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  • Health Awareness Days - Are They Useful?

    Disabled World
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:42 pm
    "We contend that the health awareness day has not been held to an appropriate level of scrutiny given the scale at which it has been embraced," write Jonathan Purtle, DrPH and Leah Roman, MPH in a peer-reviewed commentary published in the American Journal of Public Health.
  • Adenosine receptor can activate 'off signals' for pain

    Disability News -- ScienceDaily
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Pain is the most common reason that people seek medical attention, but the available treatments are not always successful at relieving pain in patients with chronic pain. Now researchers found that drugs targeting the A3 adenosine receptor can "turn off" pain signals in the spinal cord to provide relief from chronic pain.
  • Annoyance, Identification and Empathy

    Rolling Around In My Head
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:50 am
    Annoyance.It's part of the experience of daily living for everyone. Everyone. And in many cases the annoyance is understood, people around are empathic, compassionate and supportive. I remember being in a store hearing a woman, upset that she had driven into the city to find that the section of the store she wanted to visit was under renovation, express herself and her annoyance clearly. The staff were apologetic, they made it known that they would feel that way too. In the end they all agreed that the situation was unfair. One clerk called around to where the customer could find similar…
  • Te Anau and Milford Sound

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    Katja
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series 2014 New ZealandThe southwest coast of New Zealand’s South Island is called Fiordland. It’s a remote, sparsely populated wonderland of mountains, forests and deep ocean sounds. This part of the trip entailed the most planning and probably engendered the most anxiety on my part. At the top of my wish list was a cruise on Doubtful Sound, but that was not to be. More on that later. Te Anau is a small town of about 2000 on Lake Te Anau that pretty much exists only on tourism to Fiordland. Many (perhaps most) tourists to Fiordland use Queenstown,…
  • The "Crab" Braille Duplicator

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    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:38 am
    This is kind of a wacky looking device that you might first mistake for a braillewriter.  Its six side-splayed keys—say that six times as quickly as you can!--on their long arms give it a crustacean-inspired look, and look very uncomfortable to use over a long day's work.   It was based on a braillewriter, the Stainsby Braillewriter introduced originally around 1903 by Henry Stainsby (1859-1925), Superintendent of the Birmingham Royal Institution for the Blind in England.  The Stainsby was a hybrid between a braillewriter and a board slate.  Unlike most other…
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    Disabled World

  • Health Awareness Days - Are They Useful?

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:42 pm
    "We contend that the health awareness day has not been held to an appropriate level of scrutiny given the scale at which it has been embraced," write Jonathan Purtle, DrPH and Leah Roman, MPH in a peer-reviewed commentary published in the American Journal of Public Health.
  • World Hemophilia Day - Global Online Family Tree Project

    15 Apr 2015 | 3:48 pm
    This year, the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) encourages the global bleeding disorders community to "Build a Family of Support" by celebrating the many people who help and advocate for those living with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders.
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia: Causes & Treatment Information

    15 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    Trigeminal neuralgia is a form of chronic pain condition that affects a person's trigeminal nerve. The nerve carries sensation from a person's face to their brain. People with this condition find that even mild stimulation of their face, such as from putting on makeup or even brushing their teeth, might trigger a burst of excruciating pain.
  • Mornington Peninsula - Abuse & Neglect of Group Home Residents

    15 Apr 2015 | 7:09 am
    Governments should not directly provide support services for vulnerable people, says Tony Tregale of Lifestyle in Supported Accommodation Inc.
  • Degenerative Joint Disease: Climbing & Descending Stairs

    14 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    Many people who are in mid-life or their senior years have been diagnosed with degenerative joint disease, something this writer certainly understands from a personal perspective. 'Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD),' is synonymous with, 'Osteoarthritis (OA),' and people with DJD or OA find their hips and knees are affected. One of the main issues people with DJD experience is difficulties with climbing or descending stairs.
 
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    Disability News -- ScienceDaily

  • Adenosine receptor can activate 'off signals' for pain

    16 Apr 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Pain is the most common reason that people seek medical attention, but the available treatments are not always successful at relieving pain in patients with chronic pain. Now researchers found that drugs targeting the A3 adenosine receptor can "turn off" pain signals in the spinal cord to provide relief from chronic pain.
  • Genetic predisposition found for noise-induced hearing loss

    16 Apr 2015 | 11:55 am
    In a new genome-wide association study, an international team of neuroscientists has found evidence that some people may be more genetically susceptible to noise-induced hearing loss than others.
  • Osteoporosis diagnosis contributes to hearing loss risk

