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  • WheelLife: Accessible US Travel Guidebook for Wheelchair Users

    Disabled World
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Wheel:Life, an online community for wheelchair users worldwide, has published Discovering: An Accessible US Travel Guide for Wheelchair Users as a new e-book on Amazon.com. Wheel:Life publications center on sharing resources and support for people who use wheelchairs.
  • Innovative imaging study shows that the spinal cord learns on its own

    Disability News -- ScienceDaily
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:14 pm
    The spinal cord engages in its own learning of motor tasks independent of the brain, according to an innovative imaging study. The results of the study may offer new opportunities for rehabilitation after spinal cord injury.
  • 3 weeks

    Rollercoaster Parenting
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:48 pm
    People are sometimes surprised to hear the way parents and people with disability talk about service providers. Overall, we are not impressed. But they do such great work.Yes, yes. And there are some top individuals working there, who are good at their jobs and work with the right motivation. There is no doubt about that. But nevertheless, we are not impressed. Here is an example why,Today I got the phone all we have been waiting for. The new wheelchair is finally ready! Hurray. The current one is falling apart and too small, resulting in daily back pain.The new one took…
  • Blog Update

    Rolling Around In My Head
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:55 am
    First I need to apologize for not posting for the last week without notification to the many faithful readers of this blog. I am being pulled in many directions, right now, for my time and energy, I'm afraid in that tussle, time for updating Rolling Around in My Head has simply not been there. I don't anticipate being able to get back to writing regularly for a few weeks yet. So, see you in early August.
  • A Simple Request

    My Private Casbah
    3 Jun 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Dear hummus that I just ate,Feel free to get comfortable in my belly. Make yourself feel at home. I recognize that my totally FUBAR digestive tract may not offer all of the advantages of some temporary abodes, but it does have certain quaint features that you might begin to think of as slightly charming, if not whimsical. I shall be painfully disappointed if you zip through my body like this morning's granola or the medicine that I'd been looking forward to since last night. It really is rude, even for food, to show such disdain for one's host by making such an obvious and quick exit that…
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    Disabled World

  • WheelLife: Accessible US Travel Guidebook for Wheelchair Users

    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Wheel:Life, an online community for wheelchair users worldwide, has published Discovering: An Accessible US Travel Guide for Wheelchair Users as a new e-book on Amazon.com. Wheel:Life publications center on sharing resources and support for people who use wheelchairs.
  • New Leadership & Initiatives for Education & Support of People with Disabilities - NCC

    29 Jun 2015 | 10:45 am
    National Children's Center (NCC), D.C.’s leading provider of support, education and vocational training for people with disabilities, today announced new initiatives that will strengthen services and position the organization as a national model for serving individuals and families most vulnerable to poverty and unemployment.
  • Cryptosporidiosis: Facts, Treatment & Prevention

    28 Jun 2015 | 11:03 am
    Cryptosporidiosis or, 'crypto,' is a form of disease that causes a person to experience watery diarrhea. It is caused by microscopic germs; parasites called, 'Cryptosporidium.' While crypto may affect anyone, some groups are likely to develop more serious illness. For those with weakened immune systems, symptoms may be severe and might lead to life-threatening illness. Examples of people with weakened immune systems include people with AIDS, people with inherited forms of diseases that affect their immune system, as well as transplant and cancer patients who are taking certain…
  • Police Assault on People with Disabilities and the Dogs We Love

    28 Jun 2015 | 10:28 am
    Hundreds of People with Disabilities in America die every single year at the hands of police officers with a milquetoast depth of bravery. The Supreme Court of America will hear oral arguments in a case about one of these interactions. In San Francisco V. Sheehan, cops were called to take Teresa Sheehan, a woman experiencing a psychiatric emergency, to the hospital. However – instead of assisting Teresa to receive treatment she needed, the cops shot her five times. Teresa survived and sued. The issue is whether or how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to interactions between…
  • International Paralympic Committee 2015 - 2018 Plan

    26 Jun 2015 | 5:22 pm
    The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has published its latest four year Strategic Plan 2015-2018 which aims to consolidate the growth of the Paralympic Games, increase global participation in para-sport and improve the recognition and value of the Paralympic brand.
 
