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  • Sunsets, Synchronicity, and Beaches

    Karen Putz » Deaf Mom
    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…
  • How Do I Know My Muscular Dystrophy Drugs are Working?

    Disabled World
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    People with muscular dystrophy could one day assess the effectiveness of their medication with the help of a smartphone-linked device, a new study in mice suggests. The study used a new method to process ultrasound imaging information that could lead to hand-held instruments that provide fast, convenient medical information.
  • Computer game could help visually impaired children live independently

    Disability News -- ScienceDaily
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    A new computer game is being test that researchers hope could hold the key to helping visually-impaired children lead independent lives. Developed by a team of neuroscientists and video game designers, the Eyelander game features exploding volcanoes, a travelling avatar and animated landscapes. The idea is to improve the functional vision of children who have sight issues due to a brain injury rather than damage to the eye itself.
  • Virgin Australia

    Rollercoaster Parenting
    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…
  • Just Joking

    Rolling Around In My Head
    1 Nov 2014 | 1:08 am
    I knew it was a joke.I didn't think it was funny.I do have a sense of humour.I pulled up to the bank machine to get some cash out. There was a very tall man, in his thirties, already at the machine beside me. I paid little attention to him, he was just there. I had a bit of a difficulty in getting into place because the machine was on the outside wall of a bank and the pavement leading up to the bank machine had deteriorated somewhat. I didn't notice him notice me.I put my card in, punched in my PIN, and then quickly followed through for the request for cash. By now I was aware that he was…
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    Karen Putz » Deaf Mom

  • 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,…
  • Barefoot Water Skiing Featured in DevinSuperTramp Video

    Karenputz
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    Barefoot water skiing goes mainstream in the latest video by Devin Graham, aka DevinSuperTramp. Devin is a guy who truly is living a passionate life doing what he really loves, capturing action on film. Here’s more of Devin’s story: DevinSuperTramp Behind the Scenes Interview. The video features the World Barefoot Center crew, Keith St. Onge (co-author of Gliding Soles), David Small, Ben Groen, and Keith’s wife, Lauren. Take a moment to watch barefoot water skiing captured every which way: Barefoot Skiing Behind an Airplane I love the behind the scenes video (no captions…
 
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  • How Do I Know My Muscular Dystrophy Drugs are Working?

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    People with muscular dystrophy could one day assess the effectiveness of their medication with the help of a smartphone-linked device, a new study in mice suggests. The study used a new method to process ultrasound imaging information that could lead to hand-held instruments that provide fast, convenient medical information.
  • Fruit, Vegetables, Grains and Nuts Help Lower Stroke Risk

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Eating Mediterranean or DASH-style diets, regularly engaging in physical activity and keeping your blood pressure under control can lower your risk of a first-time stroke, according to updated AHA/ASA guideline published in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke.
  • Improving Health with Herbs and Spices

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Spices and herbs: Improving public health through flavorful eating - a call to action - Scientific conference proceedings published in special supplement to Nutrition Today.
  • Employment Reform Blueprint for People with Disabilities Released

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Today, Equip for Equality released a Blueprint for the implementation of the Illinois Employment First Act. A Forum discussing the Blueprint and its recommendations to maximize employment opportunities for people with disabilities in Illinois was co-hosted by Equip for Equality and Jones Day at Jones Day’s Chicago office today.
  • Burden of Knee Osteoarthritis Despite Availability of Effective Therapies

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Findings from a new U.S. survey of 878 U.S. adults ages 45-75 with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee who have not had joint replacement surgery show that 95 percent of respondents avoid or make accommodations to common daily activities because of their knee pain, despite the availability of treatment options like physical therapy, hyaluronic acid injections and knee replacement. The survey also found that 90 percent of those who have had knee joint replacement said their lives have changed for the better following their joint replacement surgery.
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  • Computer game could help visually impaired children live independently

