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  • Scientists map brains of the blind to solve mysteries of human brain specialization

    Disability News -- ScienceDaily
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:17 am
    Studying the brain activity of blind people, scientists are challenging the standard view of how the human brain specializes to perform different kinds of tasks, and shedding new light on how our brains can adapt to the rapid cultural and technological changes of the 21st Century.
  • H7N9 Avian Influenza Case in Canada Confirmed by Gov

    Disabled World
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:21 pm
    The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Gregory Taylor, Terry Lake, British Columbia's Minister of Health and Dr. Bonnie Henry, British Columbia's Deputy Provincial Health Officer today confirmed that an individual in B.C. has tested positive for the H7N9 avian influenza strain. The individual recently returned to Canada from China. This is the first documented case of H7N9 infection in a human in North America.
  • Cochlear implant users can hear, feel the beat in music

    Disability News -- ScienceDaily
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:24 am
    People who use cochlear implants for profound hearing loss do respond to certain aspects of music, contrary to common beliefs and limited scientific research, says a research team. The scientists say exposure to the beat in music, such as drums, can improve the emotional and social quality-of-life of cochlear implant users and may even help improve their understanding and use of spoken language.
  • Go Beyond Your Fear and Discover the Magic

    Do It Myself Blog - Glenda Watson Hyatt
    Glenda
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:53 pm
    Every so often, if you are fortunate, someone will challenge you to go beyond your comfort zone and to try something new. My friend Charlie Gilkey was recently that someone for me. He invited me to be a guest on his not-yet-launched podcast Creative Giants Show. Charlie describes Creative Giants as “naturally compassionate, creative people who have the vision to see how the world might be, the courage to take action, and the capability to actually change the world.” I was honoured and humbled to be included with the likes of Pam Slim, Seth Godin, Mark Silver and Jonathan Fields. All…
  • Reality and Compromise

    Fresh Perspectives
    Michael Sporer
    11 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    First off, let me say that I am a supporter of unions.  Unions are the last defense we have against the government-supported corporations that have such an enormous impact on our economy and on the welfare of American workers.  Most modern unions have changed with the times in order to remain viable.  Public unions, however, are not in lock-step with these trends.  Elected officials in Scranton have just finished negotiating a concessionary contract with the police union.  Mayor Courtright decided to pick the low fruit, emphasizing only the positive side of the…
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  • H7N9 Avian Influenza Case in Canada Confirmed by Gov

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:21 pm
    The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Gregory Taylor, Terry Lake, British Columbia's Minister of Health and Dr. Bonnie Henry, British Columbia's Deputy Provincial Health Officer today confirmed that an individual in B.C. has tested positive for the H7N9 avian influenza strain. The individual recently returned to Canada from China. This is the first documented case of H7N9 infection in a human in North America.
  • Disability Rights Fund 2015 Request for Proposals

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:21 am
    The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) - a grantmaking collaborative between donors and the global disability community which supports the human rights of persons with disabilities - announced its first 2015 grants round, “Advancing Rights and Development - Beyond 2015.” Grantmaking in this round will be targeted to disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs) in Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Malawi, and Myanmar. The deadline for applications is March 10, 2015.
  • Disability - Snow and Yard Waste Removal Problems

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:13 am
    Winter is upon us and along with it comes removal of snow and ice from sidewalks in front of homes, businesses, universities and elsewhere. Cities may or may not get involved with the removal of snow; the same is true of universities and businesses – yet what about people with disabilities? For many people who experience forms of disabilities, removing snow from the sidewalks is simply not going to happen.
  • Epilepsy - The VA and the Missing Order

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:57 am
    The early 1980's found me being honorably discharged from the Army. I had experienced a heat stroke that left me with gran mal and petit mal seizures associated with epilepsy, so I was somewhat surprised by the honorable instead of medical discharge. At a fairly young age, epilepsy was very much out of my experience, so it became a learning process.
  • PeriAnesthesia Nurses Awareness Week

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:46 am
    The work of our nation's 60,000+ perianesthesia nurses will be recognized February 2-8 during PeriAnesthesia Nurse Awareness Week (PANAW), which is celebrated throughout the United States the first full week of February.
 
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  • Cochlear implant users can hear, feel the beat in music

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:24 am
    People who use cochlear implants for profound hearing loss do respond to certain aspects of music, contrary to common beliefs and limited scientific research, says a research team. The scientists say exposure to the beat in music, such as drums, can improve the emotional and social quality-of-life of cochlear implant users and may even help improve their understanding and use of spoken language.
  • Scientists map brains of the blind to solve mysteries of human brain specialization

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:17 am
    Studying the brain activity of blind people, scientists are challenging the standard view of how the human brain specializes to perform different kinds of tasks, and shedding new light on how our brains can adapt to the rapid cultural and technological changes of the 21st Century.
  • Mammalian heart regenerative capacity depends on severity of injury

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Neonatal mouse hearts have varying regenerative capacities depending upon the severity of injury, researchers have demonstrated. Approaches to extend this regenerative capacity in a mammalian model, from the neonatal period to the juvenile or adult period, could help identify new treatment options for humans.
  • Family voices, stories speed coma recovery

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:32 am
    'Can he hear me?' Family members are desperate to know when a loved one with a traumatic brain injury is in a coma. A new study shows the recorded voices of loved ones telling the patient familiar stories stored in his long-term memory help awaken the unconscious brain and speed recovery from the coma.
  • Rare neurological disease shines light on health of essential nerve cells

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    Pelizaeus Merzbacher disease, or PMD, is a devastating neurological condition that, in its most severe form, kills infants weeks after birth. Thirty years ago, a neuroscientist noticed a genetic mutation in dogs that was practically identical to the disease in humans. Now, that has laid out the results of his marathon pursuit of PMD.
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  • Go Beyond Your Fear and Discover the Magic

