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  • Focus Needed for Global Surveillance Strategies Since Re-Emergence of Ebola Virus

    Disabled World
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    EcoHealth Alliance Examines the Origins of Ebola Virus Outbreaks.
  • Massage therapy improves circulation, alleviates muscle soreness

    Disability News -- ScienceDaily
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    Massage therapy improves general blood flow and alleviates muscle soreness after exercise, according to a study. The results also showed that massage improved vascular function in people who had not exercised, suggesting that massage has benefits for people regardless of their level of physical activity.
  • An Easter Bouquet for You

    Do It Myself Blog - Glenda Watson Hyatt
    Glenda
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Picked especially for you from our first Photo Wheel of the season… Wishing you a blessed Easter! If you enjoyed this post, consider buying me a cafe mocha. Thanks kindly.
  • I Love You More Than My Dog

    Fresh Perspectives
    Michael Sporer
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:21 pm
    This was written back in 2009 on my other blog.  It still applies. I recently read a book that compelled some thoughts about how our educational system could soar!  The book is “I Love You More Than my Dog; Five Decisions That Drive Extreme Customer Loyalty in Good Times and Bad” by Jeanne Bliss. Based on her experiences in what she calls “beloved companies”, Jeanne outlines the culture of very successful companies, and she explores how decisions made by those companies build a culture of customer loyalty.  She explores the human side of business in…
  • He Is Risen

    Rolling Around In My Head
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:35 am
    (originally published in Mouth Magazine, reprinted in "A Real Nice But: articles that inspire, inform and infuriate, from Diverse City Press)Snow fell, four inches deep. Sweeping it off the car was not the way to celebrate Easter and usher in a new season.My feelings were jumbled from a conversation days earlier. I had been consulted on the rape of a young woman with a disability.We were faced with the fact of the rape, the fact that the courts wouldn't believer her and that society doesn't take crimes against people with disabilities seriously. The day was a hard one. At the end of the day I…
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    Disabled World

  • Focus Needed for Global Surveillance Strategies Since Re-Emergence of Ebola Virus

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    EcoHealth Alliance Examines the Origins of Ebola Virus Outbreaks.
  • DC Residents Led by Nick Cannon in Walk to End Lupus Now

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    More than 4,000 people with lupus, their friends and families converged in the nation's capital on Saturday to shed light on the cruel mystery that is lupus. Grand marshaled by multi-talented entertainer and television personality Nick Cannon, the Lupus Foundation of America's Walk to End Lupus Now™ event in Washington, D.C. transformed Pennsylvania Avenue into a stream of purple, the color lupus advocates associate with this debilitating, poorly understood disease.
  • Depression Symptoms in Young Fathers

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    Depressive symptoms increased on average by 68 percent over the first five years of fatherhood for these young men, who were around 25 years old when they became fathers and whom lived in the same home as their children. The results of the study were published April 14 in the journal Pediatrics.
  • 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse Information

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    The 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse Helped Lisa Lose 35 Pounds in 2 Months!
  • Dealing with Bad Memories and Emotions

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    What’s one of your worst memories? How did it make you feel? According to psychologists, remembering the emotions felt during a negative personal experience, such as how sad you were or how embarrassed you felt, can lead to emotional distress, especially when you can’t stop thinking about it.
 
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  • Massage therapy improves circulation, alleviates muscle soreness

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    Massage therapy improves general blood flow and alleviates muscle soreness after exercise, according to a study. The results also showed that massage improved vascular function in people who had not exercised, suggesting that massage has benefits for people regardless of their level of physical activity.
  • Intelligent prosthetic liners could ease pain for lower limb amputees

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:41 am
    A new device could help to relieve the pain and discomfort experienced by thousands of amputees as a result of poorly fitting replacement lower limbs. Researchers are developing a prototype of the world's first prosthetic 'intelligent' liner with integrated pressure sensors, which could be available in as little as three years. The sensors for the device measure the pressure and pulling forces at the interface between a patient's stump and socket of their prosthesis. In excess these pressures in excess can cause tissue damage, leading to painful sores.
  • How a Silly Putty ingredient could advance stem cell therapies

    13 Apr 2014 | 10:59 am
    The sponginess of the environment where human embryonic stem cells are growing affects the type of specialized cells they eventually become, a study shows. The researchers coaxed human embryonic stem cells to turn into working spinal cord cells more efficiently by growing the cells on a soft, utrafine carpet made of a key ingredient in Silly Putty.
  • Reasons for pain after 'successful' spinal surgery

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:42 pm
    A new study sheds light on the basis of neuropathic pain that persists after apparently successful surgery. The topic is a question that has long puzzled physicians. In a study that melds the interrelated domains of spinal surgery and pain medicine, researchers have discovered that in the transition from acute inflammatory pain to chronic neuropathic pain, neurons undergo molecular changes.
  • Bone marrow stem cells show promise in stroke treatment

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    Stem cells culled from bone marrow may prove beneficial in stroke recovery, scientists have learned. The researchers identified 46 studies that examined the use of mesenchymal stromal cells -- a type of multipotent adult stem cells mostly processed from bone marrow -- in animal models of stroke. They found MSCs to be significantly better than control therapy in 44 of the studies.
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    Do It Myself Blog - Glenda Watson Hyatt

  • An Easter Bouquet for You

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

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

    Glenda
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Being an extremely small business owner, I constantly have an eye on the expenses. Whenever possible, I avoid spending because, even though business expenses are tax deductible, there needs to be an income from which to deduct it. Every tax season is a cause for angst; not because of the process, but rather which software do I use? The familiar and trusted yet pricey one? Or, the cheap unknown? With last year being abysmal on the financial front, in addition to the personal front, I decided to go with the cheap option – as in 1/10th price cheap. I was nearly all the way through both my…
  • The Climb to Becoming a Motivational Speaker: Filled with Challenges Not Expected

    Glenda
    24 Mar 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Four years ago, on a beautiful spring day much like today, I stepped way beyond my comfort zone and ziplined above downtown Vancouver traffic. That moment has since had a ripple effect in my life. Most unexpectedly (or, perhaps not so much if I am truly honest about it), that “stare fear in the face” moment led me to shift from consulting on web accessibility – a safe, almost expected career choice given my set of circumstances – to embracing “My Second Most Unlikely Career Choice”, that being a motivational speaker. However, not only has the scared…
  • “We’re Ain’t Gonna Take It Any More”: Communication Access Now, No More Social Injustice

    Glenda
    12 Mar 2014 | 7:35 pm
    We’re not gonna take it No, we ain’t gonna take it We’re not gonna take it anymore We’ve got the right to choose and There ain’t no way we’ll lose it This is our life, this is our song ~ Lyrics from Twisted Sisters’ “We’re Not Gonna Take It” Individuals with communication disabilities, which affect how we speak or understand what others are saying, typically experience inequality in employment, healthcare and numerous other situations on a daily basis. We are often treated as if we are hearing or cognitively impaired, which is not…
 
