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  • In Praise of Vulnerability

    Karen Putz » Deaf Mom
    Karenputz
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    I was on the phone with a Tony Robbin’s coach, a 30-minute session that I received as gift during the launch of Tony’s new book, Money: Master the Game, 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom.  (I’m halfway through the book and have learned more about money than anything I’ve ever read before.) After going over the questionnaire I had filled out earlier and talking about my goals, the coach asked me a question. “Do you have a fear of being vulnerable?” At first, I didn’t want to answer that question with the truth. The strong, confident part of me…
  • Lost Memories May be Able to be Restored

    Disabled World
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:23 am
    Lost memories might be able to be restored, new UCLA study indicates - Research reveals that memories may not be stored in synapses, as previously thought.
  • Trigger mechanism for recovery after spinal cord injury revealed

    Disability News -- ScienceDaily
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    After an incomplete spinal cord injury, the body can partially recover basic motor function. So-called muscle spindles and associated sensory circuits back to the spinal cord promote the establishment of novel neuronal connections after injury. This circuit-level mechanism behind the process of motor recovery was elucidated by recent research; findings may contribute to designing novel strategies for treatment after spinal cord injuries.
  • Them, Not Us

    Rolling Around In My Head
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:42 am
    I posted this video on my Facebook page because the behaviour of the woman in the video appalled me and I made comment about how this video demonstrates what's wrong with society today. For me, I was trying to say in my comment, this behaviour is dreadful but not surprising. The number of times that people step in front of me, to be served first, pretending not to see me but communicating that they don't value my time as equal to theirs. So, I see this as an act of selfishness which, in our time, isn't atypical.However, in reading a lot of comments about this short video, I see that many, not…
  • Paging Linus van Pelt

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

  • In Praise of Vulnerability

    Karenputz
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    I was on the phone with a Tony Robbin’s coach, a 30-minute session that I received as gift during the launch of Tony’s new book, Money: Master the Game, 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom.  (I’m halfway through the book and have learned more about money than anything I’ve ever read before.) After going over the questionnaire I had filled out earlier and talking about my goals, the coach asked me a question. “Do you have a fear of being vulnerable?” At first, I didn’t want to answer that question with the truth. The strong, confident part of me…
  • The Power of She: Don’t Put A Limit on What You Can Do

    Karenputz
    8 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    Five years ago, my husband Joe sent me a link that forever changed my life. It was a TODAY Show segment featuring Judy Myers, a 66-year-old barefoot water skier from California. Barefoot Water Skier is Landing on her Feet at 66 Judy inspired me to get back on the water and dive back into my passion for barefoot water skiing. The “Old Lady” taught me many lessons on and off the water, including the biggest one of all: don’t put a limit on what you can do. Age really truly is a number–and you can choose to grow bolder instead of older. Catch Judy’s story (and mine)…
  • Sunsets, Synchronicity, and Beaches

    Karenputz
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    The graffiti threw us for a loop as we drove closer and closer to our hotel on Venice Beach. Joe and I expressed some apprehension about the area. I had picked the Venice Beach Suites out of the blue–the ratings were good, the price was reasonable, and the hotel was on a beach known for great sunsets.  For our 25th anniversary, we wanted to watch a sunset on the beach. From a quick look around, we discovered it was also known for a “high” lifestyle.  We debated whether to move to a hotel in Santa Monica. After some discussion, we decided to stay. “There must be a…
  • Empowered Women and Social Media

    Karenputz
    5 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    Back in 2000, my husband Joe suggested we buy a computer. I scoffed at the idea. Why should we pay a lot of money for a fancy typewriter? I was a mom with three kids–why would I have any use for a computer? Joe saw the value long before I could. As a deaf mom, I discovered I could connect with other moms via discussion forums and chats. In no time at all, I became a Pregnancy and Birth chat moderator for AOL in exchange for free internet service. In 2006, I dove into writing and social media. The World Wide Web was truly wide as I connected with people all over the world. Today, as a…
  • Write at Sea, A Cruise for First Time Book Authors

    Karenputz
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:59 pm
    I’m super excited about this next adventure–a cruise for first-time book authors! When I was deep into writing my first book, I slogged through it pretty much alone. I had no clue what writing tools to use, how to structure my writing, or even how to begin. So I began the only way I could think of. I just wrote. And wrote. And wrote some more. The book I ended up publishing looked nothing like the book I started with. Along the way, I met other writers. I picked up some tips and tricks. Six books later, I’m still writing and learning. The biggest and best…
 
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  • Lost Memories May be Able to be Restored

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:23 am
    Lost memories might be able to be restored, new UCLA study indicates - Research reveals that memories may not be stored in synapses, as previously thought.
  • Dr. Oz Show and The Doctors - Health Education or Entertainment?

