kids turn into cranky monsters while…
  • Change

    19 Feb 2014 | 3:57 pm
    This blog has been very quiet - we have had too many changes to deal with. I hope to be with you all soon with an update.
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    Rolling Around In My Head

  • Audience

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:56 am
    Today I am audience.At The Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, this morning, Joe will be making his first appearance in the choir. During the summer, with the regular choir taking holidays, they ask for congregation members to step up, step in and sing. Joe has a lovely voice and he sang in a choir for nearly 10 years when we lived in Quebec, so he volunteered. He's been to the practise and he's ready to go. He'll be singing in both the 9 and 11 o'clock services. The 11 can be watched live on their website and I think it's available for a few days afterwards too - for those of you who…
  • Tea Pee

    26 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    The last thing, the very last thing, I do before I travel is pee. Even if I don't have to, even if I have to wring the bladder out, even if I haven't had a tea in a couple of hours, I go pee. I'm over sixty, I'm a wheelchair user who travels strapped to the floor of a van. I go pee. When we left Harrisburg to make the drive home, I did the deed, because it's ritual but also because I'd just done a lecture and I'd had a cup of tea, taken in quick sips, as I talked.We got to the van, got me in, strapped me down, loaded the van with luggage and bags and bags of stuff from shopping. About three…
  • Really I'm Fine

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:16 am
    " For a few seconds, or maybe a minute, I hated being me and I hated being disabled and I hated needing what I needed."This line, written a few days ago, expressed a keenly felt moment because of a situation out of my control. I've received little reaction in the comment section of my blog to what was written but have, since then, been receiving emails, at least twice a day. The emails break down into two categories: some are worried about me; others are worried by disappointed in me - feeling my 'disability pride' stance is a sham. Both types of emails come from people who I don't…
  • Gunpowder

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    Yesterday I noticed a coffee and tea shop that looked both lovely and cosy, I suggested to a very willing Joe, that we head in. The ramp up was unusual because it was built with a curve in it and the railings were like you'd see around widow's peaks at the top of old houses. I managed the curve and then the turn. We got into the building just fine. We ordered our tea and then were given the option of sitting up front near where most customers were sitting or in the sitting area in the back.We went to the back. There were tables and chairs and sofas and a sense of calm and quiet. Gregorian…
  • The Rhythm of God's Heart

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I was waiting, with the luggage, outside the hotel. Joe was getting the car and I was enjoying being outside in the warm sunshine. Then, she appeared beside me, taking the bench a little to my right. She looked at me and smiled. I smiled back and we both fell into silence.Over the two days we were at the hotel I saw her quite regularly. She spent most of her time sitting in the lobby or out on the patio. She wore a thin white sweater over a lovely pink blouse and a dark pleated skirt. Whenever Joe and I appeared we felt her watching us. Not with hostility. Not with a deep curiosity. More like…
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    Half Soled Boots

  • The Heist that Wasn't

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Did I ever tell you about the time I nearly got arrested for attempted bank robbery?It happened like this.I grew up in a small town where there really wasn't much for young people to do. There was an arcade (which we all called "The Arcade" to such exclusion that I don't think I ever knew the actual name of it), but since only 1980's punks and losers hung out at it (much scarier than modern punks and losers), we never went there unless we had a spare period and it was broad, bright daylight.We had a couple of video stores but those, too, were small, badly lit shops, most likely fronts for…
  • Aqua Perfection

    4 Jun 2014 | 12:14 am
    Anna's Confirmation Pont NeufPattern: Pont Neuf, from Twist Collective Spring-Summer 2013YarnZen Yarn Garden Serenity DK in Frosted Teal (4.25 skeins)Needles: 2.5 and 3mm Addi TurboGauge: (blocked) 23 sts 36 rows over 4"Buttons: 1/2" lucite with rhinestone, from Button Button in VancouverModifications: Had to add rows to the yoke area to make up for my row gauge. (Pattern calls for 32 rows over 4", and I was getting 36.) The extra rows also affected my lace panel pick-up - I had to pick up 103 instead of the prescribed 93.I had to knit 2 all-nighters to finish this in time. Confirmation…
  • Owie!

    30 May 2014 | 11:53 am
    Knitting crazily fast, listening to episode after episode of Cast On, trying to get Pont Neuf done for my daughter's Lutheran confirmation on Sunday.Yes, Sunday June 1.I am nearly finished the bottom border, then I will do the button bands, block and done.I really do NOT KNOW if I can get it finished in time.My hands are killing me.I have to go now.
  • Heartbroken

    21 May 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Our beautiful hummingbird time is over. While we were out for an hour this morning, something brought the nest down and took the babies. Mummy came back shortly after we did, hovered for a few moments, then flew away.We are all grieving terribly - shocked to find how much we loved our little friends, who didn't even know we were there.Goodbye, little sweeties.It was passed from one bird to another,the whole gift of the day.The day went from flute to flute,went dressed in vegetation,in flights which opened a tunnelthrough the wind would passto where birds were breaking openthe dense blue air…
  • Babies on Board

    19 May 2014 | 8:51 am
    Anna's Hummingbirds' incubation period is 13-24 days, and our bird's eggs were laid April 30 and May 1. Looking at the calendar I was a bit disappointed because we were heading to Vancouver right on day 13, and staying three nights. Not that we would have seen anything - the nest is too high up for us to look down into. But I thought we might miss something good.In the event, the morning after we got home I snuck up while she was away, and took some quick photos. I couldn't see what I was looking at, but the camera did a fine job anyhow.Funny-looking things!So far, their eyes are still…
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    My Private Casbah

  • The Cost of Daring to Exist as a Queer Person of Color With Disabilities

    9 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    How College Wrestling Star "Tiger Mandingo" Became An HIV ScapegoatThis is really a(nother) case of a LGBQ person of color with disabilities being criminalized for daring to try to be a part of the non-disabled world. This man was used and exploited and now that they've gotten all that they can out of him, they're sending him to prison and trying to forget that he was ever there. Where are the LGBTQIA organizations now? Why are they always nowhere to be found when the LGBQTIA is Black?A few days ago, a friend brought up the problem of white older queers who exploit young queer people of color…
  • How The Healthcare Mandate Saved My Nephew's Life

    1 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    For those fighting the good fight, here's a real world example of why the healthcare mandate is a good thing:Do y'all remember when I posted the gofundme link for my nephew who was diagnosed with leukemia? Thankfully, the donations that people sent made it possible for him to have his mother there with him while he went through treatment. If you haven't been through cancer, I hope you at least have the sense of compassion and empathy necessary to understand why a child would want their parent around while strange people poke and prod and inject potentially lethal chemicals into their body.
  • Sudden Death