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    Rollercoaster Parenting

  • 3 weeks

    29 Jun 2015 | 4:48 pm
    People are sometimes surprised to hear the way parents and people with disability talk about service providers. Overall, we are not impressed. But they do such great work.Yes, yes. And there are some top individuals working there, who are good at their jobs and work with the right motivation. There is no doubt about that. But nevertheless, we are not impressed. Here is an example why,Today I got the phone all we have been waiting for. The new wheelchair is finally ready! Hurray. The current one is falling apart and too small, resulting in daily back pain.The new one took…
  • Speechless

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:15 pm
    I received a letter today which left me (momentarily) speechless - and then livid!Here it is.In June 2014, our service provider put in a request for a new manual wheelchair for BooBoo with EnableNSW. This is kinda important, as a manual wheelchair is her main means of getting around. In the past we have bought her chairs ourselves because, well, dealing with EnableNSW is not my favourite pastime. And we've had the means, so I don't want to take funding away for those who need it more.As things stand with hubby's business, we cant currently fund another wheelchair. We have spent lots of money…
  • Virgin

    7 Feb 2015 | 4:52 pm
    As you might expect, I was not satisfied with Virgin's response to my letter.I voiced this, and it got picked up by some media. If you want to check it out, the links are here.Daily MailTodayMammaMiaBut really, this is not about media. This is about getting aisle wheelchairs on flights so that this never ever happens to someone else. And I will not give up until that has been achieved.And thus I have made an official complaint to the Human Rights Commission under the Disability Discrimination Act (1992).This has so far been upheld and the process to resolve this has started. Until this is…
  • Winning

    3 Feb 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Sometimes, winning is not coming first.Sometimes, winning is not giving up even when you have no chance.http://youtu.be/S7Nowc3puyIVery proud of our daughter.
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  • Blog Update

    22 Jun 2015 | 4:55 am
    First I need to apologize for not posting for the last week without notification to the many faithful readers of this blog. I am being pulled in many directions, right now, for my time and energy, I'm afraid in that tussle, time for updating Rolling Around in My Head has simply not been there. I don't anticipate being able to get back to writing regularly for a few weeks yet. So, see you in early August.
  • My Head and My Heart Thank the Man Who Was Not Frank

    14 Jun 2015 | 3:33 am
    We had parked just outside the hotel and I descended the ramp and made my way to the door. It's an older hotel and it doesn't have automatic doors. There was no one around to ask for help so I simply waited until Joe was ready to join me. Once in, I mentioned to the fellow behind the desk that there were no door openers. He nodded and said that the hotel was due for some renovations and that the door opener was on the list. OK, my mandatory 'by the way' conversation was out of the way.After check in, I gave Joe the keys and asked if he wanted to join me shopping at a large store nearby. He…
  • The Tunnel

    13 Jun 2015 | 2:24 am
    Photo Description: building underconstruction onf the south east corner of Yonge and Bloor, pedestrian walkways (tunnels) run round the building.The top part of the route between where we live and where we bank is under construction, on both sides of the street. For the longest while it was just the east side of the street, so we always made sure to travel the west side of the street. Now, construction is impossible to avoid.To keep all us pedestrians safe, they've crafted wooden tunnels that we need to go through. They look rickety and like they'd never actually stop something heavy that…
  • Welcome Unexpected

    12 Jun 2015 | 5:11 am
    Photo Description: Central United Church in Barrie, surrounded with snow and announcing a pancake breakfast on sign in front of the church.Yesterday I gave a lecture at the Central United Church in Barrie. I've spoken in many churches before, not at the services but at lectures booked in the sanctuaries. As a small boy I really wanted to be a United Church minister, so it was cool to be asked to do the lecture there. For those from outside Canada, the United Church is a very progressive church, I believe it's still the largest denomination in Canada, and it's welcoming of lgbt people both in…
  • The Watcher and the Watched

    10 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    The evening after we got married, Joe and I, along with Mike, Marissa and the girls, went back to Signs for dinner. We went the first time for the experience of being in a restaurant being served by deaf wait staff and learning sign language as we ordered. We came back because of the sense of welcome, true, but really we came back because of the food. It's really good food. They have a great menu. So all of us decided it would be a wonderful place to go, relax, have fun, and have dinner.Joe and I arrived early. The ramp is a bit intimidating and I'd never managed it on my own. Joe had never…
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  • A Simple Request

    3 Jun 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Dear hummus that I just ate,Feel free to get comfortable in my belly. Make yourself feel at home. I recognize that my totally FUBAR digestive tract may not offer all of the advantages of some temporary abodes, but it does have certain quaint features that you might begin to think of as slightly charming, if not whimsical. I shall be painfully disappointed if you zip through my body like this morning's granola or the medicine that I'd been looking forward to since last night. It really is rude, even for food, to show such disdain for one's host by making such an obvious and quick exit that…
  • Why My Activism Is Inextricable From My Religion