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:25 am
    For millions of people around the world, televised medical talk shows have become a daily viewing ritual. Programs such as The Dr. Oz Show and The Doctors have attracted massive followings as charismatic hosts discuss new medical research and therapies while offering viewers their own recommendations for better health. For show producers it's a winning ratings formula, but for viewers eager for a healthier life, the results aren’t so clear cut.
  • Federal Employment First Program Pennsylvania

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    The Corbett administration announced today that Pennsylvania has been selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy's Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program.
  • MotionSavvy's UNI Close to Reaching Crowdfunding Goal

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Featured in Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2014, MotionSavvy’s UNI is Only $2,300 Away From Reaching Crowdfunding Goal.
  • Accessible Travel Kiosks Will Remove Barriers and Increase Independence

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    A new standard in the Canadian Transportation Agency's amended Code of practice: Removing Communication Barriers for Travellers with Disabilities introduces automated self-service travel kiosks designed for people with disabilities at airports, railway and ferry terminals.
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  • Trigger mechanism for recovery after spinal cord injury revealed

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    After an incomplete spinal cord injury, the body can partially recover basic motor function. So-called muscle spindles and associated sensory circuits back to the spinal cord promote the establishment of novel neuronal connections after injury. This circuit-level mechanism behind the process of motor recovery was elucidated by recent research; findings may contribute to designing novel strategies for treatment after spinal cord injuries.
  • Amputee makes history controlling two modular prosthetic limbs

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    A Colorado man made history this summer when he became the first bilateral shoulder-level amputee to wear and simultaneously control two modular prosthetic limbs. Most importantly, the patient, who lost both arms in an electrical accident 40 years ago, was able to operate the system by simply thinking about moving his limbs, performing a variety of tasks during a short training period.
  • Thumbs-up for mind-controlled robotic arm

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:20 pm
    A paralyzed woman who controlled a robotic arm using just her thoughts has taken another step towards restoring her natural movements by controlling the arm with a range of complex hand movements.
  • New technology advances eye tracking as biomarker for brain function, recovery from brain injury

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:05 am
    A new technology has been developed that can assess the location and impact of a brain injury merely by tracking the eye movements of patients as they watch music videos for less than four minutes. The study suggests that the use of eye tracking technology may be a potential biological marker for assessing brain function and monitoring recovery for patients with brain injuries.
  • Commonly prescribed painkiller not effective in controlling lower back pain

    10 Dec 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Pregabalin is not effective in controlling the pain associated with lumbar spinal stenosis, the most common type of chronic lower back pain in older adults, a study concludes. Pregabalin, which is marketed by Pfizer under the name Lyrica, is approved to treat chronic pain associated with shingles, spinal cord injury, fibromyalgia, and diabetic peripheral neuropathy. However, it is also commonly prescribed as an "off label" treatment for chronic low back pain syndromes like lumbar spinal stenosis.
 
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    Rolling Around In My Head

  • Them, Not Us

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:42 am
    I posted this video on my Facebook page because the behaviour of the woman in the video appalled me and I made comment about how this video demonstrates what's wrong with society today. For me, I was trying to say in my comment, this behaviour is dreadful but not surprising. The number of times that people step in front of me, to be served first, pretending not to see me but communicating that they don't value my time as equal to theirs. So, I see this as an act of selfishness which, in our time, isn't atypical.However, in reading a lot of comments about this short video, I see that many, not…
  • Committees Everywhere

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:57 am
    I was rolling up the street, minding my own business, when someone decided to mind mine. A woman, sitting on the street with a sign asking for change, saw me go by and said, "It's cold out, you need to dress for the cold." I didn't think she was speaking to me, why would I, so I kept on going. "You, there, in the wheelchair, it's cold out, you don't want to get sick, you should wear a winter coat." Now others, waiting at the light with me, are looking at me and I'm being evaluated on my life skills and calculations are being made as to my suitability of dress in relationship to my suitability…
  • In The Land of the Wealthy

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:44 am
    I went in hesitantly. I shop here, maybe, twice a year. One of those times is at Christmas, because I traditionally buy a certain gift here for a certain person. I've done it for a few years now. The problem is that the store caters to the very wealthy. Without getting into a lot of detail, I stick out like a chip on a manicured nail. I get glanced at by staff as if they need to be ready to call security when I nick some very overpriced soap. If it takes forty dollar soap to clean you - you can't be cleaned.After entering I head straight for where I know they sell the product I'm looking for.
  • Crisis, Need and Expectations.