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    Fresh Perspectives

  • I Love You More Than My Dog

    Michael Sporer
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:21 pm
    This was written back in 2009 on my other blog.  It still applies. I recently read a book that compelled some thoughts about how our educational system could soar!  The book is “I Love You More Than my Dog; Five Decisions That Drive Extreme Customer Loyalty in Good Times and Bad” by Jeanne Bliss. Based on her experiences in what she calls “beloved companies”, Jeanne outlines the culture of very successful companies, and she explores how decisions made by those companies build a culture of customer loyalty.  She explores the human side of business in…
  • Education Funding in Pennsylvania - Facts

    Michael Sporer
    15 Feb 2014 | 6:26 am
    NOTE:  I Originally published this in 2011 when Governor Corbett's Budget was first proposed.  I am not a supporter of Mr. Corbett, but these are the facts based on my research.  I’ve heard many educators lament about the “draconian” cuts to education introduced in Republican Governor Corbett’s 2011-2012 State Budget.  I’ve been a government finance guy for 35+ years, so I decided to analyze the state budget line items in the education categories.  For 2010-2011, then Democratic Governor Rendell used over $1 billion in one-time ARRA funds in…
  • Educational and Career Trends

    Michael Sporer
    12 Jan 2014 | 6:42 am
    As I grow older and hopefully wiser, I realize that the idea of status within society is inconsequential. Our ego-self tells us that our job, our house, how much money we have, the kind of car we drive; all of those things somehow matter. At our essential level, they don’t. I am no better than you, and we are no better than the poor guy with mental illness who lives under the bridge. The only difference lies in our level of comfort. Society tells us that these status symbols matter. The mainstream media of course propagates status and plays on that side of us as well. So do educational…
  • Quit Working So Hard and THINK!

    Michael Sporer
    2 Jan 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Before “retirement”, my job was CFO at a small consortium career-technical school. The workload was heavy, and much of the work was of a recurring nature. Before I adopted a “lean” mind-set, I would do the inevitable head-scratching each time I had to tackle the recurring task, trying to remember how I did it last time. When I began looking at the work in a tactical manner, everything changed. With most jobs like mine, getting things done is about the data and about how that data is handled. In my case, all data was stored securely on the central school network. More importantly,…
  • A Beginner's Mind

    Michael Sporer
    26 Oct 2013 | 7:53 am
    It seems to me that many businesses today are looking for the quick fix. They’re looking for the next program or methodology; some complex system they can “install” in their business in order to be more successful or to gain better market share. The problem is that these efforts can defer focus away from the most important element; the customer.There are two business writers and practitioners whose work I follow; Matthew May and Karen Martin. Now when you think of business writers, you might think of buzzwords and industry-speak. Yet, these writers avoid both. They write and practice…
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  • He Is Risen

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:35 am
    (originally published in Mouth Magazine, reprinted in "A Real Nice But: articles that inspire, inform and infuriate, from Diverse City Press)Snow fell, four inches deep. Sweeping it off the car was not the way to celebrate Easter and usher in a new season.My feelings were jumbled from a conversation days earlier. I had been consulted on the rape of a young woman with a disability.We were faced with the fact of the rape, the fact that the courts wouldn't believer her and that society doesn't take crimes against people with disabilities seriously. The day was a hard one. At the end of the day I…
  • Tripping over a Trigger

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:02 am
    Joe and I had gone out for lunch with friends and, on the way home, decided that we'd stop at Shoppers Drug Mart to pick up a couple things we needed. As it was Good Friday, we were surprised to see them open and even more surprised to see that the store was doing a very brisk business.As we roamed around the store getting the few things we needed, we both reminisced about when we first moved to Toronto and, even on a typical Sunday, everything was locked up tight. When we finally had all that we needed, we got into the line up. It was a fairly substantial one but neither of us was in a rush…
  • Panis Angelicus

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    (originally printed in Mouth Magazine; reprinted in "A little behind: articles for challenge, change and catching up" and published again here with permission of Diverse City Press) Butter tarts. She was making butter tarts. I leaned up against the counter and watched. Impossibly slow, incredibly precise, she fair burned with purpose. I was expected elsewhere in the building, to have another meeting about something important, I'm sure. But something bad me watch. As realization dawned, her experience became mine. This is what it had all been for, the years of toil and struggle. The captive is…
  • Three Kisses Plus One

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:39 am
    We were seated, at a window, having a cup of tea when I saw them. Two young men, barely past their teens, stopped, just on the other side of the glass. In greeting they hugged and then kissed each other. They walked away holding hands.A revolutionary kiss.Revolutionary because it spoke of the pure humanity of those two boys. It was a kiss that expressed their deep love, their absolute affection, their spontaneous expression of joy. I watched them walk away and I felted deeply honoured to have simply been witness to a time that made this possible. Many are horrified at Public Displays of…
  • A Big Day

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Today is kind of a big day for me.Many of you know, because I wrote about it here on "Rolling Around in My Head," that I had to cancel my trip to the UK this year because of a health issue that had to be taken care of right away. I started treatment right away and I hope for a quick recovery. What I got was a slow but steady improvement. I had an upcoming two week trip booked, 4days lecture, three days off, 4 days lecture. Well, that was approved by my 'Health Support Team' yesterday, and today, I booked the tickets.I really enjoy, not the travel, but the opportunity and indeed the honour to…
 
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    Half Soled Boots

  • rat-a-tat-tat-tat-tat-tat-tat-tat-tat

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    We live on the very edge of a small wood owned by the city. In the middle of it is a water reservoir, so thankfully it remains undeveloped. It's only a few acres in size, but it provides a lot of habitat for birds. I'm happy to have them - robins, in particular, hang around almost the entire year.BUT. Every spring, my house becomes the epicentre of frenzied mating and nesting activity. The birds go ape, basically, flying around the place in a wild-eyed riot of screeching and flapping.Most of them, I don't mind. I can put up with that slightly sinister pair of crows who cleverly rearrange the…
  • Double-Digits

    27 Mar 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Avery had a Frozen party yesterday for her big 10th birthday! She wanted to be Ice-Queen Elsa, so I made her a costume.Elsa's outfit is a little slinky for children, but I kept the skirt-slit decent, and gave the sleeves a little more coverage than Disney artists did, so I think overall it works. These cheap shiny poly fabrics are murder to sew, though.I didn't have a pattern, just free-handed it. I traced part of a dance bodysuit to get the original size and shape for the dress bodice, but the rest was done with a piece of chalk and a dream, so to speak.Speaking of free-handing, I took hold…
  • For what ails ye.