    25 May 2015 | 2:22 pm
    One of the (many) things that I love about the Orthodox Church is that it doesn't require me to be a pacifist. We have saints who protected the innocent and vulnerable even when it meant the loss of lives of those who were attacking. Many of them even lost their own lives while protecting others or speaking out against the injustices perpetrated on others.For me--I'm not saying this is what it should be for anyone else--this religion demands that I speak out when I see exploitation. Hey, if a person isn't doing anything to others, I have no business commenting on their life or spirituality!
  • The Problems with Adoption

    3 Apr 2015 | 2:59 pm
    I am a person who looked into adoption after I found out that I wouldn't be able to have another child. I desperately desired to raise another child, to have a sibling for my child, to give all of the economic advantages that my partner and I had to offer. First we looked into adoption overseas. We found out that this is an industry where children, the vast majority of whom are people of color, are often needlessly taken out of their communities and extended families and sold to affluent people around the world (mostly in white-dominated Western nations that are responsible for the social…
  • Gender Stories

    3 Apr 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Today, someone in my social circle shared this article: I Was a Transgender WomanHere's a different "story". It's just as real. It's the story of my family.My kid always loved being naked as a kid. That kid would take off hir diaper or anything else the second I wasn't looking. When ze did have to wear clothes, ze would wear any combination of clothes without any concern for their intended use or targeted consumer. Because I loved my child, ze was allowed to wear what made hir happy except for when we went to religious services 3 times a week. This unwillingness to make clothes something…
  • Suicide and Survival as a Black Indigenous Person in a Settler Colonialist System

    2 Apr 2015 | 11:35 am
    Racism at Core of Teen Suicides in Pine RidgeThe first time I was committed to a "mental hospital" I was fourteen. I'd already tried to commit suicide several times. I felt such despair that while I was in the hospital, I carved the word HATE into my thigh. It wasn't even a really conscious thing. I felt so numb from the horrors in my life that maybe my mind was looking for some way to finally be taken seriously, finally find some way of expressing what I felt about myself.The second time I was committed, I was twenty-one years old. My white doctor had ignored my medical history and…
 
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  • Visitation of the Tired

    13 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Visitation of the Tired Ghostly hand reaches out Ghostly visitation Visitation by Grandma in a dream Visitation by the police Police car Police squadron Squadron in the Air Force Squadron leader was court-martialed Court-martialed for desertion Court-martialed as a traitor Traitor to the Crown Traitor to her cause Cause and effect Cause of the forest fire Fire Marshal Fire tornado Tornado Alley Tornado wrought a lot of destruction Destruction of a classic car Destruction after a tsunami Tsunami in Japan Tsunami killed hundreds Hundreds of dollars Hundreds of people in the city City streets…
  • 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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  • Pipes End-of-life Announcement

    dnw
    8 Jun 2015 | 1:46 am
    Jun 04 2015 – Pipes End-of-life Announcement As of August 30th 2015, users will no longer be able to create new Pipes. The Pipes team will keep the infrastructure running until end of September 30th 2015 in a read-only mode. You can download your Pipe definition by specifying your Pipe-ID (_id) and the output format (_out=json) to the following end-point: http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info For e.g: http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info?_id=ZKJobpaj3BGZOew9G8evXg&_out=json Please post any questions you have related to this announcement on the Yahoo Developer Forum for Pipes.
  • Answers for Society’s Most Uncomfortable Questions

    dnw
    21 May 2015 | 2:40 pm
    5 Helpful Answers To Society’s Most Uncomfortable Questions | Cracked.com. [parts saved here for posterity] You’re not a person. This is going to sound like some real Rust Cohle shit, but bear with me because deep down you already know all of this. For instance, you already know that you are, to a certain degree, a product of your genes — they go a long way toward determining if you would be physically imposing or weak, smart or stupid, calm or anxious, energetic or lazy, and fat or thin. What your genes left undecided, your upbringing mostly took care of — how you…
  • WCAG Cheatsheet

    dnw
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:20 pm
    WCAG Cheatsheet.
  • A convoluted plethora of barely connected cloud silos

    dnw
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:55 am
    Recently on Facebook JP was lamenting the confused state of managing our data in the cloud when multiple identities and platforms are involved. JP Rangaswami New Windsor, United Kingdom · iCloud is terrible. Going back to Microsoft is unthinkable. Having lived through trying to use personal and corporate gmail accounts in parallel, Google is ruled out as well. Actually contemplating living a life without Apple or Google now, not just Microsoft. All three now excel at making simple things hard.   And it’s true. Trying to make sense out of the various cloud services is…
  • Listener’s Poker

    dnw
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Over on his blog, my mate Kent has started a game of listeners poker. He explains it like this: [It’s like]  Liar’s Poker, but with sound.  Somebody pick something good, and others try to top it.  We’re talking playing, and musicianship.  Not just some studio-created and network-marketed nonsense.  Music.  Reeeeeel music. Well, I’m game. And seeing as he started with an instrumental I’ll continue that theme, and raise him a Bruce Cockburn… Got some music you think is good? Prove it!
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    Fred's Head from APH, a Blindness Blog