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:35 am
    Yesterday wasn't the easiest day. In fact, it was pretty tough. I'm not going to say much more than that because, while it might be a surprise, I practice what I preach: boundaries. So, enough said on that.In the midst of the 'troubles' yesterday, I was rushing from one place to another. I was wrapped in worry and pursued by anxiety. I had been given a quest, and I was rushing to get it done so I could get back. I did my best to ensure that my upset didn't affect my mobility. I didn't want to run into someone because I was paying more attention to 'inside me' than 'outside me.' So, I was…
  • Executive Functioning Volume 1 Issue 3

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:27 am
    This month’s copy of Executive Functioning - a newsletter for senior leaders in human service organizations - looks at the issue of Informed Consent. If you would like to subscribe, the newsletter is free and contains no advertizing, simply send an email requesting subscription to dhingsburger@vitacls.org .Today's post follows.
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    Half Soled Boots

  • Paging Linus van Pelt

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

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

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    My husband lost his father this month, to a long and bewildering mystery disease. Officially I think it's been finally named 'brain cancer' but those two words are insufficient explanation, given by baffled doctors only a week or two before his death, for the last two years of his life.In person David was unassuming - quiet to the point of near silence, introspective almost to an obsessive degree. You could well forget he was in the house.He saw much and said little.As opposite as we were to each other, he treated me at all times as if I were his own daughter. That is to say, his…
  • The Heist that Wasn't

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Did I ever tell you about the time I nearly got arrested for attempted bank robbery?It happened like this.I grew up in a small town where there really wasn't much for young people to do. There was an arcade (which we all called "The Arcade" to such exclusion that I don't think I ever knew the actual name of it), but since only 1980's punks and losers hung out at it (much scarier than modern punks and losers), we never went there unless we had a spare period and it was broad, bright daylight.We had a couple of video stores but those, too, were small, badly lit shops, most likely fronts for…
  • Aqua Perfection

    4 Jun 2014 | 12:14 am
    Anna's Confirmation Pont NeufPattern: Pont Neuf, from Twist Collective Spring-Summer 2013YarnZen Yarn Garden Serenity DK in Frosted Teal (4.25 skeins)Needles: 2.5 and 3mm Addi TurboGauge: (blocked) 23 sts 36 rows over 4"Buttons: 1/2" lucite with rhinestone, from Button Button in VancouverModifications: Had to add rows to the yoke area to make up for my row gauge. (Pattern calls for 32 rows over 4", and I was getting 36.) The extra rows also affected my lace panel pick-up - I had to pick up 103 instead of the prescribed 93.I had to knit 2 all-nighters to finish this in time. Confirmation…
 
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  • Creoles and Colorism in my Community

    3 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    I feel like the discomfort that privileged people feel in conversations like this is something to be embraced. If talking to those who are marginalized (by us and by the community around us) isn't uncomfortable and messy and challenges what we believe about the world and about ourselves, then we are definitely doing it wrong. Solidarity isn't supposed to be easy or life-affirming. Solidarity is sacrifice.For me, when dark-skinned/non-mixed race Black people talk about colorism, my first inclination is to want to believe that I'm one of them and not someone in the group they are talking about.
  • My Dating Patterns

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Ebony magazine's website has an uplifting and engaging article on it called "Black Girls Only". What the author says in the last paragraph about desire comes as a sort of revelation to me."...I'm well aware that desire is different from love. Desire is definitely constructed around social influences and signifiers of what is beautiful and worthy of love. From body type to complexion we are inundated with messages about who should be wanted and who shouldn't. My choice to love black women only is revolutionary. It's a reflection of my radical politics.  It's my straight no chaser lust,…
  • Lord Make Haste to Help Me!

    3 Nov 2014 | 8:57 pm
    I have a prayer request. On Wednesday, I have to find a way to get all the way to Baton Rouge (which is an hour and a half away from here) even though my roommate is working and can't take me unless I can convince the doctor's office that's contracted with Social Security to let me be seen earlier in the day. Please pray that something works out. I don't want to borrow my roommate's car. I really don't like using anyone else's things. She has said that if it comes down to it, she'll let me, but I don't want to do that. I kind of have a policy of not using something that belongs to someone…
  • Gaze Upon the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss / Why I ain't Impressed by Young White Liberals

    24 Sep 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Another white liberal/progressive removed themselves from my Facebook friends list today. Apparently, I'm too upsetting to her gang of racist friends and the more assimilation minded POC buddies. At first this bothered me. This was someone I'd been giving the benefit of the doubt for over a year. She always seemed just one step away from strictly claiming to care about POC and PWD to understanding that it was time to act on those supposed feelings of regard for us. It never happened. In the end, whiteness is just too comfortable and comforting for most people to willingly reject it.I should…
  • The Switch to Online Courses Presents Challenges for Students with Disabilities

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Slate has an article about how universities are switching from using original content generated by professors to online courses produced by the major textbook companies. It's a very disturbing trend.My child is taking one of these Pearson math courses in college right now. Ze also took an online math course in high school. The high school version was great for a student like hir who could zip through all of the assignments at hir own pace by utilizing resources like Youtube for learning concepts that weren't explained well by the course material. Ze says the math course ze's in now is going…
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  • CHRISTMAS TREE

