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  • The Power of She: Don’t Put A Limit on What You Can Do

    Karen Putz » Deaf Mom
    Karenputz
    8 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    Five years ago, my husband Joe sent me a link that forever changed my life. It was a TODAY Show segment featuring Judy Myers, a 66-year-old barefoot water skier from California. Barefoot Water Skier is Landing on her Feet at 66 Judy inspired me to get back on the water and dive back into my passion for barefoot water skiing. The “Old Lady” taught me many lessons on and off the water, including the biggest one of all: don’t put a limit on what you can do. Age really truly is a number–and you can choose to grow bolder instead of older. Catch Judy’s story (and mine)…
  • Treating and Preventing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

    Disabled World
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    The holiday season is often associated with family gatherings and cheerful spirits, but that's not the case for everyone.
  • Impact of power prosthetic failures on amputees studied

    Disability News -- ScienceDaily
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    Powered lower limb prosthetics hold promise for improving the mobility of amputees, but errors in the technology may also cause some users to stumble or fall. New research examines what happens when these technologies fail, with the goal of developing more robust powered prostheses.
  • Breathing is so overrated

    Rollercoaster Parenting
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:10 am
    Some days, I just can't believe some of the things I hear.Listen to this one.A sweet friend of mine put in a request with NSW disability equipment Provider Enabe for a shower chair for her dear child. This requires a whole ream of paper, to be filled in by a qualified OT working for registered service provider.The reply came that, yes, the chair was approved. However, the requested harness was denied as the tilt on chair would suffice to keep the child seated just fine. So the mother rang and asked the senior advisor to read out loud what OT had written as the reason for needing a…
  • To The Red Headed Kid In Front of Me

    Rolling Around In My Head
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    Dear Kid In Front of Me in the Lineup,Before I start, let me just assure you that I think you are an amazing kid. I know you aren't used to getting letters from strangers but this is the only way I can think of to express my admiration of the person you already are and the person you are still yet to be.When I pulled into the lunchtime line up and saw that I was fifth or sixth in line behind a bunch of young teens, yes including you, I immediately tensed up. You see these are really unsafe situations for me. I'm fat, I'm in a wheelchair, I'm a pretty big target for really small hearts. But I…
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    Karen Putz » Deaf Mom

  • The Power of She: Don’t Put A Limit on What You Can Do

    Karenputz
    8 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    Five years ago, my husband Joe sent me a link that forever changed my life. It was a TODAY Show segment featuring Judy Myers, a 66-year-old barefoot water skier from California. Barefoot Water Skier is Landing on her Feet at 66 Judy inspired me to get back on the water and dive back into my passion for barefoot water skiing. The “Old Lady” taught me many lessons on and off the water, including the biggest one of all: don’t put a limit on what you can do. Age really truly is a number–and you can choose to grow bolder instead of older. Catch Judy’s story (and mine)…
  • Sunsets, Synchronicity, and Beaches

    Karenputz
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    The graffiti threw us for a loop as we drove closer and closer to our hotel on Venice Beach. Joe and I expressed some apprehension about the area. I had picked the Venice Beach Suites out of the blue–the ratings were good, the price was reasonable, and the hotel was on a beach known for great sunsets.  For our 25th anniversary, we wanted to watch a sunset on the beach. From a quick look around, we discovered it was also known for a “high” lifestyle.  We debated whether to move to a hotel in Santa Monica. After some discussion, we decided to stay. “There must be a…
  • Empowered Women and Social Media

    Karenputz
    5 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    Back in 2000, my husband Joe suggested we buy a computer. I scoffed at the idea. Why should we pay a lot of money for a fancy typewriter? I was a mom with three kids–why would I have any use for a computer? Joe saw the value long before I could. As a deaf mom, I discovered I could connect with other moms via discussion forums and chats. In no time at all, I became a Pregnancy and Birth chat moderator for AOL in exchange for free internet service. In 2006, I dove into writing and social media. The World Wide Web was truly wide as I connected with people all over the world. Today, as a…
  • Write at Sea, A Cruise for First Time Book Authors

    Karenputz
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:59 pm
    I’m super excited about this next adventure–a cruise for first-time book authors! When I was deep into writing my first book, I slogged through it pretty much alone. I had no clue what writing tools to use, how to structure my writing, or even how to begin. So I began the only way I could think of. I just wrote. And wrote. And wrote some more. The book I ended up publishing looked nothing like the book I started with. Along the way, I met other writers. I picked up some tips and tricks. Six books later, I’m still writing and learning. The biggest and best…
  • Parenting During the College Years

    Karenputz
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Letting go isn’t easy. Not even the second time around. Today is Move In day for my daughter, Lauren. The little girl is now a college student and today’s the day I have to let go and say goodbye. Three years ago, the hubby was with me when we said goodbye to David. The tears started flowing during our final hug and the tears didn’t stop until well into the long drive home. I’m lying here in bed with my daughter next to me and the tears are already flowing this morning. I’m thankful she has her older brother on campus to ease the transition for her. As for me,…
 
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  • Treating and Preventing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    The holiday season is often associated with family gatherings and cheerful spirits, but that's not the case for everyone.
  • New Approach for Treating Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:08 am
    Blocking molecules involved in ALS-drug resistance may improve how well ALS therapeutics work, suggesting that re-evaluation of drugs that appeared to have failed might be appropriate. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a neurodegenerative disease that primarily kills motor neurons, leading to paralysis and death 2 to 5 years from diagnosis. Currently ALS has no cure.
  • Injured U.S. Veteran Receives Keys to New Home in Mesa, Arizona

    22 Nov 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Marine Sergeant Receives Custom, Mortgage-Free Home from Taylor Morrison and Homes for Our Troops.
  • Adrenal Fatigue: Causes, Symptoms, and Susceptibility

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:24 am
    Most commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress, adrenal fatigue may also occur during or after acute or chronic infections, particularly respiratory infections such as bronchitis, influenza, or pneumonia. Its main symptom is fatigue that is not relieved by sleep yet it is not a readily identifiable entity like measles or a growth on the end of a person's finger. A person may appear and act fairly regularly with adrenal fatigue and might not have any obvious signs of physical illness, but live with a general sense of, 'un-wellness,' gray feelings, or tiredness. People who experience…
  • Special Olympics Narrows Health Gap Faced by People with Intellectual Disabilities

    22 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    Healthy Communities provides essential health services to people with intellectual disabilities, a population that is severely medically under-served, despite the plethora of health organizations and programs that exist to serve people in need.
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    Disability News -- ScienceDaily

  • Impact of power prosthetic failures on amputees studied

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    Powered lower limb prosthetics hold promise for improving the mobility of amputees, but errors in the technology may also cause some users to stumble or fall. New research examines what happens when these technologies fail, with the goal of developing more robust powered prostheses.
  • Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation studied for stroke rehab