    3 Mar 2014 | 10:10 am
    My husband pointed out to me not long ago, that I always get sick in March. I thought about it and realized Heck, he is right.So, in keeping with my annual lemon and honey ritual, I got sick last Tuesday. Just a head cold, nothing major, but it does knock the stuffing out of one. I hate that glue-mouth I have on waking.I have a magic potion which I invented to treat my annual cold, and I'm sharing it with you now.1 organic orange2 organic lemons2-4 T honey2" organic ginger rootScrub the citrus well with a brush. Dry on a towel, then zest finely over a small saucepan. Halve and juice the…
  • The Forever Girl, with one big huge spoiler.

    24 Feb 2014 | 10:37 am
    Erudite Mondays at Half Soled BootsVolume 13 Number 2The Forever Girlby Alexander McCall SmithI really wanted to love this book.In the end, I'm not even sure I like it.This is the first Alexander McCall Smith book I have read (he of the "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency") so I don't know how it compares, but I was favourably impressed by his style. It has a certain distance from the reader...I didn't feel as if I was walking in their shoes, or sitting in their living rooms: I felt I was hovering over their houses, detached from the characters, their situations, and even from the passage of…
  • Love is a Decision - Part 2

    11 Feb 2014 | 5:43 pm
    A few weeks ago, I was waiting for my daughter at the barn. She had been there all day in the pouring rain and freezing cold. Three minutes of it was enough for me, then I picked up a broom to sweep the aisleways, simply as a way to keep warm.Sweeping, vacuuming, and ironing - these three household tasks seem harmless in themselves, but surprisingly often I find they lead to sudden revelations and deep thoughts.So there I was, vigorously sweeping up dried manure, bits of straw, and plenty of dirt, when my mind went, as it so often does, to the next item on my to-do list for the day."Dinner,"…
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  • Sudden Death

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

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

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

    5 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Today, someone suggested to me that the way to remove the eurocentrism of Orthodoxy in America is to convert more people of color and then the focus would change. I disagree. Removing the eurocentrism first would make it easier to interest more people of color to Orthodoxy. Right now, it is very unfriendly to many of us because of the eurocentrism that is present in so many Orthodox circles, groups, congregations. For instance, my child moved to a nearby city to go to college. It's our old hometown, but we hadn't lived there since before we joined the Orthodox Church. Fortunately, I knew…
  • Some Folks Just Don't Know How to Stop Themselves

    25 Mar 2014 | 11:44 am
    So, a couple of days ago, I wrote about this Brooke Eikmeier person who was peddling a new television series that recycled the old "Not Without My Daughter" stereotypes about Muslims and Arabs. Today, I found out that she's decided to double down on her claims even though numerous people have pointed out the problematic elements in her story. The TMI Hijabi wrote this:Remember when Brooke Eikmeier wanted to give Muslims and Arabs a “positive presence” on TV?Remember how most Muslims and people even remotely familiar with Arabic were all, “uhhh, Radha isn’t even a Muslim…
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  • My Trip to D.C.

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Last week I had the opportunity of a lifetime and was able to cross off one more thing on my Bucket List. I spent part of the week in D.C. with three great women, attending the National Disability Policy Seminar. To sum it up--it was a whirlwind adventure! Had a few slight hiccups at the airport and hotel in D.C. Sunday. Got the stomach flu on Monday, was somewhat better by Tuesday, and on Wednesday in between meetings on Capitol Hill, we were able to do a small bit of sightseeing! Loved it! I think what I'll remember most is meeting with Senator Risch. He actually came into the meeting we…
  • 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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  • Lighting the Way with Light Box Material Sets

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
      The Light Box has been a very popular APH product for many years and it has recently been revised to be both lighter and brighter! The Mini-Lite Box is also available as a smaller, lighter and more affordable option. The high contrast background provided by a light box's illuminated surface makes a variety of visual tasks easier to perform. No matter which light box you choose to use, APH has developed many visually stimulating materials that can be used in conjunction with it. Three different levels of Light Box Material sets can be obtained using federal quota funds   Light Box…
  • Are You Looking for Something to Do This Summer?

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:50 am
    Are you a teenager who could use a week of fun, outdoor activity and friendship this summer? Does kayaking, rock wall climbing and tandem biking sound good to you? Would you enjoy the challenge of developing new travel skills and stretching your independence? If so, the Leader Dogs for the Blind Summer Experience Camp was designed with you in mind. The Summer Experience Camp program combines outdoor camp activities with things exclusively Leader Dog—Trekker Breeze GPS training and the opportunity to try-out the guide dog lifestyle (which means you get to spend time with our dogs!). The…
  • APH News: February 2014

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    11 Feb 2014 | 7:17 am
    The February edition of the APH News is now available on our website!  Go to the February News to see what's new and exciting here at APH and around the blindness community.
  • The ODIN VI: An Accessible Basic Mobile Phone

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    30 Jan 2014 | 8:17 am
    By Robert Felgar, General Manager, Odin Mobile Odin Mobile, the cell phone provider dedicated to serving the blind and visually impaired, is selling a basic mobile phone, called the ODIN VI that allows someone without sight to manage contacts, text message, set alarms and more.  The phone targets those who want a basic mobile phone that is accessible, as well as individuals who may not want to pay for a smart phone and their expensive monthly plans. The phone speaks everything that is on the screen, speaks the keys that you press and even prompts you to perform certain functions. …
  • Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    27 Jan 2014 | 7:50 am
    By Doug Wheller, Flickr Creative Commons  Finding a college, deciding on a career path, and attaining accessible materials is stressful enough. Add to that the problem of paying for school. Along with Federal financial aid, consider applying for as many scholarships as possible. Free money for school is always the best option!  Onlineschools.org has put together a comprehensive directory of financial aid options, mostly scholarships, for students with disabilities. Don't let the website name fool you - these scholarships are not just for online or distance learning. However, each…
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  • Handsfree calling from your Mac via Dialogue

    dnw
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:22 am
      I could use this, badly. Pity I don’t have the most up to date Mac OS [10.8+] that it needs…   Dialogue Related posts:  HandsFree, a Mac app worth $4.99 in the Mac App Store, that uses your Mac as a… Snapvoice – Photos With Audio Recordings
  • Reader Writes: Another alternative for a touch mouthstick

    dnw
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Overcoming the “touch barrier” I received a message the other day from a reader … in …. Michael writes: Please see the attached [link for] pencil tops or stick tops – or whatever you’re having yourself – tops. I have been using something similar from the same website for some time.  They are effectively novelty pencils, or novelty stylus pencils.  I am sure they are still  on the website somewhere . I believe this is done by simply using carbonised rubber, and I carry the necessary small charge to mine because it’s mounted on an aluminium mouth stick.  The…
  •  HandsFree, a Mac app worth $4.99 in the Mac App Store, that uses your Mac as a…