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    [image] Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree Rockin' around the Christmas tree At the Christmas party hop Mistletoe hung where you can see Every couple tries to stop Rockin' around the Christmas tree Let the Christmas spirit ring Later we'll have some pumpkin pie And we'll do some caroling You will get a sentimental feeling when you hear Voices singing "Let's be jolly, Deck the halls with boughs of holly" Rockin' around the Christmas tree Have a happy holiday Everyone dancing merrily In the new old-fashioned way Rockin' around the Christmas tree Let the Christmas spirit ring Later we'll have…
  • 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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  • 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!
  • Firechat Enables the Crowd to Become the Internet –Bypassing Central Powers | Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Digital Business

    dnw
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Keep an eye on this. Mesh networking should be more of a player as proliferation of mobile devices increases. Especially in high density populations. Firechat Enables the Crowd to Become the Internet –Bypassing Central Powers | Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Digital Business.
  • Enterprise: Social Media Staff Guidelines list

    dnw
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    This list also includes policies called; Staff blogging policies, enterprise social network guidelines, Employee Blogging Policies, Staff engagement in online communities, and so on. via Enterprise: List of 40 Social Media Staff Guidelines » Laurel Papworth @SilkCharm.
  • The unconsciously built connected consciousness | Cluetrain at Fifteen

    dnw
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    [The Net is] the connected consciousness of the market itself. It makes markets smart by giving customers unprecedented powers, the most fundamental of which is each other via Cluetrain at Fifteen | Linux Journal. What I have always loved about Doc is how human he is. For me this quote encompasses everything the article has to say… It also points to what I consider as to the how the Net itself came into being… as an unconsciously built connectivity tool… because as humans we create and form what we crave.
 
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  • Obesity ruled a 'disability' by EU court; cause deemed irrelevant - Washington Times

    Google Inc.
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:04 am
    Washington TimesObesity ruled a 'disability' by EU court; cause deemed irrelevantWashington Times“While no general principle of EU law prohibits, in itself, discrimination on grounds of obesity, that condition falls within the concept of 'disability' where, under particular conditions, it hinders the full and effective participation of the person Calling obesity a 'disability' is simply fatuousTelegraph.co.ukSteve Siebold: European court is wrong: obesity is not a disability...The Province (blog)Obesity can be a disability, ECJ confirmsJD Supra (press release)Times…
  • Morbid obesity is a disability. Employers should start treating it that way. - Washington Post

    Google Inc.
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:12 am
    BBC NewsMorbid obesity is a disability. Employers should start treating it that way.Washington PostIt is clear to me that morbid obesity — defined as having a body mass index above 40 — is often a disability, irrelevant of the cause. But in many legal systems, that's still an unanswered question. Even as obesity rates have soared, U.S. and European Court Rules That Obesity Could Be a DisabilityTIMEObesity 'could be a disability' - EU courts ruleBBC NewsObesity can be a disability, EU court rulesThe GuardianDaily Mail -ABC News -CBS Newsall 428 news…
  • Military veterans losing ground on jobs as disability enrollment increases ... - Stanford Report

    Google Inc.
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Stanford ReportMilitary veterans losing ground on jobs as disability enrollment increases Stanford ReportResearch by Stanford economist Mark Duggan shows that the significant rise in disability coverage for veterans may be hurting them in making employment gains. He suggests possible reforms, such as time limits for applying, more frequent medical reviews ...Veteran employment falls as disability enrollment climbs, study showsPhys.OrgVeterans Have Never Been Less Likely To Have Jobs, Study FindsDaily Callerall 15 news articles »
  • KDADS finds contacting Kansans on waiting list for disability services a challenge - KHI News Service

    Google Inc.
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:42 pm
    KDADS finds contacting Kansans on waiting list for disability services a challengeKHI News ServiceTOPEKA — State officials say they're having a hard time contacting Kansans with disabilities who've expressed an interest in receiving Medicaid-funded services designed to help them live in community-based settings. Kansas Department for Aging and ...
  • Access to Work: Disability scheme 'not reaching people' - BBC News

    Google Inc.
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:25 am
    BBC NewsAccess to Work: Disability scheme 'not reaching people'BBC NewsSubstantial numbers of disabled people are missing out on government support to help them into work, MPs have said. The government's Access to Work programme suffers from a lack of funding and publicity, the Work and Pensions Select Committee report ...People unaware of disability schemeexpressandstar.comall 12 news articles »
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  • The promise of technology

    Robyn
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:52 pm
    I’m hopelessly late in my post for the International Day of Disabled People, on December 3, and somewhat late to mark International Human Rights Day on December 10, and very late to review the National Disability Forum (NDF) conference in late November. But the theme for the International Day of Disabled People is important, and worth writing about, even if it is after the event. Sustainable development, the promise of technology has wide and powerful application in the digital age. Late last month I was at the National Digital Forum Conference for the first time. I had been looking forward…
  • Colour contrast counts! A cautionary tale

    Robyn
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Information accessibility challenges can pop up in unexpected places. Recently I was talking to someone involved with an amateur dramatic society. Billboards were designed for the latest production. The billboards, complete with fancy font for branding, were displayed in and around the small country town where my friend lives. On the computer screen they looked great. But he discovered to his annoyance that when driving past them at the open road speed they were unreadable. Some retrofitting was needed. A steady handed volunteer was recruited to outline the lettering in black to increase…
  • Re-thinking disability advisory groups for community engagement