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    A new computer game is being test that researchers hope could hold the key to helping visually-impaired children lead independent lives. Developed by a team of neuroscientists and video game designers, the Eyelander game features exploding volcanoes, a travelling avatar and animated landscapes. The idea is to improve the functional vision of children who have sight issues due to a brain injury rather than damage to the eye itself.
  • Why scratching makes you itch more

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Turns out your mom was right: scratching an itch only makes it worse. New research reveals that scratching causes the brain to release serotonin, which intensifies the itch sensation. Scientists uncovered serotonin's role in controlling pain decades ago, but this is the first time the release of the chemical messenger from the brain has been linked to itch, they say.
  • Reconstruction of patterned piece of spinal cord in 3D culture

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    The central nervous system in vertebrates develops from the neural tube, which is the basis for the differentiation in spinal cord and brain. Researchers have demonstrated for the first time the in vitro growth of a piece of spinal cord in three dimensions from mouse embryonic stem cells. Correct spatial organization of motor neurons, interneurons and dorsal interneurons along the dorsal/ventral axis was observed.
  • Lou Gehrig's disease study: Renewing brain's aging support cells may help neurons survive

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, attacks muscle-controlling nerve cells – motor neurons – in the brain, brainstem and spinal cord. Patients typically survive only three to five years after diagnosis. Now ALS researchers know the effects of the attack are worsened, at least in part, by the aging and failure of support cells called astrocytes, which normally provide nutrients, housekeeping, structure and other forms of assistance for neurons.
  • Case study: Hearing loss in one infant twin affects mother's speech to both babies

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Is it possible that hearing loss in one infant from a pair of twins can affect the mother’s speech to both infants? A new acoustics study zeroes in on this question and suggests that not only is this alteration of speech entirely possible, but that mothers speak to both infants as if they are hearing impaired.
 
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    Rollercoaster Parenting

  • 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).
  • Last week in pictures

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    He was very very sick on FridaySo off to emergency we went on Saturday - and were sent up to the ward very quickly!They started the Immunoglobulin (IG) infuse (IV).Which caused some weird side effectsHe was allowed to go home on Tuesday And lots of fatigue But he's perked up quite a bit!
  • Here we go again

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    We had our first meeting with the neurology team at Westmead Children’s Hospital this afternoon since the Immunoglobulin IV last weekend. The doctors were amazed at Beaver’s change. If I would describe our son last Friday the first word that comes to mind would be ‘ragdoll’. He had deteriorated significantly and was barely able to sit up. His swallowing was dangerously affected and the neuropathy had traveled up to his hands. There was no movement whatsoever in his toes or legs anymore. Today he, ever so gently, kicked a tennis ball with his left foot for the dog. And he can…
  • Justify

    3 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I am so sick and tired of the endless disability in-fighting. No wonder the disability system is such a bloody mess; we are way to busy to fight each other than to fight the system.As the mother of kids with disability, I often find myself at the receiving end of the "people with disability (PWD) versus "parent/carers" competition.For starters, I really hate the "parent/carer" issue. I am not a carer. In my books, a carer is someone who is paid to care. Its a job. I am not a carer. I am a mother. And I do what I do for my kids. My kids will be adults one day (I hope). Until then I will fight…
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  • Just Joking

    1 Nov 2014 | 1:08 am
    I knew it was a joke.I didn't think it was funny.I do have a sense of humour.I pulled up to the bank machine to get some cash out. There was a very tall man, in his thirties, already at the machine beside me. I paid little attention to him, he was just there. I had a bit of a difficulty in getting into place because the machine was on the outside wall of a bank and the pavement leading up to the bank machine had deteriorated somewhat. I didn't notice him notice me.I put my card in, punched in my PIN, and then quickly followed through for the request for cash. By now I was aware that he was…
  • History, Hallowe'en and Hatred

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    What follows is a 'Hallowe'en' story. It's not a 'Happy Hallowe'en' story. I'm saying this just as a warning, I've been told, on occasion, that I can be a, the word was, 'buzz kill' when I feel compelled to tell one kind of story when people want and expect another. So, enter warned.Joe and I don't celebrate Hallowe'en.At all.We get into the spirit only as it relates to the kids and to getting candy for others. But for us, Hallowe'en has been tainted. It's a day where we remember the depth of hate that people hold for people, the depth of fear we felt and the realization that when people have…
  • Old MacDonald On The Bus

