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  • Hispanics Confront High Disability Rate in Later Life

    Disabled World
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:34 am
    Life expectancy for Hispanics in the U.S. currently outpaces other ethnic groups, yet a new study finds that Mexican Americans - especially women who were born in Mexico - are spending a high proportion of their later years with some form of disability, a fact that suggests a growing need for community assistance and long-term care in the future.
  • Is painful knee and hand osteoarthritis in women associated with excess mortality?

    Disability News -- ScienceDaily
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    Researchers present a study that compares mortality rates of women with painful knee and hand osteoarthritis with the mortality of unaffected women from the same community; demonstrates higher risk of early death in the group with painful knee osteoarthritis.
  • Modern Career Education

    Fresh Perspectives
    Michael Sporer
    8 Mar 2015 | 10:42 am
    In today’s Scranton Times, Dr. Thomas Baileys, the Administrative Director at Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County, discusses how Career Education programs have transformed from the older “vo-tech” mentality.  He’s right, CTE programs have transformed dramatically as industries and economies have changed.  There are many ways CTE students can leverage opportunities, and employment preparation is only one aspect. The CTC of Lackawanna County was formerly called the Lackawanna County Vocational Technical School.  It was opened in 1973 with facilities in…
  • Three Little Words

    Rolling Around In My Head
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:45 am
    (A white unicorn with a rainbow shooting out it's mouth stands before the slogan: It Gets ... Different)I had the kind of typical high school experience of those picked last for the team. I remember those days vividly, if not often. I knew, then, that though I envied some of the other boys and girls in my glass, that though I wished I could be them, there wasn't anyone wanting to, wishing to be me. I was the 'thank god I'm not him' kind of kid who got through school only to discover that though it may not get better ...it gets different.Attending the University of Victoria, I discovered…
  • I'd Like to Think

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

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:34 am
    Life expectancy for Hispanics in the U.S. currently outpaces other ethnic groups, yet a new study finds that Mexican Americans - especially women who were born in Mexico - are spending a high proportion of their later years with some form of disability, a fact that suggests a growing need for community assistance and long-term care in the future.
  • Everyday Bacteria on Verge of Becoming Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs

    28 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    Antibiotic resistance is poised to spread globally among bacteria frequently implicated in respiratory and urinary infections in hospital settings, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
  • How do Anorexics Control Their Appetite?

    28 Mar 2015 | 7:04 am
    Many adults, regardless of their weight, resolve to avoid fatty foods and unhealthy desserts. But despite one's best intentions, when the moment for decision comes, that chocolate lava cake is often too enticing and self-control vanishes.
  • Chikungunya Virus - Coming to a City Near You

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    The mosquito-borne chikungunya virus has been the subject of increasing attention as it spreads throughout South America, Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico. This painful and potentially debilitating disease is predicted to soon spread to the U.S.
  • The Personal Genome Project at Harvard

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:36 am
    The Personal Genome Project (PGP) at Harvard was founded in the year 2005 and is dedicated to the creation of public genome, health and trait data. Sharing data is crucial to scientific progress, yet has been dampened by traditional research practices. The PGP at Harvard's approach is to invite participants who are willing to publicly share their personal data for the greater good of all people.
 
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  • Is painful knee and hand osteoarthritis in women associated with excess mortality?

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    Researchers present a study that compares mortality rates of women with painful knee and hand osteoarthritis with the mortality of unaffected women from the same community; demonstrates higher risk of early death in the group with painful knee osteoarthritis.
  • Wearable device helps vision-impaired avoid collision

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    An obstacle course was used by researchers to evaluate a wearable collision warning device they developed for patients with peripheral vision loss. They found the device may help patients with a wide range of vision loss avoid collisions with high-level obstacles.
  • Mexican Americans confront high disability rates in later life

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Life expectancy for Hispanics in the US currently outpaces other ethnic groups, yet a new study finds that Mexican Americans -- especially women who were born in Mexico -- are spending a high proportion of their later years with some form of disability, a fact that suggests a growing need for community assistance and long-term care in the future.
  • How the brain 'remembers' pain

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:07 am
    A mechanism that is responsible for the chronification of pain in the brain has been discovered by researchers, possibly pointing to new strategies for the medical treatment of chronic pain, the investigators say.
  • Black patients more likely to be readmitted after hip, knee replacement surgery

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:59 am
    A new study found that black and Hispanic patients were 62 and 50 percent, respectively, more likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days after total joint replacement surgery compared to white patients.
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    Fresh Perspectives

  • Modern Career Education

    Michael Sporer
    8 Mar 2015 | 10:42 am
    In today’s Scranton Times, Dr. Thomas Baileys, the Administrative Director at Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County, discusses how Career Education programs have transformed from the older “vo-tech” mentality.  He’s right, CTE programs have transformed dramatically as industries and economies have changed.  There are many ways CTE students can leverage opportunities, and employment preparation is only one aspect. The CTC of Lackawanna County was formerly called the Lackawanna County Vocational Technical School.  It was opened in 1973 with facilities in…
  • Reality and Compromise

    Michael Sporer
    11 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    First off, let me say that I am a supporter of unions.  Unions are the last defense we have against the government-supported corporations that have such an enormous impact on our economy and on the welfare of American workers.  Most modern unions have changed with the times in order to remain viable.  Public unions, however, are not in lock-step with these trends.  Elected officials in Scranton have just finished negotiating a concessionary contract with the police union.  Mayor Courtright decided to pick the low fruit, emphasizing only the positive side of the…
  • Rush Limbaugh’s Comments about Robin William’s Suicide