    Robyn
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    For some years now many disabled people have been involved in advisory groups. These are usually established to enable organisations such as local government, central government, health organisations or other national and local bodies to meet their obligations towards disabled people. These advisory groups are not limited to the disability community  - but my reflections on their workings are. As some advisory groups exist now there are problems resulting from a lack of commitment, or a tokenistic approach to “doing the right thing” rather than a real desire to include disabled…
  • Political party web sites fall short

    Robyn
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Disabled people often rely on the Internet for information because many other information sources are inaccessible.  They experience accessibility barriers when finding and using information on the web if sites have not been designed and built with accessibility in mind. Why we audited  political party web sites “Can we all come to the party” is a report we produced at AccEase to see how easily people with disability can engage with party political websites before the New Zealand election on September 20th. The report says “Voting and participation in the electoral process is a…
  • A voice for everyone

    Robyn
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:13 am
    This is an edited version of a keynote speech delivered at the disability conference, How do we all raise the volume of the unheard voice?,  Auckland July 2 2014. Tena koutou tena koutou katoa  Minister Turia, Health and Disability Commissioners. Ladies and gentlemen. Greetings to you all. Thank you to the HDC and others who have organised this day. Thank you for asking me to speak. This is one of the few opportunities people in the diverse disability community have to meet and exchange ideas. It is valuable and important. Let’s make the most of it. Raising the volume of the unheard voice…
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  • Speech-to-Text: Dictation Software for OS X

    Ricky Buchanan
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:24 am
    Speech-to-text software, sometimes known as dictation software, is something that lets you talk to the computer in some form and have the computer react appropriately to what you are saying. This is totally different to text-to-speech software, which is software can read out text already in the computer. In this article you’ll learn about different types of speech-to-text software for Mac OS X, and what your options are if you want to use it to control your computer, dictate text, or both. In this article: Dictation software – what is it Dictation software built into OS X…
  • Weekend Roundup for 14 December 2014

    Ricky Buchanan
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Here are some of the best articles, links, and new products that I have spotted online in the past week or so which have some relevance to Apple products and disabled or chronically ill users … It was a bit of an “interesting” week here at my place – I lost my messenger bag with a bunch of hard-to-replace stuff in it, and had to call the plumber out 4 times (and counting) to fix my toilet… so please forgive the slight scarcity of links this week! OS X Links Audio tutorial: Easy iTunes 12 on Mac OS X Yosemite: Part 1. Share a printer with an AirPrint enabler like…
  • How To Use A Corded 2.5mm Headset With Your iPhone

    Ricky Buchanan
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:50 am
    Did you know that you can use a corded headset with a 2.5mm plug with your iPhone? It’s probably easier than you think! Headsets designed for land-line phones or older style mobile phones are frequently built with 2.5mm plugs. iPhones, however, only have the 3.5mm sockets meant for stereo headsets. This can be a special problem for disabled users who may only find one headset that exists that really works for them – if that headset has a 2.5mm plug you can be in trouble. There are “standard” 2.5mm to 3.5mm adapters available but many won’t work properly with…
  • How To Put Skype To Work Picking Up Your Calls

    Ricky Buchanan
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:11 pm
    You hear the Skype ringtone, there’s a call! You reach out to grab your mouse, or keyboard … but it takes a moment to do it. Oh no – by the time you’ve got to the answer button, your caller has hung up! Sound familiar? Did you know that you can set up Skype for Mac OS X to answer for you automatically? To do this, open the preferences (from the Skype menu) and select the “Calls” button from the top row. Check the box for “Auto-answer Calls”, shown here with the green arrow: Skype’s call preferences include an option for auto-answering. If…
  • Weekend Roundup for 7 December 2014

    Ricky Buchanan
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Here are some of the best articles, links, and new products that I have spotted online in the past week or so which have some relevance to Apple products and disabled or chronically ill users … [Note to self: Writing the article is good, remembering to also press ‘publish’ is better! Sorry … – Ricky] OS X Links Adding Mathematical Equations To Your Documents How to use hidden features in OS X Yosemite with TinkerTool Control your computer with the Jouse3 mouth-controlled joystick How to change default apps on the Mac iOS Links Audio demonstration: FingerKey: Lets You…
 
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    Clear Helper

  • Online Security & Privacy for People with Cognitive Disabilities: Challenges & Solutions

    John Rochford
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
    Description of the Technologies Most user interfaces are designed to help users complete tasks. However, web security and privacy technologies intentionally introduce barriers to task completion. They require users to perceive more and to do more to complete tasks. Three examples of these technologies are passwords, CAPTCHA, and 2-Factor Authentication. Passwords are words or character strings used for authentication and/or for identity confirmation. CAPTCHA is a website widget, which prevents automated programs from submitting a web form intended for humans, by requiring humans to pass a…
  • Online Security & Privacy for People with Cognitive Disabilities, Part 1