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:20 am
    People who have osteoporosis face a 1.76-fold higher risk of developing sudden deafness than those who do not have the bone disease, according to a new study. Osteoporosis is a progressive condition in which bones become structurally weak and are more likely to fracture or break. More than 40 million people nationwide already have osteoporosis or are at risk of developing the condition due to low bone mass. Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL), also called sudden deafness, is an unexplained, rapid loss of hearing that typically happens in one ear. About half of the people who develop SSHL…
  • Increasing evidence points to inflammation as source of nervous system manifestations of Lyme disease

    16 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
    About 15 percent of patients with Lyme disease develop peripheral and central nervous system involvement, often accompanied by debilitating and painful symptoms. New research indicates that inflammation plays a causal role in the array of neurologic changes associated with Lyme disease. The investigators also showed that the anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone prevents many of these reactions.
  • Girls with disabilities are vulnerable to abuse by carers and partners because of their isolation and incapacity, research says

    14 Apr 2015 | 6:21 pm
    In some cases the abuse took place in special education institutions, the British Sociological Association’s annual conference in Glasgow was told today [Wednesday 15 April 2015].
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    Rolling Around In My Head

  • Annoyance, Identification and Empathy

    18 Apr 2015 | 3:50 am
    Annoyance.It's part of the experience of daily living for everyone. Everyone. And in many cases the annoyance is understood, people around are empathic, compassionate and supportive. I remember being in a store hearing a woman, upset that she had driven into the city to find that the section of the store she wanted to visit was under renovation, express herself and her annoyance clearly. The staff were apologetic, they made it known that they would feel that way too. In the end they all agreed that the situation was unfair. One clerk called around to where the customer could find similar…
  • Yowza

    17 Apr 2015 | 4:19 am
    There is a certain kind of stamina required if you are going to lecture, travel, lecture, travel. I've been off the road for a few months, presenting only the occasional 'one off' conference here and there locally. Nebraska is breaking me in for the next few months when I'm travelling and speaking a lot. But YOWZA it's been a workout. Don't get me wrong, I'm loving every minute of it. I've had lovely audiences, great questions and terrific support, but YOWZA.My blog hasn't been updated for a few days because when we finish a day, we get in a car and drive and by the time we get into the…
  • Where Joe Gets Goosed!

    14 Apr 2015 | 1:43 am
    Photo Description: A blue statue of a man's face with two hands, one on either side of the face forming chairs. Set in a park. Joe is sitting on one of the hands.Joe and I spent a day in Omaha, We'd driven from Toronto to Omaha in two days, which is a gruelling drive and needed a day to relax before beginning work. We stayed right down town in Omaha and right next, or nearly next, to a wonderful walk along the water. It was shirtsleeve weather. The walk was made accessible by a set of switchback ramps on both ends. We strolled along the water, Joe stopping to rest on an odd statue. It looked…
  • Windmills

    13 Apr 2015 | 5:18 am
    Photo Description: 9 rows of blue children's windmills placed in a park on grass, just coming green, in front of a tree coming into bud.We checked into our hotel in Omaha and, as it was early enough, and as it was warm enough, went out for a stroll. We were pleasantly surprised that our hotel had a list of pubs in the Old Market area which included one LGBT spot. Right on Marriott! We made our way through town and found the pub which was both physically and attitudinally accessible. Right on 'The Max.' We were there long enough to wind down from the trip and, then, suddenly felt very tired.
  • Being and Becoming More Careful

    11 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It's a bit of comeuppance to be faced with your own biases and prejudices all in the space of a few minutes.Well, that may be an exaggeration, my bigotry happened, unnoticed, at first and only edged slowly into my conciousness as we drove into the setting sun in Michigan. We'd stopped for a bathroom break somewhere at a Meijers store. After so many miles I can't remember where it was we stopped. But, we'd done our shopping and were in the checkout line up. A young man in his early twenties was shopping with his father. The young man was clearly an athlete, wearing basket ball shorts and an…
 
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  • Te Anau and Milford Sound

    Katja
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series 2014 New ZealandThe southwest coast of New Zealand’s South Island is called Fiordland. It’s a remote, sparsely populated wonderland of mountains, forests and deep ocean sounds. This part of the trip entailed the most planning and probably engendered the most anxiety on my part. At the top of my wish list was a cruise on Doubtful Sound, but that was not to be. More on that later. Te Anau is a small town of about 2000 on Lake Te Anau that pretty much exists only on tourism to Fiordland. Many (perhaps most) tourists to Fiordland use Queenstown,…
  • Invercargill: Tuataras and Indians