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    Researchers are trying to help patients who have suffered a stroke to improve arm movement by stimulating the brain using a device called a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator (TMS). The idea is that when one side of the brain is damaged by a stroke, the healthy side tends to generate much more activity to compensate, but that may actually prevent the injured side from recovering, explains the principal investigator.
  • Novel robotic walker helps patients regain natural gait and increases productivity of physiotherapists

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:29 am
    Survivors of stroke or other neurological conditions such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and Parkinson’s disease often struggle with mobility. To regain their motor functions, these patients are required to undergo physical therapy sessions. A team of researchers has invented a novel robotic walker that helps patients carry out therapy sessions to regain their leg movements and natural gait. The system also increases productivity of physiotherapists and improves the quality of rehabilitation sessions.
  • How mutant gene can cause deafness

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Scientists have discovered how one gene is essential to hearing, uncovering a cause of deafness and suggesting new avenues for therapies. "This raises hopes that we could, in principle, use gene-therapy approaches to restore function in hair cells and thus develop new treatment options for hearing loss," said the senior author of the new study.
  • Pain, magnet displacement in MRI in patients with cochlear implants

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Pain, discomfort and magnet displacement were documented in a small medical records review study of patients with cochlear implants who underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), according to a new report.
 
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    Rollercoaster Parenting

  • Breathing is so overrated

    17 Nov 2014 | 3:10 am
    Some days, I just can't believe some of the things I hear.Listen to this one.A sweet friend of mine put in a request with NSW disability equipment Provider Enabe for a shower chair for her dear child. This requires a whole ream of paper, to be filled in by a qualified OT working for registered service provider.The reply came that, yes, the chair was approved. However, the requested harness was denied as the tilt on chair would suffice to keep the child seated just fine. So the mother rang and asked the senior advisor to read out loud what OT had written as the reason for needing a…
  • Justification

    10 Nov 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Paperwork to apply for funding under the incontinence scheme (for things such as nappies and catheters):Because "pissing your pants and sitting in them is undignified" is not a good enough reason!
  • Back again

    10 Nov 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Here we are, back in hospital again. Four bottles of this life-saving stuff for Beaver. A day of rest at home tomorrow. And another four bottles on Thursday.
  • Virgin Australia

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    How do you take a 50kg wheelchair user to the toilet on a 4 hour Virgin Australia flight. You drag or carry them is how!My father-in-law booked us (him and his wife plus the five of us) on a lovely and much needed break to Fiji. He still had some outstanding Virgin Australia tickets from the trip to Bali we missed out on when hubby broke his ankle last year. So Virgin Australia it was, Sydney to Nadi, and SoftiTel on Demerau, a resort style hotel close to the airport to minimize traveling, swimmers in the suitcase.After our recent experience traveling to Alaska and Vancouver Island with two…
  • Meds

    18 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    The benefit of empty gelatine capsules - I can make one brain pill (for Bipolar) and one pain pill (for neuropathy).
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    Rolling Around In My Head

  • To The Red Headed Kid In Front of Me

    23 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    Dear Kid In Front of Me in the Lineup,Before I start, let me just assure you that I think you are an amazing kid. I know you aren't used to getting letters from strangers but this is the only way I can think of to express my admiration of the person you already are and the person you are still yet to be.When I pulled into the lunchtime line up and saw that I was fifth or sixth in line behind a bunch of young teens, yes including you, I immediately tensed up. You see these are really unsafe situations for me. I'm fat, I'm in a wheelchair, I'm a pretty big target for really small hearts. But I…
  • Now That It's OK To Do ... Murder, That Is ...

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:21 am
    I just completed an interview, as part of research into the effect that working with people who have been traumatized has on you in the role of helper, and am a little traumatized from the experience itself. To be fair, the interview was only done after a warning that the subjects discussed might cause distress, and I gave fully informed consent.As the questions rolled by about how I, in my role, deal with various aspects of trauma as experienced by those I serve, I began thinking about a young man I met in an abuse prevention class about a year ago. Even though it's a long time since, I…
  • Choir Practice

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:27 am
    Last night Joe headed out, right after supper, to choir practise. When we lived in Quebec Joe was a member of the choir at St. Paul's United Church. It was a big part of his life and he enjoyed both the practises and the performances. When we moved to Toronto, with the travel that we do, and, I hate to admit, with the extra support that I need, he has been unable to join a choir as a regular member.As it happens, Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, which has an amazing choir, on occasion needs extra voices and asks for volunteers to come forward. Joe did this last summer and is doing it…
  • NOTICE ME!!!

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:09 am
    We were Christmas shopping, in a large, large store. The snowfall must have turned on everyone's need to get out and shop for gifts because the store, and the mall it was attached to was packed. Just packed. We'd not been to this mall or this store for a very long time and Joe and I found ourselves wandering around quite lost. We were looking for the entertainment department but seemingly could only find women's lingerie and men's boots. Finally, with help from two different store employees, we were going in the right direction.I was about to turn a right angle that would allow me to go from…
  • A Robin in Winter

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:14 am
    I am sometimes asked, with a bit of hostility mixed with pure disbelief, how I can write a blog every day regarding my experiences as a disabled man. This usually happens whens speaking to someone who also has a little bit of trouble believing my stories about the hostilities and prejudices I face from being different and disabled in the world. Accusations of being 'over sensitive' and 'hyper critical' regarding people who mean well and who have no ill intent in their interactions with me. Then, after informing me that disabled people suffer generosity spurred by compassion rather than…
 
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  • My Dating Patterns

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Ebony magazine's website has an uplifting and engaging article on it called "Black Girls Only". What the author says in the last paragraph about desire comes as a sort of revelation to me."...I'm well aware that desire is different from love. Desire is definitely constructed around social influences and signifiers of what is beautiful and worthy of love. From body type to complexion we are inundated with messages about who should be wanted and who shouldn't. My choice to love black women only is revolutionary. It's a reflection of my radical politics.  It's my straight no chaser lust,…
  • Lord Make Haste to Help Me!