    Michael Sporer
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    Rush Limbaugh made the following comments about the death of Robin Williams: “What is the left’s world view in general?”  “If you had to attach, not a philosophy, but an attitude to a leftist world view. It’s one of pessimism, and darkness, sadness. They’re never happy, are they?” “[Liberals] are animated in large part by the false promises of America, because the promises of America are not for everyone,” he said. “He had it all, but he had nothing. Made everybody else laugh, but was miserable inside. It fits a certain picture or a certain image that the left has.
  • Passion Sustains Discipline; Discipline Delivers

    Michael Sporer
    13 Jun 2014 | 11:05 am
    Sometimes, people who work in non-profits and government seem to take on an attitude of entitlement, feeling that because there is no pressure from stockholders, they can operate at mediocre. I have seen this phenomenon repeated frequently, especially in government. I’m sure you have witnessed government workers who have said “it’s not my job”. I talked about this in a prior post. It seems that government and non-profits sometimes aim low. In the non-profit sector, I’ve met many people who had loads of passion for the mission, but didn’t have the discipline to deliver their…
  • City of Scranton Financials

    Michael Sporer
    27 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    The enormority of the city's financial situation is difficult to grasp. The pension obligations are absolutely astounding.  Also, the growing arbitration award, $5 million of which is interest, is a huge problem. Is a fix possible?  Some experts seem to think so.  I'm beginning to wonder if this can be fixed. This presentation is facutal and clear.  Check it out. Download 03132014c Better Know a Budget Presentation.pdf (537.5K)
 
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    Rolling Around In My Head

  • Three Little Words

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:45 am
    (A white unicorn with a rainbow shooting out it's mouth stands before the slogan: It Gets ... Different)I had the kind of typical high school experience of those picked last for the team. I remember those days vividly, if not often. I knew, then, that though I envied some of the other boys and girls in my glass, that though I wished I could be them, there wasn't anyone wanting to, wishing to be me. I was the 'thank god I'm not him' kind of kid who got through school only to discover that though it may not get better ...it gets different.Attending the University of Victoria, I discovered…
  • No Where

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:38 am
    We got home yesterday, from the clinic, where Joe was told that 'all was well' and there was 'absolutely no reason for worry,' exhausted. Sitting and waiting, in a waiting room not designed for a wheelchair, and feeling both conspicuous and worried was tiring for me. Going through the testing was exhausting for Joe. So, we were quiet. Joe had something to eat, then went and had a very long nap. I logged on to work and quietly answered emails and completed tasks.A few hours later we headed out to do some banking and to pick up a prescription from the pharmacy. I knew that Joe was going to be a…
  • Freaky Thursday (?)

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    Today is Dave and Joe's version of Freaky Friday.For those who don't know what 'Freaky Friday' is, first, I'm sorry, second, it's a movie where mother and daughter magically slip into each other's body. Now, for Joe and I, that would be disastrous - he can't drive the power chair for shit. But what we are doing is switching roles for a day.In a couple of hours Joe is going for a Gastroscopy and he has been told that he can't leave, after the testing, on his own, even to take a taxi home. So, I'm called in to do the supporting and caring (and worrying but Joe doesn't like me mentioning that…
  • Oh, Please

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:34 am
    (Photograph description: A tall glass of beer, with a frothy head, sitting on a table.)Joe and I went out for a beer last weekend. Because of the harshness of the winter, this signified the beginning of spring for us. The trip to the bar isn't far but, even then, it was out of reach in such intense cold. But, Friday had some warmth, we felt like a trip to the pub. So we went.A lot of you know that I quit drinking alcohol several years ago and have become an inveterate tea-totaler. So we stopped to get a couple big cups of the at Davids Tea and then we headed over to the pub. Not drinking…
  • How It Begins

    24 Mar 2015 | 3:41 am
    Photo Description: Several people crossing at an intersection, including a young man with a disability.Joe and I were waiting for the light to change when a young family joined the throng waiting for the green. A little girl, maybe 7 stood a little in front of her mom and day, so she was just off to my left. I looked over at her, she smiled at me, I smiled at her.Then the light changed.We surged forward. I was rolling fairly slowly because I was behind people I couldn't get around, and I wasn't in a hurry so didn't try. Beside me was the little girl. She was hopping from one thick white line…
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    Half Soled Boots

  • I'd Like to Think

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

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

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

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

  • The Band of the Minnesota Braille and Sightsaving School

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Our artifact this week is a very trim mid-20th century uniform from the Minnesota Braille and Sightsaving School in Faribault, Minnesota. We have very few historic textile items in the collection, so this girl’s band uniform was a real find when it was offered to us in 2013 by the Rice County Historical Society in Faribault. The Society didn’t know much about it, unfortunately, but according to some MBSS band alumni, the uniforms were used by many students over a long period of time. The neat blue wool and polyester blend jacket and skirt had tags inside dated 1957 from the Kansas City…
  • APH Quick Tip: "Key Describer" Mode on the Book Port Plus

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    18 Mar 2015 | 12:22 pm
    In this week's APH Quick Tip, Maria Delgado shows you how to use the "key describer" mode on the Book Port Plus!
  • The "Bundu Basher"