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:52 am
    Whenever I get on the bus in the morning, usually when I'm well and truly strapped down, I ask about the ride. At the time I go in to work, I get there at 7, it's a 50/50 chance that I'll ride alone and of course a 50/50 chance that I won't. Yesterday morning the driver looked and told me that we'd be picking someone up on the way, then I'd be dropped of and then the other person would be taken to his destination. This is unusual for me, at the distance I travel, I'm usually first on, last off. I was pleased, I know this ride and I knew I'd be about 15 minutes early at work. Terrific.When we…
  • The 'Art of the Matter

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (photo description: A birthday card, drawn by a child, with the words 'Happy Birthday' on one side and a drawing of a man in a wheelchair, wearing a hat, on the other.)Joe had, essentially, two birthday parties.On his actual birthday we were in Edmonton and had dinner with nephew Jason and his girlfriend Cindy. We hadn't seen Jason for a long while and we'd not met Cindy before but it didn't matter. We talked a lot. We laughed a lot. We ate a lot. It was the perfect kind of birthday celebration for Joe. It was relaxed and casual and a lot of fun.While this was going on I was planning with…
  • Training

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    Yesterday I needed to see my doctor to get some forms filled out. I called his office to book an appointment and was told that there had been a cancellation and that if I could get right there I could get right in. Well, hopped in the ol' power chair and made my way down. Joe always comes along with me when I see the doctor, as I do when he has his appointments, so we chatted as we wandered down the street.Once in, once done with the paperwork, the doctor asked if we'd like our flu shots. We agreed. He asked if a student doctor could come in and see how flu shots were given. We both want to…
 
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  • O Canada.

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Watching the Parliament Hill shooting aftermath yesterday, I was filled with horror, sorrow, and rage.Mostly what's left now is rage.I like what Rex Murphy has to say.And in case you ever wondered what an action hero really looks like, here's Kevin Vickers for you.  I feel at loose ends. I wish Ottawa were not so far away because my impulse is to go there. I'd like to wear my red and white, and walk through the grounds and talk to other Canadians on the same pilgrimage.But I can't do that. So I went to the Cenotaph today, wearing the Remembrance Day poppy that the Veterans sent in the…
  • Another Farewell

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    My husband lost his father this month, to a long and bewildering mystery disease. Officially I think it's been finally named 'brain cancer' but those two words are insufficient explanation, given by baffled doctors only a week or two before his death, for the last two years of his life.In person David was unassuming - quiet to the point of near silence, introspective almost to an obsessive degree. You could well forget he was in the house.He saw much and said little.As opposite as we were to each other, he treated me at all times as if I were his own daughter. That is to say, his…
  • 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.
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  • Halloween Witches

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    [image] ------------- I've got Halloween on the brain. LOL. I'm so excited for tomorrow. This is the first time in two years that I've spent this holiday at home with my family, and let me tell you, I'm looking forward to it. It'll be awesome to see most of my nieces and nephews in their costumes: Aubree's boys will be three of the four Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles, Afton (Kami's daughter) will be Rainbow Dash (a My Little Pony)--she'll be so cute!--and Clayt (Aftee's brother) will be a "scary mummy." His own words. The rest will be a surprise to me when they come trick-or-treating at…
  • 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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  • 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…
  • APH News: August 2014

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The August APH News is now online! This Month’s Headlines: “Full Steam Ahead!”--Annual Meeting 2014 Registration Now Open Wings to be Presented this Year! APH Policies Regarding UEB Transition Call for Field Evaluators 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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  • Social Security Disability Beneficiaries facing potential 20 percent cuts in monthly benefits

    Disability Blogger
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    The Social Security Disability Trust fund is expected to run short of its ability to meet its obligations in 2016. If Congress doesn't address the problem, individuals who currently receive Social Security Disability benefits may face a 20 percent cut in their monthly benefits. So far, there's hardly a peep out of Congress about this rapidly approaching issue. And, increasingly, it looks like
  • More links between artificial sweeteners heavily used in diet soda and Diabetes