    Katja
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:08 pm
    This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series 2014 New ZealandWhen I first started planning our trip around South Island, Invercargill was just a one night stop between Dunedin and Te Anau. Until my beloved leaned over my shoulder as I was staring at the map and exclaimed, “Invercargill? That’s where Burt Munro is from! Are we going there? Can we see the Indian?” The excitement was palpable. In preparation for this portion of our trip, we re-watched The World’s Fastest Indian, in which Anthony Hopkins does a bang-up job of bringing Burt Munro and the 1960s to life, and we…
  • Through the Catlins to Invercargill

    Katja
    10 Jun 2014 | 1:57 pm
    This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series 2014 New ZealandThe first leg of our trip around New Zealand’s South Island was a driving the Southern Scenic Route from Dunedin to Invercargill through the Catlins. The Catlins are a sparsely populated coastal area in the southeastern corner of the islands. Sparsely populated, but packed with amazing forests, bays, lighthouses and wildlife. We stopped at the Whistling Frog Cafe and Campground near McLean Falls for lunch. It’s one of the few places to eat along this route, and the food was delicious. Curio Bay, at the southern end of the…
  • New Zealand’s South Island

    Katja
    20 May 2014 | 5:16 pm
    This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series 2014 New ZealandWe’re just back from a month traveling around New Zealand’s South Island, and we had a great time. We visited Dunedin, Invercargill, Te Anau, Wanaka, and Christchurch. We rented a small car and stayed with friends and in mid-priced motels. New Zealand’s South Island is a mecca for outdoor adventure, but our April/May visit (late fall/early winter) was in the shoulder season, and so we encountered very little traffic and not a whole lot of other people (except in Queenstown, which caused us to immediately run the other…
  • Para-alpine Skiing – Standing Category

    Katja
    14 Feb 2014 | 11:07 am
    Introduction to para-alpine skiing standing category. HT to We Push Sports.
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    Fred's Head from APH, a Blindness Blog

  • The "Crab" Braille Duplicator

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:38 am
    This is kind of a wacky looking device that you might first mistake for a braillewriter.  Its six side-splayed keys—say that six times as quickly as you can!--on their long arms give it a crustacean-inspired look, and look very uncomfortable to use over a long day's work.   It was based on a braillewriter, the Stainsby Braillewriter introduced originally around 1903 by Henry Stainsby (1859-1925), Superintendent of the Birmingham Royal Institution for the Blind in England.  The Stainsby was a hybrid between a braillewriter and a board slate.  Unlike most other…
  • The Cable Cane

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:03 am
    Our object this week is a folding cane of unusual design, and it has a pretty cool back story too.  The original mobility long canes developed out of work done at U.S. Army rehabilitation centers by pioneers Richard Hoover, Warren Bledsoe, and Russell Williams.  For the most part they were rigid straight canes made of aluminum or fiberglass, and they featured a crook which guarded your hand from collisions.  By the 1960s, however, as orientation and mobility (O&M) training had begun to move out of the army system and into civilian rehabilitation programs, people found that…
  • APH Quick Tip: Files Types on the Book Port Plus

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:36 am
    What kinds of files does the Book Port Plus play? Watch this Quick Tip to find out!
  • The Band of the Minnesota Braille and Sightsaving School

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

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Find out when you don't need to use the power button on your Book Port Plus:
 
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    DISABILITY NEWS - Google News

  • Designing for Disability - The New Yorker

    Google Inc.
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:03 am
    The New YorkerDesigning for DisabilityThe New YorkerDuring New York Fashion Week in February, a number of models with disabilities appeared on the runways. Credit Photograph by Selcuk Acar / Anadolu Agency / Getty. Three years ago, Liz Jackson, a thirty-three-year-old Harlem resident, noticed that her ...
  • Teen with disability learning he got a job will make you smile - WFAA

    Google Inc.
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:41 pm
    WFAATeen with disability learning he got a job will make you smileWFAABen Sunderman, a McKinney teen with disability, was elated last week when he got an acceptance letter for his first job from the Embassy Suites. Jobin Panicker has more. But this moment needed it. In the kitchen, a 19-year-old with special needs Texas Teen with Down syndrome Shows Priceless Reaction after having his Times Gazetteall 27 news articles »
  • Greg Schwartz To Run Boston Marathon, Overcome Disability (Video) - NESN.com

    Google Inc.
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:21 am
    NESN.comGreg Schwartz To Run Boston Marathon, Overcome Disability (Video)NESN.comSchwartz was born with a mental disability, and when he was released from the NICU, doctors told his mother he would probably never crawl, walk, or talk. But on Monday, Schwartz will continue defying the odds when he fulfills his dream of running the ...
  • Christie's revised disability housing plan spares thousands in N.J. from ... - NJ.com