    3 Nov 2014 | 8:57 pm
    I have a prayer request. On Wednesday, I have to find a way to get all the way to Baton Rouge (which is an hour and a half away from here) even though my roommate is working and can't take me unless I can convince the doctor's office that's contracted with Social Security to let me be seen earlier in the day. Please pray that something works out. I don't want to borrow my roommate's car. I really don't like using anyone else's things. She has said that if it comes down to it, she'll let me, but I don't want to do that. I kind of have a policy of not using something that belongs to someone…
  • Gaze Upon the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss / Why I ain't Impressed by Young White Liberals

    24 Sep 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Another white liberal/progressive removed themselves from my Facebook friends list today. Apparently, I'm too upsetting to her gang of racist friends and the more assimilation minded POC buddies. At first this bothered me. This was someone I'd been giving the benefit of the doubt for over a year. She always seemed just one step away from strictly claiming to care about POC and PWD to understanding that it was time to act on those supposed feelings of regard for us. It never happened. In the end, whiteness is just too comfortable and comforting for most people to willingly reject it.I should…
  • The Switch to Online Courses Presents Challenges for Students with Disabilities

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Slate has an article about how universities are switching from using original content generated by professors to online courses produced by the major textbook companies. It's a very disturbing trend.My child is taking one of these Pearson math courses in college right now. Ze also took an online math course in high school. The high school version was great for a student like hir who could zip through all of the assignments at hir own pace by utilizing resources like Youtube for learning concepts that weren't explained well by the course material. Ze says the math course ze's in now is going…
  • Goats and Disabilities

    8 Sep 2014 | 2:32 pm
    I spent the morning mucking out the enclosures for 17 goats. It was really, really physically taxing. After the first pen, I regreted taking this job. When you're sweeping and shoveling goat poop, your clothes get covered in a fine dust consisting of dirt, hay, and dried poop. It was impossible to keep cool. I quickly ran out of water in my thermos and I was too far from the house to go back for more.Still, I kept at it. The second and third pens were easier and I think it was because I developed a strategy for cleaning them. The fourth and last pen was THE WORST. I couldn't even get to the…
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  • The Princess Who Loved Her Father Like Salt

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Here's something I did not know: the Cinderella tale is more prevalent, or popular, than I thought. Two days ago I found a blog that has compiled--are you ready for this?--365 different versions of the faerie tale! That's more than I ever imagined was out there! And that's where I found the Persian Cinderella story. Growing up, I knew there was a Native American version of the story, 'cause I read it as a kid. And a Chinese version, 'cause I read it a long time ago as well. Now, Disney is doing a live action remake of Cinderella; I saw a trailer for it today on Facebook. I'm just amazed at…
  • 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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  • 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.
  • Enterprise: Social Media Staff Guidelines list

    dnw
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    This list also includes policies called; Staff blogging policies, enterprise social network guidelines, Employee Blogging Policies, Staff engagement in online communities, and so on. via Enterprise: List of 40 Social Media Staff Guidelines » Laurel Papworth @SilkCharm.
  • The unconsciously built connected consciousness | Cluetrain at Fifteen

    dnw
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    [The Net is] the connected consciousness of the market itself. It makes markets smart by giving customers unprecedented powers, the most fundamental of which is each other via Cluetrain at Fifteen | Linux Journal. What I have always loved about Doc is how human he is. For me this quote encompasses everything the article has to say… It also points to what I consider as to the how the Net itself came into being… as an unconsciously built connectivity tool… because as humans we create and form what we crave.
  • The Parent’s Guide to a Minecraft Server for your kids

    dnw
    27 Jul 2013 | 1:28 am
    A friend of mine posted on facebook wondering if anyone knew about running a Minecraft server, predominantly for her son. Me and my son have been through the experience and we’ve come up against a few hurdles we had to overcome. I thought it might be useful to share what we’ve done. So here it is, the Parent’s Guide to setting up a Minecraft server… a list version. A Computer – I had an old computer laying around so put that on the LAN with idea of running it headless (no monitor). Mine’s a Mac but it doesn’t make any difference, just use what you…
 
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  • 2015 Hall of Fame for the Blindness Field Nominations are Now Being Accepted

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:51 am
    Who should be the next inductees in to the Hall of Fame for the Blindness Field?  "The Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field is dedicated to preserving, honoring, and promoting the tradition of excellence manifested by the specific individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame and through the history of outstanding services provided to people who are blind or visually impaired." The nomination process is easy and can be done electronically. Submissions are due by March 27, 2015. What are the criteria? Persons who have made significant contributions to improve the lives…
  • Parenting with a Visual Impairment

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    Parenting with a Visual Impairment: Advice for Raising Babies and Young Children, a new book and CD set from APH, shares helpful tips, techniques, attitudes, and preparatory experiences from successful parents who are blind and visually impaired. The parents in Parenting with a Visual Impairment: Advice for Raising Babies and Young Children each completed an extensive written questionnaire and a 90-minute phone interview about how they accomplished parenting tasks using non-visual techniques. Book Summarizes Parents' Responses: Decided to have children Prepared to become parents Acquired…
  • In Memoriam: Fred L. Gissoni

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    We are mourning the loss of the incomparable Fred L. Gissoni, who passed away Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the age of 84. Fred contributed 60 years of service to people who are blind and visually impaired. Fred was known across the United States and around the world for his brilliant intellect, inventiveness, and impish sense of humor. Before coming to APH in 1988, he retired from what was then called the Kentucky Department for the Blind. Fred served for 23 years at APH, retiring in 2011 from our Customer Relations Department, but his legacy will live on for years to come. He helped create…
  • Developing Accessible Apps for People who are Deafblind

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    By Dr. Arun Mehta, Bapsi Bapsi is a small NGO in India that seeks to help those with multiple disabilities via free and open source technologies, with a current focus on the needs of the deaf-blind. Earlier, they needed an iPhone with a braille display to communicate. With free apps from our Vibration series, they can use Android smartphones costing as little as $50 to be able to send and receive information independently. To someone completely lacking vision and hearing, the phone sends text by vibrating in Morse code. Taking advantage of a grant from the Information SocietyInnovation Fund,…
  • APH News: September 2014

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    The September 2014 APH News is now online! This month’s headlines: “Full Steam Ahead!”—146th Annual Meeting Registration Still Open National Prison Braille Forum: Countdown to Launch Time! Complete the 2014 APH Customer Satisfaction Survey Field Test Opportunity: Nemeth Tutorial 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…
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  • In search of the Ubiquitous Mouthstick

    dnw
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Mick (email on request) sent me this very pertinent email the other day about the un-ubiquitous nature of mouthsticks. Lads is it just me or do we all use any given mouth-stick for a broad variety of tasks? I ask because I find that many of the solutions offered for a specific issue -in this case touch-barrier-only focus on that one use. And do not allow for the fact that mouthsticks are used as fingers. In fact I find most commercially available mouthsticks really flimsy and restrictive. For instance, I want to be able to use the same mouthstick to turn pages, push switches, use phone or…
  • Faraday Stylus’ new capacities program

    dnw
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Just came across the iFaraday stylus via a blog post on ATMac. All their stylus’ look good and I’m impressed with their “new capacities” program which states Our goal is to enable anyone who wants to use a capacitive touch screen device.  We have three working designs that enable folks to use a capacitive touch screen. If you don’t find something that fits your needs here, contact us to see if we can create something that works better for you. The mouthstick variety looks fantastic and especially the fact you can order specific lengths but with the bonus of…
  • App for deaf people to ‘hear’ group conversations