    Disability Blogger
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    My ears perked up when I heard this (literally, because I first heard this on an NPR podcast). I vividly remember when diet soft drinks first came out. Diet coke, in particular, tasted like slightly watered down battery acid. But people were actually excited that they could drink diet versions of sodas while skipping the calories. Individuals with type II diabetes were appreciative of the
  • How to Get Social Security Benefits When You're Disabled

    Disability Blogger
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    "How to Get Social Security Benefits When You're Disabled". There's an article on Huffington Post with this title. Like most articles with this type of title (and like most articles on HuffPo period), its not very good. Exhibit 1: "You generally will be eligible only if you have a health problem that is expected to prevent you from working in your current line of work (or any other line
  • Is it a good sign when the vocational expert at a disability hearing says....

    Disability Blogger
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    Someone recently asked this question and I will paraphase it: "If a vocational expert at a hearing cites the existence of jobs that a person might be suited for but also states that they lack the ability to perform those jobs, is that a good sign? I responded with the following: The vocational expert is basically there to determine whether or not a claimant can engage in what is known as
  • 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
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  • Tapooz Travel for Inclusive Tours of San Francisco

    Scott Rains
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
  • IUCN World Parks Congress

    Scott Rains
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    The upcoming World Parks Congress is a once in 10 year event with over 3000 delegates from around the world. On Monday the 17th of November there are two sessions on park accessibility and inclusion.Diverse parks, diverse communities - parks and protected areas for everyone. 1:30 to 3:00pm in Hall 3B1 Learn about some fascinating and innovative programs that are being run in parks and protected areas to improve the health and well-being of diverse community groups. The variety of programs featured include social inclusion programs for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD)…
  • Going to Wild Places I Could Only Dream About

    Scott Rains
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    Going to Wild Places I Could Only Dream About - Slideshow from Scott Rains
  • 100+ YouTube Videos on Travel and Disability

    Scott Rains
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
  • A Look at Europe in 2012

    Scott Rains
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
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  • Tips for a disability-friendly Halloween - BBC News

    Google Inc.
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:32 pm
    BBC NewsTips for a disability-friendly HalloweenBBC NewsBeyond deciding which houses to trick or treat at and what face to carve into the pumpkin, families with children who have autism, learning disabilities or physical differences have more to consider when it comes to Halloween. But they know from and more »
  • Individuals with disabilities are vital to workforce - MyCentralJersey.com

    Google Inc.
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:37 pm
    MyCentralJersey.comIndividuals with disabilities are vital to workforceMyCentralJersey.comMANVILLE – The Arc of Somerset County celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which takes place each October to inform the public about the issues involving employment of individuals with disabilities and to recognize the ...
  • Carly Okyle: Does my disability define me? - Dallas Morning News

    Google Inc.
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    Carly Okyle: Does my disability define me?Dallas Morning NewsMy disability, which I've had since birth, is cerebral palsy, a neuromuscular disorder. The diagnosis can apply to a wide range of symptoms with various degrees of severity, but in my case it affects my balance, depth perception and fine motor skills
  • Ex-Piscataway teacher indicted for stealing $245K in disability while working ... - NJ.com

    Google Inc.
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    MyCentralJersey.comEx-Piscataway teacher indicted for stealing $245K in disability while working NJ.comJohn Brishcar, 58, of Front Royal, Va., who was a middle school science teacher in Piscataway, applied for disability in 2003 due to "prolonged stress and chronic back pain," the state Attorney General's Office said today. The application was approved Former Piscataway teacher charged in disability scamMyCentralJersey.comall 2 news articles »
  • Event spotlights state government job opportunities for people with disabilities - The Patriot-News - PennLive.com

    Google Inc.
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    Event spotlights state government job opportunities for people with disabilitiesThe Patriot-News - PennLive.comAs part of its observation of Disability Employment Awareness Month, representatives from the state Civil Service Commission held an outreach event targeted to people with disabilities on Friday to provide information about job opportunities within
 