    John Rochford
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    I am trying to evaluate the barriers of online security and privacy to people with cognitive disabilities. This work will help inform the effort of the W3C’s Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force to recommend standards on how to make online security and privacy more accessible. Problem I am struggling with how to go about this evaluation. It is a daunting task to come up with common barriers and solution recommendations across: the many end-user security and privacy techniques, e.g.: passwords; two-factor authentication; biometrics; and encryption the variety of…
  • CAPTCHA, Cognitive Disabilities, v1 (W3C Task Force)

    John Rochford
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:59 am
    As a member of the W3C‘s Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force, I agreed to review web-security technologies. I chose to begin with CAPTCHA. My first draft is below. The format I am using is the one I intend to use for future reviews. All the text is my own. I welcome your feedback, additions, and/or revisions. Definition CAPTCHA is typically a website widget that prevents automated programs from submitting a web form intended for humans by requiring humans to pass a test. Such tests present distorted text visually and/or aurally; and require the form-submitter to…
  • Autism Gap Analysis (W3C Task Force)

    John Rochford
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    Neil Milliken and I have written an autism gap analysis as part of the effort to create gap analyses by the W3C‘s Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force. Our intent is to identify the gap between where the state of accessibility for people with autism is now when using the web, and where we want it to be. The following is information about the autism gap analysis. We included some personas with use cases that address key challenges. The personas and use cases are based upon aggregated results of interviews of people with autism-spectrum disorder (ASD),…
  • Gap Analyses for Cognitive Web Accessibility (W3C Task Force)

    John Rochford
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    The members of the W3C‘s Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force have been working since January to develop a set of gap analyses. A gap analysis, as we have defined it, identifies the gap between where the state of accessibility for people with cognitive disabilities is now when using the web, and where we want it to be. The gap analyses are based upon common cognitive disabilities. The following list of the gap analyses includes their primary authors (as of July, 2014). ADD / ADHD Authors: Susann Keohane, Mary Jo Mueller Aging and Dementia Authors: Katie…
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    HEALING THROUGH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

  • Four Wheel Drive

    Cathy
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:52 pm
    detail of painting ____________ I just got back from an excursion in my wheelchair to the nearby mall. Went to see Santa actually but I couldn’t get up the stairs to see him so I watched the other kids in their meet n’ greet. I felt the ever present encroaching gritty ghost of this holiday season; bah-humfuckingbug…. I want what I want: an arm that works, a beloved dog, a total LIFE FIX if truth be told.. I want the people tripping the light fantastic of life in a fully functioning body to be on their knees in gratitude every 5 minutes. I want my smile to always come from my…
  • Plumage

    Cathy
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:39 am
    My good girlfriend, Pam came over the other day to let herself be bossed around. I had been wanting to switch out my “ROSES” wheelchair costume for a more seasonally appropriate model. Initially, when I first got my chair I wanted to make it less GIANT- HARDWARE- THING -COMING -DOWN -THE- ROAD. I settled on roses for the simple reason they make me happy. Rolling with them for awhile I came to see they acted as a bridge; people would say “I love your roses!” and we’d have a non-disability connection/conversation and both have our quality of lives enhanced. My…
  • Hiding

    Cathy
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
    monoprint. 22×30″ _______________ HIDING is a way of staying alive. Hiding is a way of holding ourselves until we are ready to come into the light. Even hiding the truth from ourselves can be a way to come to what we need in our own necessary time. Hiding is one of the brilliant and virtuoso practices of almost every part of the natural world: the protective quiet of an icy northern landscape, the held bud of a future summer rose, the snow bound internal pulse of the hibernating bear. Hiding is underestimated. We are hidden by life in our mother’s womb until we grow and ready…
  • Tiny Dancer

    Cathy
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Most of my life I have been trying to make a big splash; attention in my family, expertise in a yoga practice, marrying someone “good for me” (ie: monied businessman), over-giving when something simple would have been appropriate. My torpid ego was straining for acknowledgement which equaled love in my hungry heart. These days, I kindof squirm at a whiff of “specialness.” I both want it and don’t. If it comes the little girl in me twirls in her tutu and the adult pulls the covers over herself. It is a conundrum. I realize so much suffering leaves me if I truly…
  • In Search Of Authentic

    Cathy
    29 Nov 2014 | 6:08 pm
    detail of painting ____________ For the month of December I have set the task for myself to find and post images and ideas which exude the particular perfume of THE TRULY AUTHENTIC. (click on very short film in widescreen) These holidays we are entering scratch at my heart because they feel preposterously pale in comparison to the essence of where I imagine they began. This is a selfish quest I offer to you all as a little window into the Real, the True, the Sacred. With love…
 
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    Need Project Podcast

  • Mclean Bible Church Access ministries with Jackie Mills-Fernald

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

    14 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Our guest today is Dr. Diane Foley. Dr. Foley is President/CEO of Life Network, a life affirming ministry in Colorado Springs, CO, which provides physical, financial, and emotional support for women and men facing unexpected pregnancies, mentoring for young parents, recovery counseling for those who have been affected by abortion, as well as sexual risk avoidance education presented in local middle and high schools.We discuss the options and best ways to teach our children about sex.
  • Toppling the Idol of Ideal with Melanie Boudreau Part II