    dnw
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Reshared post from +David N Wallace  HandsFree, a Mac app worth $4.99 in the Mac App Store, that uses your Mac as a handsfree device by routing the audio from your Android phone or iPhone to your Mac. (Needs OS X 10.9)*? HandsFree Lets You Make & Receive Phone Calls On Your Mac There are those who have resorted to using paid third-party apps to make calls from their PCs/Laptops and those who have purchased docking stations to avoi View this post on Google+ Post imported by Google+Blog for WordPress. Related posts: Lifekludger Links Weekly #24 Occupational Therapy Apps for iPad…
  • The Selfie – Remote Switch for Camera Phone

    dnw
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Selfie remote switch for iPhone While they might call this a gimmick an its inspiration may be the #selfie, I’m convinced this could be useful to someone unable to hold a phone or press the button on their phone to take a picture. via Coolest Gadgets Related posts: Pressy – a smartphone task button Buttonless remote control – move it RFID controlled phone dialing
  • Pressy – a smartphone task button

    dnw
    31 Dec 2013 | 2:14 am
    The Pressy is a tiny, simple button that you plug into the headphone jack of your phone that allows you to easily access a regular task. It uses an app that lets you setup the presses it takes to perform certain functions. Clicks are similar to Morse Code and are comprised of long and short depressions. When I saw this I thought it’d make a great solution for doing one task on your phone that normally takes several steps – ideal for an emergency number dialler, for instance. Starting life as a Kickstarter project, now fully funded, the Pressy is now available for pre-order via the…
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    Rolling Rains Report

  • Alex et Jacqueline Glyn

    Scott Rains
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
    Après avoir enflammé le public aux "Crystal Boot" en 2013, Alex et Jacqueline Glyn nous ont fait une démonstration lors des "Rencontres nationales de la country" à Issoudun samedi 22 mars 2014
  • Dance avec Alex et Jacqueline Glijn à Issoudun

    Scott Rains
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
  • U.S. Access Board Launches Online Guides to the ADA and ABA Standards

    Scott Rains
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:51 pm
    The U.S. Access Board has launched new online guides on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards. This web-based material features illustrated technical guides that explain and clarify requirements of the ADA and ABA standards, answer common questions, and offer best practice recommendations. It also includes a series of animations on various subjects covered by the standards."The Board is very excited to offer this series of technical guides and animations to help users understand the requirements of…
  • Ocupe o Seu Lugar - Stay in Your Place

    Scott Rains
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:57 pm
    See the story behind the disability rights action in Lisbon Portugal that has gone viral from  Lisboa (In)Acessível.Staged in the Duke of Saldanha Plaza in Lisbon this bold action went on to become a meme gone viral. Parabens Portugal! 
  • Roma Neupane - Dancing in Nepal (Video in Nepalese)

    Scott Rains
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    From May 14 - 23, 2014 I will be traveling through Nepal providing technical assistance to the tourism industry on accommodating travelers with disabilities. I wanted to find our a little more about disability culture in Nepal. This post features a dancer who is also an amputee Roma Neupane.Part 1:  Part 2: Interview: 
 
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    Pipecleaner Dreams

  • Spring Breaking

    Ashley's Mom
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    It's Spring Break for the kids.  It's also time for flower planting, zoo visiting, ice cream eating, napping, and all those other wonderful things we can do when we don't have school and work!I hope you all have a wonderful Easter, and I will see you on the other side!
  • Quiet Signs of Love - Sweet Story

    Ashley's Mom
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
  • Special Exposure Wednesday

    Ashley's Mom
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:31 am
    No, it wasn't a tornado or hurricane...it's my old, rotting shed during its teardown process...otherwise known as "the source for dead rodents to the delight of my two dogs"!    
  • Ouch!

    Ashley's Mom
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    I wake up every morning with hands so swollen that they can hardly bend.  They ache, as do my elbows, shoulders, and knees.  Every so often, my hips and feet jump in to enjoy the pain too.  I have rheumatoid arthritis.I was diagnosed about 10 years ago, and have been through a whole range of treatments – Ibuprofen, prednisone, methotrexate, and several biologics.  The biologics have traditionally been the best, but they usually only work for about two years.  And that’s why right now I am trying yet another, my 4th, biologic.I began four weeks ago on…
  • Competitor - Winner!

    Ashley's Mom
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Ronnie competed in the Mid-Atlantic wheelchair games this weekend.  He even came in 1st in his age group in the 100, 200, 400 and 800 meter races!  Way to go, Ronnie!
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    ATMac

  • Text-to-Speech isn’t VoiceOver

    Ricky Buchanan
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:36 pm
    I have noticed in several places now that some people are confused about what’s “VoiceOver” and what’s “Text to Speech” in terms of Mac OS X. This post is to attempt to clarify what each one is and why it’s important to know which one you’re talking about if you’re asking for help. “Text to Speech” is any time your computer is converting typed words into spoken ones. If you highlight a paragraph in TextEdit and then use control-click -> Speech -> Start Speaking to get the computer to talk to you, that’s text to…
  • Alternative Keyboard Layouts

    Ricky Buchanan
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Virtually all computer keyboards in English speaking countries are arranged so that the letter keys, if you read from the top-left, start off with Q W E R T Y. This layout is known by those first six letters – The “QWERTY” (pronounced like “k-were-tee”) layout. Most people aren’t aware of the fact, but there are alternatives to this arrangement of letters and punctuation and the alternatives can be very useful for assistive technology. This article doesn’t go into the technical details of how to use alternative keyboard layouts with a Mac computer.
  • How To Speak to Your iPhone or iPad

    Ricky Buchanan
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Did you know that your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch has no less than three different ways built in for you to speak to it? They are: Voice Control Siri Dictation Each system has its own uses, advantages and disadvantages. Voice Control The Voice Control system was first introduced in iOS 3.2 on the iPhone 3GS and was the earliest form of voice control available on iDevices. Voice Control uses the device itself for voice processing which means it can be quite slow – especially on older devices – but also means it works in places where there is no fast internet connection available.
  • Solving iOS Battery Drain

    Ricky Buchanan
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:21 pm
    There is a really great article by Scotty Loveless today about solving iOS battery drain. Scotty’s worked as an Apple Genius for two years so he really knows what he’s talking about, and all of his recommendations mirror suggestions that I frequently make to people which is nice and reassuring! Even for those of us who don’t have a problem, per se, with battery drain this could be a good read. Why? When you use your iPhone or iPad for something assistive you probably use it a lot. Especially when the devices are used for communication (AAC) I’m guessing they’re…
  • Text-to-Speech or Speech-to-Text?