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:21 pm
    By Micheal Hudson, Director, Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind Our museum object this week is a very interesting long cane design from the AER/Warren Bledsoe Archives held at APH.  Specially designed canes are a fairly recent phenomenon for the blind community.  In fact, the negative stereotype of the blind beggar and his walking stick made the adoption of the first mobility canes during World War II proceed much more slowly than you might imagine. Learn more about Richard Hoover and the wounded veterans he worked with at Valley Forge Hospital.  Hoover and his…
  • APH Quick Tip: Finding Titles on a Book Port Plus

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    So, you have a Book Port Plus, but don't know how to find titles on it? Let Maria Delgado show you how with this week's APH Quick Tip!
  • APH Quick Tip: Braille Readers Theater

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:17 pm
    This is the fourth year of the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind’s Readers Theater! Come attend a showing of this year’s dramatic production! Upcoming performances: - Friday, March 13, 7:00 PM - Saturday, March 14, 1:00 PM Each performance will include four short plays: - “The Dogalog” by Rick Roderick - “Milday Hero” by Barbara Henning - “A Fire’s Definition” by Madelyn Lloyd - “The Message That Wasn’t There” by Dave Trevino Space is limited, reservations are required. To make reservations call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org. Best for ages…
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  • Maine advocates conflicted on VA disability claims change - Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

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    28 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Kennebec Journal & Morning SentinelMaine advocates conflicted on VA disability claims changeKennebec Journal & Morning SentinelThe changes affect veterans or survivors applying for disability benefits or pensions and veterans looking to appeal a disability claim. Before the change, veterans seeking compensation for a service-connected disability who didn't use the recommended ...Veteran Groups Sue VA for Ending Informal Disability Claims ProcessMilitary.comVA unveils standardized disability claim and appeal formsFederalNewsRadio.comVA mandates use of standard disability claim…
  • Disability no deterrent - The Courier

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    27 Mar 2015 | 11:24 pm
    The CourierDisability no deterrentThe CourierKrause discovered his love of disability theology while serving his internship in Kenyon, Minnesota, and since has worked at the synod and national level to break down the barriers in the church that often lead to the exclusion of people with disabilities.and more »
  • Disability Awareness Walk Bridges Gap Between Abled and Disabled - KGWN

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    28 Mar 2015 | 4:47 pm
    KGWNDisability Awareness Walk Bridges Gap Between Abled and DisabledKGWNThese groups helped lead Cheyenne's Fourth Annual Disability Awareness Walk. "It's a way of coming out and showing the community this is what we did today and have people in Cheyenne be aware of who is in their community," says Barbara Schutkowski, ...and more »
  • (Updated) Customized disability and sign language trainings offered - Canon City Daily Record

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    28 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    (Updated) Customized disability and sign language trainings offeredCanon City Daily RecordLaw enforcement, employers, health care workers, governmental employees and the community are invited to take part in monthly, customized disability and sign language trainings in the board room at the Garden Park Building located at 201 N. Sixth St.and more »
  • Woman with profound disability needs help - The Virginian-Pilot

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    28 Mar 2015 | 5:48 am
    The Virginian-PilotWoman with profound disability needs helpThe Virginian-PilotWith a pen between her chin and her left shoulder, Lisa Olson writes on the Sticky Notes at her Virginia Beach apartment. Lisa uses the same technique to feed herself. Born in India without arms or legs, Lisa is left struggling to manage her own care and more »
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  • インターネットショッピングするとき使い方簡単なおすすめクレジットカードはどれ?

    0aylAGFISP
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:27 pm
    インターネットでショッピングをするときにクレジットカードがあるととても便利です。 インターネットショッピングをするときは、着払いで商品を購入して商品を配達してもらったときに現金を支払うというやり方の他に、クレジットカードを利用してクレジットカード会社にお金を先に支払ってもらって商品を購入し、後でクレジットカード会社が支払いを請求したときにまとめてお金を口座引き落としで支払うというやり方もあります。…
  • 水道・ガス・電気・電話代、公共料金をクレジットカード払いするデメリットとは?

    0aylAGFISP
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:40 pm
    皆さんは水道代やガス代、電気代、電話代などの公共料金はどのように支払っていますか? 口座振替にしたり、クレジットカード払いにしたり、コンビニで支払ったり、公共料金の支払いの方法はいろいろだと思います。 今回は、について解説したいと思います。 公共料金をクレジットカード払いにすれば、コンビニなどにわざわざ支払いに行く必要がないので、時間が節約できて便利です。…
  • アメリカンエキスプレスクレジットカード審査は他社と比較して厳しいの? 甘いの?

    0aylAGFISP
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:49 am
    といえば、AMERICAN EXPRESS(アメリカンエキスプレス)社のクレジットカードです。 AMERICAN EXPRESS(アメリカンエキスプレス)は、トラベラーズチェックやクレジットカードの発行先であり、通称アメックス(Amex)としてお馴染みですよね。 そんなAMERICAN EXPRESS(アメリカンエキスプレス)社の代表的なクレジットカードであるアメリカンエキスプレスカードについて今回は解説したいと思います。…
  • 増枠可能な三井住友銀行カードローンは審査甘いから在籍確認も電話連絡なしなの?