    Google Inc.
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:21 pm
    NJ.comChristie's revised disability housing plan spares thousands in N.J. from NJ.comTRENTON — Thousands of New Jerseyans with developmental disabilities who live in government-funded housing programs can remain where they are, according to a revised Christie administration plan submitted to the federal government on Friday that ...and more »
  • Groups pledge to increase disability access at launch of ADA 25 Chicago - Chicago Sun-Times

    Google Inc.
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Groups pledge to increase disability access at launch of ADA 25 ChicagoChicago Sun-TimesCity elected officials and business leaders gathered Friday to mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by launching a broad new initiative to promote physical access and employment opportunities for those with disabilities.
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    お金を借りる即日wiki【スピードキャッシング審査ガイド】

  • 審査の甘い、緩い銀行・消費者金融カードローンは即日融資も可能でしょうか?

    0aylAGFISP
    12 Apr 2015 | 12:41 am
    銀行や消費者金融からお金を借りるにあたって、ある一つの疑問が頭の中に浮かびます。 それは、 ということです。 お金に困っているときというのは、当然、手持ちのお金や預金が少ないとき、あるいはお仕事による収入が安定しないときなので、できるだけ審査が甘い、緩い銀行や消費者金融に借入を申し込んで、確実にお金を借りたいですよね。…
  • コンビニATMキャッシング!jcbと消費者金融・銀行の手数料を比較しました

    0aylAGFISP
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:17 am
    お金を借りるときは、クレジットカードのキャッシング機能を使う方法や、消費者金融や銀行のカードローンを利用する方法などがあります。そこで気になってくるのが、コンビニATMでキャッシングが可能なのか、ということです。…
  • 低金利、来店不要、足利銀行カードローンの審査の在籍確認は会社電話連絡は無し?

    0aylAGFISP
    5 Apr 2015 | 12:14 am
    足利銀行といえば栃木県に在住の方、お勤めの方に「あしぎん」の愛称で親しまれている地方銀行ですよね。栃木県にお住まいの方なら、足利銀行(あしぎん)の口座を持っている方も多いのではないでしょうか。 そんな栃木県の方に馴染み深い足利銀行ですから、もしお金に困ったときがあったならば、足利銀行のカードローンを利用してみようとお考えの方もいるはずです。…
  • 運転資金、つなぎ資金、設備投資におすすめ!口コミ評判の事業者ローンはどこ?

    0aylAGFISP
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:25 am
    法人や個人事業者の方が健全に会社を運営していくには何かとお金が必要となりますよね。 会社のお金の使い道としては主に、以下のようなものが挙げられるかと思います。 ・運転資金:経営を行うために必要な資金 ・つなぎ資金:資金の調達が確定していても、必要な時期に間に合わないとき一時的に借り入れする資金 ・設備投資:企業が事業に使う設備に対してする投資…
  • インターネットショッピングするとき使い方簡単なおすすめクレジットカードはどれ?

    0aylAGFISP
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:27 pm
    インターネットでショッピングをするときにクレジットカードがあるととても便利です。 インターネットショッピングをするときは、着払いで商品を購入して商品を配達してもらったときに現金を支払うというやり方の他に、クレジットカードを利用してクレジットカード会社にお金を先に支払ってもらって商品を購入し、後でクレジットカード会社が支払いを請求したときにまとめてお金を口座引き落としで支払うというやり方もあります。…
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  • Weekend Roundup for 12 April 2015

    Ricky Buchanan
    12 Apr 2015 | 2:53 am
    Here are the best Apple assistive technology and accessibility links for the week of 12 April 2015. Everything from around the web that’s relevant to disabled, aged, and chronically ill Apple users. OS X Helpful discovery of the day: The Eye Friendly display resolution switcher for OS X. A quick way to change the size of everything on the screen. BeeRaider – interesting alternative efficient keyboard design How to access audio descriptions when watching DVDs on a Mac computer Top 10 keyboard shortcuts every Mac user should know Bookshare’s “Web Reader” Access for…
  • Straps for iPad and iPad Mini – Part 2

    Ricky Buchanan
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:19 am
    There are not a lot of ways to permanently attach a strap or lanyard to your iPad or iPad mini – but there are probably more than you think there are. Here are our best suggestions. Make sure you read all articles in this series: Lanyards and Straps for your iPhone and iPod Touch Straps for iPad and iPad Mini – Part 1 Straps for iPad and iPad Mini – Part 2 Flat Cases with Shoulder Straps or Strap Attachment Points Flat cases are ones that cover the sides and back of the device, so the screen is always available for use. These are often most suitable for special needs users.
  • Weekend Roundup for 5 April 2015