    11 Apr 2014 | 11:58 am
    Life can be so full of sorrow. I finally met a person of color in this area. We're both personal care attendants and met at a function for our clients. I was extremely excited, because this was the first person of color I'd met and had a conversation with since I moved out here in October. Then I found out he was also a person with disabilities, which made meeting him even more awesome.We hung out a few times and it was nice to finally be around folks who I could relate to. He was originally from New Orleans and we had lots of laughs about things we remember about the city. He was raised a…
  • Skepchick, Your Ableism Disgusts Me

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:40 pm
    I'm really, really furious about this Skepchick debacle. See, this kind of b.s. is exactly why I made a decision to stop showing support for white women. I raised as much of a ruckus as I could muster when the Rebecca Watson elevator issue started. I did what I could to talk about why it wasn't just someone overreacting to treatment that should have been viewed as flattering. I used my voice as best as I could to state how no one is entitled to make opportunistic advances on women nor are they entitled to tell us how we should feel about the treatment we receive.However, what does Watson do…
  • Gingerly Approaching Androgyny

    10 Apr 2014 | 2:45 pm
    I just posted a picture with a message that really resonated with me. I didn't want to take away from what it was about by turning it into something all about me, so I decided to write this separately.My body is so different from what Western society says a woman is "supposed" to look like. It always has been. The oncology surgeries only intensified this. If I am only a woman because of my parts, what does it mean when those parts are removed or made completely unrecognizable from their original form?I feel like I'm finally at a point in my life where I might be able to start safely exploring…
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  • Diamonds and Toads: a Trinet

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    A couple weeks ago I had the idea of doing another faerie tale trinet poem. This time I based it off of the story Diamonds and Toads and similar tales, like The Twelve Months and Vasilissa the Beautiful, which is better known as Baba Yaga. It's a tale about two daughters: one kind and good and diligent; the other spoiled, lazy and impertinent. It's a story about the just rewards each gets, depending on their nature. Tales of Just Rewards Two Daughters Magical Beings Gemstones and Flowers, Snakes and Toads Kindness pays off, Rudeness will not Prince's Bride Humble Cottage Wicked Stepmother…
  • Christ Was/Is Love

    19 Dec 2013 | 12:00 am
    In the last few years Christmas has been...different for me. Of course, it's always different from when one was a child, but the last few years especially have...lacked the magic of Christmas. Why? Because it's become SO commercialized even my own family gets caught up in the trappings sometimes, trying to give their loved ones a great Christmas. And I've come to the realization this year that aside from the traditions my family still follows, like buying or making special ornaments each year and having a candlelight dinner on Christmas Eve, I personally don't need or want a big Christmas.
  • Rainbow Crow

    10 Feb 2012 | 12:00 am
    I wish I had more ummph today, but after what this week has brought me, I'm lucky I'm posting today at all. I'm really tired, but I'm trying to stick to my goal of blogging everyday this week, from Sunday the 5th to Sunday the 12th. I'm afraid all I'm up for posting today is a Native American myth I found over at S.E. Schlosser's site. I found it in her "Winter Tales" section. Rainbow Crow (Lenni Lenape Tribe) retold by S. E. Schlosser It was so cold. Snow fell constantly, and ice formed over all the waters. The animals had never seen snow before. At first, it was a novelty, something to play…
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  • Invercargill: Tuataras and Indians

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:08 pm
    This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series 2014 New ZealandWhen I first started planning our trip around South Island, Invercargill was just a one night stop between Dunedin and Te Anau. Until my beloved leaned over my shoulder as I was staring at the map and exclaimed, “Invercargill? That’s where Burt Munro is from! Are we going there? Can we see the Indian?” The excitement was palpable. In preparation for this portion of our trip, we re-watched The World’s Fastest Indian, in which Anthony Hopkins does a bang-up job of bringing Burt Munro and the 1960s to life, and we…
  • Through the Catlins to Invercargill

    10 Jun 2014 | 1:57 pm
    This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series 2014 New ZealandThe first leg of our trip around New Zealand’s South Island was a driving the Southern Scenic Route from Dunedin to Invercargill through the Catlins. The Catlins are a sparsely populated coastal area in the southeastern corner of the islands. Sparsely populated, but packed with amazing forests, bays, lighthouses and wildlife. We stopped at the Whistling Frog Cafe and Campground near McLean Falls for lunch. It’s one of the few places to eat along this route, and the food was delicious. Curio Bay, at the southern end of the…
  • New Zealand’s South Island

    20 May 2014 | 5:16 pm
    This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series 2014 New ZealandWe’re just back from a month traveling around New Zealand’s South Island, and we had a great time. We visited Dunedin, Invercargill, Te Anau, Wanaka, and Christchurch. We rented a small car and stayed with friends and in mid-priced motels. New Zealand’s South Island is a mecca for outdoor adventure, but our April/May visit (late fall/early winter) was in the shoulder season, and so we encountered very little traffic and not a whole lot of other people (except in Queenstown, which caused us to immediately run the other…
  • Para-alpine Skiing – Standing Category

    14 Feb 2014 | 11:07 am
    Introduction to para-alpine skiing standing category. HT to We Push Sports.
  • The Havoc That is Snow

    7 Jan 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Snow wreaks havoc on my life. All of these things happened today: 1. I drove to the rec center. The lot hadn’t been plowed, and so the lines in the parking lot weren’t visible. The result? Eight cars parked tightly into the space allocated for four cars with handicapped parking permits. 2. I went to lunch. Before parking, I circled the block to assess how well plowed the street, curb cut and sidewalk were. I decided to risk it. I parked in a permit space, got out of my car, and almost got stuck in the slush/snow that had collected in the curb cut. When I left the restaurant, I…
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  • APH News: July 2014

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    The July 2014 issue of the APH News is now online! This Month’s Headlines: “Full Steam Ahead!”--Annual Meeting 2014 National Prison Braille Forum: Save the Date! BOP Authors Write and Revise in Louisville Braille Plus 18 receives FCC Chairman’s Award Oldies but Goodies: The "Established" APH Product Series Treasures from the APH Libraries Social Media Spotlight APH Travel Calendar New Products from APH The Braille Book Corner and much, much more…
  • Zagga Entertainment: Descriptive Video… On Demand