    Glenda
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:53 pm
    Every so often, if you are fortunate, someone will challenge you to go beyond your comfort zone and to try something new. My friend Charlie Gilkey was recently that someone for me. He invited me to be a guest on his not-yet-launched podcast Creative Giants Show. Charlie describes Creative Giants as “naturally compassionate, creative people who have the vision to see how the world might be, the courage to take action, and the capability to actually change the world.” I was honoured and humbled to be included with the likes of Pam Slim, Seth Godin, Mark Silver and Jonathan Fields. All…
  • My Most Cherished 2014 Christmas Gift: A Basketful of Rocks and a Writing Challenge

    Glenda
    1 Jan 2015 | 7:49 pm
    Happy New Year! May your 2015 be filled with well-being, health and happiness. I’d like to take a moment to share a Christmas gift that I received from Mom; a gift that I already know I will cherish throughout the years to come. The gift: a basket filled with rocks. Yes, rocks! Each was individually wrapped in a paper towel, love and memories. In addition to each rock being uniquely shaped and beautifully polished, each one is embossed in gold lettering. One word per rock. Believe. Celebrate. Joy. Goals. Success. Dream. Hope. Remember. Inspire. Spirit. When I asked Mom why she chose the…
  • Letter to Santa 2014

    Glenda
    23 Dec 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Dear Santa, When I look around, my heart breaks because so many people – near and far – are hurting and in pain. Not only physical pain and un-wellness, but also emotionally, relationally, and even spiritually. Some folks don’t realize they are hurting. Santa, my one wish for Christmas this year is health, strength and happiness for those who are hurting. Let 2015 be filled with well-being, health and happiness. Thank you. Wishing you and the reindeer a safe trip. Merry Christmas! With love from,  Glenda If you enjoyed this post, consider buying me a cafe mocha. Thanks kindly.
  • Please Be Boston-bound for InBound

    Glenda
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:52 am
    in July 2010, I had the pleasure of presenting on a panel Living with a Disability in the Web 2.0 Era at the Plain Talk Conference held in Alexandria, Virginia. While at the event, I met two women who worked in the web accessibility field in Boston. Upon parting, one of them extended an invitation to meet up, if I am ever in Boston. My immediate thought, of course, was Yeah, right, when will I ever be in Boston? Fast forward to May 31st, 2014: I was trying to navigate through the still-under-renovation Main Street Shytrain Station on my way to a speaking gig, when a song line suddenly popped…
  • Can’t Stop Me: Rock n Roll Singers Provide a Roadmap for My Motivational Speaking Career

    Glenda
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Over the years, various songs have been anthems or theme songs for my life. These tunes either mark milestones or help me navigate something I am going through. My current theme song is Rod Stewart’s Can’t Stop Me. Why does Rod’s song about how he got started in his singing career bring me to tears as I launch my motivational speaking career? Back in my early years at university, I spent my second summer semester “learning how to use the microfilm and the microfiche in the library just in case I needed to use that technology to research a paper” – yes, I am that old! And, really,…
 
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  • Reality and Compromise

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

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

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

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

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

    25 Jan 2015 | 5:29 am
    I hopped on the subway, heading home. The moment I entered the car two out of the three people who were sitting in the parking area for wheelchairs got up and folded up their chairs. The third, the one at the end, did not. She was sitting in the primary seat that allows access to the space, with her there, even with the other two empty, I cant get into the space. I ask her, nicely, if she could move so I could use the space. She takes her ear phones out, looks at me, puts them back in and stays seated.I roll back and hold on to another rail, extremely aware that I was a bit unstable and that…
  • Unmovable Resistance

    24 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    There was a crush surrounding the table. Ruby and Sadie had managed to make it up to the front to both see and touch real fossils from a dinosaur hunt in Alberta that had led to the discovery of a whole new species of dinosaur. We'd just previewed an episode of a new television show Dino Hunt so everyone was excited to see in real life what they had just seen on the screen.As is typical it was hard for me to get to the table as people simply stepped in front of the wheelchair, such is living in that weird state of being highly visible and completely invisible at the same time. But I'm used to…
  • Today I Remember, Today I Pledge

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:16 am
    Every now and then, in the moments just before sleep, I will remember standing in the centre of a graveyard for people with intellectual disabilities. I don't remember if I was there in winter or summer but it's always, in my mind, a cold day. One tree stood, in lonely vigil, near the centre of the land. There were no gravestones. No crosses. No markers. There was nothing there to indicate that was holy ground. Those who drove by would have seen what looked to a man standing in the middle of a small field.The gravestones? They had been torn down and removed to be crushed and then put to…
  • Being Needed Con't

    22 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Yesterday's discussion was wonderful!Thanks.I don't have much new to add to what's already been said, and said well, in the comments. I just wanted to acknowledge the obvious, that the 'need to be needed' or 'the need to feel helpful' are needs that exist outside the paid care provider role. I think we all need those things, I think it's part of who we are as people. I know for myself that the things that I do for others, the things that make me feel needed, are amongst the most important reasons I have a good sense of self esteem and self worth - it just plain makes me feel good about myself…
  • Essay Question: What do you think?