    dnw
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Smart, very smart use of technology to enhance lives. Researchers have developed the first mobile app to make group conversations possible between deaf people and their hearing peers. The Transcense app “listens” and interprets conversations, providing real-time captioning on mobile devices.   Indiegogo campaign : https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/transcense-group-conversations-made-accessible Transcence website : http://www.transcense.com/ via [New app lets deaf people ‘hear’ group conversations — RT News.] Related posts: Feel the music Live Subtitling for the Deaf and Hard…
  • Communicate Using Only Your Breath

    dnw
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    Huff post report on invention by 16yo Arsh Shah Dilbagi who has found a way to convert human breath into speech via – 16-Year-Old Invents A New Way To Communicate — Using Only Your Breath. Related posts: BreathBird : Breath activated scanning input comes to iPad Blow scrolling
  • Reader Writes – carbon fiber mouth stick fabrication needed

    dnw
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    I received the following comment on my post Reader Writes: Another alternative for a touch mouthstick from Aaron who is looking for help fabricating a mouthstick solution. The aim of Lifekludger is to try and bring together people who make things (Makers) with people who need things (Livers). I post it here in hope someone might be able to assist him. Hello, I am a quadriplegic, and I had a very customizable mouth stick made for myself almost twenty years ago. The mouth stick has many easy exchangeable different types of attachments that are available to use. The attachment’s range from…
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  • Scandic's accessibility training wins two awards for best interactive training

    Scott Rains
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Scandic's accessibility training has won first prize for best interactive training at the Swedish Learning Awards 2014 and also took home silver in the British E-learning Awards. Scandic is a leading hotel operator in the Nordic countries today. Just over 10 years ago Scandic started its journey towards making its hotels more accessible for people with disabilities. On top of this a wide-ranging interactive training programme has been developed for all the hotel chain's employees with the aim of fostering an understanding of different types of accessibility challenges and the importance…
  • Post-Summit Report: Destinations for All 2014

    Scott Rains
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    The first World Summit Destinations for All took place at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal from October 19-22, 2014. More than 350 delegates from around the globe came together with one goal: to further develop and implement international standards to build an accessible world for everyone. To view all of the Summit's photos, click on the following link: http://bit.ly/1vSCBlXThese photos are royalty-free and can be shared.AN OVERVIEW OF THE SUMMIT366 participants from 31 countries;148 sessions and 6 panels underlying 3 main themes: tourism, culture and…
  • US Veterans with Disabilities Toolkit

    Scott Rains
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    WASHINGTON, D.C., November 11, 2014--Today the Equal Rights Center (ERC)--a national non-profit civil rights organization--released a new toolkit to help veterans with disabilities advocate for accessible housing. "Every year, hundreds of thousands of veterans return home to new challenges and barriers due to physical and mental disabilities resulting from their service to and for our country," said Melvina Ford, executive director of the ERC. "Under the federal Fair Housing Act, these veterans are entitled to accessible housing and beyond that our gratitude and…
  • ThisAbility for Peace

    Scott Rains
    2 Nov 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Philosophy behind "THISability for Peace"It's been a long time that I've been fostering the idea of launching an international group on Facebook to promote global peace through disability concept. However, I had my own reasons to procrastinate it, mostly because I am pretty busy with my Iranian group of Disability Rights Advocates, as well as my personal and academic activities. While I avoided getting involved in a new time-consuming project, I was finally overcome by my constant temptation. Therefore, after I finished making the logo for THISability for Peace, I did not hesitate to upload…
  • IASG: Inter-Agency Support Group for the CRPD meets to chart way forward

    Scott Rains
    1 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    On 14-15 October, the UN Inter-Agency Support Group (IASG) for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities met via video-conference. Over 15 agencies and others participated in the meeting and open sessions, including representatives of the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC). At the meeting, the IASG decided to further strengthen its collaboration in the promotion of a disability-inclusive post-2015 agenda and in relation to inclusive emergency and humanitarian responses and disaster risk reduction for…
 
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  • Yooralla disability provider faces rape, corruption allegations - Sydney Morning Herald

    Google Inc.
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:16 am
    ABC OnlineYooralla disability provider faces rape, corruption allegationsSydney Morning HeraldOne of Australia's largest disability providers bungled the handling of rape and sexual harassment cases while some of its facilities have been riddled with corruption and mismanagement, leaked documents and whistleblowers say. The revelations come Calls for inquiry into Victoria's disability sector amid allegations care ABC OnlineAbusive and corrupt staff employed by Yooralla despite warnings, leaked Brisbane Timesall 11 news articles »
  • Editorial roundup: Revamp VA disability benefits - Lansing State Journal

    Google Inc.
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Lansing State JournalEditorial roundup: Revamp VA disability benefitsLansing State JournalBut the Veterans Administration and members of Congress also have an obligation to ensure that those who receive disability benefits truly deserve them and are treated equitably. Unfortunately, as a recent investigation by The Times' Alan Zarembo shows and more »
  • Assisted suicide: Is it simply death over disability? - U-T San Diego

    Google Inc.
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Assisted suicide: Is it simply death over disability?U-T San DiegoWhile proponents have waged an aggressive public relations campaign to re-brand assisted suicide as “death with dignity” and “aid in dying,” we must ask ourselves if this is really just death over disability. The debate concerning end of life care has ...and more »
  • PSA members rally against disability privatisation - Green Left Weekly

    Google Inc.
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:51 am
    Green Left WeeklyPSA members rally against disability privatisationGreen Left WeeklyHundreds of members of the NSW Public Service Association rallied outside state parliament on November 13 to protest against the government's privatisation of disability services over the next 12 months. Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) is part
  • Vote Planned On Tax-Free Disability Savings Accounts - Disability Scoop

    Google Inc.
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    Disability ScoopVote Planned On Tax-Free Disability Savings AccountsDisability ScoopU.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said that the House will vote in December on the ABLE Act, which would offer people with disabilities a new way to save. McMorris Rodgers, who is a co-sponsor of the bill, has a 7-year-old son with Down syndrome.and more »
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  • Colour contrast counts! A cautionary tale

    Robyn
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Information accessibility challenges can pop up in unexpected places. Recently I was talking to someone involved with an amateur dramatic society. Billboards were designed for the latest production. The billboards, complete with fancy font for branding, were displayed in and around the small country town where my friend lives. On the computer screen they looked great. But he discovered to his annoyance that when driving past them at the open road speed they were unreadable. Some retrofitting was needed. A steady handed volunteer was recruited to outline the lettering in black to increase…
  • Re-thinking disability advisory groups for community engagement