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  • iOS 8 Keyboard Review: Fleksy

    Ricky Buchanan
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:24 am
    Third-party custom keyboards were one of the accessibility enhancements that was most anticipated in iOS 8. One of the most popular third-party keyboards is a tap-typing keyboard called Fleksy which boasts a super-accurate autocorrect and many other features. Description from Fleksy’s own website: Tap-typing reinvented. Fleksy is the Fastest Keyboard in the World. It makes typing fast, accurate, and so easy you can even type without looking. Fleksy is available for both iPhone and iPad. It costs $0.99, with an additional in-app purchase $0.99 for premium themes. A note about the…
  • Weekend Roundup for 26 October 2014

    Ricky Buchanan
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:05 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 Still a bunch of articles about Yosemite – the new version of Mac OS X – which was released last week. Don’t forget to take a look at our Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Accessibility Roundup. Top 10 Hidden Features of OS X Yosemite Customizing Yosemite for a Low Vision User (Yosemite Accessibility Overview) ‘OK, Mac': Using Automator’s Dictation Commands, new in Yosemite…
  • Fiona is Learning to Communicate

    Ricky Buchanan
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    When your family starts using AAC for a young child it can seem like an endless and frightening process. There’s a wonderful post this week from Star In Her Eye about how Fiona, age three, is starting to use her iPad purposefully for communication. This is from Fiona’s mother: Petra is playing with a ball on the floor. Fiona’s on the couch with me. I hit “ball” on the talker. I ask Fiona, “Do you want to play with Petra?” I hit “play” and “with” and “Petra.” She shakes her head, starts jabbing her thumb at the screen. It takes her sometimes ten hits to get…
  • iOS 8 Keyboards for Accessibility

    Ricky Buchanan
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:43 am
    Third-party custom keyboards were one of the accessibility enhancements that was most anticipated in iOS 8. Unfortunately the current implementation has significant bugs and built-in limitations that make it less useful than hoped in many cases. This article provides a general overview about what third-party keyboards can and can’t do and what bugs are currently present. Future articles in this series will examine specific custom keyboards for their accessibility features. Custom keyboards were one of the things that I was personally wishing hardest for in terms of iOS 8 accessibility,…
  • Weekend Roundup for 19 October 2014

    Ricky Buchanan
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:23 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 Mac speech recognition users – make sure you’ve upgraded Dragon Dictate to 4.0.5 for Safari 7.1 Compatibility. Pretty much all of the OS X links for this week have been rolled up into the Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Accessibility Roundup. iOS Links Meet the new Connect Case for iPad – great for switch users! Connect iPad Case includes switch adapters and a speaker. nobiggi: A…
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    Disability Scoop

  • Lawmakers Urge Feds To Listen To Autism Self-Advocates

    Michelle Diament
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    Members of Congress are calling on the Obama administration to take into account the concerns of self-advocates as the federal government works to implement new autism legislation.
  • Trial Of Marijuana-Based Drug Offers Hope

    Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle/MCT
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    For children experiencing dozens or even hundreds of seizures a day, an experimental drug derived from marijuana could make all the difference.
  • More Than 100 Genes Tied To Autism

    Shaun Heasley
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Scientists say they've identified scores of genes linked to autism, offering a greater understanding of the roots of the developmental disorder that could lead to better treatments.
  • For Many With Disabilities, Special Education Leads To Jail

    Jackie Mader and Sarah Butrymowicz, The Hechinger Report
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    Far too often, students with disabilities end up on a path to prison when their behavioral and emotional issues are not well addressed at school, experts say.
  • Support Urged For Families Weighing Out-Of-Home Placements

    Shaun Heasley
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    While the vast majority of kids with developmental disabilities are cared for at home, pediatricians are being reminded that out-of-home placements remain an important option.
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    HEALING THROUGH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