    Ricky Buchanan
    4 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Here are the best Apple assistive technology and accessibility links for the week of April 5, 2015. Everything from around the web that’s relevant to disabled, aged, and chronically ill Apple users. Firstly, welcome to the new users who found their way here because of Autism Acceptance Day! ATMac covers users with all disabilities and we are always happy to see newcomers. OS X Quick Tip: Configure the OS X System Clock to Announce the Time at Hourly, Half-Hourly, or Quarter-Hourly Intervals How to use Windows PC peripherals on your new Mac The Kinesis Advantage keyboard comes in both…
  • App Discounts for World Autism Day 2015

    Ricky Buchanan
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:13 pm
    April is Autism Acceptance Month, and Autism Acceptance Day is the 2nd of April each year. It has become customary for many companies who make apps used by people with autism to be discounted or made free for that day, or a longer period surrounding that day. Because premium apps for communication – AAC apps – are especially expensive due to their complexity, many people wait for this discounted day to purchase these apps. Here are a list of premium AAC apps that ATMac has been told will be discounted for WAAD in 2015… Please note that the prices we’re quoting here are…
  • Weekend Roundup for 29 March 2015

    Ricky Buchanan
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:06 am
    Here are the best Apple assistive technology and accessibility links for the week of 29 March 2015. Everything from around the web that’s relevant to disabled, aged, and chronically ill Apple users. No pictures today – I am struggling mightily with crappy health and other things. Sorry! OS X Force Touch is going to do incredible things for accessibility [Audio] Quick tip demo of print to a pdf file from Safari for VoiceOver users How to use Windows PC peripherals on your new Mac – This can be important if you have expensive accessibility equipment! Most will work on Macs as…
 
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    Disability Scoop

  • Restraint And Seclusion Mandate Advances In Senate

    Michelle Diament
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:57 am
    A plan to rewrite the nation's primary education law is set to go before the U.S. Senate and it now includes a provision related to restraint and seclusion in schools.
  • ESPN, ABC To Air Special Olympics World Games

    Shaun Heasley
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:33 am
    For eight days this summer, some of the world's top athletes with intellectual disabilities will be featured on national television.
  • Doctors Often Dismiss Parents’ Autism Concerns

    Michelle Diament
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:52 am
    Pediatricians often fail to take seriously parent concerns about autism, new research suggests, sometimes delaying children from receiving a diagnosis and treatment for years.
  • States Offered $15 Million To Spur Disability Employment

    Shaun Heasley
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    Federal officials want existing job training programs to better serve people with disabilities and they're putting up millions of dollars to make it happen.
  • Feds Take Aim At Sheltered Workshops

    Michelle Diament
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:02 pm
    The Obama administration is proposing new regulations that would sharply limit people with disabilities from entering employment situations where they earn less than minimum wage.
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    Social Security Disability Blog

  • Disabled Baseball Star Waits for Disability Decision

    Jonathan
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:16 am
    Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5 Is it really easier to win a World Series ring than to win Social Security disability benefits?  Atlanta’s Fox 5 reports on the sad case of former Yankees second baseman Brian Doyle who has been denied twice by Social Security despite a bout with leukemia and a serious case of Parkinson’s Disease. With all of the chatter by political types about “rampant fraud” and abuse, the reality is that deserving claimants like Brian Doyle continue to suffer because of Social Security’s delays and inefficiencies. And there…
  • WSJ Editorial Slamming Social Security Disability Riddled with Errors of Fact

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

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

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

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

  • Intelligence

    Cathy
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:07 pm
    “BLACK MESA”, 40″x6′,m/m ______________________ When the thought: “I hate myself” enters my consciousness I know sumthin’ is askew. Who is the “I” that hates my “Self”? Clearly, somebody in here thinks we are two. I suppose if you were to ask me the most potent thing I have learned inside this health challenge It would be this: The theater stage has room for it all; fuck ups, triumphs, illness, health, love, bitterness, betrayal, forgiveness, creativity, stasis, meetings and leavings all. The constant is ME and THE STAGE (which…
  • Love In the House

    Cathy
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:19 pm
    monoprint, 22×30″, 1993 ___________________ Just 10 minutes ago my sister walked out the door with Bob on a leash. (Bob is a dog). My sister traveled from Portland to visit for the weekend. Bob is a tiny long-haired dachshund from LAP DOG RESCUE in Albuquerque who seemed a prime candidate for adoption. Bob came to me named Max but he is a distemper survivor who sports a neurological take-away of a head which bobs up and down..thus: Bob. Having both a dog and my sister here felt like swimming in a warm honey bath. Miracle moments just kept happening like my sister solving a…
  • Walking Each Other Home