    Robyn
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    For some years now many disabled people have been involved in advisory groups. These are usually established to enable organisations such as local government, central government, health organisations or other national and local bodies to meet their obligations towards disabled people. These advisory groups are not limited to the disability community  - but my reflections on their workings are. As some advisory groups exist now there are problems resulting from a lack of commitment, or a tokenistic approach to “doing the right thing” rather than a real desire to include disabled…
  • Political party web sites fall short

    Robyn
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Disabled people often rely on the Internet for information because many other information sources are inaccessible.  They experience accessibility barriers when finding and using information on the web if sites have not been designed and built with accessibility in mind. Why we audited  political party web sites “Can we all come to the party” is a report we produced at AccEase to see how easily people with disability can engage with party political websites before the New Zealand election on September 20th. The report says “Voting and participation in the electoral process is a…
  • A voice for everyone

    Robyn
    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

    Robyn
    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…
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    ATMac

  • Weekend Roundup for 23 November 2014

    Ricky Buchanan
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:04 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 … OS X Links Updated Bookshare Web Reader Now Lets You Read using Safari for Mac! iOS Links Ever wanted a way to set your iPhone/iPad volume so the user can’t change it? Volume Sanity may help. Miss T9 texting on your iPhone? There’s an app for that Smart Apps For Special Needs: Top apps to teach/support following directions! Put down the turkey … 10 best social story apps + tips to help…
  • Screen Protectors for Your iPhone And iPad

    Ricky Buchanan
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:07 am
    Screen protectors – films or sheets that fit over the screen on your phone – used to be a necessity for iPhone users. Are they as necessary for new phones? Here are the accessibility advantages and disadvantages of screen protectors, and a run-down on what’s available. Advantages of Screen Protectors Glare from screens can be a problem if you use your phone anywhere there’s direct sun or bright light and this can be a much bigger issue for those with some types of low vision and eye problems, as well as neurological issues such as dyslexia. Anti-glare screen protectors…
  • iOS 8 Keyboard Review: Keedogo and Keedogo Plus

    Ricky Buchanan
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:55 am
    Third-party custom keyboards were one of the accessibility enhancements that was most anticipated in iOS 8. Keedogo and Keedogo Plus from AssistiveWare are excellent for beginning typers and those who need a simple and colourful interface. These reviews are generally just a single keyboard at a time but Keedogo and Keedogo Plus are significantly similar so I am reviewing them together. Thanks to AssistiveWare’s David Niemeijer for answering my many questions! Description from AssistiveWare’s own website: Keedogo is designed for children and young students who just started to read,…
  • Weekend Roundup for 16 November 2014

    Ricky Buchanan
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:28 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 Audio: Making calls on your Mac via iPhone using iOS 8.1 and Yosemite with VoiceOver OS X Yosemite How-to: Enable Dark Mode Still a bunch of articles about Yosemite – the new version of Mac OS X. Don’t forget to take a look at our Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Accessibility Roundup. OS X Yosemite: Let’s Make Some Phone Calls! Audio: Exploring The Improved Accessibility Of iBooks On…
  • Keyboard Skins for Macbooks and Apple Keyboards

    Ricky Buchanan
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:51 am
    Are you familiar with keyboard skins? These cover your keyboard with a thin skin made from flexible silicone to help protect the keyboard as you use it. A protector won’t make your keyboard completely waterproof but they’ll help protect it from spilled drinks, drool, crumbs, pet hair, etc. Keyboard skins are sometimes translucent but may be coloured or even printed with attractive designs to personalise your keyboard similarly to how iPhone cases personalise your device. Skins are also usually overprinted with keyboard layouts, including commonly used layouts like QWERTY and less…
 
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    Disability Scoop

  • Future Uncertain For National Children’s Study

    Lisa Gillespie, Kaiser Health News
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    An effort to track the health of 100,000 kids from birth to adulthood may stop before its official start in a potential setback for those looking for answers on autism and other disorders.
  • Seinfeld Now Says He Doesn’t Have Autism

    Shaun Heasley
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is backing off comments he made earlier this month suggesting that he may be on the autism spectrum.
  • Vote Planned On Tax-Free Disability Savings Accounts

    Michelle Diament
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    With little time to spare, a vote will happen this year on a bill that would allow people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their benefits, a key member of Congress says.
  • Toymaker Wants Playtime To Be More Inclusive

    Michelle Diament
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    The maker of childhood classics like Mr. Potato Head, Play-Doh and Connect 4 is looking to ensure that kids with developmental disabilities know how to engage with its toys too.
  • Clock Ticking On Plan For Disability Savings Accounts

    Michelle Diament
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    Advocates are pushing Congress to act before the end of the year on a bill that would allow people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their government benefits.
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    Clear Helper

  • Online Security & Privacy for People with Cognitive Disabilities, Part 1

    John Rochford
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    I am trying to evaluate the barriers of online security and privacy to people with cognitive disabilities. This work will help inform the effort of the W3C’s Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force to recommend standards on how to make online security and privacy more accessible. Problem I am struggling with how to go about this evaluation. It is a daunting task to come up with common barriers and solution recommendations across: the many end-user security and privacy techniques, e.g.: passwords; two-factor authentication; biometrics; and encryption the variety of…
  • CAPTCHA, Cognitive Disabilities, v1 (W3C Task Force)

    John Rochford
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:59 am
    As a member of the W3C‘s Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force, I agreed to review web-security technologies. I chose to begin with CAPTCHA. My first draft is below. The format I am using is the one I intend to use for future reviews. All the text is my own. I welcome your feedback, additions, and/or revisions. Definition CAPTCHA is typically a website widget that prevents automated programs from submitting a web form intended for humans by requiring humans to pass a test. Such tests present distorted text visually and/or aurally; and require the form-submitter to…
  • Autism Gap Analysis (W3C Task Force)

    John Rochford
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    Neil Milliken and I have written an autism gap analysis as part of the effort to create gap analyses by the W3C‘s Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force. Our intent is to identify the gap between where the state of accessibility for people with autism is now when using the web, and where we want it to be. The following is information about the autism gap analysis. We included some personas with use cases that address key challenges. The personas and use cases are based upon aggregated results of interviews of people with autism-spectrum disorder (ASD),…
  • Gap Analyses for Cognitive Web Accessibility (W3C Task Force)

    John Rochford
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    The members of the W3C‘s Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force have been working since January to develop a set of gap analyses. A gap analysis, as we have defined it, identifies the gap between where the state of accessibility for people with cognitive disabilities is now when using the web, and where we want it to be. The gap analyses are based upon common cognitive disabilities. The following list of the gap analyses includes their primary authors (as of July, 2014). ADD / ADHD Authors: Susann Keohane, Mary Jo Mueller Aging and Dementia Authors: Katie…
  • Proposed Infrastructure For Automatic-Accessibility Personalization

    John Rochford
    29 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    The WC3‘s Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force received a presentation about a project called the “Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure” (GPII), from Gregg Vanderheiden, on March 31, 2014. Quoted below is a project description. “The purpose of the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) is to ensure that everyone who faces accessibility barriers due to disability, literacy, digital literacy, or aging, regardless of economic resources, can access and use the Internet and all its information, communities, and services for…
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    HEALING THROUGH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

  • I Have To Laugh

    Cathy
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    detail of installation, ceramic _______________________ I have to laugh at the thought of you all reading yesterday’s post…. I mean, REALLY! What a picture I leave you with: girl in wheelchair beating the bejezus(sp?) out of a pillow yelling profanities into the morning air. These are some of the ways I entertain myself it seems. Latent anger needs a voice. A bad-girl one preferably. Having done what it has taken to get authentic I now like to watch myself being so. Truly- who would have thought those noises were in this girl? Then this morning I am different. Light. Engaged with…
  • What Makes Me Come Alive?