    Ricky Buchanan
    30 Mar 2014 | 6:57 pm
    There are a lot of searches that find this blog using the phrases “speech to text” and “text to speech” or equivalents using words like “voice”, “speaking”, “typing”, and so on. It seems from the logs, that a lot of people aren’t sure what the difference is between “speech to text” and “text to speech” so I thought I’d clarify. “Text to speech” is where the computer speaks. The computer can speak anything and it’s still text to speech – it could speak what you’re…
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    Disability Scoop

  • NIH Seeking Public Comment On DSM Autism Update

    Shaun Heasley
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Nearly a year after new diagnostic criteria for autism took effect, the National Institutes of Health is asking everyone from families to health experts to weigh in on the changes.
  • Home Videos May Allow For Quicker Autism Diagnosis

    Michelle Diament
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    Using YouTube videos, researchers say they've identified a new approach to autism screening that could significantly speed up the path to diagnosis.
  • Court: Mom Acted Wrongly In Arranging Son’s Vasectomy

    Shaun Heasley
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    In a case centering on the rights of people with intellectual disabilities, a court has ruled that an Iowa mother overstepped when she arranged a vasectomy for her son with special needs.
  • Ranking Names Best States For Disability Services

    Michelle Diament
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    An annual ranking of states offering the best services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities reveals a familiar but evolving landscape.
  • Feds Impose Stiffer ADA Penalties

    Shaun Heasley
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    For the first time in more than a decade, the fines that the federal government can impose for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act are set to rise.
 
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    Clear Helper

  • New W3C Task Force for Cognitive Accessibility

    John Rochford
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    A new task force has been formed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to develop accessibility guidelines for people with cognitive disabilities. It is led by Lisa Seeman, a long-time expert and advocate. Task force members are well-known experts from all over the world. I am a member, an “Invited Expert”. My current, primary responsibility is to create and manage volunteer research groups of people with disabilities and others. I participate in the weekly conference calls of the task force, which so far have consisted of brainstorming sessions, presentations, and…
  • 2013 Boston Accessibility Conference – September 28 – Register Now!

    John Rochford
    9 Sep 2013 | 6:39 am
    Register Now for the 2013 Boston Accessibility Conference! When Saturday, September 28, 2013 Where Microsoft New England Research & Development (NERD) Center One Memorial Drive Cambridge, MA 02142 What This is a conference about making technology accessible, especially the web, but also mobile, games, and much more. It is an opportunity for designers, developers, usability professionals, accessibility experts, and end users to share information and learn from each other. Who Organizers include: Char James-Tanny, @CharJTF Sarah Bourne, @sarahebourne Kathleen Wahlbin, @wahlbin Mark…
  • 2012 Boston Accessibility Conference – September 15 – Register Now!

    John Rochford
    20 Aug 2012 | 2:53 pm
    Register Now for the 2012 Boston Accessibility Conference! When Saturday, September 15, 2012 Where Microsoft New England Research & Development (NERD) Center One Memorial Drive Cambridge, MA 02142 Who Organizers include: Char James-Tanny, @CharJTF Sarah Bourne, @sarahebourne Kathleen Wahlbin, @wahlbin Mark Sadecki, @cptvitamin John Rochford, @ClearHelper 2012 sponsors include my own project, New England INDEX, which provides information about programs and services for people with disabilities in Massachusetts. Register Now for the 2012 Boston Accessibility Conference!
  • Boston Accessibility Unconference 2011: What, When, Where, Who

    John Rochford
    25 Aug 2011 | 4:02 pm
    What The Boston Accessibility Unconference is a participant-driven event, also known as a BarCamp. It is an opportunity for members of the design-, development-, usability- and accessibility communities, along with end users, to share information and interact with each other. Frequently Asked Questions When Saturday, September 17, 2011 Tentative Schedule Where Microsoft New England Research & Development (NERD) Center One Memorial Drive Cambridge, MA 02142 Directions Who Attending are passionate developers; media specialists; designers; usability- and accessibility professionals; and end…
  • Improving Web Searching for People with Cognitive Disabilities

    John Rochford
    25 Apr 2011 | 6:00 am
    Using a website search tool is difficult for people with cognitive disabilities. Finding a relevant result is often thwarted by spelling errors they make, their inability to detect them, or a lack of understanding about how to correct them. Determining which search results are best can be equally difficult. This post is a synopsis of an approach to circumventing such problems. An example has been implemented on a web site of the German Institute for Human Rights, which is an easy-to-read version of a United Nations convention on the rights of people with disabilities. A typically-appearing…
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    HEALING THROUGH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

  • Big, Giant Dog Love

    Cathy
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:23 pm
    This is Livvy yesterday in the sun. She teaches me stuff. She calms me, frustrates me, challenges me, makes me giggle, cry and belly-wiggle laugh. Today, she was my church. I quieted myself and paid close attention to the life in her. We went to Starbuck’s and talked to some great people; fellow chihuahua lovers who even appreciated her loud voice. One great looking guy saw us from the window as we approached. He jumped up and met us at the door, opened it and said: “I just lost my dog last week. Can I show you a picture of SCRUFFY on my computer? I feel too raw to post it on…
  • True Crossing

    Cathy
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    “SMOLDER”, 36×22, m/m, 2008 _________________________ Joseph Campbell says it best I feel (from my absolute favorite book- REFLECTIONS ON THE ART OF LIVING- A JOSEPH CAMPBELL COMPANION: “What has always been basic to Easter, or resurrection, is crucifixion. If you want resurrection, you must have crucifixion. Too many interpretations of the Crucifixion have failed to emphasize that relationship and emphasize instead the calamity of the event. If you emphasize the calamity, you look for someone to blame, which is why people have blamed the Jews. But crucifixion is not a…
  • Keeping Quiet

    Cathy
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    My life is a big canvas and I continually try to refine the marks I put down. Today, I apologize to those who hold subscriptions to this blog as my post from yesterday was delivered to you before I came to my senses and deleted it altogether. In hindsight I felt it self-serving, incendiary and my thoughts poorly articulated. Not my best effort. A past therapist told me these three guidelines which I try to live by: 1. Try not to judge. 2. Tell the truth as quickly as you can. 3. Don’t try to understand (I take this to suggest we gear ourselves toward witnessing with love). Many, many…
  • Empathy Vs. Sympathy

    Cathy
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    This is such a slippery distinction for many but makes life far richer when known: Look here.
  • Is Being Alone A Problem?