    Cathy
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:44 pm
    by my girl Anne Lamott: “I am going to be 61 years old in 48 hours. Wow. I thought i was only forty-seven, but looking over the paperwork, I see that I was born in 1954. My inside self does not have an age, although can’t help mentioning as an aside that it might have been useful had I not followed the Skin Care rules of the sixties, ie to get as much sun as possible, while slathered in baby oil. (My sober friend Paul O said, at eighty, that he felt like a young man who had something wrong with him.). Anyway, I thought I might take the opportunity to write down every single thing…
  • Tailwinds

    Cathy
    3 Apr 2015 | 12:29 pm
    tulips from a friend ______________ This past week I have been soaking in Grace. For some reason this particular time is filled with friends showering me with recognition of the fact I matter to them. Pockets of recognition seem to appear at exactly the right time as the shadow becomes heavy and begins to mold to my skin. God doesn’t seem to ever quite let me go. Great effort, weakness and doubt morphs into unexpected nurturance, beauty and communion. Courage takes the place of collapse. All this support for my beingness is an antidote to inertia and allows me the strength to lean into…
  • Spring, Sex and Salmon

    Cathy
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:52 pm
    You should be very jealous. Those of you not in a wheelchair likely were moving too fast to smell the air today. Spring has burst past some of it’s budding and as I roll slowly down sidewalks and roads I pass an apricot tree in bloom; barest pink known to man. Fluttering spent petals petalling (Cathy word) down.. Next there is a white blooming specimen that makes me flush at the sex smell it exudes And THEN.. I arrive at a coterie of five salmon colored tulips vying for property on an untended island mid-thoroughfare.. My senses wave the white surrender flag and I say:…
 
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  • Permobil acquires ROHO

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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.
  • Encouraging Churches with Mike Dobes

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

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

  • Walk to Defeat ALS, with AMS Vans | March 2015

    AMS Vans, Inc.
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
      On Saturday March 28, 2015, AMS Vans proudly sponsored the Walk to Defeat ALS in Jacksonville, Florida held at Tinseltown and Seven Bridges Grille & Brewery.  Over 2,000 walkers from 109 teams laced up and walked to help find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS and Lou Gehrig’s disease.  This […] The post Walk to Defeat ALS, with AMS Vans | March 2015 appeared first on Wheelchair Accessibility Blog and Disability News.
  • Veigel Hand Controls Testimonial, Demo | AMS Vans

    Brian Frey
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    America’s Mobility Superstore is known nationwide as a leader in wheelchair van sales, but many don’t know that we also adapt other vehicles with handicap accessible equipment. In this video testimonial, Drew, who has extensive nerve damage in his right leg, talks about and demonstrates his new Veigel Classic II Hand Controls installed by AMS […] The post Veigel Hand Controls Testimonial, Demo | AMS Vans appeared first on Wheelchair Accessibility Blog and Disability News.
  • 3 Great Good Samaritan Acts

    Chris Horton
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:39 pm
    As Winter brings cold weather and record breaking snowfall amounts, it seems to also bring out peoples’ humanitarian efforts.  People have turned their kindness up to 10 and especially to individuals in wheelchairs who find themselves in precarious positions. Here’s our favorite 3 acts of kindness that have rolled out within the last week. Waiting […] The post 3 Great Good Samaritan Acts appeared first on Wheelchair Accessibility Blog and Disability News.
  • The AMS Vans 2015 Winter News

    Brian Frey
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:43 pm
    To view full screen, click here. If the file begins to download, it means that your browser doesn’t have a PDF reader installed. But no worries! You can get one from here. The post The AMS Vans 2015 Winter News appeared first on Wheelchair Accessibility Blog and Disability News.
  • AMS Vans’ Houston Works with MDA for Community Service

    Susan Hawkins
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) has a great year-round friend in AMS Vans Houston, our sister dealership in the Lone Star State. The post AMS Vans’ Houston Works with MDA for Community Service appeared first on Wheelchair Accessibility Blog and Disability News.
 
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    Enabled Kids

  • Dealing with A Special Needs Child’s Tantrums & Melt-Downs in Physical Therapy

    Natan
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:46 am
    How many times have you walked through the mall and seen a child suddenly throw themselves on the ground screaming and yelling because they couldn’t get that toy that they wanted? We all know that if a parent gives in at that point and buys them what they want so that they’ll calm down, their […]
  • Autism and Sensory Children

    Oren Steinberg
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:37 am
      Research shows that most autistic kids also have sensory issues. Some theories even claim that sensory overload causes little kiddos to ‘shutdown’ and miss out on developing social and communication skills.   Whether sensory issues are the root cause of some ASD conditions or simply tend to overlap, it often feels unfair that on […]
  • Pre-school Children: Healthy Eating Should Be Encouraged From An Early Age