    Cathy
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:09 pm
    “WOMAN BECOMING” 70×42, m/m ___________________________ Winter came. I felt isolated, dogless, flat over the weekend. My friends I spoke with felt equally adrift; “What is my purpose?” “I just wanna watch TV.” “I have a stomach ache.” “I’m just over here cleaning out drawers and I don’t even know why.” Pulling in when one is already IN is dicey territory. Here comes winter and my body and spirit balk at the tightening up, bundling up, showing up for the naked trees and infinite colors of grey. Here’s a…
  • The Warriors

    Cathy
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:08 pm
    “LANDSCAPE” 45″x6′,m/m _____________________ Early this morning at Starbucks with my girlfriend found us sitting next to a man worthy of notice. He was dressed in a crisp and ironed white shirt, nice vest and necktie. His grey hair was tousled but great looking. He sat there contained with his attention cast toward something on the table. My friend said: “You look so great. Do you live here? We are not so used to men who dress so well!” “Yes, I live here and thank you! I am going to the Veteran’s Day parade.” All of a sudden my reality…
  • Forget It, Fetch It, Forge It

    Cathy
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
    30×30″,m/m _________ “Suffering is forgetting our true nature.” -Buddha Sometimes my mind hears all these pretty words that the wise ones uttered under some tree in a far away land And I just go numb. “Yeah..sounds nice.” Words like suffering, true, even nature are so much a part of our vernacular That their overuse diminishes their potency. After all is said and done Buddha’s words are the wisest of the wise for me. My lifetime has been one of doing what needed to be done to dismantle the armor that helped me survive a less-than-supportve youth. The…
  • The Tittilation Of Technology

    Cathy
    8 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    monoprint, 12×12″ _____________ Is it weird that I find my VERY OWN NEW COMPUTER sexy? After years of looking into a pre-high-def greyed-out screen My world is now 27 inches of realer-than-real color Which, in all honesty, has acted like a virtual facelift on me. I mean- I truly look 10 years younger Without the toleration inherent in out-dated technology: The swearing and hair pulling and dreaming of very heavy drinking I can now meet you here with clarity, higher level creativity And a face sans-crinkled brow. I FEEL FABULOUS! I LOVE MYSELF! I LOVE YOU ALL! I LOVE THE WORLD! Pure…
 
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    ROHO®

  • ROHO Helps Honor Disabled Veterans with Custom-Designed Cushion Donation

    Stephanie Tesreau
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, November 17, 2014 – During a Veteran’s Day commemoration ceremony at the historic Alamo, 40 wounded service members were honored with the gift of custom-built Segway® transporters.  Of those, four were Ally Chair Adapted Segways outfitted with ROHO® cushions and ROHO® AGILITY™ backrests.  These donations were made possible by Segs4Vets to improve […] The post ROHO Helps Honor Disabled Veterans with Custom-Designed Cushion Donation appeared first on ROHO®.
  • Q & A with Emily Ladau

    Stephanie Tesreau
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Blog site:  WordsIWheelBy.com How long have you been blogging? I’ve been blogging for just over a year and it’s been such an adventure! (Blog post: 5 Lessons I Learned From My 1st Year of Blogging) Describe yourself in 3 words. Passionate, persistent, dedicated Your favorite blog to visit? I absolutely love reading about the Smith […] The post Q & A with Emily Ladau appeared first on ROHO®.
  • Q & A with Blogger Priscilla Hedlin

    Stephanie Tesreau
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Blog site:  WheelchairMommy.com How long have you been blogging? I started blogging before it was blogging. I had my first website in 1999 on a geocities site. Describe yourself in 3 words. Devoted, resourceful and passionate First thing you do when you wake up? Drink coffee and check my email. Last thing you do before you […] The post Q & A with Blogger Priscilla Hedlin appeared first on ROHO®.
  • Q & A with Jamie Goodwin

    Stephanie Tesreau
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Blogging via Facebook.com/Wheelin’ Weightloss Why did you start blogging? I started writing and sharing my story to inspire others to lose weight and to have accountability partners in return. If you could give your page a permanent hashtag what would it be? #noexcueshere Gadget/”trick” you use that makes life in a wheelchair a little easier? Ask for help. People […] The post Q & A with Jamie Goodwin appeared first on ROHO®.
  • ROHO Elite Interview: John McRoberts

    Stephanie Tesreau
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Meet John McRoberts, a medal-winning Paralympic Sailor for Canada.  John splits time between Victoria, British Columbia and St. Petersburg, FL.  Always an active person, John participated in everything from wheelchair rugby to racing before finally settling on sailing. To John sailing has longevity, “Other sports have a shelf life because of your age. Sailing can […] The post ROHO Elite Interview: John McRoberts appeared first on ROHO®.
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    Need Project Podcast

  • Educating our children about sex with Dr. Diane Foley

    14 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Our guest today is Dr. Diane Foley. Dr. Foley is President/CEO of Life Network, a life affirming ministry in Colorado Springs, CO, which provides physical, financial, and emotional support for women and men facing unexpected pregnancies, mentoring for young parents, recovery counseling for those who have been affected by abortion, as well as sexual risk avoidance education presented in local middle and high schools.We discuss the options and best ways to teach our children about sex.
  • Toppling the Idol of Ideal with Melanie Boudreau Part II

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    As an ASCP certified medical technologist, Melanie expected an exciting career in the health field. Instead, she soon discovered that parenting was an even greater passion. The mother of one child who was neurotypical and two with neuropsychiatric disorders, Melanie used her education to interact with specialists and to research interventions for her children. As parents raising children with these and other brain chemistry differences, we need compassionate voices who can listen and help us with the practical issues: fighting despair, judgment, and educational challenges; deciding about…
  • Toppling the Idol of Ideal with Melanie Boudreau