  • Pen Used to Sign into Law the 1961 Amendment to the Act to Promote the Education of the Blind

    Marissa Stalvey
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:58 pm
    When laws are signed in Washington, frequently several pens are used and awarded to the participants as souvenirs. Our object this week is an interesting pen and pen holder (a dip-less fountain well) of clear & black lucite made by the Esterbrook Pen Company in New Jersey.  A silver plate on the pen holder is inscribed "On Sept 22, 1961 President John F. Kennedy Used This Pen To Sign Public Law 87-294, An Amendment to the Act to Promote The Education of the Blind." The pen is stamped, “The President, The White House.” The pen was given to Finis Davis, superintendent of the…
  • 1950s Game Board for the Blind

    Marissa Stalvey
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Our object of the week is a 1930s game board from the National Institute for the Blind.  You could use the tactile board and pieces to play traditional chess or checkers—or as the English called it “draughts.”  The board is embossed with dots that indicate "black" squares and left smooth to indicate white (or red) squares. Holes in the middle of each square hold the plastic game pieces. Holes on the margins hold pieces that are not in play. Game pieces are black and brown, with the brown side having a central point on top. Pieces are further distinguished by their top shape.
  • How do you correct errors on a metal braille embossing plate?

    Marissa Stalvey
    4 Jun 2015 | 1:43 pm
    When Frank Hall, Superintendent of the Illinois School for the Blind, invented his braille stereotype machine in 1893—don’t worry, we'll feature it one of these days—he made it possible overnight to quickly and cheaply manufacture braille embossing plates. Put a plate in an adapted platen style printing press and you can make as many copies of a page of braille as you want. Braille production sky-rocketed and the price of braille books dropped dramatically. APH stereotype machine operator hammers out an offending dot while preparing the Braille edition of Every Week Magazine, circa 1950…
  • Cybertalker, an Early Text-to-Speech Device

    Marissa Stalvey
    28 May 2015 | 11:20 am
     Many cell phones, tablets, and computers today come pre-equipped to provide text-to-speech for blind users, but that hasn’t always been the case. If you owned a Speak & Spell as a kid—introduced originally by Texas Instruments in 1978—you owned one of the first electronic speech synthesizers on the commercial market.  Our object this week is another early speech synthesizer, the Cybertalker 2, developed to make early networked computers accessible for blind users. At the University of Michigan in the late 1960s, programmers developed a system that allowed multiple users…
  • APH Quick Tip: Physical Education (PE) Resources for People who are Blind and Visually Impaired

    Marissa Stalvey
    27 May 2015 | 10:54 am
    Check out our Physical Education (PE) webpage to discover everything you need to know about physical education for individuals with blindness or visual impairments. It's all right at your fingertips, and you can learn about this resourceful page by watching this week's Quick Tip!
 
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    DISABILITY NEWS - Google News

  • De Blasio declares July as 'Disability Pride Month' in honor of Americans With ... - New York Daily News

    Google Inc.
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:29 pm
    New York Daily NewsDe Blasio declares July as 'Disability Pride Month' in honor of Americans With New York Daily NewsIn honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, Mayor de Blasio is declaring July as “Disability Pride Month” and hosting a parade to commemorate the landmark legislation. The monthlong commemoration and the parade will be ...Labor Law: Disability-related questions for job applicantsRichmond Times-Dispatchall 2 news articles »
  • Cameron's stealth cut to disability benefits is obscene - Telegraph.co.uk (blog)

    Google Inc.
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:56 am
    Telegraph.co.uk (blog)Cameron's stealth cut to disability benefits is obsceneTelegraph.co.uk (blog)The fund, started 30 years ago, makes payments of, typically, £450 to £500 a week to people with severe disabilities to enable them to live more independent lives. It funds the cost of carers and personal assistants to provide daily help with their LEGAL EAGLE: Worry over disability fundingShields GazetteDisabled Independent Living Fund last stand protest in Downing Street puts Mirror.co.ukIndependent Living Fund: What is going to happen now?BBC NewsCommunitycare.co.uk -Hertfordshire…
  • GOP's New Attack on Social Security's Disability Benefits: Exaggerate Number ... - AlterNet