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:34 am
    This is essay day on Rolling Around in My Head. I'm going to give you a brief scene, which I witnessed a couple days ago, and I'd like you to respond in the comment section. I'm doing this because I'd like to hear other's reactions before I weigh in with my own. So, here goes: He was being very methodical, and, in truth, taking a bit of time. I was in line behind him, with no one behind me. I was not in a rush, and said so using my favourite line in these circumstances, 'Take your time I'm comfortably seated.' The support worker with him watched with growing impatience and then reached over,…
 
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  • A Cup of Kindness

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

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

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

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

    12 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Righteousness in the Velociraptor Stand up for yourself Stand for truth and righteousness Righteousness of God Righteousness prevailed Prevailed over the tyrant Prevailed in silence Silence fell over the crowd Silence was golden Golden fleece Golden harp was stolen from the giant Giant boil on her back Giant terrorized the countryside Countryside was laid to waste Countryside veterinary clinic Clinic in Mombasa Clinic for women Women modeling swimwear Women who followed Dionysus Dionysus, god of Wine and Pleasure Dionysus and the pirates Pirates boarded his ship Pirates were hung for their…
  • 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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  • Helen Keller's Autobiography Made Accessible

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:43 am
     By Micheal Hudson, APH Museum Director Our object this week is not exactly part of our museum collection here at APH.  It is my desk reference copy of Helen Keller’s autobiography, The Story of My Life.  Obviously a classic, it was well worn and well loved by a museum supporter long before he donated it a few years ago.  My copy is a 1923 Doubleday, Page, & Company edition of Keller’s story.  She originally published it in Ladies Home Journal as a series of articles in 1902, and it appeared for the first time in book form in 1903.  My copy is missing its…
  • What are APH Quick Tips?

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    Wanna be an APH know-it-all? The producers of the series, APH Quick Tips are in the business of helping you increase your “APH IQ” one short, informative video at a time! Each of these videos focuses on a particular facet of any and all things APH. Point your browser to aph.org/quick-tips every Wednesday to check out a new Quick Tip. If you have an idea for one you'd like to see, feel free to email Kerry at kisham@aph.org, contact Fred’s Head or tweet us @APHfortheBlind with the hashtag #APHQuickTip! This week’s APH Quick Tip provides an introduction to the new product, Geometro:…
  • 2015 Hall of Fame for the Blindness Field Nominations are Now Being Accepted

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:51 am
    Who should be the next inductees in to the Hall of Fame for the Blindness Field?  "The Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field is dedicated to preserving, honoring, and promoting the tradition of excellence manifested by the specific individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame and through the history of outstanding services provided to people who are blind or visually impaired." The nomination process is easy and can be done electronically. Submissions are due by March 27, 2015. What are the criteria? Persons who have made significant contributions to improve the lives…
  • Parenting with a Visual Impairment

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    Parenting with a Visual Impairment: Advice for Raising Babies and Young Children, a new book and CD set from APH, shares helpful tips, techniques, attitudes, and preparatory experiences from successful parents who are blind and visually impaired. The parents in Parenting with a Visual Impairment: Advice for Raising Babies and Young Children each completed an extensive written questionnaire and a 90-minute phone interview about how they accomplished parenting tasks using non-visual techniques. Book Summarizes Parents' Responses: Decided to have children Prepared to become parents Acquired…
  • In Memoriam: Fred L. Gissoni

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    We are mourning the loss of the incomparable Fred L. Gissoni, who passed away Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the age of 84. Fred contributed 60 years of service to people who are blind and visually impaired. Fred was known across the United States and around the world for his brilliant intellect, inventiveness, and impish sense of humor. Before coming to APH in 1988, he retired from what was then called the Kentucky Department for the Blind. Fred served for 23 years at APH, retiring in 2011 from our Customer Relations Department, but his legacy will live on for years to come. He helped create…
 
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  • Special Stylus solutions by shapedad on Etsy

    dnw
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:40 am
    Shapedad is an outlet on Etsy that provides custom solutions for stylus’ for touch screens in many formats. Shapedad says: “It all started when the wife of a quad (quadriplegic) patient ordered a regular Stylus Socks stylus from our Etsy shop.” Some examples below:                     Special needs solutions by shapedad on Etsy Related posts: One problem with Stylus for Capacitive Touch Screens Hitachi stylus compatible, capacitive touch panel Dagi Transparent Stylus for Capacitive Touch Screens
  • Measure with Measure-It! Adhesive Tape

    dnw
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Ever tried holding a conventional, metal tape measure horizontal by yourself? This is a low-tack tape that will allow you to do all of your home decorating, renovation, and craft projects. The low-tack backing makes it easy to re-position or re-use. via source: http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20141224/measure-home-projects-accurately-measureit-adhesive-tape/ Related posts: Kind Reminder – for people with Alzheimer's Magnetic Voice Recorder Powered Nail Clipper
  • Eye phone: How a app could help restore sight to millions

    dnw
    1 Jan 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Around 39 million people in the world are affected by blindness — 80% of which could be avoided if people had timely access to diagnosis and proper treatment. Ted blog reports on Peek — an app and adapter that turn a smartphone into a comprehensive, easy-to-use, accurate eye-exam tool. Peek makes eye tests affordable and easy to administer, bypassing the need for expensive, fragile equipment. via source: http://blog.ted.com/2014/12/19/how-a-ted-fellows-new-app-could-help-restore-sight-to-millions/ Related posts: Lifekludger Links Weekly #7 Technology is not the problem –…
  • 7 iPad Apps to Help Students With Dyslexia – Mashable

    dnw
    29 Dec 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Dyslexia is a language-based disorder that makes reading, recognizing words, spelling and decoding especially difficult…. Mashable round up a list of seven apps that students, parents and teachers may find useful covering a range of abilities and ages. via source: http://mashable.com/2014/07/28/apps-for-dyslexia/ Related posts: Occupational Therapy Apps for iPad BreathBird : Breath activated scanning input comes to iPad
  • In search of the Ubiquitous Mouthstick

    dnw
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Mick (email on request) sent me this very pertinent email the other day about the un-ubiquitous nature of mouthsticks. Lads is it just me or do we all use any given mouth-stick for a broad variety of tasks? I ask because I find that many of the solutions offered for a specific issue -in this case touch-barrier-only focus on that one use. And do not allow for the fact that mouthsticks are used as fingers. In fact I find most commercially available mouthsticks really flimsy and restrictive. For instance, I want to be able to use the same mouthstick to turn pages, push switches, use phone or…
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  • Republicans attack SSD on basis of out of control claim growth...but claims are going down.