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    As an ASCP certified medical technologist, Melanie expected an exciting career in the health field. Instead, she soon discovered that parenting was an even greater passion. The mother of one child who was neurotypical and two with neuropsychiatric disorders, Melanie used her education to interact with specialists and to research interventions for her children. As parents raising children with these and other brain chemistry differences, we need compassionate voices who can listen and help us with the practical issues: fighting despair, judgment, and educational challenges; deciding about…
  • Toppling the Idol of Ideal with Melanie Boudreau

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:04 pm
    As an ASCP certified medical technologist, Melanie expected an exciting career in the health field. Instead, she soon discovered that parenting was an even greater passion. The mother of one child who was neurotypical and two with neuropsychiatric disorders, Melanie used her education to interact with specialists and to research interventions for her children. As parents raising children with these and other brain chemistry differences, we need compassionate voices who can listen and help us with the practical issues: fighting despair, judgment, and educational challenges; deciding about…
  • IEP with Melissa Horvath revisited

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Melissa Horvath has a masters degree in special education and has taught preschool through 6th grade in a variety of settings including regular classrooms and special schools.
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    Enabled Kids

  • The Road to Independence

    Natan
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:55 am
  • 5 Winter Activities to Play with Your Special Needs Child

    Natan
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    With winter in full swing, it’s a great time to set up some fun activities for your special needs child! Here are a few sensory and physical play ideas that are great to do with your child during the cold winter months.   Snow painting: Tobogganing, making snowballs, and building snowmen are always fun and […]
  • 5 Quick & Healthy Breakfast Ideas

    Natan
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    Have you ever heard the saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day?” Well it’s true! Eating a nutritious meal at the start of the day gives you the energy boost your body needs to function properly and skipping it can actually be harmful. This is true for every adult, but especially so […]
  • Raw Food Series: Tomatoes

    Natan
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:26 am
    Today’s Feature: The Tomato  This delicious fruit is jam packed full of nutrients and antioxidants that are great for preventing a wide variety of health conditions. Let’s take a look at just a few of these health benefits:   Reduces the Risk of Cancer: This delicious fruit gets its red pigmentation from a phytochemical called […]
  • Helping Children Cope with Separation or Divorce

    Ruby Andrew
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Divorce brings a great deal of suffering, but you can certainly strive to ensure that your children are affected as little as possible. Children want to feel protected and loved more than anything else. In all stages of divorce, reassure and demonstrate love to your child. All of us, especially children, are able to face […]
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    Support for Special Needs

  • Keeping Up with The Family

    Julia Roberts
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Check out Life360.com It’s true. We’re an iPhone family. Only three of us know that though, as one is under the tree for our 13-year-old daughter. This is her second iPhone. The first one broke (why don’t kids keep break proof cases on their phones?) and she’s been using her iPod. Since she texts mostly, this was a simple transition back to her iPod. She doesn’t know she’s getting a phone for Christmas, but she knows the rules around the phone. Part of the deal with the kids (I have a 15-year-old son and the 13-year-old daughter mentioned above) is that we…
  • Siblingships: Special Bond through Special Needs

    Julia Roberts
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:53 am
    Elena and Bill, married for almost 20 years, were ecstatic to get the news they were pregnant. When Pierce, born August 28, 2003 was diagnosed with Down syndrome they did what most couples do; they dug their heels in and said, “this is our life, let’s get on with it.” Not so easy was dealing with the inner turmoil. For Elena, who thought her father, a man who strives for all things perfect, wouldn’t accept her son. But, like Elena and Bill, was smitten upon the first bottle fed. For Bill, it was getting used to what it meant to be a stay-at-home dad, a decision that was made between…
  • Some Thoughts on a Very Very Very Bad Idea

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:03 pm
    I was going to take this week off from posting, but here I am, drawn out once again by the world’s inexplicable desire to humiliate children with disabilities. When news stories come out detailing the mistreatment of special needs kids, I tend to think that the best thing we can do is shine a light on them, to try to force change through awareness. I’m not always sure that actually works, though; when you turn on the lights, the roaches scatter and run under the fridge, but they don’t actually go away. Maybe I’m just helping give the roaches a little exercise. The…
  • BlazeSports America: Getting Special Kids Moving

    Julia Roberts
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:32 am
    Julia and I keep an ongoing document of organizations we want to feature. We try to highlight groups that our community may not know about and who offer something unique and exciting. About two weeks ago I put a new one at the top of our list in all caps: BLAZESPORTS AMERICA Their mission? Simple. “BlazeSports mission is to advance the lives of children and adults with physical disabilities through sport, healthy lifestyles, and the prevention of chronic health conditions.” BlazeSports has existed since 1996, inspired by that year’s Summer Paralympic Games, which took place…
  • Living in a Calm and Ordered Home