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:04 pm
    As an ASCP certified medical technologist, Melanie expected an exciting career in the health field. Instead, she soon discovered that parenting was an even greater passion. The mother of one child who was neurotypical and two with neuropsychiatric disorders, Melanie used her education to interact with specialists and to research interventions for her children. As parents raising children with these and other brain chemistry differences, we need compassionate voices who can listen and help us with the practical issues: fighting despair, judgment, and educational challenges; deciding about…
  • IEP with Melissa Horvath revisited

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Melissa Horvath has a masters degree in special education and has taught preschool through 6th grade in a variety of settings including regular classrooms and special schools.
  • 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!
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    Wheelchair Accessibility Blog and Disability News

  • Why You Should Buy a Van from AMS Vans: Price

    Brian Frey
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Why should you buy a used wheelchair van from AMS Vans?  It’s simple.  We will never sell you anything we wouldn’t put our family in.  Along with the best price and reliable value, we’ve assembled a team of friendly mobility professionals who act as your eyes and ears, ensuring your new van meets your needs. […] The post Why You Should Buy a Van from AMS Vans: Price appeared first on Wheelchair Accessibility Blog and Disability News.
  • AMS Vans Delivers Wheelchair Vans AND White Glove Service

    Susan Hawkins
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    Whenever AMS Vans delivers one of our wheelchair vans to a customer, complimentary White Glove Service is also delivered. Enjoy the video! The post AMS Vans Delivers Wheelchair Vans AND White Glove Service appeared first on Wheelchair Accessibility Blog and Disability News.
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Drug Approved in Europe

    Susan Hawkins
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    With conditional approval of the drug Ataluren for Duchenne muscular dystrophy by the European Union, patients hope for a path to a cure! The post Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Drug Approved in Europe appeared first on Wheelchair Accessibility Blog and Disability News.
  • How Robin Williams Supported Athletes with Disabilities

    Jill Liphart
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    Robin Williams was a funny man, almost beyond description, but what he did behind the scenes for people with disabilities will live on, too. The post How Robin Williams Supported Athletes with Disabilities appeared first on Wheelchair Accessibility Blog and Disability News.
  • New Stand Up Kids’ Wheelchair a Game-Changer

    Susan Hawkins
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    The new Mybility chair is the very first stand up, all terrain wheelchair that is specifically designed for children starting at age six. The post New Stand Up Kids’ Wheelchair a Game-Changer appeared first on Wheelchair Accessibility Blog and Disability News.
 
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    Enabled Kids

  • Heroes

    Natan
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:25 pm
  • Children’s Deeds and Their Long Term Effects

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Early childhood is arguably the most significant phase of development. Developmental events that take place at this age are a key determinant to the health, wellbeing and wholesomeness of the individual at advanced ages. Parents are keen with the development of their babies; however, some development concerns may seem trivial to them. During this sensitive […]
  • Never Discourage

    Natan
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
  • 5 Tips for Babysitting Special Needs Kids

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Holly Easterby is a featured writer at various education and children websites. She loves to discuss healthy kids’ snacks, motivation for students, and children’s fashion, the latter of which she shares on Bonza Brats. In this article she advises us on how to babysit special needs kids. Are you a first-time babysitter to a child […]
  • Cerebral Palsy Athlete Completes Iron Man

    Natan
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    The Iron Man triathlon is a grueling race that begins with a 2.4 mile swim (3.86 km), followed by a 112 mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride, and ends with a 26.2 mile (42.2 km) marathon run. It has a strict 17 hour time limit and no breaks in between. The Iron Man race is easily […]
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    Support for Special Needs

  • My Responsibility as a Special Needs Parent

    Julia Roberts
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    It’s my responsibility… –       to love my kids as they are and never try to change the core of who they are, –       to make my kids’ lives as easy as possible where their disabilities are concerned, –       to ask that exceptions be made to to help them and improve our family’s quality of life, –       to help navigate the healthcare system for them while teaching them how to do it for themselves if they are capable, –       to protect them from people who want to do them harm; no matter the form,…
  • The Story of a Life in an Hour

    Julia Roberts
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Last year I had to give an entire history on Gage during a consult for a potential doctor. Just a conversation. This sounded fine before I actually did it, you know? “Just share what’s happened in his life,” I told myself. Yet after I did it, I was broken-hearted reliving it all in just my words. My memory. Born, fine for 8 months in every baby book, then all of a sudden, he fell off the charts. One year, ocularmotor apraxia diagnosed. Late walking, late talking. Therapies. More therapies. Educational concerns sneak in. Age 3 diagnosed with ARPKD (Autosomal Recessive…
  • Meeting the Geneticist

    Julia Roberts
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    April 2013 We have a lot of specialists. More than most not as many as some but it includes a couple of geneticists. We’d met one of our first ones with Gage, when he was around 20 months old. That was some appointment. He walked into the room holding several books. Was it four? Six? I don’t remember, but I remember that they were thick. I do remember that it was a lot for the size of him. I’m not sure I remember how he greeted us or if he was engaging with Gage, who was sitting on my lap but I do remember how scared I felt about the appointment. Scared he would tell us…
  • Boundaries, Drawn with a Dull Pencil

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Recently, I returned to The Inclusive Class Podcast as part of a panel discussion. The participants are usually professionals in the special education field, but they are almost always parents as well. My perspective is probably a little different, since it is almost entirely that of a parent and is therefore mostly experiential and anecdotal. Perhaps I’m also the resident cautionary tale. Well, someone has to be. You’re welcome. The topic was how to facilitate inclusion for older students, which is the thing we’re living in real time these days. The point I tried to make in…
  • Daily Dose. God wouldn’t give me what?

    Julia Roberts
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:04 pm
      Daily Dose… of what? We don’t know, maybe one day it’s humor, another it’s a reality checkfor ourselves or our friends and family. Like them? Share and share alike.  This is part of the NaBloPoMo program for people writing on their sites everyday in November. Note: To support the site we make money on some products, product categories and services that we talk about on this website through affiliate relationships with the merchants in question. We get a small commission on sales of those products.That in no way affects our opinions of those products and services.
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    Friendship Circle -- Special Needs Blog

  • Does G-d Give Us Only What We Can Handle?

    Tzvi
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:55 am
    * As I am sure the first question of many will be why is G-d not spelled in full please note that this is a sign of respect. You can read more about spelling G-d’s name here. In March of 2013 Karen Wang wrote an article on this blog with the title 15 Reasons Why Its Hard To Get Along With Special Needs Parents. During this time we had over 120,000 individuals read this article, 32,000 people share this post and 293 readers leave a comment. One of the points of discussion in the comments was reason #12: “Another person with good intentions said, “G-d only gives us what we can…
  • 17 Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Organizations and Resources To Know About

    Sarah Buckley
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:41 am
    Every year over 40,000 infants are diagnosed with a completely preventable syndrome. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are a group of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. FASDs are completely preventable if a woman does not drink alcohol during pregnancy. Unfortunately many women are either unaware or choose to ignore the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. There are numerous resources available for individuals looking for more information on FAS. Here is a list of organizations and resources to get you started. Fetal Alcohol…
  • Does Your Child Need Early Intervention Services?