    Disability Blogger
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:42 am
    Certain members of Congress are setting the stage to attack the Social Security Disability program, based partly on the premise that claims are continuing to rise. However, this graphic provided by attorney Charles Hall shows that really isn't the case. The number of claims filed has been decreasing since 2011. Why is this happening? It's impossible to know. However, its a well-known fact that
  • 21 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am

    Disability Blogger
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am
    There are days when everyone thinks they have it rough. And perhaps they really do. But, then, you read a story like this and you feel thankful what you do have. From the article: "Martin Pistorius spent more than a decade unable to move or communicate, fearing he would be alone, trapped, forever." Trapped In His Body For 12 Years, A Man Breaks Free Return to My Disability
  • Better ways of tracking glucose levels for type II diabetics

    Disability Blogger
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    If you have type II diabetes, this tattoo seen in the article linked below--and the technology that it signals might possibly be around the corner--is a potential game changer. Perhaps in the near future, type II diabetics will have no further need of test strips, lancets, and tiny pinprick holes in their fingers. Diabetes Monitoring Tattoo Developed to Provide Relief from Needle Pricks
  • Social Security Disability Beneficiaries facing potential 20 percent cuts in monthly benefits

    Disability Blogger
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    The Social Security Disability Trust fund is expected to run short of its ability to meet its obligations in 2016. If Congress doesn't address the problem, individuals who currently receive Social Security Disability benefits may face a 20 percent cut in their monthly benefits. So far, there's hardly a peep out of Congress about this rapidly approaching issue. And, increasingly, it looks like
  • More links between artificial sweeteners heavily used in diet soda and Diabetes

    Disability Blogger
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    My ears perked up when I heard this (literally, because I first heard this on an NPR podcast). I vividly remember when diet soft drinks first came out. Diet coke, in particular, tasted like slightly watered down battery acid. But people were actually excited that they could drink diet versions of sodas while skipping the calories. Individuals with type II diabetes were appreciative of the
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  • Congress torn over depleted disability fund - The Hill

    Google Inc.
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    Congress torn over depleted disability fundThe HillAbout 8.9 million people receive disability benefits from the fund and its eligibility guidelines are stringent. Beneficiaries must have worked at least one-quarter of their adult life and five of the last 10 years. They must be unable to work because Social Security Q&A: Will Social Security Disability Reduce My Pension at 62 ForbesSOCIAL SECURITY Q&A: Disability benefits based on workGrand Forks HeraldOther Views: Seeing disability eligibility through a cloudy lensAppeal-DemocratUtica Observer Dispatchall 63 news…
  • Dismissing Hong Kong's disability taboo - CNN International

    Google Inc.
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Dismissing Hong Kong's disability tabooCNN InternationalIn Chinese superstition, people with disabilities have been associated with bad luck -- that the disability was a punishment for the wrongdoings of an ancestor. Many lived in hiding, encountering discrimination and slurs, advocates say. But and more »
  • Rand Paul's claim that 'over half of the people on disability are either ... - Washington Post (blog)

    Google Inc.
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Washington Post (blog)Rand Paul's claim that 'over half of the people on disability are either Washington Post (blog)“What I tell people is, if you look like me and you hop out of your truck, you shouldn't be getting a disability check. Over half of the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts — join the club. Who doesn't get a little anxious for Rand Paul says "over half" of people on disability have anxiety or a bad back Voxall 7 news articles »
  • Reducing Disability Rolls: The Rand Paul Way and the Federal Reserve Board ... - Huffington Post

    Google Inc.
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Northwest Georgia NewsReducing Disability Rolls: The Rand Paul Way and the Federal Reserve Board Huffington PostThe Republican Congress decided to make overhauling the Social Security disability program one of its first orders of business. On the first day of the new session, it put in place a rule change that would make it difficult to address the shortfall the Why Rand Paul Is Wrong About Social Security DisabilityTruth-OutGUEST COLUMN: Look out, Republicans are coming for your Social SecurityNorthwest Georgia Newsall 3 news articles »
  • Ari Ne'eman, Disability Self-Advocate on a National Stage, Receives $100K ... - Algemeiner

    Google Inc.
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:22 am
    AlgemeinerAri Ne'eman, Disability Self-Advocate on a National Stage, Receives $100K AlgemeinerJNS.org – Disability self-advocate Ari Ne'eman, a member of the President's National Council on Disability, on Monday was named the recipient of the second annual Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion, a $100,000 prize from the Boston and Israel-based ...Leading disability self-advocate Ari Ne'eman recipient of Ruderman Award in Jerusalem Post Israel NewsAutistic self-advocate and Obama appointee Ari Ne'eman wins $100000 HaaretzAutism self-advocate Ari Ne'eman…
 
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  • Weekend Roundup for 25 January 2015

    Ricky Buchanan
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:15 am
    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 … OS X MacID: Unlock your Mac with Touch ID – great if typing is hard for you! OrbiTouch Keyless Keyboard – Great for people with fine motor problems. iOS iOS Access for All edition for iOS 8 has now been released Doxie Go Wi-Fi: Computer-free scanning goes wireless You can now take every Interactive Khan Academy course via the iPad too – Great for all learners, especially those who…
  • Supercharge your Trackpad