    0aylAGFISP
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:20 am
    三井住友銀行といえば、三菱東京UFJ銀行、みずほ銀行と並ぶ三大メガバンクの1つですので、三井住友銀行の口座を持っているという方も多いかと思います。 三井住友銀行には、低金利で借入限度額が大きい便利な銀行カードローンがあります。 その名を、三井住友銀行カードローンといいます。 三井住友銀行カードローンがどれくらい優れた銀行カードローンなのか、簡潔に分かりやすくそのサービス内容を紹介しますね。…
  • 使い道自由で低金利の大東銀行カードローンは審査が甘いため在籍確認なしですか?

    0aylAGFISP
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:18 pm
    大東銀行といえば、福島県にお住まいの方にはお馴染みの福島県郡山市に本店がある第二地方銀行です。 福島県にお住まいあるいはお勤め先がある方は、大東銀行の口座を持っている人も多いはずですよね。 今回は、そんな大東銀行のカードローンについて解説します。…
 
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  • Weekend Roundup for 22 March 2015

    Ricky Buchanan
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Here are the best Apple assistive technology and accessibility links for the week of 22 March 2015. Everything from around the web that’s relevant to disabled, aged, and chronically ill Apple users. OS X Top 15 hidden Force Click features on the new 2015 MacBook There should be a video here – if you can’t see it, try viewing the post on ATMac. HeadMouse Extreme iOS Here are the 5 Apple ResearchKit apps you can start using now Tip of the Day: Setting Different Calendar Alert Types in iOS 8 – Understand your reminder options! Use these wallpapers to remind you to spend…
  • Straps for iPad and iPad Mini – Part 1

    Ricky Buchanan
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:30 pm
    There are not a lot of ways to permanently attach a strap or lanyard to your iPad or iPad mini – but there are probably more than you think there are. Here are our best suggestions. You might also like the other article in this series: Lanyards and Straps for your iPhone and iPod Touch. Think First! What are your needs? These are some questions to help you clarify what you are looking for: What is the device you need the strap for? You’ll need to know if it’s an iPad or iPad Mini and exactly what model you have as cases are often specific to a single model. Do you want a…
  • Weekend Roundup for 15 March 2015

    Ricky Buchanan
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    Here’s the best Apple assistive technology and accessibility links for the week of 15 March 2015. Everything from around the web that’s relevant to disabled, aged, and chronically ill Apple users. OS X Another Great Resource for learning VoiceOver and the Mac Been wanting to buy Dragon Dictate? Nuance’s 50% off downloads expires 18 March. Hurry! I Used Dictation and Voice Control for a Week. Here’s What Happened How to create text shortcuts in OS X Yosemite Mad About Mice – all your pointer controlling options including mice, trackpads, and more iOS Jane Farrall…
  • How to use the Dvorak keyboard layout with OS X

    Ricky Buchanan
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:14 am
    If you use a Mac computer and have trouble using the standard QWERTY keyboard layout, the Dvorak layout may be a good option for you. Dvorak layouts put the most frequently used keys right under your fingers, so you can type with less finger movements needed. Dvorak puts the most frequently used keys right under your fingers.Click To Tweet There are four types of Dvorak layouts available with the Mac: Dvorak – The standard Dvorak layout Dvorak Left – Puts the most used keys under your left hand Dvorak Right – Puts the most used keys under your right hand Dvorak QWERTY ⌘…
  • Weekend Roundup for 8 March 2015

    Ricky Buchanan
    8 Mar 2015 | 1:08 am
    Here’s the best Apple assistive technology and accessibility links for the week of 8 March, 2015. Everything from around the web that’s relevant to disabled, aged, and chronically ill Apple users. OS X Dragon Dictate Medical 4 for Mac is now available! Save $500 off upgrade prices, or buy the full package with a wired or wireless headset. Peel the Apple – a blog providing written tutorials for Mac OS X VoiceOver users. ii-Music |Musical Instrument for Eyegaze and Head Trackers OS X VoiceOver training audio iOS How would you change Siri? Secret iMessage shortcuts: Ten…
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  • WSJ Editorial Slamming Social Security Disability Riddled with Errors of Fact

    Jonathan
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    You have probably heard that the Social Security disability trust fund will run out of money in 2016 and that all beneficiaries will face an across the board cut if Congress does not act. There are a number of relatively painless accounting moves Congress can make to shore up the system and the inability of our elected representatives to take action arises more from political grandstanding than concern about the numbers or concern about the truly interested parties – disabled people who have worked and paid money into the system but who are now unable to work. One thing that everyone…
  • Local TV Station Highlights Problems with Social Security Hearing Process

    Jonathan
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:56 pm
    This is the video segment about Social Security disability delays, hosted by investigative reporter Randy Travis of Atlanta’s Fox 5 TV.   Travis highlights what most Social Security disability lawyers already know – that the judge assigned to your case could mean more than the medical records in terms of whether or not you receive benefits. In the Atlanta downtown hearing office, there are judges who approve less than 20% of cases, and judges who approve more than 70%.   So two identical claimants – each with the exact same medical issues – would likely get different…
  • Hearing Strategies for Claimants with Multiple Medical Problems