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    5 Jun 2014 | 9:20 am
    By Kevin Shaw, President and CEO, Zagga Entertainment, Ltd. Remember the scene in Moulin Rouge where Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman sing to each other on top of the elephant? Or that amazing chase sequence through the subway in the Italian Job? Or how about the upside down kiss in the first Spiderman movie? Everyone, regardless of visual ability, loves a good story. Movies and TV make up an important part of the cultural experience we all share. It’s these stories that unite us with our families, at work or with our friends. For a long time, I found myself in many awkward conversations…
  • APH News: June 2014

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    4 Jun 2014 | 7:01 am
    The June APH News is now online! This Month’s Headlines: Get the "Spirit" at Annual Meeting 2014! Announcing Josh Miele, Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker Committees Double Up for Meeting at APH 3D Printing: What Is Your Opinion? Michael Collins and Newel Perry to be Inducted into the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field in 2014 New Instructional Products Catalog Now Available! Treasures from the APH Libraries Oldies but Goodies: The "Established" APH Product Series Social Media Spotlight APH Travel Calendar The Braille Book Corner and much, much more…
  • Walgreens Now Offering Talking Prescription Devices

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    3 Jun 2014 | 10:05 am
      Image by DraconianRain on Flickr From The Wall Street Journal: Walgreens, the nation's largest drugstore chain today announced the launch of a nationwide program offering talking prescription devices to customers with visual impairments. The initiative introduces a new service that complements other accessible prescription information Walgreens currently provides.  Walgreens is the first in the industry to offer this exclusive talking prescription device, called the Talking Pill Reminder, at its retail locations chainwide. The device attaches to prescription containers and will be…
  • 2014 Hall of Fame for the Blindness Field Inductees

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    20 May 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Michael Collins and Newel Perry to be Inducted into the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field in 2014 The Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving the tradition of excellence manifested by specific individuals through the history of outstanding services provided to people who are blind or visually impaired in North America. It is housed at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) in Louisville, Kentucky, but belongs to all. The ceremony to induct Collins and Perry will take place on Friday evening, October 17, 2014, in conjunction with APH's 146th Annual Meeting of…
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    My Disability Blog

  • Members of Congress seek to make Social Security Disability an adversarial program

    Disability Blogger
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    This video was posted by Disability Attorney Jonathan Ginsberg. As he states, it is fairly difficult to watch this Social Security administrative law judge--who is obviously very nervous--being grilled by South Carolina’s 4th District Congressman, Trey Gowdy. Gowdy is, to put it plainly, a jerk. He does not give the judge, who is somewhat elderly, a chance to formulate his thoughts or respond
  • Social Security Disability out of money by 2016

    Disability Blogger
    10 Jun 2014 | 6:48 am
    The Social Security Disability fund is due to be exhausted by 2016. If something isn't done, meaning something isn't done by Congress, it may mean a 21 percent cut in benefits for beneficiaries. This has a double whammy effect. It makes living on a disability check, already a pretty tough act, much tougher. Secondly, it cuts back pay, and, thus, the fees that may be received by
  • Is there any such thing as a permanent disability with Social Security?

    Disability Blogger
    18 May 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Someone asked the question: "Is there any such thing as a permanent disability with social security? When a person is awarded disability benefits, the presumption is that their case will be reviewed at some point. If medical improvement was expected at the time the case was approved, then the CDR, or continuing disability review, might happen fairly soon. I recall, as a disability examiner,
  • Is it getting harder for disability lawyers to work in the field of Social Security Representation?

    Disability Blogger
    18 May 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Charles Hall's blog has a post about layoffs at Allsup. Frankly, I was stunned to read that. Even with lower ALJ approval rates and with the recession and side-moving economy of the last few years accounting for more job-loss-related disability claims, the fact remains that there are still quite a few more disability claims being filed now than in 2006. Why the layoffs? I won't hazard to
  • There is a growing bias against Social Security Disability applicants

    Disability Blogger
    29 Aug 2013 | 12:01 pm
    This is a ridiculous and offensive article. The writer does not seem to have the ability to understand that individuals who are awarded disability benefits have gone through a horrendously long process. Also, their conditions tend to be chronic and unresponsive to a rehabilitative approach to treatment. When I read articles like this, I understand instantly that the author has a strong bias
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    Rolling Rains Report

  • Disabilty: Game Changing Images from PhotoAbility.net

    Scott Rains
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    PhotoAbility introduces Portfolios by West Coast Photographers Tiffany Mather and Aaron Paul Rogers that creatively reflect through their art of photography how models with disabilities smash perception commonly associated with disability such as sickness, frailty, and asexuality. To the contrary, these images will titillate, delight, and inspire viewers.Aaron's images are edgy, creative, and refreshing, while pushing the barriers of perception. He makes disability sexy and strong with images ranging from extreme adventure to a female model dominating in leather and whips from an antique…
  • Tourism for All Short Film Competition

    Scott Rains
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    More information at:http://icat2014.beautifulgate.org.my/programmes/short-film-competition/#
  • PhotoAbility Sampler

    Scott Rains
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
  • Innovative Practices and Policies on Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR)

    Scott Rains
    20 Jun 2014 | 11:26 am
    The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments - GAATES (www.GAATES.org) in collaboration with the Zero Project(www.ZeroProject.org) is looking for innovative practices and policies that relate to Emergency Preparedness and Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR). These practices and policies will be presented at the 2015 Zero Project Conference in Vienna, Austria alongside practices and policies pertaining to the Zero Project's own streams on Independent Living and Political Participation. We welcome you to download…
  • Video: Presentation on Inclusive Tourism at US Embassy in Nepal

    Scott Rains
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Clips from a presentation on Inclusion tourism with news commentary in Nepali. 
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    Low Visionary

  • A voice for everyone

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:13 am
    This is an edited version of a keynote speech delivered at the disability conference, How do we all raise the volume of the unheard voice?,  Auckland July 2 2014. Tena koutou tena koutou katoa  Minister Turia, Health and Disability Commissioners. Ladies and gentlemen. Greetings to you all. Thank you to the HDC and others who have organised this day. Thank you for asking me to speak. This is one of the few opportunities people in the diverse disability community have to meet and exchange ideas. It is valuable and important. Let’s make the most of it. Raising the volume of the unheard voice…
  • Levelling the playing field for disabled women

    9 Jun 2014 | 4:16 pm
    This is an edited and updated version of a speech given on a panel at Rehabilitation International Seminar, Embracing the Opportunities April 16 2014, held in Wellington. Disabled women in New Zealand have made progress but there is still a long way to go. I will not outline yet again in detail the many inequalities faced by disabled women. For many disabled women the playing field is some distance away, never mind whether they can access it, or whether it is level or not. In 2014 disabled women in New Zealand are still relatively invisible  and our interests, rights and perspectives are…
  • Website access: A few basics.