  • Showing Up For Happiness

    Cathy
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    detail of sculpture ______________ Happiness is not a noun. It is a verb. An action taken. Not a destination but a way of being. Happiness has become a silly word in our culture; vague, ineffectual, numbingly common. Asked what we all desire the most and in everyone’s top 5 would likely be to BE HAPPY. Would we know if we got there? What is the measure? If we got there how do we stay? Bhutan has GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS “Here is the key point to understand about G.N.H.,” said Kinley Dorji, the head of Bhutan’s Ministry of Information and Communication. “Happiness itself is an…
  • “I See You”

    Cathy
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    detail of painting _____________ This morning I was out and about in my wheelchair just looking around and soaking in what it feels like to receive. In a parking lot I saw this great looking man getting off his motorcycle. I smiled a genuine smile and passed him by. A few moments later he was at my side. He signaled me in such a way I understood he was mute and also asking me in a teasing way if I wanted a ride. There was all this communicating flying between us in just a few seconds as I registered his disability, laughingly said “No thanks” and reached out to touch his…
  • Honey

    Cathy
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    detail of painting _____________ My project has been fully funded!! I am acclimating to asking and actually receiving such riches. Chronic illness is such that a life can begin to feel so very narrow. Just your presence out there helps protect me from the tendency to enter into invisibility and stay there. I am so humbled and grateful. Thank you. xxx THE HONEY GUIDES Once upon a time there was a girl who had a secret place. It was up on a hill covered in long grass. Sometimes she would snuggle down and make a nest for herself when her parents were bugging her or if she felt alone. She never…
  • My Project

    Cathy
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    Dear all, Please take a gander at my INDIEGOGO Campaign: It is for US!!!! xxxx Cathy’s INDIEGOGO Campaign
  • Life As It Is

    Cathy
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    detail of installation, ceramic ______________________ I find myself endlessly entertaining. One day that “green fuse” that Dylan Thomas wrote so eloquently about is nowhere to be found in my landscape. The next day, I’m finding myself wondering things like “What are the specific things that make me come alive?” Thoughts of friends supporting me in myriad ways, my doctor answers my email, I like what I’m wearing, it smells good outside, I have a smart and super capable caretaker, FLOWERS!, TIME!, WRITING!, MY FAVORITE CHAIR IN THE SUN! I wake up and perform…
 
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    The ROHO Community

  • Q&A with Blogger Priscilla Hedlin

    The ROHO Group
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:01 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 go to bed? I kiss my husband, you should ALWAYS kiss goodnight!   Last book you read? Somewhere with You by Britney King.   Finish these sentences: In the next 10 years I really hope… to see my boys growing into amazing young men and to be…
  • Q&A with Jamie Goodwin

    The ROHO Group
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:22 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 are always willing to help. What would your followers be surprised to learn about you? I grew up on a farm and milked goats until I was 12 years old. Finish these sentences: I wouldn’t have…
  • Q&A with Emily Ladau

    The ROHO Group
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Author of the blog: 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 family and their adorable son Simeon, who has spina bifida, at What Do You Do, Dear? Last book you read? Don’t Call Me Inspirational by Harilyn Rousso. I related to it so much and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Gadget/“trick” you use that…
  • ROHO Elite Interview: John McRoberts

    The ROHO Group
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    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 be done until the day I die.” Disability or Age Doesn’t Matter Unlike other sports that require being able to move a wheelchair around aggressively or upper-body strength, John points out that with sailing disability or age…
  • Important Skin Protection Tips for Wheelers

    Bob Vogel
    23 Sep 2013 | 1:10 pm
    Skin. It is the largest organ in the human body and also our first line of defense against disease.  Yet it is all too easy to take for granted, especially areas of the skin that we can’t feel.  For a wheeler that hasn’t had any skin issues it’s easy to become complacent about skin protection. In my 28 years as a T10 complete paraplegic, I’ve heard way too many stories of wheelers that have gone years, sometimes decades, with no skin issues. Eventually they let their guard down, only to encounter months of hospital time with a major pressure sore.  This is one of the reasons I…
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    Need Project Podcast

  • 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!
  • 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.
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    Handicapped Equipment