    Jonathan
    29 Dec 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Greg writes:  “I have seen many if not all of your YouTube videos and have to say you probably are the best disability lawyer on there. My case is rather unusual in the sense that I do not have one injury, I have three. I have a bad back, one herniated disk that causes a lot of pain for me and three bulging disks that are bad in their own right. My right hip is bad and needs replacement, I am on year 6 since it’s discovery. I also have two feet that have chronic pain from bad plantar fasciitis that have both been operated on with little to no success.” “How on earth do I…
  • No Jail if You Refuse to Use SSDI Money to Pay Court Ordered Obligations

    Jonathan
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    The Michigan Court of Appeals recently issued an interesting decision in a case called In re Robby Lampart about the right of a state agency to go after a claimant’s Social Security disability to enforce a criminal restitution order.  In a tightly written opinion which you can read here, the Michigan appellate judges held that a trial court could not use its power of contempt (i.e., putting a defendant in jail) to coerce that defendant to use Social Security funds to pay his obligations. Usually, of course, the payment dispute involves child support rather than criminal restitution. My…
  • How Does a Social Security Judge Decide if I have “Transferable Skills” for Grid Rule Purposes?

    Jonathan
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:59 pm
    This is a good question – the short answer is that judges will look to vocational expert witness testimony to determine whether a claimant has acquired transferable skills. Your question got me thinking that it might be helpful to review how the grid rules work and to take my readers through a grid rule analysis, so, here you go: The grid rules, or “medical vocational guidelines” can qualify you for Social Security disability benefits even if you have some capacity to work, but you are not likely to find work because of limited skills and a limited education. In order to qualify for…
 
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  • The Art of Giving

    Cathy
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    detail of hand-painted wool flannel ____________________________ I saw a young woman on the street. She sat there on the ground outside Starbucks with a sign: HOMELESS. ANYTHING HELPS. There are so many scammers around these days that my first instinct was to dismiss her. I at least said hello, reached around her to buy a paper from the box and asked if she was warm enough. We actually had a great conversation. She told me about these cool hand warmers she had that were hidden in her pockets. “Yes.” she said. She was ok. I went in, ordered my drink and thought I’d get her…
  • Symptoms As Compass

    Cathy
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    “DOOR GIRL”, m/m, 1996 _____________________ My recent Urology appointment included a definition of the current state of my bladder: “Interstitial Cystitis is caused by the degradation of the mucus membrane in our bladder which acts as insulation for waste leaving our body .” I have been musing about the proclivity of my diagnoses of “loss of insulation” both of my nerves (MS shows up as little chunks of nerve insulation disappearing leaving raw, exposed and faulty conductivity) And now my bladder is challenged by the absence of it’s natural…
  • Women I Love

    Cathy
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    “The women whom I love and admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because shit worked out. They got that way because shit went wrong, and they handled it. They handled it in a thousand different ways on a thousand different days, but they handled it. Those women are my superheroes.” —  Elizabeth Gilbert
  • On the Road

    Cathy
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    I asked a good girlfriend to drive me up to Taos (hour and a half North) to a new Urologist. My governing “M.O.” has been “I can do it by myself.” Case in point when I ambled off to the neuro appointment years ago to get the diagnosed. I was so used to doing stuff without support that I didn’t even know that having someone at my side that day would have helped me bear the news. Asking my girlfriend to come with me yesterday was a great exercise in conscious asking and receiving. Since I no longer drive I obviously needed SOMEone there but to visit a new Urologist…
  • Girls and Boys of Summer

    Cathy
    15 Mar 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Girls And Boys of Summer . Sitting at Starbuck’s Some girls in flouncy seersucker Skirts made me nervous Because they seduced even me. Taut, smooth black leather Pants and padded pricey jackets Hug testosterone-laden young bucks Cruising in contorted Motorcycle poses. One can almost feel The tug their pole cast, Trolling For the tidal pull Left in their wake. They got me, I tell you.. I saw my skin tanned Wearing cool sunglasses Practicing nonchalance and Scooted too far forward Behind some Marlon Brandoesque Kid (In his youth). I wore a white Eyelet bell-sleeved number And my jeans Were…
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  • Permobil acquires ROHO

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

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

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

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

    Stephanie Tesreau
    30 Dec 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Study shows air cell cushions are 10,000 times better than standard foam for preventing deep tissue injury  ST. LOUIS, December 10, 2014 – ROHO, Inc., a leader in wheelchair seating solutions since 1973, today announces research findings that recognize adjustable air cell cushions as medically superior for reducing deep-tissue injuries and skin breakdown1, which can […] The post Groundbreaking Research Uncovers New Insights for Reducing Deadly Pressure Ulcers in Wheelchair Patients appeared first on ROHO®.
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    Need Project Podcast

  • Help keeping marriages intact with Lon Adams

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

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

    14 Jan 2015 | 8:03 pm
    Mike is the Supervisor of Church Relations for Joni and Friends International Disability Center. We discuss how to encourage our churches to support families with special needs members, and how Joni and Friends can help.
  • Mclean Bible Church Access ministries with Jackie Mills-Fernald

    14 Dec 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Our guest is Jackie Mills-Fernald. Jackie is the Director of Access Ministries at Mclean Bible Church in Virginia. We learn about the unique programs they have and some tips from their years of experience.
  • 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.
 
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    Enabled Kids

  • Believe & Act As If It Were Impossible To Fail!