    13 May 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Accessibility of any kind is really about eighty percent attitude and the other twenty percent know how.  When it comes to web accessibility the same applies. If you want to do it you can. Your web site is usually your front door to the world so make sure everyone can use it in the way that suits them, not the way it suits you and your brand advisers. It takes a bit of thinking and planning, but the web is full of good and practical advice. In honour of Global Accessibility Awareness Day I have summarised a few basics to get you started. The list does not guarantee an accessible web site,…
  • From disableism to human rights

    30 Apr 2014 | 4:50 pm
    The free online dictionary defines disableism as “discrimination against disabled people”. This is rather simplistic and does not state that discrimination is both direct and indirect, the direct being, for example, an employer not giving me a job for which I am well qualified simply because I am disabled. While this is distressing, inappropriate, misguided and often unlawful, it is the disableist indirect discrimination that is often harder to confront, quantify and eliminate. Disableism as indirect, or systemic discrimination is the result of unspoken, unquestioned and often…
  • New Zealand Sign Language: A cultural treasure

    28 Jan 2014 | 11:54 am
    A rather late very happy New Year to all readers of Low Visionary.  May 2014 bring real progress on disability rights and accessibility all over the world. Prompted by recent spirited discussion about the decline of New Zealand Sign Language,  and the equally spirited continuing debate about cochlear implants, here is my perspective on the value of New Zealand Sign Language in the New Zealand context. I should say at the outset that I am not Deaf. Nor can I communicate in New Zealand Sign Language. The visual, spatial qualities inherent to it are beyond my visual capacity. I do know how to…
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  • Weekend Roundup for 27 July 2014

    Ricky Buchanan
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:03 am
    Here are some of the best articles, links, and new products that I have spotted online in the past week or so which have some relevance to Apple products and disabled or chronically ill users … iOS Links How to use zoom for visual accessibility on your iPhone or iPad Unable to touch the screen on a mobile device? Learn how the Tecla Shield switch interface can help give you access. iOS 7 has its own switch interface of course but Tecla offers slightly different options which some people may need or prefer. Open sesame: How iOS 8 will unlock Touch ID’s power. Eyes on Success podcast:…
  • Quicksilver

    Ricky Buchanan
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Quicksilver is difficult to describe – it’s a keyboard-controlled launching utility, or perhaps a keyboard-operated graphical shell. It can be immensely helpful to anyone who uses keyboarding as their main type of computer input – including switch users and voice input users. This program is not something that I use personally and even people who know it very well have a hard time describing it in a single paragraph. It’s pretty much something that’s aimed at very geeky or somewhat technically inclined users. The Quicksilver website says: An introduction to…
  • Weekend Roundup for 20 July 2014

    Ricky Buchanan
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Here are some of the best articles, links, and new products that I have spotted online in the past week or so which have some relevance to Apple products and disabled or chronically ill users … OS X Links Debunking Common Myths about VoiceOver on the Mac – AppleVis takes down some old myths that are still hanging around. How to rip DVDs on OS X and get movies onto your Mac media server – Their top two tools are the ones I use myself. Configuring voice over on Mac OS without going through settings is a great audio tutorial by Victor Tsaran. Packal is a repository of themes and…
  • How To Use OS X VoiceOver in Languages Other than English

    Ricky Buchanan
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    At the present time VoiceOver in OS X includes built-in voices that speak over 30 languages! This article explains how to select the voices you’d like to have available to you, and how to switch from one voice to another while using VoiceOver. To customise the languages which are available to you, open the VoiceOver Utility. If you are using VoiceOver you can press VO-F8 to do this, otherwise navigate to the Applications > Utilities folder and you will find the VoiceOver Utility application there. Inside the VoiceOver utility, press command-F3 to navigate to the Speech category. Using…
  • Get fully hands-free iPhone activation with iOS 7 and BlueAnt S4 Speakerphone

    Paul Natsch
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    At the recent World Wide Developers Conference Apple had a lot to say about the upcoming iOS 8. There are many exciting enhancements coming with iOS 8 and one of them is the ability to use Siri completely hands-free without having to press the physical home button or the virtual one in AssistiveTouch. A simple “Hey, Siri” will bring up your favorite virtual assistant ready to take your requests as long as your iOS device is plugged in (subject to change hopefully). But you don’t have to wait for iOS 8 to have that capability… For quite some time now a Bluetooth…
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    Social Security Disability Blog

  • SSA Overpayment Issues Can be Difficult to Handle

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    If you need a lawyer to help you with an overpayment issue, you are going to have a hard time finding help. Overpayment cases arise when Social Security discovers that they have paid you too much – sometimes for years – and now they want their money back. In most cases, you will receive a letter that says something like this: We are writing to give you new information about the disability/retirement/survivors benefits which you receive on this Social Security record. We have determined that you were overpaid in the amount of $30,000. Please refund this overpayment within 30 days.
  • How to Explain Earnings After Your Disability Onset Date

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    If your earnings record shows salary earned after the date you say you became disabled, you can be sure that the judge in your Social Security disability hearing will ask for an explanation. Example:  you say you became disabled on April 3, but your earnings record shows income in May, June and July. In this video I explain  how I advise my clients to respond to questions about post-onset earnings in three common scenarios: unsuccessful work attempts accrued earnings or benefits that are paid after the last date you were physically present at work part time work No matter what the reason,…
  • Fibromyalgia and Social Security Disability: Can You Still Win?