    Ricky Buchanan
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:58 am
    Trackpads are an awesome alternative to a mouse for Mac users. Trackpads require less energy and less force to move around, and they don’t need a flat smooth surface to operate on. You can also configure them to do much more than you expected. Here’s how… If you have an Apple laptop there’s one built in of course, and desktop users can purchase Apple’s Magic Trackpad which is wireless and works like a charm with MultiTouch and VoiceOver. Get Your Ergonomics Right Even for those with a laptop, right in the middle between your hands is not the most ergonomic…
  • Weekend Roundup for 18 January 2015

    Ricky Buchanan
    18 Jan 2015 | 3:54 am
    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 … OS X Links Hands-free computer access with the TrackerPro’ mouse alternative AppleVis Golden Apples of 2014 – Best accessible apps for blind and low vision iOS and Mac users. Quick Tip: Quick Access To The Extras Menu On Your Mac Using The VoiceOver Trackpad Commander A hypersensitive joystick made from Mojo 2 device and strain gauges. MoJo Sensor Development – ultra-light-touch…
  • Apple Watch Accessibility Details Revealed

    Ricky Buchanan
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:56 pm
    A new article from 9to5Mac has begun to reveal some specific details about key accessibility features that will be available in the forthcoming Apple Watch. The 9to5Mac article discusses details from a leaked iPhone app “Companion”, which contains many Apple Watch settings. There’s always a chance that leaked apps like this aren’t real (though that’s unlikely), or that Apple will make significant changes before release date, but these are the best form of information we have right now. From the screenshots we can tell: Apple Watch will include VoiceOver and…
  • Custom Closed Captions With Your Apple TV

    Ricky Buchanan
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:01 pm
    You probably know that Apple TV supports close captions, but did you also know that you can customise the close captions on your Apple TV to suit your needs exactly? Closed captions are a specialised type of subtitle designed for people who can’t hear or understand the TV properly, or need to listen with the sound turned down. As well as including everything people say in the captions, they include descriptions of important sounds and other audio information that’s needed to understand the show. Turning Close Captions On On your Apple TV, go to Settings > General > Accessibility.
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    Disability Scoop

  • Autism Genes Often Differ, Even Among Siblings

    Michelle Diament
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Adding to confusion about the roots of autism, new research suggests that varying genes are often responsible for the disorder even among siblings who share a diagnosis.
  • Disability-Focused Proms Expected To Draw 7,000

    Shaun Heasley
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Just in time for Valentine's Day, former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is organizing 45 proms around the world on one night just for people with special needs.
  • Feds To Appeal Ruling On Caregiver Wage Protections

    Shaun Heasley
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The Obama administration will appeal a court ruling blocking regulations aimed at providing minimum wage and overtime protections for in-home care workers assisting people with disabilities.
  • Disability Advocates Sharply Critical Of Plan To Ease Testing

    Michelle Diament
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:46 pm
    As Congress looks to reauthorize the nation's primary education law, advocates are blasting proposed changes they say would lead to lower expectations for students with disabilities.
  • Company Creates Drums For Those With Sensory Issues

    Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times/TNS
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:52 am
    One of the world's leading percussion manufacturers is debuting a new line of drums designed to be more user-friendly -- and potentially healing -- for people with developmental disabilities.
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    Social Security Disability Blog

  • Local TV Station Highlights Problems with Social Security Hearing Process

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

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

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

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

    Jonathan
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    If you need a lawyer to help you with an overpayment issue, you are going to have a hard time finding help. Overpayment cases arise when Social Security discovers that they have paid you too much – sometimes for years – and now they want their money back. In most cases, you will receive a letter that says something like this: We are writing to give you new information about the disability/retirement/survivors benefits which you receive on this Social Security record. We have determined that you were overpaid in the amount of $30,000. Please refund this overpayment within 30 days.
 
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    HEALING THROUGH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

  • The Narcissist Fisherman

    Cathy
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    NARCISSIST FISHERMAN One time-on a date I was taken flyfishing For the first time Ever. He was a magnet. There were the perfect shoes; The pebble-gripping kind. Anti-slip. One pair. For him. He was cool. And distant. The river was small With lots of twiggy trees. He showed me how to cast. Watched me do it. Satisfied, he left. I watched him walk. So sure of himself In those shoes. He rounded the bend. I saw him hours later. There was a trout there In his hand. “Look at this beauty!” “Come watch me gut it.” I slip-slided over to the bank. I was weary. Being alone all day…
  • A Little Cry

    Cathy
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:56 am
    An earlyish morning physical therapy appointment had me girding my loins as I braved the snow and grey and cold. I didn’t want to go especially. Winter white means HIBERNATE in my book. But I went. Strapped into the recumbent bike with too much hardware to keep my hand grip strong and my leg braced to center I caved at minute 7. Soft little tears came unbidden. This is hard. I hate this. This is hard. I hate this. Before I could go into “I hate myself” I ended my ride and sat with my PT and confessed: “Sometimes I just get tired and this is what it looks like. I do…
  • Harbinger

    Cathy
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:58 pm
    At the grocery store today as I waited in line the woman behind me says: “I really like your feathers. It takes the edge off…… It is so creative. My husband almost died this week from the flu. I had to lift him up and out of bed so many times. I had to really care for him and I am a lawyer and felt taking my medications while driving him around (which I don’t usually have to do) would be bad- you know- mixing drugs and driving. Anyway- the great thing is I went off those meds and I felt BETTER! My doctor couldn’t believe it.” I inch toward the cashier.
  • Dawn Wall

    Cathy
    17 Jan 2015 | 5:36 pm
    Well…they did it! These two youngsters free climbed Yosemite’s previously unclimbable Dawn Wall. No use of metal, hammered in foot/hand holds… just raw gut and heart and muscle and perseverance and faith and more heart. Fingers reaching for life while eyes likely averted from images of a death drop. Every cell on board…reaching. Risk. Re-access. Risk. Re-access. National Geographic would never think to cover my own Dawn Wall journey. Seems so puny and inconsequential in comparison. I’ll likely not get to pose at the summit of my scaled cliff with jubilant abandon…
  • Sacred Exhaustion