    Natan
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
  • Raw Food Series: Broccoli

    Natan
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:37 am
    If you aren’t already regularly eating broccoli, then you should start adding them to your diet today! These ‘little trees’ are one of the best vegetables you can eat to maintain a healthy body and prevent the onset of many different diseases. Here are just a couple of broccoli’s health benefits:   Cancer Prevention: Having […]
  • Diaper Rash Home Remedies & Tips for Your Special Needs Child

    Natan
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    Bacteria and yeasts love the warm and moist conditions imparted by diapers, especially when you are unable to change your child’s diaper right away after they’ve urinated or have had a bowel movement. Prolonged exposure to a dirty diaper or having moist skin constantly rubbing against itself can lead to uncomfortable skin irritations, which is […]
  • 3 Natural Ways to Cleanse Your Face Without Soap

    Natan
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Many soaps and facial cleansers contain chemicals that can be harsh on the skin. They may even upset the balance of natural oils on the face and aggravate certain skin conditions! Here are a couple of ingredients you can use to wash your face naturally. You probably already have some of these in your own […]
  • There Are No Short Cuts!

    Natan
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:48 pm
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    Support for Special Needs

  • Dragons Transformed

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Sometimes I don’t have words for the things that keep me up at night, the things that keep so many special needs parents awake, staring at the ceiling. Institutions that don’t adequately value the amazing human beings they’ve been entrusted with. Voices from the outside tearing us down, in the guise of civic concern or advocacy or just plain ugliness. And most of all that wordless thing waiting in the future, the one that scares us most of all because we can’t see it, we can’t even imagine it, and when we ponder it, we are reminded of our own aging frailties and…
  • Building a Community of Your Own

    Julia Roberts
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Over the last 16 years as our family has grappled with diagnosis after diagnosis for our children, it became clear to me we didn’t want to survive without a support system. Why should we? We had people who loved us, people who wanted the best for us and so when we needed them, they came. Most of them anyway. Not everyone is suited to be friends with a family like ours. It can be intense in our world sometimes and I don’t fault anyone for wanting off the train that is our life. I even think about it sometimes. Friendships are generally like a tree ring, where a smaller, tighter…
  • F Word

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Schuyler doesn’t always share much in the way of information about her days at school, at least not immediately. She takes time to process before letting little bits and pieces slip out, almost always in the context of other conversations. So it was that a week and a half passed before she told us, on the last day of spring break, that she didn’t want her external speaker on her iPad to be too loud because she didn’t want people to look at her “like a freak”, and that this was a result of someone at her school (someone she even knew, from her middle school…
  • How To Enjoy Spring Break

    Julia Roberts
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    A Life360 screen shot to show you I was at our Nation’s Capitol last week advocating for rare disease week! Over Spring Break we’re headed to Savannah, GA. We found a cute apartment less than a mile from the Riverfront. It will be nice to disconnect for real life, together. Like you I’m sure, during the week we’re running in a million directions. We’re planning to exhale, museum visits, ghost tours, bus tours, bike riding and just being together for some time without the stress of homework and work. We want to be conscious of our time to focus on…
  • Families Don’t

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    When we talk about a disability community, what I think we’re really describing is a family of sorts. Much like family, very few of us actually chose this community as our own. We’d much rather be a part of the Easy Living On A Beach Somewhere Community, but this is the one we were handed, and we’re mostly stronger for it. The beach still sounds nice, but whatever. Those families are soft. The disability community in the Internet Age can be a thing to behold. We seek each other out, mostly from our starting points mired in deep solitude. If there’s one universal…
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  • 7 Ways To Bring Self-Advocacy To Your Next IEP

    Karen Wang
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    It’s IEP season. Will your child attend the meeting? Here are some steps that you can take to prepare your child to become a self-advocate, beginning with his or her IEP.
  • How I Made my Child’s Clothing Revolutionary and Autism Friendly

    Lauren Thierry
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:41 am
    I have just been feted at lovely party in a lovely suburban hotel, where the emcee called my clothing line, Independence Day, “Revolutionary!” As a former media person, I’m used to hyperbole. I know they have to have a hook, an angle. But I admit this made me blush and, well, made the journalist in me pine for “accuracy.”  What I did was not revolutionary. It was simply something that had to be done. Like the moms in the 1960’s who safety pinned mittens to their kids coats before there were mitten clips.  The moms did it because those “kittens” might lose their…
  • How to Make a Cruise an Amazing Special Needs Friendly Vacation

    Jennifer Lovy
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:28 am
    The first time we booked a cruise our friends though we were crazy to even think about taking three children under the age of seven, including one with autism, on a ship for seven days. We seriously questioned our sanity and wondered about our son’s safety.  We were convinced that because of his autism, he would: 1. Fall off the ship 2. Get sea sick and throw up for a week straight 3. Have multiple daily meltdowns because he was outside his comfort zone 4. All of the above We love to travel but after kids vacations stopped being relaxing. They became trips. And while our trips provided us…
  • Three Special Needs Books They Wished They Had Years Ago

    Lorna d'Entremont
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    How often do you hear an author say, “I wrote the book I wished I had when my child was first diagnosed”? The three books I recommend this month are written by mothers who raised children with special needs and thankfully, for all the other parents like them, they have channelled their hard-earned knowledge and experience into parenting guide books. These books are motivational, inspirational, and each tells a moving story of raising a child with special needs to adulthood. The authors hope that their journeys  will help others chart their own path with an easier route. Despite your…
  • 10 Ways to Improve Literacy with Your Older Child with Special Needs in the Community