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Social Security disability judges are increasingly reluctant to award benefits to fibromyalgia claimants unless these claims meet a certain profile.  Let me tell you about this profile – what is currently working for me in disability hearings I try here in the Atlanta area hearing offices. I first started seeing disability claims based on “multiple myalgias” or “fibromyalgia” around 10 years ago.  Back then, many disability judges had never heard of this condition and they struggled with how to approach claims where claimants seemed credible and treating doctors offered…
  • CNN Report on September 11 PTSD Scam Misses the Mark

    7 Jan 2014 | 10:50 am
    CNN is reporting that more than 100 New York City firefighters have been indicted in connection with disability fraud.  These firefighters filed claims for disability under the World Trade Center Disability Law, a source of benefits available only to New York City employees injured as a result of their service on September 11, 2001. According to CNN, these disability claimants were coached (the CNN article is silent as to who did the coaching) about how to behave to win benefits that can amount to $50,000 per year for total disability. Investigators discovered, however, that some of these…
  • Is it Possible to Recover Past Due Benefits for a Disabiling Condition that Began 20 Years Ago

    30 Dec 2013 | 2:57 pm
    I recently received an email from a blog reader who tells me that she has recently been approved for SSDI based on a stroke.  However, she was diagnosed with another disabling medication condition 20 years ago but never applied.  Is there anything she can do about the older medical condition and recovering 20 years worth of past due benefits. Here is my analysis: first, this is a difficult question to answer because I do not have all of the facts.  For example there are circumstances where an informal communication with Social Security could be considered an application.  There are also…
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  • Little Ditty

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    detail of ceramic sculpture, 2003 _________________________ “I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed.” - Mary Oliver I sing to my dog. I sing because I live alone. Shame be damned, I SING! My singing is just a shorter, more potent bridge to her than even petting or playing.. I see this is true because her whole being listens to my nonsensicality and her eyes begin to glisten as the lids get heavy in a hypnotic way. My heart slows. Her heart slows. Singing allows insta-communion between us. She doesn’t know…
  • Ready

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    hand-painted terry robe, 1986 _______________________ “It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There’s almost no such thing as ready. There’s only now. And you may as well do it now. ” -Hugh Laurie – actor I had lunch yesterday with a friend I had not seen in over 10 years. She is in partnership with MS too. She is a shining, radiant gorgeous being in every way. I watched her struggling with a cane for balance and it literally hurt my heart. This brought…
  • The Seduction of Magical Thinking

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    untitled 3′x5′ m/m 1994 ___________________ Positive thinking, law of attraction teachings, science of mind, visualizations etc are often not enough to get us into the integrated space to receive and create from a place of deep wholeness. It is through feeling, releasing and getting comfortable with the entire spectrum of our emotions that we can truly and deeply create an authentic and abundant life. For too long, many people have been attempting to get to the other side of the rainbow through a spiritual by pass, which attempts to deny, minimize or suppress the emotional body.
  • Eyes

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    I have written before about how I have a strange penchant for deliberately looking in to the mirror to study the quality of my eyes in the moment. The process of becoming authentic has meant leaving the ‘faker’ Cath behind. But first I have to catch her! After all these years of doing this I see the veils or armor or grey notes that appear to camouflage my true self. I want to let myself be seen honestly but this is impossible if people have to work too hard wading through pretense or posing. Because I have the luxury of time I take this information into my day and finagle around…
  • Letter to God

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    ceramic, 1992? approx. 4×3″ _____________________ Dear God, I am frickin’ tired of character building. Let’s have a break, ok? Honestly- Can’t you find someone else to work with for a bit? I hesitate sayin’ all this as I do just love the blessings-part you continue to bestow on me and don’t for a second want you to think I am an ingrate but REALLY! My prayers have been lean and mean of late; “God, you show up now with (strength, optimism, money, a latte, person-who-can-help-with….., resilience enough to deal with……., a good (no…
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    Need Project Podcast

  • Need Project update with Bob West

    14 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Ministry President Bob West gives an update on current projects and what we are planning for the next year!
  • Hidden Disabilities with Dr. Stephen Grcevich

    15 Jun 2014 | 11:00 am
    Dr. Stephen Grcevich serves as Founder and Director of Strategic Initiatives of Key Ministry, a non-profit organization providing free training, consultation, resources and support to help churches serve families of children with disabilities. Dr. Grcevich is a graduate of Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), trained in General Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University.
  • The Spiritual Art of Raising Children with Disabilities with Kathy Bolduc

    14 May 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Our guest is Kathleen Bolduc, Kathleen is a speaker and Author her newest book is The Spiritual Art of Raising Children with Disabilities. The book is about how to grow in your personal spiritual life while raising a family that may have more challenges then others.
  • Foster Care & Adoption with Linda Ellegard

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Linda is the Executive Director of Special Kids Special Families, an organization dedicated to provide community support services to families who are raising youth and caring for adults with developmental disabilities and special needs.
  • Helping Families with Dr. James Dobson

    14 Mar 2014 | 11:00 am
    Dr. James Dobson has been defending families for over 35 years. He is the Founder of Focus on the Family and his new ministry Family Talk. He is the author of over 28 books on marriage and parenting. Dr. Dobson talks with us about the families and what we can do to help them thrive.
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    Girl With The Cane

  • With a Little Moxie Summer Blog Hop: My Connection With Disability

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    I’m going to try to catch up in the next little while with the With a Little Moxie Summer Blog Hop. (Confession: I was trying to do that last week, too, until I realized that I was answering a prompt for a previous summer’s blog hop. Oops.) This week I’ve got it together, and I’m starting off with the first prompt for this summer’s With a Little Moxie Blog Hop. Meriah Nichols has come up with some thought-provoking prompts about disability for this summer’s blog hop. The first one, posted June 20, was “My Connection with Disability: An…
  • On Faith and Intellectually Disabled People: Jesus Saves

    13 Jul 2014 | 5:28 am
    I was coming out of an odd space, spiritually, going into my AVM surgery. I was raised in the Anglican church, which has historically been relatively liberal as the Christian denominations go. However, the congregation in which I spent my teenage years had decidedly Pentecostal leanings – very un-Anglican, where the joke used to go that when people ask “Are you saved?” we’re genuinely confused and ask, “From what?” I liked my church, however, and threw myself wholeheartedly into being involvement in its activities. The truly kind and way…
  • Disability Visibility Project Underway

    3 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    In celebration of the American with Disability Act’s 25th anniversary, disability advocate (and all-around awesome person) Alice Wong and National Public Radio’s StoryCorps have launched the Disability Visibility Project. People in the disability community are invited to schedule an interview time at one of StoryCorp’s three locations, or at one of the mobile locations across the country, so that they may add their story to the Project and have their voice preserved as part of the diversity that make up America’s disability history. The Disability Visibility Project…
  • Happy Canada Day!