    Cathy
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    “SQUID” 20×4″, ceramic,steel, 2000 ____________________________ “To become deeply silent is not to become still, but to become tidal.” David Whyte I have what some people crave: the utter luxury of unfettered time. My life is spare and quite silent. I live alone with my dog, Livvy though I have a few stellar friends close by. Isolation can grab me by the scruff sometimes, and it can take me down. The depths have always held great gifts as well as monsters. I have to be awake to this fact. I spend time writing, reading, sitting in a big chair I love and just…
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    Need Project Podcast

  • Foster Care & Adoption with Linda Ellegard

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

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

    14 Feb 2014 | 11:00 am
    Our guests are Joe and Cindi Ferrini. Joe and Cindi are the authors of "Our Unexpected Journey". A great book about raising a child with special needs. We discuss the emotions and issues couples go through to find what the Ferrini's call, the new "normal" for their lives.
  • Shriners Hospitals with Dr. Peter Armstrong

    14 Jan 2014 | 11:00 am
    We visited with Dr. Peter Armstrong who was the Chief Medical Officer of the Shriners Hospitals for Children. We discuss the services that the Shriners Hospitals give to children and how they are different from other hospitals.
  • 3 Things I wish someone had told me! with Bob West

    14 Dec 2013 | 11:00 am
    Bob West, President of Need Project talks about our new booklet written to new dad's helping them understand a few of the issues they will deal with as fathers and husbands who have children with special needs.
 
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    Girl With The Cane

  • Thoughts on Disney’s Disability Access Service Card (Or, Why it Sometimes Sucks to Be Disabled)

    Sarah
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:49 pm
    In the last post that I wrote about Disney’s new Disability Access Service Card, I said that it was receiving, at best, mixed reviews. Well, the chickens have come home to roost on that. Sixteen families of children and youth with developmental disabilities (including autistic children) are now suing Disney on the grounds that the new Disability Access Service Card regulations aren’t ADA-compliant.  And I don’t think that there’s really much to say about this except that sometimes, as positive as I try to stay about my situation, it really does suck to be disabled. I…
  • Thoughts About Disability Awareness Days

    Sarah
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:36 am
    So, a disability awareness day came and went this week: World Autism Awareness Day, on April 2.  My Facebook feed was lit up with pictures of city landmarks bathed in blue light, and autism-themed memes, and pictures of friends’ autistic loved ones. I didn’t write anything this year, or post anything on the Facebook page, or even tweet anything, as I have in past years. The first year I had this blog up, I think I wrote a post for *every* disability awareness day…or week…or month. On Autism Awareness Day this year, I had a terrible headache and was just trying to get…
  • Vaccination Safety and Autism: An Irritating Debate

    Sarah
    22 Mar 2014 | 5:41 am
    Measles outbreaks in both Canada and the United States are bringing the debate about vaccination safety and autism out in force again. And, as I often do when I see a Facebook debate among my friends on vaccination safety and the decision not to vaccinate children, particularly when it involves fears about autism, I jumped right into the one that I came across the other night. The vaccination safety debate just irritates me. Not just because, as the The Daily Beast said so succinctly the other day, “The original study that started us down this insane path by linking the MMR vaccine to…
  • Christopher McFadden: Why The Update Doesn’t Change Much for Me

    Sarah
    3 Mar 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Wow it’s been a long time since one of my posts has gotten the attention that the one about Christopher McFadden has. I felt like it was important to write the follow-up quickly. And I feel like it’s important to explain why I posted what I did even though I knew (just barely) that Christopher McFadden had recused himself. I’m not the mother of a disabled child, but when I was working in social services, I got very attached to the people I supported. I’m still in touch with many of them. The friendship that gave me the passion that I have for this work spans over half…
  • Christopher McFadden: What Do We Do When a Judge is Wrong?

    Sarah
    2 Mar 2014 | 4:28 pm
    There’s an update on this story that became available to me just as I was about to post this: Christopher McFadden recused himself from the case late Friday afternoon. The story is here, and I will comment on it this week. I still wanted to post this. After reading the update, nothing about what I believe about this story has changed, and this one really upset me. A Facebook friend brought this to my attention on Friday. Let’s all welcome Judge Christopher McFadden of Georgia to the blog. I doubt that this will be “one time only” appearance, as I plan on following this…
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    Wheelchair Accessibility Blog and Disability News from AMS Vans, Inc.

  • Would You Buy a Wheelchair Van Sight Unseen 3,000 Miles Away?

    Susan Hawkins
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:59 am
    MoreIf your answer is “no,” please read the letter below. But first… We get it. As one of the first wheelchair van companies to sell nationwide and globally on the Internet, AMS Vans, Inc. founders recognized the need to make potential customers feel at ease purchasing a big-ticket item without the opportunity to check it out personally. The result was our policy of “right of refusal” at delivery, and the rest is history. After selling and delivering thousands of handicap vehicles to customers nationwide and worldwide since 1999, we’re confident our…
  • Muscular Dystrophy Patient Makes History with LVAD Implant

    Jill Liphart
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:35 am
    MoreEighteen-year-old Eric Ramos lives with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, having been diagnosed when he was six and confined to a wheelchair for the past seven years. Like so many people with disabilities, he inspires by not letting his disability beat him. He attends a normal high school, loves video games and repairing computers, and hangs out with his friends. He’s also recently made history. Eric’s condition affects all of the muscles in his body, including his heart, which in recent years began to deteriorate fast and was having a hard time pumping blood to his body. Without…
  • Cool Video Tips for Cleaning Your Wheelchair

    Jill Liphart
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:57 am
    MoreSince it was first invented in the Middle Ages, the wheelchair has been one of the most useful innovations ever created. For millions of people all over the world, this simple device becomes their legs and allows them to get from place to place after illness, injury, or other disability. A wheelchair is vital to these people, who rely on it to accomplish the basic day-to-day tasks that many of us take for granted. That’s why it’s so important to keep the wheelchair in good, working order. If your wheels freeze up, you have no means of mobility. Fortunately, there are many methods,…
  • Son’s Traumatic Brain Injury Makes Parents Push Cell Phone Ban

    Jill Liphart
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:23 am
    MoreIf you don’t think texting or talking while driving is dangerous, just ask Don and Tressa Flanders. Their car was hit by a distracted driver, and their son’s life was changed dramatically in an instant by a traumatic brain injury. For years now, the issue of cell phone use while driving has been a divisive issue. There are debates about whether it should be banned, whether hands-free devices mitigate the dangers of distraction, and what, if any, penalties should be applied to those who do so. There are multi-million-dollar ad campaigns about the issue on TV and, though most…
  • Are Characters with Disabilities in Video Games True to Life?

    Jill Liphart
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    MorePeople with disabilities may see something new and long-awaited when they play video games these days. The face of video games is changing, as calls go out for more diversity in the depictions of characters. From a call for more female characters to demands for gay, lesbian and other minority characters, video game designers are starting to take notice that young, straight, white males are not the only demographic they should target, especially now that adapted video game controllers allow more people with disabilities to play video games. It is estimated that 15% or more of the…
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    Enabled Kids

  • Quote #34- Adults Are Grown Kids

    Natan
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:51 pm
  • Tip of the Week #7

    Natan
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:47 pm
  • Daily Food Quick Tip – Grapefruit

    James Lavapie
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:47 pm
      Although many experts advocate portion control when it comes to dieting, it is important to remember that eating your way towards a healthier life also calls for smart decision making as much as it does portion control. When you keep track of the foods you eat and the way these foods make you feel, [...]
  • Technology and Your Child – How Safe Is It?