    Cathy
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:09 pm
    SACRED EXHAUSTION Your tiredness has dignity to it! Do not rush to pathologise it, or push it away, for it may contain great intelligence, even medicine. You have been on a long journey from the stars, friend. Bow before your tiredness now; do not fight it any longer. There is no shame in admitting that you cannot go on. Even the courageous need to rest. For a great journey lies ahead. And you will need all of your resources. Come, sit by the fire of Presence. Let the body unwind; drop into the silence here. Forget about tomorrow, let go of the journey to come, and sink into this…
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    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®.
  • ROHO Helps Honor Disabled Veterans with Custom-Designed Cushion Donation

    Stephanie Tesreau
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, November 17, 2014 – During a Veteran’s Day commemoration ceremony at the historic Alamo, 40 wounded service members were honored with the gift of custom-built Segway® transporters.  Of those, four were Ally Chair Adapted Segways outfitted with ROHO® cushions and ROHO® AGILITY™ backrests.  These donations were made possible by Segs4Vets to improve […] The post ROHO Helps Honor Disabled Veterans with Custom-Designed Cushion Donation appeared first on ROHO®.
  • Q & A with Emily Ladau

    Stephanie Tesreau
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Blog site:  WordsIWheelBy.com How long have you been blogging? I’ve been blogging for just over a year and it’s been such an adventure! (Blog post: 5 Lessons I Learned From My 1st Year of Blogging) Describe yourself in 3 words. Passionate, persistent, dedicated Your favorite blog to visit? I absolutely love reading about the Smith […] The post Q & A with Emily Ladau appeared first on ROHO®.
  • Q & A with Blogger Priscilla Hedlin

    Stephanie Tesreau
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Blog site:  WheelchairMommy.com How long have you been blogging? I started blogging before it was blogging. I had my first website in 1999 on a geocities site. Describe yourself in 3 words. Devoted, resourceful and passionate First thing you do when you wake up? Drink coffee and check my email. Last thing you do before you […] The post Q & A with Blogger Priscilla Hedlin appeared first on ROHO®.
  • Q & A with Jamie Goodwin

    Stephanie Tesreau
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Blogging via Facebook.com/Wheelin’ Weightloss Why did you start blogging? I started writing and sharing my story to inspire others to lose weight and to have accountability partners in return. If you could give your page a permanent hashtag what would it be? #noexcueshere Gadget/”trick” you use that makes life in a wheelchair a little easier? Ask for help. People […] The post Q & A with Jamie Goodwin appeared first on ROHO®.
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    Need Project Podcast

  • Encouraging Churches with Mike Dobes

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

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

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

  • Why You Should Buy a Van from AMS Vans: Service

    Brian Frey
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    Our mission is to provide families a high quality and affordable wheelchair accessible van that enhances their lives dramatically. For us, it’s all about our customers. Our mobility specialists have a solid reputation for exceptional service: nearly every day we receive enthusiastic letters of appreciation and praise from customers who have purchased their minivan from AMS Vans. […] The post Why You Should Buy a Van from AMS Vans: Service appeared first on Wheelchair Accessibility Blog and Disability News.
  • Why You Should Buy a Van from AMS Vans: Quality

    Brian Frey
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    We know, personally, the importance of buying a handicap vehicle that is safe, easy to use, and affordable.  We understand too the need to feel certain of your purchase, which is why we place the utmost importance on the quality of our wheelchair vans. In our previous post in this blog series, we assured you that […] The post Why You Should Buy a Van from AMS Vans: Quality appeared first on Wheelchair Accessibility Blog and Disability News.
  • Why You Should Buy a Van from AMS Vans: Price

    Brian Frey
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Why should you buy a used wheelchair van from AMS Vans?  It’s simple. We sell only what we’d put our own family in. To help ensure your new van meets your needs, we’ve assembled a team of friendly mobility professionals to guide you through the entire process, and to be there for you beyond the sale, […] The post Why You Should Buy a Van from AMS Vans: Price appeared first on Wheelchair Accessibility Blog and Disability News.
  • AMS Vans Delivers Wheelchair Vans AND White Glove Service

    Susan Hawkins
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    Whenever AMS Vans delivers one of our wheelchair vans to a customer, complimentary White Glove Service is also delivered. Enjoy the video! The post AMS Vans Delivers Wheelchair Vans AND White Glove Service appeared first on Wheelchair Accessibility Blog and Disability News.
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Drug Approved in Europe

    Susan Hawkins
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    With conditional approval of the drug Ataluren for Duchenne muscular dystrophy by the European Union, patients hope for a path to a cure! The post Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Drug Approved in Europe appeared first on Wheelchair Accessibility Blog and Disability News.
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    Enabled Kids

  • 5 Breast Cancer Fighting Foods

    Natan
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Broccoli: Broccoli contains sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol, which are compounds that may help protect against cancer. Some studies have shown that these phytonutrients may act as antioxidants and help improve detoxification of the body. They also affect estrogen levels in the body, which may reduce your risk for breast cancer!     Kale: Kale is jam-packed […]
  • Dream Big.