    Google Inc.
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:20 am
    AlterNetGOP's New Attack on Social Security's Disability Benefits: Exaggerate Number AlterNetThe Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is set to be the next big battle in Republicans' long campaign to dismantle Social Security. Congressional Republicans are trying to block a routine reallocation of funds to the SSDI Trust Fund
  • The Boom In Disability Benefits - Forbes

    Google Inc.
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    ForbesThe Boom In Disability BenefitsForbesIn 2013, NPR covered the rise of people on disability insurance (DI) in the United States. The piece depicted a program that was outdated and abused—sparking a media firestorm that culminated in a rebuttal signed by eight former Social Security Social Security's messTribune-ReviewJust How Much Do The Feds Waste On Fraud?Liberty News NowSocial Security Overpays Beneficiaries $38 Billion Over 10 YearsAmericans for Tax Reformall 5 news articles »
  • Feds Aim To Help College Students With Disabilities - Disability Scoop

    Google Inc.
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Disability ScoopFeds Aim To Help College Students With DisabilitiesDisability ScoopThis center would “provide technical assistance and information on best and promising practices for students with disabilities as they transition to or attend postsecondary education,” the Education Department said in a notice published in the Federal and more »
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  • Apple/Assistive Tech Roundup for 7 June 2015

    Ricky Buchanan
    7 Jun 2015 | 3:04 am
    Here are the best Apple assistive technology and accessibility links up to 7 June 2015. Everything from around the web that’s relevant to disabled, aged, and chronically ill Apple users. OS X Quick Tip: how to rewind or fastforward speech when using the voiceover say all command on Mac OS X Getting it All Done with ZoomText Mac and CamReader Getting to grips with the new Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course A new eBook from Take Control: Getting to grips with the new Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course iOS Best travel accessories for iPhone, iPad, and Mac AAC and Medical…
  • Dear Apple Accessibility Team: Requests from Switch Users

    Ricky Buchanan
    28 May 2015 | 3:34 am
    This week, OneSwitch.org.uk posted a video which is both a thank you to Apple for their work in switch accessibility and a request for something more… Thanks to Barrie Ellis for giving me permission to repost this eloquent video: There should be a video here – if you can’t see it, try viewing the post on ATMac. A “fixed point mode” would make it easier for switch users to use switches to repeatedly activate the same point on the screen – the same effect as touching the same spot on the screen. As the video shows, there are many situations where a user might…
  • Weekend Roundup for 24 May 2015

    Ricky Buchanan
    25 May 2015 | 3:32 am
    Here are the best Apple assistive technology and accessibility links for the week of 24 May 2015. Everything from around the web that’s relevant to disabled, aged, and chronically ill Apple users. No pretty pictures this week, I ran out of energy – sorry! OS X New OS X audiogame! Audio Rally Racing is available – full version Monday Tech Tip: Clipboard Manager Copy’em Paste for OS X – I use this one myself – it’s handy! Digital reading focus card application for Mac OS X iOS How to Use Siri on iPhone and iPad Why accessibility should matter to iOS…
  • Atlas is learning to talk with Aacorn AAC

    Ricky Buchanan
    19 May 2015 | 8:39 pm
    This is a gorgeous video from the Aacorn Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app about a boy, Atlas, who has used their app on his iPad mini. Well worth watching… There should be a video here – if you can’t see it, try viewing the post on ATMac. Meet Atlas, a beautiful three year old boy diagnosed with expressive receptive language disorder at a young age, but whose progress with learning language should reassure anyone of the value of early intervention. Mom Elizabeth always knew her son had a lot more to say, and in this short video she discusses their journey…
  • Weekend Roundup for 17 May 2015

    Ricky Buchanan
    17 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    Here are the best Apple assistive technology and accessibility links for the week of 17 May 2015. Everything from around the web that’s relevant to disabled, aged, and chronically ill Apple users. OS X The Blind Swordsman; a Self-Voicing Audio Game for Mac OS X Chrome add-on helps you see the web if you’re color-blind Been wanting to buy Dragon Dictate? Now is a great time to give your hands a break and get started with dictation. iOS AppleVis Unlimited: What’s New in Accessible Apps for April 2015 [Audio for VO users] How to unlock your Apple watch from the watch itself or…
 
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    HEALING THROUGH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

  • Silver Jubilee

    Cathy
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:25 am
    “CALLIGRAPHIC STRUT”, 40″ x 30″, 1995, m/m This past weekend was GAY PRIDE here in my beloved Santa Fe. The vibe was pure ecstasy on the heels of the Supreme Court’s historic decision. I rolled down to the plaza to get some of the goodness. There was a tall guy on roller blades dressed in a unitard covered in 1″ round silver sequins. His face and hands were painted silver as well. Over one shoulder hung what looked like a small tank gardeners use to spray pesticide but his was filled with water.. The guy held the spray nozzle with one hand and was going…
  • I Love to Swear