    Jefferey Morgan
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:31 pm
    It is a well-established fact that those who start healthy eating when they are young are more likely to continue this trend into their adult years. Modern society, television adverts and peer pressure can make it very difficult to adopt a healthy eating lifestyle. There are many ways of introducing healthy eating into a child’s […]
  • Raw Food Series: Beets

    Natan
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:48 am
    These nutrient packed vegetables are great for maintaining your health and for preventing the onset of many different diseases. If you haven’t already starting eating beets, start today! Here are just a few of the many health benefits that eating beets will give you:   Immunity Boost: Beets are rich in vitamin C, which is […]
  • Strawberry, Lime, Cucumber & Mint Infused Water Recipe

    Natan
    8 Apr 2015 | 12:42 pm
    It’s important to stay hydrated, but it can get tiresome drinking just plain filtered water all the time. In these cases, many people turn to commercial juices, soda, energy drinks, or flavor additives that you can put in your water. However, these all contain excess refined sugars that can be very harmful to your body […]
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    Support for Special Needs

  • The Invitation Game

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Sometimes I learn things about Schuyler the hard way. Important things. Things I feel like I should have figured out by myself. Often they’re things she keeps to herself, little pieces of inner sadness that she silently holds in her pocket until the day comes when she hands one to me. I don’t think she shares so that I can make those tiny sadnesses go away; at least I hope not, because otherwise I’m failing her miserably. I think Schuyler just wants to be heard, and for her anxieties to be aired once in a while. That seems fair. Schuyler spent the last three days on her…
  • 20 Alternatives to Saying “God wouldn’t give you more than you could handle.”

    Julia Roberts
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:51 am
    I wish I were clever enough to write a click bait title and I suppose to those of us in the special needs community this is a click bait title but in reality it’s another thing that is said. “God wouldn’t give you more than you can handle.”  We’ve all heard it. If you have a child with a health condition, a child who died, a child with a developmental disability, a child who can’t speak or walk, my guess is, you’ve heard this too. Multiple times probably. It is usually meant as something comforting from a well-meaning friend or family member. I…
  • Schuyler and the Big Questions

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Every day, in ways both incremental and dramatic, I’m watching Schuyler grow into her own. Last week, I spoke to a local chapter of an international philanthropic women’s organization. I talked about my book and assistive technology and disability rights, but most of all about Schuyler. She’s at the core of what I most often have to say, as she lives at the center of who I am and what I know and understand about the world around me. I was asked to give this presentation by one of the organization’s members, someone I’ve been friends with since I was a student in…
  • Letter of the Law

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Hey, folks! It’s time for another outrageous story of how easy it is to demean kids with disabilities. I really do think I could write a weekly column on nothing but the indignities visited upon our kids by the so-called civilized society around us. Perhaps I’ll do that. I could call it “The Weekly WTF”. This week’s story revolves around a teenager in Wichita, Kansas named Michael Kelley. Michael loves basketball. Due to his Down syndrome, Michael doesn’t play on his school’s team at Wichita East High, but participates in an extra-curricular team for…
  • Dragons Transformed

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

    Jennifer Lovy
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    Looking for something else to do in the waiting room while your child is working with a therapist? Check out these 27 resourceful ideas.
  • 25 Ways you can #MakeATinyChange for Disability Acceptance

    Karen Wang
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:51 am
    Disability acceptance is everybody’s problem. If every person makes one tiny change in the way they interact with others, we can all teach life skills and promote personal independence. Here are 25 simple changes you can make in everyday situations to facilitate communication and improve everyone’s quality of life.
  • Four Autism Books for Parents, Healthcare Professionals, and Educators

    Lorna d'Entremont
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:13 am
    When families are faced with a diagnosis of autism, many are overwhelmed by new terms and treatment options. It is difficult for them to know who to believe, to know what to try or how to proceed. The following four books on autism will help to educate parents, healthcare providers, educators, and other professionals to ensure the best developmental outcome for the children under their care. The knowledge gained by reading these books will drastically improve your child’s challenges and well-being. They are packed with practical advice and will empower parents to be good advocates for their…
  • Seven Test Taking Tips for your Child with Special Needs

    Ilana Danneman
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
    Will your child be taking standardized tests this spring? I don’t know about you, but I remember test taking in school. It still makes my stomach hurt. Our children are exposed to test taking from a very early age. Tests can induce a barrage of responses from anxiety, to sleeplessness, to outbursts to lack of appetite. Having a few great tips for test taking can minimize anxiety levels and really give your kids an edge on being a great test taker. Lets take a look: 1. Minimize test talk My biggest concern with test taking is the impact from parents…
  • Why Should We Engage the Child that Doesn’t Know How To Ask?