  • Stabilizing Painful Toes

    admin
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:45 pm
    If you suffer from pain in your toes, then you already know just how uncomfortable this can be. Whether you suffer from pain in one toe in particular or several toes, you should know that you don’t have to live with toe pain. Think about your own toe pain? Is it constant or does it […]
  • Wheelchair Belt Alarms Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe

    admin
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:58 pm
    As people age, their bones become more frail and balance slowly declines. Although you can be the most fit person in the community, old age takes its toll on overall health. If you, or a loved one, has a chronic disease or injury that requires wheelchair assistance, a belt alarm enhances the chair’s safety level. […]
  • How To Raise Your Bed

    admin
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Whether you are a college student strapped for space or a senior citizen that has trouble getting out of bed each day, everyone can benefit from making their bed higher. Luckily, there are effective yet inexpensive methods to raise your bed that are quite easy to do. How to Make Your Bed Higher The most […]
  • Bath Salts For Those Feeling Stressed And In Pain

    admin
    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

    admin
    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. […]
 
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    Enabled Kids

  • Children’s Deeds and Their Long Term Effects

    Stacy Eva
    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

    Holly Easterby
    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 […]
  • A Person’s a Person No Matter How Small

    Natan
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
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    Support for Special Needs

  • A special interview with a real life Fairy Godmother

    Julia Roberts
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    Jackie Viener is the Fairy Godmother at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Yes, you read that right; she’s the Fairy Godmother who comes to visit the kids who are staying in the hospital and who might need a little extra love and kindness (and magic) when they’re feeling scared or worried. She started volunteer as a storyteller in the hospital but then when she noticed that many of the children came in costumes, she was inspired to add her own. For fun week, we wanted to talk to her about how she got started and why she keeps doing what she does. Thanks for agreeing…
  • Making Halloween A ‘Treat’ For Children With Sensory Issues

    Julia Roberts
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    We’ve gathered a list of resources and information for those of you parenting kids with sensory issues to help you make the holiday more fun for all of you: Halloween Tips for Kids with Sensory Sensitivities from Brain Balance Halloween and Your Special Needs Child from One Place for Special Needs Halloween Tips for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder from North Shore Pediatric Therapy Make it a Sensory Smart Halloween from SensorySmartParent.com What’s helped keep your holiday safe and happy? Note: To support the site we make money on some products, product categories and…
  • A Season of Making Sense

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    We like Halloween around here. Part of Schuyler’s fondness for the holiday probably stems, as it does for many kids with disabilities both obvious and invisible, from the opportunity to pass, if only superficially and for a short time, as no different from other kids. On most days, Schuyler is hyperaware of her difference, but on Halloween, the world is full of monsters and oddities and weirdos. Whatever she may think of herself on most days, this is the week where she’s just one of the creepy crowd. This year, Halloween is more complicated for us. Schuyler decided, probably…
  • Special Needs Kids can have some Special Need Supplies

    Julia Roberts
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    I have worked as a pediatric nurse for 28 years and had 4 years working as a Nursing Case manager for Pediatric cases for In Home Nursing care. I speak from experience when I say , “Hats off to all of the families that have special needs children.” I know that you have challenges that most families can’t even dream of. There are of course many levels of special needs or medically fragile children and care – from needing extra work books and tutoring to rearranging your entire house to accommodate wheelchairs, ventilators, lifts and IV poles. Trying to organize your…
  • The Wide and Swift River Grows

    Julia Roberts
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    I’m a pretty social person. I generally like to be around (nice) people. I like the give and take of friendship. I like to find new friends that I have common ground with and I like to build friendships. I work hard at maintaining friendships. Single or married, I’ve always had time for my friends. Yes, it changed when I became involved with my then boyfriend and future husband, but I still worked hard at my friendships. Then kids came and The Fog (a time I refer to as the year after our kids were diagnosed with a life-threatening kidney disease) set in and I wasn’t so hot…
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    Friendship Circle -- Special Needs Blog