    Cathy
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:54 pm
    detail of hand-painted textile, 1986 ___________________________ As the lover of words I am.. Swearing with authority is just plain good medicine. I pity those who choose to deny themselves The rip-roarin’ juice a confidently chosen “FUCK!” can deliver. Often, these words are carriers of cultural or religious stains, Tainting the utterance with a dampness effectively destroying their inherent power. Most of the time they arrive unconsciously like an involuntary muscle spasm And we are slightly alarmed at the fierceness that is ours. My Episcopalian self Most times stays…
  • Entrainment

    Cathy
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:00 pm
    “SELF PORTRAIT” 24×24″,earth.ceramic,clay,bone,gold thread __________________________________________________ Each and every one of us was born perfect. Then stuff happened. Either we were blessed with a foundation to move and fly from with no cracks or faulty mortar Or we lived inherently unsure the floor would hold us standing or falling. All of us have our own laundry lists of curve balls we were thrown. My personal list includes alcoholic father, depressed and emotionally challenged mother, perceived responsibility to keep four kids safe as the eldest child, extreme…
  • Make a Try

    Cathy
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:13 am
    6′ x 4′, m/m __________ “Perfection is inhuman. Human beings are not perfect. What evokes our love – and I mean love, not lust – is the imperfection of the human being. So, when the imperfection of the real person peeks through, say, ‘This is a challenge to my compassion.’ Then make a try, and something might begin to get going.” Joseph Campbell
  • Watching

    Cathy
    21 Jun 2015 | 3:34 pm
    painted silk jersey, 1987 __________________ In the heat of the day I rolled to the plaza. My ice collar was concealed beneath a gauzy white scarf and my wide-brim panama hat gave me portable shade. I parked beneath a venerable tree with the distinct voice of nonchalance And surreptitiously watched lovers take selfies. Peppered amidst the masses were other watchers; heads barely swiveling, secret smiles, seemingly static. A dirty man played his guitar with all his attention on the playing and none directed toward his open case before him. I dropped change there to acknowledge his focus. He…
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    Need Project Podcast

  • Cannabinoid and Realm of Caring with Heather Jackson

    14 Jun 2015 | 8:21 pm
    Our guest is Heather Jackson; Heather is the Executive Director of Realm of Caring, a non-profit that provides support services and resources for those using Cannabinoid products.
  • In the Accessible Church with Tait Berge and Ken Ross

    14 May 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Tait Berge is the author of “In the Accessible Church”. We talk with him and Bishop Ken Ross from the International Anglican Church about inclusion of everyone in the church.
  • 100th Episode!

    14 Apr 2015 | 8:42 pm
    A celebration of the past eight years of producing the Need Project Podcast. This podcast brings together clips from some of our favorite guests like Dr. James Dobson, Joni Ereckson-Tada and DR. Peter Armstrong to name a few.
  • 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.
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  • Potty Training Tips from Special Needs Kids Parents

    Natan
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:36 am
    Potty training can be daunting for any parent, but teaching children with cerebral palsy can bring other complications due to lack of muscle coordination; shaky or spastic movements; being non-verbal; and any other developmental delays that your child may experience. However, don’t let that discourage you from trying to set up a potty training routine for […]
  • HABIT Is What Keeps You Going!

    Natan
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:33 pm
  • Strawberry-Lime Slushy Recipe

    Natan
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:37 am
    Here’s a cold refreshing drink recipe that’s great for summer! Kids love freshly made slushies, and it’s a great way to incorporate more fruits and veggies into their diet. Here’s a simple, but delicious slushy recipe from Raw Fruit Recipes to try out:   Ingredients: 2 cups cut strawberries 4 tablespoons raw, unpasteurized honey ¼ […]
  • Health Benefits of Lychee

    Natan
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:23 am
    Lychee is a strange and wonderful fruit with a wealth of health benefits, including its ability to boost the immune system, prevent cancer, improve digestion, build strong bones, lower blood pressure, defend the body against viruses, improve circulation, aid in weight loss, protect the skin, and optimize metabolic activities.   Lychee is packed with health […]
  • Believe In What Your Child CAN Achieve!