    1 Jul 2014 | 1:10 am
    This is my third Canada Day post. Along the themes of my other Canada Day posts, I’d like to reiterate how lucky I am, as someone who’s needed a lot of medical treatment, to live in Canada. Cost wasn’t a factor in my decision (and ultimately, as I had next to no money when I discovered that I’d need brain surgery, my family’s decision) to have my AVM treated. Heck, I could barely have afforded the first ambulance ride to the first ER visit, let alone the ER visit itself, if I’d lived in a country without universal health care. Even with my family helping as…
  • When “Disabled” is a Dirty Word…Thoughts on Terminology

    21 Jun 2014 | 8:18 am
    I’ve been part of a discussion in an online group of disability advocates, most of them disabled themselves, about disability terminology. The specific question posed was: Are we disabled or impaired? I don’t know any of these people very well. They all seem very nice and very committed to what they do, and I enjoy hearing their perspectives. But the discussion has left me confused. My takeaway from it was that the people in the group did *not* like the word “disabled” and were disturbed by my comment that a growing number of people in the disability advocacy/activism…
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    Handicapped Equipment

  • Bath Salts For Those Feeling Stressed And In Pain

    8 Jul 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Feeling Stressed And In Pain? Bath Salts Are The Answer! Overview Chances are, if you are like most people, your favorite time of the day is when you can finally sink into a warm and relaxing bath with a few candles glimmering around you and a glass of wine or good book in hand. These […]
  • How to Save on Medications

    15 May 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Finding less costly medicines is possible when you look at the options available to help save on prescriptions. From discounts through the manufacturer to ordering your medications through a reliable pharmacy online, there are simple solutions to buying medications on a budget. The first step is to decide which options will work best for you. […]
  • Ease Big Toe Pain With A Bunion Aider

    26 Apr 2014 | 11:36 pm
    If you suffer from bunions, then you already know just how painful and irritating they can be. A bunion is a type of bump located on the side of the foot. It usually occurs because some kind of structural deformity in the bones of the foot exists. However, you do not have to live with […]
  • Arch Support For Painful Feet

    4 Mar 2014 | 8:48 pm
    If your feet hurt during daily activities and they become a major deterrent to take on such activity, you need help. There are many causes of chronic foot pain. However, with the help of an experienced podiatrist, relief is in sight. Here are a few common foot conditions and possible treatments. Please consult your physician […]
  • Moisturizing Gel Socks For Dry And Cracked Feet

    24 Nov 2013 | 11:00 pm
    Your feet have supported you for years, valiantly bearing your body weight as you hurry to work, exercise at the gym and stand in line after line on a daily basis. Treat them to a little tender loving care with gel socks that moisturize your feet. Here are just a few of the benefits these […]
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    Wheelchair Accessibility Blog and Disability News from AMS Vans, Inc.

  • Comedienne with Disabilities Fights ‘Inspiration’ Label

    Jill Liphart
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    Does having disabilities automatically make you an inspiration to others? Funny girl Stella Young says "absolutely not." Here's why. The post Comedienne with Disabilities Fights... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Transform Your Wheelchair Into a 3-Wheeled ‘Motorcycle’

    Jill Liphart
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:24 am
    Vroom and zoom in your wheelchair with the Firefly—a cool, electric device that attaches a third wheel to the chair! Obey the speed limits! The post Transform Your Wheelchair Into a 3-Wheeled... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Book Highlights ‘Unconscious Injustice’ Toward Disabilities

    Jill Liphart
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    Motivated by her own disability, this author created a workbook to address and ease what she says is 'unconscious injustice' by society. The post Book Highlights ‘Unconscious Injustice’... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • MDA Wants YOU to Shape 2014 ‘Show of Strength’ Telethon

    Jill Liphart
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    Want to be a TV producer? Here's your chance! Well, sort of. You've been invited by the MDA to pick the stars for the 2014 Telethon! The post MDA Wants YOU to Shape 2014 ‘Show of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ‘Littlest’ Kids Fit Fine in New Tilt-in-Space Wheelchair

    Susan Hawkins
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    This new wheelchair design for infants and toddlers adjusts as they grow and develop. Is "tilt-in-space" technology out of this world? The post ‘Littlest’ Kids Fit Fine in New... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Enabled Kids

  • Daily Food Quick Tip – Seeds

    James Lavapie
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Although some may advise portion control when it comes to dieting, it is important to remember that eating healthy also calls for smart decision-making. By keeping track of the foods you eat and the way these foods make you feel, you are able to make healthier eating choices that are tailored to the individual needs […]
  • Daily Lifestyle Tip – Reading the Label

    James Lavapie
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Although reading the label prior to consuming any food is one of the most obvious solutions to living a healthier life, we are investigating the actual merits of reading the nutrition facts. How truthful are manufacturers being when they list the ingredients? When are they required to disclose that a food product has been genetically […]
  • Technology is Just a Tool

    18 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
  • Popular Myths About Asthma – Outgrowing Asthma

    James Lavapie
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:39 pm
      As part of our newest series of blogs, we are going to address some of the misconceptions people have about asthma. When people are misinformed about the concrete facts when it comes to their health, the decisions they make can have a negative impact on their overall quality of life. Our mission is to […]
  • The Five Types of Food Great for Child Growth

    Janice Yeung
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:39 pm
    We all know that a balanced diet is good for children and adults alike. A nutritious diet full of vitamins and minerals is important because it helps promote healthy growth and development. Other nutrients like protein that helps build healthy muscle and tissue; fat for energy; calcium that supports bone and teeth structure; fiber that […]
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    Support for Special Needs

  • Eleven Years

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    July is always a strange month for me. It was eleven years ago this month that our world changed forever, although it feels a little dramatic to put it that way. At the time, we didn’t immediately know that our lives were about to rewrite themselves. It was incremental, that July. At the beginning of the month, Schuyler was sedated (horribly so; it felt like she was dying right in my arms) and given an MRI, a shot in the dark by her neurologist at Yale that turned out to be the key to her maddening lack of words for the first three years of her life. The rest of July 2003 was spent both…
  • Putting me first.

    Julia Roberts
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    In an effort to get out of a writing slump… I’m going to start and do Heather King’s Tuesday Just Write exercise. You can find out about it here at her site, The Extraordinary Ordinary. ——- In May my son’s beloved dog Lucy died. She died of natural causes in my arms. It was sad, sad. We’d dreaded the day for a couple of years because Lucy had a very strong connection to our son. Our now 15-year-old son, Gage, has suffered a lot in his young life including kidney and liver disease resulting in a kidney transplant after dialysis at the age of eight.
  • Schuyler’s Sense of Self

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Updating her speech software involves a strange little rite of passage for Schuyler. It marks the progress of time and her own growth, all the small indicators of advancing months and years that static technology misses on its own. At some point every summer, we sit down with her speech software and update the necessary personal information. We try to think of the things she’ll need for the upcoming school year, and we add pages and buttons as required. She tweaks the voice if she’s ready for a change, and she updates photos. It’s something we’ve always done, going…
  • Independence Days

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    For the Fourth of July, I drove Schuyler down to San Antonio to see her godparents. She had a great time, getting to hear them perform in a band concert at the Alamo (and I challenge you to have a more patriotic July 4th than listening to American band music and a guy in colonial garb angrily recite the Declaration of Independence at the Alamo), and basically spent the rest of the weekend in the pool. As far as summer holidays go, that’s hard to beat. There were other friends staying with Schuyler’s godparents, and as a result, she got to spend a few days with a girl she’d…
  • Is self-care possible in special needs parenting?