    Julie Hough
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:59 am
    When you have a child with special needs, the last thing in the world you feel you have time to do is organize your home. Either you’re too busy, too stressed out, or just plain too tired! And yet, raising children with special needs in a calm and ordered home has rich benefits. When you can find what you need, when you need it, time is freed up allowing you to focus on the things you really need to do. Not only that, but living in a calm and ordered home can greatly influence how each member of the family feels, thinks, and acts. An organized home does not erase the special needs, but when…
 
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    Friendship Circle -- Special Needs Blog

  • 10 Ways to Improve Communication with your Pediatrician

    Karen Wang
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:26 am
    Pediatricians often find themselves in the position of treating an anxious, confused patient while simultaneously trying to develop a professional relationship with an anxious, confused parent.  When special needs are added to the mix, those relationships become even more complicated. Pediatricians are highly trained in identifying and treating illnesses in children. In my experience, some pediatricians may be less well-trained in identifying and recommending treatment for issues related to development, sensory integration, sleep and feeding. In these cases, both parties may be trying to…
  • Wishing You a Happy and Sensory Friendly Chanukah

    Ilana Danneman
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:23 am
    Chanukah….It’s the little jug of oil that lasted for 8 days. It’s the holiday of lights. It’s the holiday of miracles. It’s the holiday of presents, latkes, oil, candles, music, parties…and meltdowns. Too much, too fast, too loud, too smelly and maybe too many parties. Sound familiar? If you have a child with special needs you may have mixed feelings around holiday time. You’re thrilled to have your kids out of school but dreading their being off routine. Here are a few tips that can make Chanukah not only miraculous but joyous too! 1. Stories and Speaking Chanukah is a…
  • What the Search for Oil Can Teach Parents of Children with Special Needs

    Tzvi
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:24 am
    Every parent of a child with special needs has had the feeling of being in over their head and not being able to handle.  Your world is filled with chaos, this challenge is just too much, can’t I just say I give up and call it a day? The Story of the Maccabees Lets take a look at the Holiday of Chanukah (which starts Tuesday night)  for a minute, specifically lets learn about a small Jewish group called the Maccabees. More than twenty-one centuries ago, the land of Israel was ruled by the Greeks who sought to forcefully Hellenize the people of Israel. Against all odds, a…
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    Advocacy in Action

  • Should the BBC describe our children with autism as autism sufferers?

    9 Dec 2014 | 4:13 am
    Yesterday, an article on the BBC's website praised the efforts of cinemas to hold "autism-friendly" screenings. The headline reads Cinemas help make films accessible for autism sufferers. Making cinemas friendly to all people with sensory issues is a good thing. But, do our children really suffer from autism?  Do we want our children to grow up thinking they suffer because they have autism?The UK government advises against using the term "suffer" when writing about disability as it suggests "discomfort, constant pain and a sense of hopelessness."  There are children with autism…
  • Did you buy one of the ten worst toys of 2014?

    1 Dec 2014 | 3:17 am
    W.A.T.C.H. released its list of the ten worst children’s toys in 2014 last month.  W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm) is a Massachusetts non-profit organisation that publishes annual lists of the worst toys. W.A.T.C.H. cautions consumers that this list does not include all toys with potential hazards.  It does however; illustrate hazards in toys that parents should know about.  1.     Airtek Firestorm BowThis toy is a bow and arrow set which advertises the ability of its arrows to fly up to 145 feet.  W.A.T.C.H. expresses concern about the…
  • Why and how to talk to your children about Ferguson

    30 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    Credit: Loavesofbread on WikipediaWidespread media coverage of the events in Ferguson, Mo. makes it likely that your children already know something about it. You will not know what your children heard, read or saw about Ferguson unless you ask them. In addition, it is important to know their understanding of that information. Hearing about the shooting and subsequent protests can make some children anxious and afraid. Parents can help their children put the events in perspective by talking with them and reassuring them of their safety.How you approach this issue…
  • Why do people with autism have trouble recognizing facial expressions?

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:13 am
    WikimediaProblems with social interactions are a major symptom of autism. These social deficits manifest differently in each child with autism, but often includeproblems carrying on conversationsnot being interested in play or other social interactions with other childrendifficulty making friends and/or maintaining friendshipsResearchers identified a reason for these problems - people with autism gather information from facial expressions differently than their peers.  "The evaluation of an individual's face is a rapid process that influences our future relationship with the individual,"…
  • The Magic of a Mother's Touch

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    Kristzina Konczos on FlickrWhen mothers sooth their infants, their actions actually lessen the infants' pain, according to new research from the NYU Langone Medical Center. The mothers' care-giving not only influences the infants' behavior, but also affects the infants' brain development.“Our study shows that a mother comforting her infant in pain does not just elicit a behavioral response, but also the comforting itself modifies – for better or worse – critical neural circuitry during early brain development,” says Regina Sullivan, PhD, the senior investigator of…
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