    Natan
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:26 am
 
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  • Assembling Schuyler’s Armor

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s easy to conclude that raising a kid with special needs is hard. It’s hard work, certainly, but I’m not sure that’s exactly the same thing. It’s rewarding in a way that calling the whole experience “hard” seems to miss. The most difficult parts, at least for me with my daughter, are mostly the ones that are predicated upon me saying at some point, “Shit, I don’t know.” The things that are hard are the ones that I’m unprepared for, or more to the point, the ones I’m ill-equipped to handle. And for the longest time, the…
  • Unspoken Stories of the Secret Heart

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince On Saturday, we took Schuyler to see the latest Pixar film, Inside Out, It deals with the complexities and realities of our emotional development, presented in a way that I think is resonating with kids and adults both in a surprising way. I won’t get into the message of the film, largely because as I read various reviews and reactions, I see that different people are getting very…
  • An Episode of Regret

    Julia Roberts
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Old picture of Sally The Cat during a hospital stay. Several months ago our son had what we call an “episode.” Something was said or done or not done, he was in trouble and he exploded. These days these episodes are infrequent and usually short-lived (everything you want in an “episode” after having dealt with larger episodes in the past)  I’m happy to say, but they are still intense and leave us reeling. The headless cat sat for months on the pile of mending I needed to do but grief was palpable in our home last year and late last year I fell, breaking my…
  • The Freedom of Summer

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s not the same every year. Some semesters, Schuyler comes off a school year where she had more success than stumbles and more advocates than antagonists. Other years, like perhaps this one, we reach this point in a state of exhaustion and maybe a touch of deflation. But no matter how it goes down, every year we arrive at this point. Summer break, and the freedom that comes with it. I’m not just talking about the freedom from doing anything that doesn’t involve sleeping late, Netflix or the pool, although that’s certainly the part that Schuyler values. And it’s…
  • Might Have Been

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    There are tricky topics for discussion among special needs parents, some of them rightly so. We don’t love to talk about the state of our relationships, for example, because it’s not like we can change the things that make our lives as parents so complicated, so why even bring it up? And we don’t like to talk about things like magical oils or weird cure-alls (“Your child’s brain functions will return to absolute normal with this all-bug diet!”) because that stuff makes us all crazy enough at the dinner table at Thanksgiving when distant relatives start…
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  • Tips for Eating with Our SEVEN Senses – Part Two: Touch and Sound

    Melanie Potock
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    In Part Two, we will explore the tactile (touch) and auditory (sound) sensory systems and offer tips on how to help your child become more adventurous via both of these sensory systems.
  • 17 Special Needs Stories You Should Know About

    Tzvi
    9 Jun 2015 | 6:41 am
    Once a month we collect the top special needs stories and news articles to keep you up-to-date on the latest special needs news. Check out the stories below on Adaptive Playgrounds, Special Needs Apps in China and much more. [View the story “Special Needs Stories in May” on Storify]
  • 10 Tips To Help Your Child with Special Needs Prepare For Middle School

    Karen Wang
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:05 am
    Middle school can be a period of transformation and tremendous personal growth. Here are ten steps that can help make the transition to middle school less painful for students with special needs.
  • 6 Companies Selling Adaptive Playgrounds for Schools, Neighborhoods and Parks

    Karen Wang
    1 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    When planning a playground for children with special needs, it’s important to understand the difference between an accessible playground and an inclusive playground. Fortunately, there are several equipment companies that can explain these differences clearly and offer guidance in finding sources to fund the project.
  • A Special Needs Guide for Learning to Eat with Your SEVEN Senses – Part One

    Melanie Potock
    26 May 2015 | 7:09 am
    Most of us think of five senses and the human body: Sight, sound, smell, taste and touch.  But, when it comes to learning to eat a wide variety of foods, two other sensory systems also come into play: The vestibular system and our sense of proprioception.  As children grow, they are constantly processing sensory input, comparing it to other information stored in the brain and making decisions on how to react to that input.  When it comes to trying new foods, all seven senses contribute to a child’s willingness to explore and try new foods. How do we help kids…
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  • Chronic illness, choice and some spoons

    15 Jun 2015 | 4:25 am
    Modification of image by Unsplash on PixabayPeople with invisible disabilities often think their friends and families misunderstand the effect their illnesses have on their daily lives. Because they look fine and sometimes can function to their full abilities, other people do not recognize that pain, fatigue and other symptoms limit their ability to do what they want or need to do. They do not realize that each day, people with these illnesses make choices. Since they cannot do everything, they must choose each task carefully.Fatigue is a particularly debilitating…
  • More trouble for Disney as another lawsuit is filed by families of autistic children alleging discrimination