    Julia Roberts
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:52 pm
    I spoke at a conference recently and one of the questions during the Q & A from an attendee was “What do you do – if anything – for yourself?” It’s true. I have an intense, busy life and from the outside, it seems nearly impossible to practice self-care because of the medical, educational, social and emotional needs of my children. Even with an intense life, it’s possible to do some sort of self-care. I replied back to the question, excited, because I’ve used a phrase since a therapist asked me why I wouldn’t give up volunteering because…
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  • 11 Healthy Summer Treats For Your Picky Eater

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    Fresh fruits and vegetables are in season, and parents everywhere are trying to find ways to add them to the diets of their picky or reluctant eaters.  If you love someone who: gags from certain food textures or odors has food allergies is sensory-seeking or sensory-defensive struggles with self-feeding would rather starve than eat non-chocolate …then I have 11 nutritious summer treats for you to consider. 1. Smoothie Feeding therapists and speech therapists often recommend thick or viscous fluids for oral-motor awareness.  Smoothies are both nutritious and therapeutic! 1 ripe banana,…
  • 4 Tips to Facilitate Friendships in the Inclusive Classroom

    Nicole Eredics
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Friendships are an important foundation in the inclusive classroom.  Aside from being physically included in the curriculum and day-to-day activities, a child with special needs also needs to genuinely feel included. This feeling of inclusion stems from a sense of belonging and relating to other children in the class. The sense of emotional well-being and stability derived from friendships allows students to be more receptive and open to learning new concepts as suggested by recent research in the field of neuroscience. Teachers have an essential role in creating and maintaining the…
  • Thinking About Trying Music Therapy with your Child with Special Needs?

    Dani Gillman
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    Music therapy is becoming more and more popular among families looking to find new, fun ways for their children to learn and grow. While it might look like a child is just having fun and listening to music, this therapy is actually evidence-based and helps to strengthen a child’s abilities, as well as transfer those abilities to other parts of their lives. Music therapists are board-certified and experienced in working with many different types of individuals and diagnoses. Not Just for Developmental Disabilities Though many people associate music therapy with children, anyone can…
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  • Autism Tips from Temple Grandin

    20 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
    Credit: Steve Jurvetson on FlickrAutism advocate Temple Grandin was in Iowa recently to speak at a conference on autism. Grandin gave parents of children with autism the following tips:Devote lots of time and energy building up the skills your children need to succeed in lifeGet your children involved in social activities that match their interests so they are out in the real world learning to deal with real world challengesDon't let computers and video games become a "crutch" - she recommends less time playing and more time engaging in activities that build up their social and…
  • Autism, ADHD & Sleep

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:25 am
    Credit:  Katrina Br*?#*!@ndnd on FlickrNot enough sleep affects behavior in children with autism and ADHD, according to research from Louisiana State University Health Shreveport. Children with insufficient sleep have problems concentrating, focusing, paying attention and with their memory.  In addition, not enough sleep increases behavior problems in children.  The symptoms of chronic sleep deprivation can even mimic ADHD.Dr Michelle Yetman is studying the effects of sleep on these disorders. "71 percent of children referred to our clinic don't meet the national…
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome Annual Conference in Dublin

    15 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    On17 September 2014 PWSAI will welcome world-renowned speakers on PWS from the US, the UK, Germany, Denmark and Australia as well as Ireland for its 2014 conference. The programme will feature presentations that focus specifically on Prader-Willi Syndrome in adults, presentations that focus specifically on Prader-Willi Syndrome in children, and presentations that will be of relevance to both groups. The topics covered include residential care provision, health issues, physical therapy, genetics, and advances in PWS research.All of the international speakers who will present at this conference…
  • Solutions to four sensory clothing problems

    14 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    Dressing children with special needs is challenging for many parents. Tags, seams and fabric textures can irritate children with sensory issues. In addition, children with poor motor skills have difficulty with buttons, laces, and zippers.Some mainstream products, such as tee shirts, are now manufactured with sensory issues in mind. It still however takes a lot of searching to find products that will work for your children’s issues. Here are a few items I found that might be helpful.(No Netz website)Comfortable Swimwear for BoysThe majority of bathing suits for teenage boys have a mesh…
  • Help your children with special needs improve their foreign language skills for free!

    10 Jul 2014 | 3:38 pm
    DUOLINGOChildren often find mastering a foreign language challenging. For many children with special needs, this task is daunting. Duolingo is a free app that helps your children review and practice their foreign language skills in a fun way.   You and your children can use Duolingo to brush up on your foreign language skills or even to learn a new language. Through this app you can learn  English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and/or Portuguese. The lessons cover grammar, listening skills, and speaking. The lessons are great for kids as they are short and they get…
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  • I Don’t Always Have Spina Bifida

    9 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
      Photo courtesy Macbeth Photography: MacbethPhoto.com  My life consists of many awesome events…and many funny photos!      Yes, I know. That’s quite the inflammatory title. This is a topic I’ve been reflecting on for a long time. I’ve read many articles and posts on both sides of this argument. I’ve read posts from adults with spina bifida, and parents of children with spina bifida, who say that spina bifida doesn’t define them.  I’ve also seen the other side of the coin, from parents who say that, indeed, spina bifida defines their…
  • The Power of Self-Acceptance Begins with You #loveurself

    23 May 2014 | 11:36 am
      Disclosure: I was given a #loveurself T-shirt for participating in this campaign. I will not be compensated for publishing this post. All ideas and opinions are my own.    There are moments when I’m looking at myself in the mirror and I don’t like what I see. In fact, I hate it. So much that I need to look away. It’s agonizing.  What’s very difficult for me to remember during moments like these– is that I’m not alone.  I’m pretty certain everyone has had moments like these, whether we choose to admit it or not. What I also…
  • Social Good at Hispanicize 2014: Be the Change