    Natan
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:02 am
  • 3 Great Uses for Eucalyptus Oil

    Natan
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    1) Natural Decongestant: Next time you catch a bad cold and are suffering from congestion symptoms, try treating it with a eucalyptus oil inhalation! It acts as a powerful decongestant, and is a good alternative to using nasal medicines that may contain harsh chemicals. Eucalyptus oil has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties, so it’s perfect […]
  • Recipe (Simple as ABC): Quinoa Cabbage Rolls

    Natan
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:54 am
    Running out of vegetarian dish ideas to try out in the kitchen? Look no further! Try out these delicious, but incredibly healthy quinoa cabbage rolls for your next entrée. I promise it will be a great hit with the family! Cooking Time: 1 hour & 45 minutes   Ingredients (for stuffing mix): 1 cup cooked […]
  • Some Vitamins and Minerals Necessary for Growing Children

    Jefferey Morgan
    16 Jan 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Vitamins and minerals are an extremely important part of a child’s diet. The nutritional needs of growing children have to bemet in order for them to grow properly. For that to happen, parents must also include supplements into their regimen. Because most kids are picky eaters and they don’t like to eat vegetables, it’s literally […]
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    Support for Special Needs

  • Co-Presenter

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    In the summer of 2008, shortly after my book came out, I was invited to give the keynote address at an assistive technology event held by an educational center in the area. Schuyler joined me at the book-signing table, tiny and bottle-red-haired and not possessing so much as a molecule of shyness. It was a major event, and it was the first speech I ever gave on the subject of Schuyler and her story. Come to think of it, I guess it was the first speech I ever gave to anyone, aside from the presentations I made to my speech club in junior high school. (I’m just going to go ahead and not…
  • Impossible Things

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Doctors and teachers and therapists, they can be a great many things, but they’re generally not very skilled prognosticators. To be fair, I don’t think very many of them actually claim to be able to tell the future, and I imagine most of them don’t even want to try. As parents of kids with disabilities, we ask them to. We demand that they try. Our world and that of our children is already far too full of uncertainty. As a result, we ask for information that our kids’ caretakers and educators can’t possibly possess. So I recognize that we really do sort of have it…
  • What do we owe each other?

    Julia Roberts
    16 Jan 2015 | 2:53 pm
    This morning a friend sent me a link to a blog with a piece about a doctor remembering a 1-year-old he’d seen who had died of measles 25 years ago because his aunt and mother didn’t believe in vaccines. The memory and piece were prompted by the recent news about the outbreak of measles connected to visitors at Disneyland. The year was 1990, the peak of the last epidemic of measles in the United States. It was a year of frustration for doctors as we were forced to deal with a disease that was close to disappearing just a few years earlier. Prior to the development of the measles…
  • No Easy Answers

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s that time of year again, the beginning of the spring semester, when all the least fun parts of Schuyler’s public school experience begin to rise up out of the swamp and demand attention. Soon we’ll start worrying about the STAAR test, Texas’s state-mandated standardized testing. It’s the Godzilla monster that stomps through our little Tokyo ever year. We also begin preparations for Schuyler’s next IEP meeting, and the future that it portends. (SPOILER: More monsters, pretty much forever.) An early part of this preparation comes in the guise of a…
  • Hanging onto ourselves.

    Julia Roberts
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Sunrise Day 2 (I slept through sunrise day 1) I am at the beach this week. A few months ago, in my infinite wisdom, I asked a friend if she wanted to go to the beach. It’s been a few years since we had been together. She’s a chef and her restaurant is always slow early January after a super busy holiday season, obviously. It doesn’t hurt that during the winter months it’s pretty easy and cheap to find a house. So over the weekend we packed up her car and headed out. I felt immediately better pulling away from my house. My 2014 was not good. By any stretch. I have had…
 
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  • What an Individual with Special Needs Can Teach Us About True Love

    Tzvi
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    In Ethics of our Fathers (Chapter 5 Mishnah 16) it says, “Any love that is dependent on something–when the thing ceases, the love also ceases. But a love that is not dependent on anything never ceases.” Some simple examples of love based on something that is fleeting would be loving someone for money, looks or other superficial reasons. This type of love is not based on the essence of the person but rather on elements that surround the person. You don’t just connect to people because you share experiences, or you share interests, or you can talk about the same TV…
  • 13 Ways a Parent Teacher Association Can Help a Student with Special Needs

    Karen Wang
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:24 am
    The Parent Teacher Association is comprised of its members, and at most schools, one person really can make a difference. These are some of the programs that the PTA has sponsored at schools across the USA.
  • The Top Ten Special Education Blog Posts

    Tzvi
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:07 am
    Recently, this blog published post number 1,000! There are currently over 1,000 blog posts providing tips, resources, product information and much more to the special needs community. In commemoration of this milestone we will be sharing our most viral blog posts (divided by category) over the next several weeks. Enjoy! Over the past four years there have been close to 200 blog posts related to special education. Here are the 10 most read and shared special education blog posts of all time. 1. The Top 10 Challenges of Special Education Teachers The attrition, or “burn-out,” rate for…
  • 3 Books on Sensory Processing Challenges: For Kids Who Feel TOO Much

    Lorna d'Entremont
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:37 am
    Temple Grandin, Ph.D. has written, “One of the most debilitating symptoms for some children and adults with autism is sensory oversensitivity, for example to loud noises or fluorescent lights. These oversensitivities make it impossible for a child or adult with the disorder to participate in normal activities …” Many of our children with special needs have sensory issues along with autism spectrum disorders, Tourette syndrome, ADHD, etc.  Having sensory challenges affects your child’s ability to learn, play, socialize, and function in ways we would never suspect. When one member of a…
  • 5 Preschool Activities for Children with Special Needs

    Sara Peronto
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:31 am
    During preschool, kids experience structured time together that is both fun and educational.  They learn how to bond with their peers, follow directions and stick to a schedule; all skills that prepare them for school.  For children with special needs, there are certain pre-school activities that work particularly well to keep them engaged, focused and actively learning.  Here are five suggestions that help children with special needs, both in the classroom and at home, get the most out of their learning experiences. 1. Sensory Tables Sensory tables offer a wealth of benefits for children…
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    Advocacy in Action