    Janice Yeung
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
      No matter how old your child is, there is still value to maintaining safety for them on the online world, whether it is prevention of bullying or premature exposure to pornographic sites. Ten years ago, this would not have been so hard because most families shared only one home computer, which all family members [...]
  • Autism Facts

    Natan
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Information source: http://www.autismspeaks.ca/about-autism/facts-and-stats/
 
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    Support for Special Needs

  • The Things We Know

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The challenging aspects of being the parent of a special needs kid aren’t always the things you don’t know, although believe me when I say those are bad ones, like “stay up late and start drinking early” bad ones. Sometimes a greater source of parental frustration comes from truly knowing your child, in a way that is simply impossible for a doctor or a teacher or even a family member, and having to work tirelessly to be taken seriously. A friend recently pointed me to a story I’d been hearing about but hadn’t actually delved into very deeply until now. It’s the story of…
  • Daily Dose…Special Needs Parenting Tip #367

    Julia Roberts
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Daily Dose… of what? We don’t know, maybe one day it’s humor, another it’s a reality check for ourselves or our friends and family. Like them? Share and share alike.  Note: To support the site we make money on some products, product categories and services that we talk about on this website through affiliate relationships with the merchants in question. We get a small commission on sales of those products.That in no way affects our opinions of those products and services.
  • The Exquisite Joy of Nothing

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:47 am
    In sitting down this week to write a post about the challenges and rewards of special needs parenting, I must confess, I’m struggling. Not because I’m feeling overwhelmed, but because I’m not.  I have nothing to report. Nothing eating away at me of any particular urgency. No burning anxiety, new or familiar, keeping me up into the early hours of the morning. I suppose that alone is worth a short post. While I was away speaking at a conference, Schuyler took the reading and math sections of the STAAR test, the Texas version of NCLB, and was able to do so without incident or…
  • Daily Dose. Encourage Compassion.

    Julia Roberts
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Daily Dose… of what? We don’t know, maybe one day it’s humor, another it’s a reality check for ourselves or our friends and family. Like them? Share and share alike.  Note: To support the site we make money on some products, product categories and services that we talk about on this website through affiliate relationships with the merchants in question. We get a small commission on sales of those products.That in no way affects our opinions of those products and services.
  • Daily Dose. The perfect parent.

    Julia Roberts
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    Daily Dose… of what? We don’t know, maybe one day it’s humor, another it’s a reality check for ourselves or our friends and family. Like them? Share and share alike.  Note: To support the site we make money on some products, product categories and services that we talk about on this website through affiliate relationships with the merchants in question. We get a small commission on sales of those products.That in no way affects our opinions of those products and services.
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    Friendship Circle -- Special Needs Blog

  • 31 Sensory Friendly Upgrades For Your Bathroom

    Karen
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:29 pm
    If this post interests you, check out our newest E-book: A Sensory Friendly Home.  This e-book is full of the ideas that were researched, experimented and dreamed of a sensory-friendly home – some are small changes and some are large projects.  But everything has the same purpose: to make sure that a family grows together.  That’s what makes a house a home. How to make your bathroom sensory friendly Bathrooms can be a terrifying place for a highly sensitive person for many reasons: the sharp echo of sounds on tile surfaces bright lights reflected on mirrors the cold floor the shock of…
  • 10 Freedoms Every Special Needs Parent Should Have

    Karen
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:54 am
    Tonight marks the Jewish Holiday of Passover. The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan. It commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. And, by following the rituals of Passover, The Jewish People have the ability to relive and experience the true freedom that their ancestors gained. (for more about Passover visit chabad.org). As the holiday of Passover symbolizes the concept of freedom I would like to share with you 10 freedoms that parents of a child with special…
  • 10 Essential Lessons for Teachers and Educators

    Tzvi
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:48 am
    Today marks the 112th birthday of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of righteous memory (1902-1994).  Every year this day is celebrated as Education and Sharing Day U.S.A. What is it? The Rebbe gives a coin to a young child to give to charity. Photos Courtesy of Lubavitch Archives Established in 1978 by a joint Congressional resolution, Education Day U.S.A. focuses on the very foundation of meaningful education: instructing our youth in the ways of morality and ethics. Education Day U.S.A. was instituted in honor of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel…
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    Advocacy in Action

  • Special needs news highlights 18 April 2014

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:56 am
    Here are highlights of some news stories which affect children with special needs.More college students using ADHD drugs as study aids"Prescription ADHD medications like Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse are becoming increasingly popular for overworked and overscheduled college students -- who haven't been diagnosed with ADHD."http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/17/health/adderall-college-students/Overview of signs of different learning disabilitieshttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Identifying-learning-disabilities_16471993UK scientists are studying babies to find out why some people…
  • Disney's new disability policy has resulted in a lawsuit

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:41 am
     A group of mothers who have disabled children are suing Disney under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  They allege that Disney's new Disabilitu Access policy does not make proper accomodations for their children with special needs.  They also claim that Disney's new policy discourages families of disabled children to go to Disney's parks.  “Until recently, parents of developmentally disabled children universally adored Disney, because of the way Disney caringly accommodated their children,” said attorney Andy Dogali who is representing the…
  • Antidepressant use in pregnancy linked to autism in boys

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:45 am
    Credit:  By Ⅿeagan from Tulsa, OK, US via Wikimedia CommonsResearchers from Johns Hopkins found a link between the use of certain antidepressants during pregnancy and autism in boys. The class of antidepressants are SSRIs and include Celexa, Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft .  The study, Prenatal SSRI Use and Offspring With Autism Spectrum Disorder or Developmental Delay, is published in the Journal Pediatrics"We found prenatal SSRI exposure was almost three times as likely in boys with autism spectrum disorders relative to typical development,…
  • Children with ADHD are being treated with unapproved medications

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    Antipsychotic medications are used to treat children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) even though these drugs are not approved for the treatment of ADHD.Researchers found that treatment with antipsychotic medications was particularly high among children in foster care and those without private health insurance, according to a new study from the University of Maryland.  Researchers examined the use of atypical antipsychotics including risperidone, olanzapine, quetiapine, aripiprazole, ziprasidone, and clozapine.  None of these…
  • News for parents of children with special needs 19 March 2014