    Tzvi
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:13 pm
    At the Passover Seder the Haggadah speaks about the four types of sons mentioned in the Torah The wise child The wicked child The simple Child The child who does not ask The wise child gets attention and the fawning adoration of adults for the smart things they say. The wicked child gets attention as everybody tries to pull him back on track. But what about the child that doesn’t even know how to ask? Who pays attention to him or her? What resources are offered? Or are people just content that as long as they are not asking, we’re not…
 
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    Advocacy in Action

  • Do you know these eight facts about ADHD?

    15 Apr 2015 | 7:55 am
    1.     Sir Alexander Crichton, a Scottish physician, first mentioned an ADHD like disorder in 1798.  Crichton described “two possibilities of abnormal inattention.”  (Attention Deficit and HyperactivityPortrait of Alexander Crichton via Wikimedia Commons2.     Half of all children with ADHD will have ADHD symptoms as adults.  (WebMD3.     The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders , first published in 1952, did not mention ADHD until 1980.  (About Health)By F.RdeC via Wikimedia Commons4.     Not all children with…
  • Special Needs Parents - How to Find a Babysitter

    10 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    When you have a child with special needs, finding a competent and reliable babysitter is difficult. Friends and family members will help you out, but there are occasions when you need someone else. Here are some tips to help you find a child minder. Ken Bosma on FlickrMake a List of Your RequirementsOpenClips on OpenClipArt.orgBefore you start your search for a babysitter, make a list of what you want the babysitter to be able to do and what type of person you are interested in. Do you want someone with children of his or her own? Would you prefer a student?How much experience do…
  • Eleven things I learned as a special needs parent

    7 Apr 2015 | 10:51 pm
    Sharon & Nikki McCutcheon on FlickrSome people will never understand your children’s problems or issues including family, friends and teachers!Your need to learn about research, treatments, differentiated learning, etc. never stops.Your children still need you even when they think they do not.Your children still need you even when you think they do not. It is easy to underestimate your children’s needs as they get older and make progress. Yet they may actually need you more.Having a child with special needs takes a toll on relationships with friends and even your…
  • Chocolate Chip Yogurt Cake

    7 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    In honour of Glenisk sponsoring this year's Irish Parenting Blog Awards, this blog is featuring a recipe for the first time!  I bake from time to time, but this is the first time I used yogurt when baking.  The yogurt makes the cake incredibly moist! Ingredients1/2 cup butter, softened1 cup sugar2 teaspoons vanilla extract2 eggs2 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon baking powder2 cups chocolate chips2 cups of Glenisk Whole Organic Yogurt Instructions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9-inch cake pan.* Use a food processor or…
  • HADD Ireland: ADHD Parenting Course

    5 Apr 2015 | 9:42 am
    A practical and positive course, delivered by a professional team, for parents of children aged 5-12 diagnosed with ADHD. Using ideas and footage from the Parents Plus programme, it offers parents the opportunity to meet and support each other in enhancing their relationship with their child, preventing and dealing with the behavioural difficulties which so often accompany ADHD.Commencing Friday morning 17th April for 6 weeksVENUE: Carmichael Centre, North Brunswick St, Dublin 7TIME: 10.30 – 12.30pmCOST: €70.00 for HADD members €95.00 for non-membersTO REGISTER PLEASE…
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    CMT Journal

  • Highlighting the Reality of CMT

    staff
    8 Apr 2015 | 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 seriously it may evolve. Also, few are aware that it is strictly hereditary (or brought about through mutated genes) and that offspring have…
  • 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

    admin
    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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    Special Needs Essentials Blog

  • How To Find After-School Activities Adapted To Your Special Child

    dgrauzam
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:59 am
    After-school activities are good for your child with special needs. They open your child to the outside world without the difficulties you may experience at school. They give everyone a break from school and medical routines with no requirement to achieve any set goal, and they are fun! Children with special needs may even learn new human values and surpass their own limits. Regardless, they will still have a good time and that is what really matters. There are a lot of adapted activities to choose from. Arts in general are a great choice because they are taught in a rather calm environment,…
  • The Special Mother (repost)

    dgrauzam
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    Good afternoon! Today we wanted to share a poem by Erma Bombeck, posted by Diane on her blog 5 Little Monkeys. To all the special mothers out there, you have all our support!!! The Special Mother  Most women become mothers by accident, some by choice, a few by social pressure and a couple by habit. This year nearly 100,000 women will become mothers of handicapped children. Did you ever wonder how these mothers are chosen? Somehow I visualize God hovering over Earth Selecting his instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation. As he observes, he instructs his angels to take…
  • 10 Ways To Use Sensory Balls For Special Needs Kids

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

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

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