  • Organize Your Child with Special Needs - Part Two - School

    25 Jan 2015 | 3:05 am
    Many children with special needs have poor organizational skills. Disorganization makes school difficult.  Disorganization causes problems such as lost books, school supplies and school notices, missing handouts and assignments, and forgotten homework.  These problems increase children’s stress levels and decrease their ability to do well at school.  PART TWO - SCHOOLCredit: WikimediaIn the first part of this two-part series, we looked at ways to help children with special needs get organized at home.  Now we will look at some tips to help your children’s schoolwork…
  • What parents should know if their child gets the flu

    20 Jan 2015 | 3:57 am
    Credit:  Kelly Long on FlickrBecause their immune systems are not fully developed, infants and children are at a greater risk of getting the flu. In addition, if they get the flu, their risk of developing complications is also higher. Your child may have the flu if she has some or all of these symptoms:Sore throatFeverChillsCoughFatigueMuscle achesRunny NoseHeadachesEarachesLoss of appetiteDiarrheaVomitingIf your child is age 2 or younger, or has a chronic health condition such as asthma, contact your child’s doctor as soon as symptoms appear. There is no cure for…
  • Broadening the Debate: Family Support in the Context of Substance Use.

    18 Jan 2015 | 5:09 am
    The Western Region Drugs Task Force invites you to Broadening the Debate: Family Support in the Context of Substance Use.Date: Monday 2nd February, 2015Location: Institute for Lifecourse and Society, NUI GalwayTime: Registration 9.30 am. Conference 10am-1.15pmSpeakers include:Ms Vivienne Evans, CEO of ADFAM UK, Ms Nora Gibbons, Independent Chairperson of Tusla, Debbie McDonagh, WRDTF Family Support Development Worker and David McPhillips, Deputy Manager of CSMT, Limerick. The event will be chaired by Professor Pat Dolan, NUIG.The conference is funded by the Western Region Drugs Task Force and…
  • How to Talk to Your Child About Sex, Relationships and Growing up

    18 Jan 2015 | 4:56 am
    Speakeasy Overview: Speakeasy Ireland is a free 8 week HSE funded course for parents and front line staff working with children and young people 3- 19 years of age. Speakeasy Ireland increases confidence and skills to enable conversations around sex and growing up to be a part of daily life with ease and comfort.Speakeasy Dates:January 19th-March 9thApril 13th-May 25thSeptember 21st-9th NovemberSpeakeasy Course Content:Puberty and reproduction, where babies come from?How to explain sex and relationships using stage appropriate languageHow do I answer my child’s tough questions with easeHow…
  • Breaking Through: Suicide Alertness Skills Training

    18 Jan 2015 | 4:38 am
    Breaking Through will host safe Talk Suicide Alertness Skills Training on Thursday 5th February 2015 at Leixlip Library, Confey 10.00am-1.30pm. Registration 9.30am. Training is Free of Charge -Prior booking is essential.  E-mail: marie@breakingthrough.orgOr Phone 01-6060858
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    Sick Chick

  • New Year’s Training Resolution

    Sick Chick
    1 Jan 2015 | 6:53 pm
    Well, December has come to an end and Santa has made his annual visit, which can only mean that it is time for New Year’s Resolutions. This year, I have decided that I will focus my resolution around new tasks and old stumbling blocks with my service dog, Dale. The idea that training ever ends is a myth. Training with any dog, especially service dogs, never ends. There are skills we can sharpen and new tasks we can add to our repetoire. Since I am hopefully getting a power chair this year, we will have some learning and adjusting as a team. New equipment always has a learning curve. To…
  • Power Chair in My Future

    Sick Chick
    30 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    I mentioned in my last blog that I had a wheelchair assessment by a seating specialist at OSU’s Assistive Technology Clinic. The PT that evaluated me was absolutely AMAZING. Although I have thought about power chairs before, I rolled in planning on a manual ultralight Quickie GPV (in sparkly black of course.) It was a definite surprise when a power chair was suggested. After discussing all my various options, it became more than obvious that a power chair would be the best choice for me. My MS causes fatigue and has weakened my arms, particularly on the left side, making pushing any…
  • New Year With New Docs

    Sick Chick
    28 Dec 2014 | 3:20 pm
    A lot has happened since I last updated my blog. My writing hiatus has been due to the fact the so much has been happening. I once again have medical care and I can honestly say that at this point I have the best medical care I have ever had in my life. When I lost my entire medical team due to changes in insurance networks, I found myself in the very scary place of having to search out new doctors all on my own. This is no easy task when many doctors look at your list of illnesses and medications, and say “Oh #€@% no! I’ve never even heard of that!” This didn’t…
  • Still Living a Nightmare

    Sick Chick
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Once again I find myself writing an update, with still not much news. If you have read my blog about my insurance nightmare, the follow up, or my last update, you are aware of the struggle I have been facing in an attempt to simply see a doctor and to get my medication, particularly my Multiple Sclerosis treatment, Tysabri. I have been fighting this battle since mid summer, to no avail. Although I have managed to see a neurologist and have hopefully found a primary care physician, I have still not managed to get my IV infusion. Stopping Tysabri suddenly is extremely dangerous, especially…
  • Nightmare Update

    Sick Chick
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    I am long overdue on a blog post. I was planning to write an update when I made some sort of progress on my medical saga. To read more about the situation, you can go here, and here for the sequel. However, almost a month later, precious little progress has been made. I have managed to see a new neurologist at Cleveland Clinic, but this is still the only member of my medical team so far. Which means I am still without a Primary Care Physician, Rheumatologist, Cardiologist, Neuro-opthamologist, and gastroenterologist. I had one appointment with this neuro, and return at the end of October.
 
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