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Hispanicize 2014 took place in Miami from April 1st through 4th, and this year, the organizers stepped it up by demonstrating that philanthropy is alive and well within the Latino community and beyond. On March 31st, I attended Social Media for Social Good Training for Non-Profits Serving Latino & Multicultural Communities, a half-day, pre-conference event, sponsored by Florida Blue and open to professionals involved with nonprofit organizations.     The presenters were Alex de Carvalho, founder of Social Media Club of South Florida, as well as Regional Development Director at…
  • Join Me in Getting Covered #TakeCareChat

    17 Mar 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Disclosure:This post is part of a campaign with Ad Council and Get Covered America. I will be compensated for publishing this post and for participating in the Twitter chat. All ideas and opinions are my own.    If there’s someone who truly understands the value of having good health insurance, it’s me– trust me. I certainly wouldn’t be here without the vigilant care of many good healthcare providers and nurses, and there were times in my childhood when I was literally in and out of the hospital every other week. Sadly, more than 1 in 6…
  • The Sad Truth About ‘Selfies’ #NaturalDay

    13 Feb 2014 | 10:50 am
    Disclosure: This post is not sponsored. I will not receive any compensation for writing/publishing this post. I am writing it of my own free will. All ideas and opinions are my own. I’ve had a lotto say lately on the societal front. And I mean, a LOT. It’s no secret that I’ve always had my major gripes with society, and who can blame me? As a young, naïve, kindergarten kid, it was society that informed me that I was different, and not in a way that would be deemed “acceptable.” It was children in our societythat bullied, taunted, and tormented me, and…
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  • EASY READ – Securing the rights of disabled people in the austerity era

    15 Jul 2014 | 3:39 am
    An economic, social and cultural rights movement is beginning to emerge in England.   Just Fair works as a central hub and advocate for this movement.  They aim to ensure that law, policy and practice complies with international human rights obligations including the empowerment of groups and individuals whose rights are being denied. They have put together an easy read document on securing the rights of disabled people in the austerity era.   http://just-fair.co.uk/uploads/Dignity_Opportunity_for_All_-_Easy_read.pdf   Website: http://just-fair.co.uk/  
  • Easy Read Guide to Dealing with Nuisance Calls

    1 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    Ofcom have put together a guide on how to get fewer phone calls that you don’t want. Ofcom leaflet – nuisance-calls-guide
  • LD Nursing professionals – the difficulties we face

    1 Jul 2014 | 3:46 am
    My name is Graham, I am a Learning Disability Nurse, qualifying in September 2012, having studied at the University of Cumbria. Since qualification, I have had several jobs, including managing a 30 bedded Elderly Nursing Unit, and working in EMI Dementia care, as a result of there being a scarcity of specific LD Nursing roles within my region , but demonstrating that as a RNLD, my nursing skills enable me to cross differing nursing disciplines and services. Currently, I am working for Health & Social Care Partnerships, based in Kendal – Cumbria.   We are a “step down”…
  • The Winter (bourne) of our Discontent

    12 Jun 2014 | 3:44 am
    The scandal of people with learning disabilities / challenging behaviour / mental health problems suffering abuse at the hands of so-called carers in Assessment and Treatment Units, often miles away from their family and friends and their own community appears to have no end! As Chris Hatton has said, since the start of the Winterbourne Review there have been more people transferred INTO these units than have been transferred out. His suggestion that CQC’s ‘make a clear statement that they will not register new services of this type, and that they will have a process of deregistration of…
  • Promoting Positive Partnerships

    20 May 2014 | 2:04 pm
    This DVD resource has been developed in conjunction with PAMIS, a voluntary organisation, which was established in 1992 to provide support for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), their family and carers and interested professionals. They work with the whole family providing lifelong support and this DVD resource will cover some of the challenges involved in improving the quality of life for people with PMLD. The DVD has been designed to support existing education and training and continuing professional development for staff around supporting people with profound…
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    Sick Chick

  • 10 Types of Service Dogs

    Sick Chick
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:27 pm
    In an earlier update I introduced Dale -Service Dog Extraordinaire. Today I would like to discuss all the different types of service dogs and the disabilities they can assist with. Many people are unaware of just how many jobs a service dog can do to make living with a disability easier. 1. Guide Dogs are trained to help a blind partner navigate their surroundings safely. This is definitely the most well known type of service dog, as they were the first. 2. Mobility Assistance Dogs work with people who have mobility impairments, such as walking difficulties or wheelchair use. They can pick up…
  • POTS and IV Fluid Therapy

    Sick Chick
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:19 pm
    In my last post I discussed POTS. If you haven’t done so already, you might want to read it before reading further, or this article might not make a whole lot of sense. (Unless you have a basic understanding of POTS, in which case, read on.) So I have POTS, and it makes me feel like crap. When my POTS symptoms are bad, I can’t even sit up in my wheelchair for more than a couple of minutes without risking a face plant. I vomit repeatedly and even forming simple thoughts is a struggle. After being upright for a few moments the room starts to spin, I get nauseous to the point of…
  • What is Dysautonomia and POTS?

    Sick Chick
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:39 pm
    This is the last segment of a three part series about the chronic illnesses I am diagnosed with. The first segment discussed Multiple Sclerosis, and the second focused on Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. The topic of this final installment is Dysautonomia. PART THREE To understand dysautonomia, you must first have a basic grasp of the function of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS controls all the things our bodies do automatically, without our conscious control. In dysautonomia, there is a malfunctioning of the ANS, and these automatic processes are not controlled the way they should be.
  • What is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?

    Sick Chick
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Welcome to part two of my three part series explaining the medical conditions I am diagnosed with. If you missed part one, it focused on Multiple Sclerosis. This segment will discuss Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. PART TWO Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is an inherited genetic connective tissue disease in which the body produces faulty collagen. This results in weakened connective tissues throughout the body. The hallmark of EDS is hypermobility. Although there are a total of six types of EDS, the three main types of are: Hypermobility Classical Vascular This article will focus on the hypermobility…
  • What is Multiple Sclerosis?

    Sick Chick
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:33 pm
    It seems like the most natural subject to tackle, now that I have properly introduced myself and my service dog, is a more in depth discussion of each of my three main medical condition. Therefore, this will be a three part series. PART ONE What is Multiple Sclerosis? Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease. In autoimmune diseases, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks itself instead of just pathogens (such as viruses.) In the case of MS, the immune system attacks the central nervous system. The nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are called neurons. Each neuron has…
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