    Becca Eisenberg
    18 Mar 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Many older children, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities have varying literacy skills. Some individuals are literate, and others struggle with literacy, even into adulthood. From my perspective, you are never too old to learn how to read. I want to discuss ten easy ways to improve literacy when out in the community during regular daily tasks. No pen and paper needed and all free! 1. Street signs Point out street or community signs within your community. Some of these signs can be when on the road or in a public place (e.g. library, post office, hospital, etc.). Review words…
 
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    Advocacy in Action

  • It's that time of year

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    It's blog awards time!  Nominations are open for the Irish Parenting Blog Awards 2015.  I would be so grateful if you took a few minutes to consider nominating this blog.  It is listed as Advocacy in Action.You can read about the different award categories here. To nominate a blog, Advocacy in Action?click here. Nominations close on 1 April so please don't wait!All you need is your name and email address plus the URL/web address if you are nominating a post for Best Post of the YearHere are a few of my favorite posts.  If you like one of them or any…
  • Do Antibiotics Improve Autism Smptoms?

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:35 am
    Ashlee 12 on FlickrAfter seeing his son's autism symptoms improve following a course of antibiotics, a father is urging researchers to examine a link between the two. John Rodakis reports that his son's autism symptoms improved dramatically after a course of antibiotics.Rodakis' son was diagnosed with "moderate to severe" autism several months before taking amoxicillin for strep throat. On the 4th day of his antibiotics course, Rodakis' son showed improvements in eye contact and speech.  He " became less ‘rigid’ in his insistence for sameness and routine; and also displayed…
  • Easy 2 minute test lets parents check for concussions in children

    24 Mar 2015 | 5:58 am
    Max Andrews on Wikimedia CommonsA simple eye test done on the sidelines detects concussions in student athletes, according to researchers from the NYU Langone Concussion Center.  The eye test takes less than two minutes to do and people without medical training can administer it, reports research published in the Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology. The King–Devick (K–D) test is effective on children as young as 5 years old, states information published on March 5.A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. A…
  • 13 Signs Your Child May Have Dysgraphia

    22 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    Ministerio de Educación (UNESCO) via Wikimedia CommonsDysgraphia is a neurological disorder and learning disability that primarily affects handwriting.  Parents and teachers may notice problems when children start learning to write.  Children with dysgraphia may also have ADHD, dyslexia or another disorder.  Here are some signs of dysgraphia:Hand cramping and/or pain when writingWriting not within page lines or marginsHandwriting illegibleVery slow writing and copyingDifficult or unable to write and think at same timeSpelling problemsMixes cursive writing and printingAwkward…
  • Job Shadow Day (Ireland)

    22 Mar 2015 | 2:06 am
    IASEThe Irish Association for Supported Employment (IASE) has launched the eighth annual National Supported Employment Week which will run from Monday 20th – Sunday 26th April. Job Shadow Day (Wednesday 22nd April) is the highlight of the week and will see hundreds of people with disabilities take the opportunity to shadow a workplace mentor as he or she goes about a normal working day.Job Shadow Day, sponsored by Irishjobs.ie, is a national project bringing people with disabilities and local employers together for one day to promote equal employment opportunities and highlight the valuable…
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    Holdin' Out for a Hero

  • Your Shoes are Killing Me

    Laurita
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
      One of the definitive moments of the feature film, “Sex and the City,” shows protagonist Carrie Bradshaw entering the large closet of her would-be new apartment. As the lights flicker on, she takes in the size of it (really, it’s ginormous) and imagines all of the designer shoes she will fill it with. I cringe whenever I watch that scene, as much as I love that film (can you say, “guilty pleasure”?). Because I would never find enough “sexy” shoes to fill that closet with, even if I could afford them all. Because the shoe industry has neglected to make shoes for women like…
  • My Actual Letter to the Mother who Aborted her Baby with Spina Bifida

    Laurita
    10 Feb 2015 | 2:16 pm
      A note to my readers:  Recently, I received an E-mail from a mom who contacted me for advice. She had a pregnancy affected by spina bifida, and at the recommendation of her doctor— she chose to abort. In addition, she wanted my advice on how NOT to have another baby with spina bifida. As you might have read in my previous post, I felt the entire gamut of negative emotions upon opening and reading that E-mail— anger, sadness, judgment towards her, and just an overall sense of melancholy that seemed to pervade my emotions for several days.  In a desperate attempt to sort out my…
  • To the Woman who Aborted Her Baby with Spina Bifida

    Laurita
    6 Feb 2015 | 9:57 pm
      Dear Woman, First off, let me say that I am not writing this on an impulse. In fact, I have given this a lot of thought and have decided to give this situation a “grace period” in which I could cool off, reflect, cry, pray, gain perspective from others in your situation, and allow myself enough time in which to answer you without anger or bitterness. Of course, this time has allowed me to be more merciful and fair to you. But please know that I needed this time as much as you did. It’s not easy to for me to process my emotions about an issue that is so personal to me. But, you…
  • 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…
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    Learning Disability Carers Community

  • BE ON TV AND GET TRAINED FOR A JOB IN HOSPITALITY!