  • How to Teach the Concept of Time to Young Children with Autism

    Penina Rybak
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    Fall is in full swing and that means a change in season for many of us. It also means changing of the clock and seeing it get dark earlier. It’s a time of transition, something that can be difficult for young children with Autism, leading to challenging behaviors and inconsistent comprehension of time. This can negatively impact on their ability to comprehend time, and understand the need to act in a way that shows an understanding of We, not just Me. Fall is one of the best times to work on what it means to be a We, while teaching the concepts of time! The combination of fluctuating…
  • 6 Tips to Enjoy Traveling with a Child That Has Special Needs

    Margalit
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:43 am
    No matter the family, the first step in planning a successful trip is to always create a viable travel itinerary. Booking the right transportation and hotels, finding the best places and attractions to visit, and making sure to keep within your traveling dates are all challenging things to overcome. While this may be a difficult step for many parents, it can be downright overwhelming for parents to special needs kids. To help parents to kids with autism plan better here are six simple guidelines to follow. 1. Research In today’s world of social media and Internet, you can research…
  • The Ultimate Multi-Tasker: 89 Things Special Needs Moms are Always Doing

    Autumn Robinson
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    One of the most amazing things about being a special needs parent is realizing that you’re capable of doing many things at once. While many of us thought that we were multi-taskers before, we learn quickly that we weren’t coming close to our ability to get things done. Here are ten things that special needs moms are always doing. Tracking Appointments IEP goals Prescription refills Favorite foods Behavior triggers Allergies Specialists Interventions Innovations Treatment options Charity events Opportunities Preparing Food The week’s meds Reports Travel bags Plans for the future For…
 
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    Advocacy in Action

  • Three Great Websites for Special Needs Parents

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    Here are three websites that have good resources for parents of children with special needs. I like them because they are easy to use, feature practical tips and are not full of ads. Take a look and let me know what you think.1.     Family EducationFamilyEducation is easy to navigate and full of practical tips on a lot of topics. The website is not designed specifically for families who have children with special needs, but it does provide lots of information relevant to special needs parents.There is a huge amount of information on this website. Some of the…
  • Four Ways to Make Halloween Special for Your Special Needs Child

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Halloween is a difficult time for many children with special needs because of:Credit:  Steven DePolo on FlickrChanges in their routines.Sensory overload from noises, costumes, decorations and lighting.Lack of social skills for trick or treating.Food sensitivities or limited diets.Most children look forward to Halloween, and as parents we want our children to share in the fun. Here are some ideas to help plan a Halloween your children with special needs can enjoy.1.     Make a Plan with Your ChildKnowing what to expect alleviates a lot of children’s anxiety. Preview the route…
  • Do You Make These Mistakes When Giving Your Children Medicine?

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Credit:  US FDAEvery 8 minutes a child experiences a medication error, report doctors from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio. One of the most common errors by parents and caregivers is giving children the same medicine twice. Other medication mistakes include:giving the wrong dose of medicineconfusing the units of measurement for the medicationgiving the wrong medicationThese mistakes are most common in children under age 6. Luckily, in over 90 percent of these cases the children did not need treatment at a hospital or clinic.The key to safely administering medicines to your child…
  • Is broccoli the key to an effective autism treatment?

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Credit:  Puamelia on FlickrAutism symptoms improved significantly in individuals after receiving sulforaphane, a chemical derived from broccoli, according to a studypublished online on Oct. 13.  Sulforaphaneimproved social and communication skills and lessened repetitive behaviors, report researchers from MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.Forty males with autism between the ages of 13 and 27 participated in the study.  Twenty-six participants received daily doses of sulforaphane.  The rest of the participants…
  • 5 Reasons Your Child Should Get a Flu Shot

    12 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    Credit:  US CDC1.     A flu shot is recommended for all children over 6 months by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  2.     Children are at a greater risk for getting the flu because their immune systems are still developing.3.    Flu can cause serious complications in children with weakened immune systems or chronic medical conditions.4.     Over 100 US children died from the flu last flu season.5.     The risks of a bad reaction from the flu shot are very low.Be sure to check with your child's doctor…
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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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