    19 Mar 2014 | 4:24 am
    News Highlights 19 March 2014ADHD Medications linked to ObesityA recent study from John Hopkins found a link between the use of ADHD medication such as Ritalin and Aderall and obesity.The researchers concluded that a possible side effect of stopping ADHD medications is rapid weight gain. More information on the study can be found here.Integration of senses delayed in children with autismResearch from Albert Einstein College of Medicine suggests that children with autism develop the ability to integrate multiple senses later than neurotypical children.  This finding may account for why…
 
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    Holdin' Out for a Hero

  • Social Good at Hispanicize 2014: Be the Change

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

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

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

    Laurita
    24 Jan 2014 | 2:04 pm
      Yeah, it’s been a while, to say the least. I spent the last few hours posting photos, status updates, and responding to Tweets about an event I attended in Orlando, and which I plan to write about on my other blog. Earlier tonight, I put on my casual-dress-professional-cold-weather attire and was present at an exclusive preview tasting at a chocolatier. I sipped great wine, ate fine chocolate, and mingled with friends, old and new. We exchanged lighthearted conversation about our blogs, and weighed in on other recent events many of us have attended. I exchanged hugs, social…
  • The 2014 SoftRock Holiday Giving Gala #SRGiving

    Laurita
    8 Jan 2014 | 5:54 pm
    This past Saturday, I was invited by a new friend to attend the SoftRock Holiday Giving Gala at Tier Nightclub in Downtown Orlando! Samantha Weaver is senior writer for SoftRock, a media company that designs software and multimedia for businesses. The premise of their Giving Gala was to invite guests– in exchange for a pledge to give time in volunteer hours for any charitable organization. I love that concept.  Indeed, for me, there is nothing better than encouraging employees to support a worthy cause, or even several! So, when Samantha invited me to this event, I simply…
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  • Highlighting the Reality of CMT

    staff
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    One of the hardest things in life is to mirror the sufferings and shortcomings of certain individuals who have to endure a life of pain and discomfort. No-one can ever know what it feels like to live with CMT, except those who either have it or are medically inclined enough to understand the physical hardships it creates. Even though it was discovered more than one hundred years ago, millions of people are still unaware what CMT is, exactly and how serious a disease it may evolve into. Also, few are aware that it is strictly hereditary (or brought about through mutated genes) and that…
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth runs the World

    irene
    13 Jul 2013 | 8:36 am
    What’s the connection between the USA and Iran? Sounds a spy story but it’s an Inspiring Story instead. This week we meet Chris Wodke, proud CMTer and – believe it or not – marathon runner. Chris is the founder of Team CMT, a group racing for the cause of Charcot-Marie-Tooth. In just two years Team CMT has expanded from Wisconsin to a global presence, with chapters in 25 States, Canada, Turkey and Iran, and new countries joining every month. If the politicians can’t fix world peace, let’s the athletes do it. They don’t quit in front of a tough job. Enjoy! – IRENE Inspiring…
  • Inspirational Lessons on Living with CMT: Meet Melinda Lang

    staff
    25 Jun 2013 | 9:18 am
    Melinda Lang is no ordinary person, and not because she suffers from CMT. She spent 47 years wondering why she always fell over after getting out of bed and walking a few steps and having to crawl to a piece of furniture to haul her frail body up, with weakened muscles. She also wondered why she tripped over her own feet so often and sprained her ankles plenty of times. The answer to her questions came after 47 years, when she was diagnosed with CMT, which sort of explained the reasons for her clumsy nature. However, it took a lot of research and determination to urge Melinda to warrant…
  • CMT Aids – Wanchik Writer No.2

    staff
    3 Jun 2013 | 12:30 am
    Similar to the Wanchik Writer, but with additional wrist support, the Wanchik Writer 2 enables you to hold the pen, whilst writing, without any effort and is comfortable and easy to use. No matter how reduced your mobility within your wrist or fingers, the Wanchik Writer 2 allows for proper pen/pencil positioning and requires only slight bending to make minor adjustments. There is no need for grasping to use the Wanchik Writer, as any writing utensil is held firmly in place for you. The flexible metal at the tip of the Wanchik Writer can be manipulated to fit your ergonomic style. The size of…
  • CMT Quote by Anthony Ramos

    Stefano
    30 May 2013 | 5:07 pm
    Don’t lie to yourself or let others lie to you. I began producing my best work when I learned to accept my disability. When I learned to accept what kind of performer I really was. I focused on my strengths and weaknesses as a comic and a writer. - Anthony Ramos Proud CMTer & Stand-up Comedian On twitter: @LuvYerButts Check Anthony’s interview on the CMT Journal. The post CMT Quote by Anthony Ramos appeared first on CMT Journal.
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  • End of the road for Britain’s mental capacity laws?

    LDCC
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:21 am
    Have a read of this thought-provoking blog  by Authors of Our Lives on recent Court judgements and the United nations Committee on the Rights of Disabled People. This text might be dull but the article certainly isn’t!!
  • New launch from FPLD

    Shaggy
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, in partnership with The National Valuing Families Forum is today launching Getting a Job, a guide to help adults with learning disabilities into employment. Fewer than 10% of adults with a learning disability living with their family have a paid job, when the truth is an increasing number of people with learning disabilities would like to work. The impact of employment on an individual’s self-esteem, independence and sense of purpose is well known, and this guide will allow family carers to help their relatives overcome the barriers and…
  • Combating bullying of people with LD in the workplace

    Shaggy
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:15 am
    FEAPS concluded their participation in the two-year European project ‘Let me be Me’ which aimed to combat workplace bullying of adults with intellectual disabilities. To achieve this, FEAPS has supported the development of a research based training toolkit that address employers, trainers and support staff, and introduces them to the gravity of bullying across Europe. Moreover, it provides them with the best practices which can be used in order to combat this issue, and prepares them to deal and support different target groups at their daily workplace. The project aims to bring an…
  • Making Banking Easier

    Shaggy
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:01 am
    Dosh has today published its banking guide: Making Banking Easier. The guide aims to give people the information they need to understand banking, know what they should be getting and know how to ask for it. It includes: •       Opening, changing and closing an account •       What should banks be doing? •       How can I get support with banking? •       How can I deal with problems? •       What do banking laws say? •       What do equality laws say? In particular, the Equality Act and Mental Capacity Act •       Links to further resources and helpful…
  • A presentation on Social Care Law and Entitlements

    Shaggy
    2 Apr 2014 | 1:53 am
    ‘A presentation on Social Care Law and Entitlements’, shared with us by Enable Care and Home Support, Chesterfield  following their recent Derbyshire Challenge event. If you have any queries or concerns about how the proposed cuts may affect you and the person you care for or if you wish to share your views and opinions on the proposed cuts to adult care in Derbyshire please do not hesitate to contact us. The consultation on the Derbyshire Challenge ends on 21st April 2014 so the time to have your say is now!   If you would like your views included in our letter to Derbyshire…
 
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