    4 Jun 2015 | 1:15 am
    Linda 72 on PixabayA lawsuit accusing Disney of violating the civil rights of people with autism and the Americans with Disabilities Act was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in May 2015. Fourteen families claim Disney’s Disability Access Service Card does not give appropriate access to people with disabilities such as autism. This lawsuit follows 44 actions filed in federal court in Florida  alleging similar violations.Disney changed its disability policy in October 2013. At the time, Disney stopped issuing…
  • Things You Find in Special Needs Moms’ Handbags

    1 Jun 2015 | 12:25 am
    Moms and dads start the parenting journey with a diaper bag full with everything their baby needs.  Typically, the load gets lighter as the kids get older.  But, for parents of kids with special needs the opposite is often true.  Our handbags get bigger and heavier as we try to anticipate everything our children may need when we leave the house even for a short journey.  Mrs Flickinger on Flickr Here are some of the typical things you will find in a special needs Mom’s Handbag:Caroline Press on FlickrTissuesWet WipesMedicineFoodDrinksExtra set of children’s clothesEar…
  • 2015 Health Literacy: Research, Policy and Practice

    28 May 2015 | 2:42 am
    Conference Venue:The conference will be held in Áras Moyola, National University of Ireland Galway. Click here for the campus map.Conference Dates: The conference starts at 9 a.m. on Thursday 18th June, 2015 and closes at 5 p.m.  The Healthy Ireland Framework identifies Health Literacy as a priority action to empower people and communities for improved health and wellbeing. Health literacy is linked to literacy and is about people’s knowledge and ability to access, understand, assess and apply health information in order to take decisions in everyday life to improve their health…
  • Motor Skill Problems in Autistic Children Linked to Social & Communication Deficits

    27 May 2015 | 2:15 am
    Children with autism have problems with social and communication skills. Many children with autism also struggle with deficits in their motor skills. The severity of motor skill problems is linked with the level of social and communication problems that children with autism have, according to research from Oregon State University.LeeDongRyeol on PixabayTwo studies led by researcher Megan McDonald examined whether there was a relationship between the severity of motor skill problems and the degree…
 
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  • Getting To Know Puerto Rico’s Gabriela McCall Delgado

    dgrauzam
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Meet Gabriela McCall Delgado: As a college student with learning disabilities and ADD, Gabriela McCall Delgado saw a need to help more students like herself connect with one another about issues regarding high school, higher education, and employment. It all started when she was looking for information regarding accommodations that colleges and universities may have had available for students with disabilities. Realizing that there was no comprehensive place to obtain this kind of information, Delgado began brainstorming on how to change that when she was only in high school. She had the…
  • Tutorial: How To Use Flash Cards With Special Needs Kids (guest post)

    dgrauzam
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Hi everyone! Today Cathy from Bountifulplate shares with you her autistic son Dominic’s experience with flash cards! 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 When Special Needs Essentials sent us the “ready, set, abc,” flashcards as well as the “ready, set, 123,” flashcards for Dominic, I was so excited!  As a parent, I instantly loved the size and durability of the cards, as…
  • Life Hacks To Improve Your Family’s Morning Routine

    dgrauzam
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:53 am
    Mornings can be chaotic regardless of the circumstance. Between preparing schoolbags, making breakfast, actually getting through breakfast, packing lunches, walking the dogs, and trying to find your kid’s other shoe so you can leave the house already, morning mayhem is part of everyone’s routine! Being the parent of a special needs child adds an entirely different element of preparation to the day. But with a little planning, mornings could be a more seamless operation. 1. Get Good Sleep First and foremost, getting a good night’s sleep is paramount in shaping the next…
  • How To Empower Special Needs Kids This Summer

    dgrauzam
    8 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Some companies out there are truly dedicated to making a difference in the special needs community. Each month, Special Needs Essentials partners with a non-profit whose efforts resonate with their own mission: enhance the quality of life for people with special needs, their families, and the professionals caring for them. They promote the heck out of them and donate a portion of all sales made through the website! To contribute to this project, just make a purchase through the website and a portion of your total will automatically be donated. It is that simple! In June 2015, the selected…
  • 5 Essential Tips For Traveling With An Autistic Child

    dgrauzam
    2 Jun 2015 | 10:21 am
    Traveling with autistic children is daunting enough since they still need routine and structure. Vacationing brings quite the opposite, so we’ve come up with a few words of wisdom to remember the next time you take a road trip or a plane ride with your autistic child. 1. Prepare, prepare, prepare Prepare with your child weeks in advance. Particularly if traveling by air, you’ll want to repeatedly go over the process, from leaving the house to checking in, going through security, waiting, boarding, fastening seat belts, and so forth. Managing your autistic child’s expectations is…
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