    Sharron
    21 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Are you struggling to find a job? Would you love a career in the Hospitality Industry? Do you have a physical, sensory or other impairment or a long term condition? Twofour, one of the UKs most respected TV companies is producing a ground breaking series for Channel 4 Television Corporation. We are looking for disabled people or those with a variety conditions, who want to seize the opportunity to be trained and gain work experience under the watchful eye of one of Britain’s most renowned chefs which will hopefully lead to be offered jobs in a restaurant, cafe or a hotel. If…
  • Model with Down’s syndrome makes history on New York catwalk

    Sharron
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:13 am
    Jamie Brewer is best known for her acting work – but this week she broke boundaries at New York Fashion Week An actress and model with Down’s syndrome has graced the runway at New York Fashion Week for the first time in history. Jamie Brewer, 30, wore a black A-line Carrie Hammer dress for the groundbreaking moment, in a nod to her her ‘dark and bewitching’ role in TV show American Horror Story. Ms Brewer was chosen for the show by designer Carrie Hammer as part of her “Role Models Not Runway Models” campaign. Hammer started the initiative in 2014 because she…
  • Get your Creativity Flowing!

    Sharron
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:56 am
    The Care Co-ordination Association (CCA) national art competition for service users and carers is now open. The competition is open to all mental health and learning disability service users and carers. The CCA is looking for four designs to use on the cover of its electronic quarterly journal ‘The Approach’ – one design for spring, summer, autumn or winter. All entries must be original designs, 2D, no bigger than A3 and suitable for reproducing. The closing date for the competition is 16 March 2015 and winners will be notified by 20 March. Winners will receive £30 of artist materials,…
  • Derbyshire could be new focal point of fight against cuts

    Sharron
    10 Feb 2015 | 12:32 am
    Disabled activists are hoping that a new campaigning coalition will make their county a focal point for highlighting the damage caused to disabled people by austerity-related cuts. Disability groups in Derbyshire decided to launch the coalition after hearing last year that Derbyshire county council was planning to make an extra £157 million in cuts in the five years from 2013-14 to 2017-18, reducing its spending by a third. Over this period, adult social care is facing cuts of up to £60 million to a budget currently set at £206 million a year, with cuts of £21.8 million due in 2015-16…
  • Cervical Screening for learning disabled women

    Sharron
    2 Feb 2015 | 3:39 am
    Learning Disability Carers Community are keen to promote all opportunities for people with learning disabilities to access health care. Cervical screening has a poor uptake by women with learning disabilities which this new resource aims to help improve. A new resource about cervical screening (smear tests) has been launched to try and address the poor uptake of screening for women with learning disabilities. ‘The Smear Test Film’ is a health education film resource for women eligible for cervical screening who have mild to moderate learning disabilities. It has been made by Public Health…
 
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    Special Needs Essentials Blog

  • 10 Ways To Use Sensory Balls For Special Needs Kids

    dgrauzam
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    These favorite OT tools are fun and affordable! Plus, their endless use possibilities make them the perfect gift for kids of all ages and abilities. Use them as stress balls Squish and squeeze them to feel a unique hand massage. Some of them even have additional features such as spikes or strands that multiply sensory possibilities. > Promotes: Fine motor skills, Tactile input, Stress relief Play “Basketball” Toss them into the air to reach a target. Make it a competition and count points if you wish or let your child go their own path! > Promotes: Gross motor skills, Concentration,…
  • How To Play With Sand In The Winter (guest post)

    dgrauzam
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    Today we are thrilled to share the experience of Katia Y. González, OTR/L with crafts! Katia is a recently graduated Occupational Therapist living in Puerto Rico. She started documenting the experiences and life lessons of her OT journey while taking her first courses as an OT student and continues now that she is a pediatric OT. “When I was a little girl, I used to spend a big part of my free time doing crafts. My grandmother and aunt loved them, so they will always include me and my little sister in their projects. For Christmas, my parents and other family members used to get us…
  • Who Knew Bubbles Could Be So Educational? (guest post)

    dgrauzam
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Hi everyone! Today Cathy from Bountifulplate shares with us her very valuable review on bubble toys! Cathy is a homemaker/wife and a mother to a 10-year old son with Autism and ADHD, an 18-year old daughter who is a college freshman and a stepson who is 30. Originally from Maryland, she has lived in the Midwest for 13 years. We took Dominic to a family camp several years ago. It was a wonderful place, but with him not being potty trained at the time and having limited speech, there were really no activities for him to participate in. He and I spent a lot of time in and around our cabin. The…
  • 5 Tips To Promote A Child’s Handwriting Skills

    dgrauzam
    16 Feb 2015 | 9:51 am
    Handwriting… All kids can find this difficult to master but special needs kids have a greater chance to experience the tears of frustration at school or at home while trying to get their homework done. The reason for this varies: either the body is not well positioned, the child lacks attention or coordination, there is a medical condition, you name it. Thankfully, there are exciting ways to promote handwriting skills that will work with almost every child! 1. Grasp, grasp, grasp Handwriting starts with good positioning of the whole body and fingers on the writing tool. It may be too…
  • 3 Life Lessons Kids With Special Needs Teach Us

    dgrauzam
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:23 pm
    1. Express your feelings It is not so easy to express our feelings in this modern society where communication is digital and everything is thought to maximize efficiency. However, most children with special needs keep expressing their feelings with no reservation, and sometimes even without words. And that’s one of the many reasons they are so loveable. There is no shame in saying your fears, your frustrations, your gratitude, your love or all other feelings out loud. Just try to find the right words and follow their example! 2. Let it go Caring for a person with special needs can be…
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