    Sara Peronto
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:34 am
    Experts tend to advise parents to give their children the freedom to develop at their own pace and not compare them to others in regard to developmental milestones.  While some children may take longer to walk, others may skip crawling altogether and go straight to walking.  However, it is important for parents to be mindful of their child’s development as most children develop new skills in a predictable order.  In the case of a developmental delay, early intervention services are crucial. Here are some tips to keep in mind when monitoring your child’s development: Parents are the…
 
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    Advocacy in Action

  • The Magic of a Mother's Touch

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    Kristzina Konczos on FlickrWhen mothers sooth their infants, their actions actually lessen the infants' pain, according to new research from the NYU Langone Medical Center. The mothers' care-giving not only influences the infants' behavior, but also affects the infants' brain development.“Our study shows that a mother comforting her infant in pain does not just elicit a behavioral response, but also the comforting itself modifies – for better or worse – critical neural circuitry during early brain development,” says Regina Sullivan, PhD, the senior investigator of…
  • 9 Ways to Prevent and Respond to Autism Wandering

    16 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    John Morgan on FlickrAlmost half of all children with autism wander or elope -  they run away from their home, school or other safe place.  Wandering is particularly dangerous for children with autism because of poor communication and social skills as well as low safety awareness.Because of their difficulties with communication and social skills, children with autism may not respond if their names are called during a search.  They may be unable to ask for help if needed.  Some children with autism don't recognize the dangers posed by traffic, bodies of water,…
  • Hundreds of kids poisoned by laundry detergent pods

    12 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Small, colorful laundry detergent pods are a poisoning risk for young children, reports a study published in Pediatrics on Nov. 10. Over 17,000 cases of children’s exposure to chemicals in the laundry pods were reported to U.S. poison control centers in 2012 and 2013, according to researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio. In that same period, more than 750 children were hospitalized for injuries arising from exposure to chemicals in the laundry pods.Most of the injuries in this study resulted from one to two-year-olds ingesting the pods.
  • Realising Equality through Active Participation

    10 Nov 2014 | 9:03 am
    3rd December 20149.30am to 4.30pmDavenport Hotel, Merrion Street, Dublin 2Held to coincide with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, this event from Áiseanna Tacaíochta (ÁT) will examine the evolution and lived experience of Independent Living and Direct Payments for people with disabilities in Ireland, and the ways in which society can come together in solidarity to promote equality and active citizenship for all.The event is set to be a day of great insight and opportunity, forging new ways to securing true inclusion and equality for everyone.  On top of…
  • Brittany Maynard and the Right to Die with Dignity

    8 Nov 2014 | 9:02 am
    The BrittanyFund.OrgBrittany Maynard died as she planned on Nov. 1. Her death brings new life to those campaigning in favor of the right to die with dignity.Maynard, age 29, and in the prime of her life, assessed her future after receiving the diagnosis of stage 4 glioblastoma. She knew that radiation or chemotherapy might buy her some time, but that time was at a cost. There was no guarantee the treatment would help her. It was likely to make her sick and worsen her quality of life. Maynard decided against treatment, as she wanted to make the most of the time she had left.Maynard…
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  • It’s Never Too Early #RSVawareness #PreemieProtection

    Laurita
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
      This is part of a sponsored collaboration with MedImmune and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.    As many of you know, one of my greatest passions in life is raising public awareness of spina bifida and the challenges that affect people living with SB, as well as the accomplishments, talents, and abilities of these very people. Along the way, I have become aware of so many other worthy causes, in particular other serious conditions and illnesses that also deserve awareness and publicity. It is in sharing information about these causes that I find…
  • I Don’t Always Have Spina Bifida

    Laurita
    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

    Laurita
    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

    Laurita
    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

    Laurita
    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…
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  • Every Vote Counts: National disability charity launches free accessible voting resources

    Shaggy
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:53 am
    As part of its Every Vote Counts campaign, United Response is launching a new set of easy read resources today to make it easier for people with learning disabilities to use their vote. The set of three easy read resources, which cover How politics works, How politics affects your life and How to get involved in politics, are accompanied by a supporter’s booklet, which provides information on helping someone with learning disabilities get more involved in politics. You can download or order copies of the resources on the United Response website. Further information is given below. National…
  • Welcome to Dr Margaret Tyson – our new volunteer!

    Shaggy
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    We are delighted to welcome Dr Margaret Tyson as volunteer researcher with LDCC. Margaret is the lady who developed our survey on annual health checks and she has since worked tirelessly to promote it, for which we are very thankful. Margaret’s daughter Karen had a learning disability and although she went for annual health checks a breast examination was not included and Karen died of breast cancer aged just 44. Margaret feels strongly that cancer checks, including breast examinations should be included in the health checks, as do we. Margaret has a PhD in biology and a Masters in public…
  • The #LBBill and why it is needed

    Shaggy
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
    Read Finola’s blog about her daughter and then join us in our fight to place power in the hands of families instead of it being totally with the state. The horrendous struggles and inequalities faced by this family are heart-breaking. 17 yr old Issy’s days with her family are numbered, and if the ‘powers that be’ have their way, Issy will be removed from her family home and forced into independent living. Of course we all know that independent living really means independent ‘of family’ living, because many of us have a son or daughter with complex…
  • Macmillan Coffee Morning at the Ragged School, Chesterfield

    Shaggy
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:47 am
    Coffee Morning, Fri 26 Sep 2014 Come in and join in with a Macmillan Coffee Morning! ‘Our Vision Our Future’ is running this event in Chesterfield town centre at the Chesterfield Ragged School, Markham Road (opposite ‘Pizza Hut’), S40 1TA. ‘Our Vison Our Future’ is a self advocacy group run by and for adults with learning disabilities aged 18 and over. Macmillan Coffee Mornings are a great fundraising event – a chance to enjoy a social morning with friends whilst raising some money for a great cause! Macmillan work to provide people facing cancer…
  • Special Olympics GB National Summer Games

    Shaggy
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    Special Olympics GB is delighted to confirm its 2017 National Summer Games – the 10th in history of the organisation – will be held in Sheffield from Monday 7th August until Friday 11th August 2017 The opening ceremony is exactly three years away. This will be the second time that the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games have been held in the steel city – the last time was in 1993. Venues for the Games will include the Sheffield Hallam University City Athletics Stadium; Sheffield City Trust’s Ponds Forge International Sports Centre; Hillsborough Leisure Centre; Concord Sports…
 
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