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  • Wheelchair Users Protest Uber's Discriminatory Practices

    Disabled World
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:38 am
    United Spinal Association, Taxis For All Campaign and other wheelchair user advocates held a "roll-in" outside Uber's West Side headquarters in Manhattan, calling on the company to end its discriminatory practices and to start serving wheelchair users, blind people and other disabled persons in New York City and around the U.S.
  • Disabled Ramblers Suffolk Mobility Scooter Expedition

    Disabled World
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:13 am
    The remarkable Disabled Ramblers have recently completed their latest mobility scooter ramble along the coast near Southwold supported by Rachel Elding from TGA Mobility also based in Suffolk.
  • Disability Studies Degree - University of Toledo

    Disabled World
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    As the country celebrates the 25-year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, The University of Toledo is working to advance the conversation beyond addressing discrimination and accessibility.
  • Brain-controlled prosthesis nearly as good as one-finger typing

    Disability News -- ScienceDaily
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    Brain-controlled prostheses sample a few hundred neurons to estimate motor commands that involve millions of neurons. Sampling errors can reduce the precision and speed of thought-controlled keypads. A new technique can analyze this sample and make dozens of corrective adjustments in the blink of an eye to make thought-controlled cursors more precise.
  • Effortless

    Rolling Around In My Head
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:30 pm
    We turned a corner and had to come to a stop. A small crowd had gathered around one of the museum exhibits and there was simply no way past. One of the girls, with a group of other girls, all around Ruby's age, saw me and said, loudly, "Ewww, he's so fat!" The other girls turned to me and began giggling.I know that Ruby and Sadie have become aware of other people's reaction to my physical being. These other others see me, put prejudices into place, and feel they know me. They weigh me, not with scales, but with a set of shallow standards and find me lacking, find me less. Public ridicule to…
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  • Disability Studies Degree - University of Toledo

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    As the country celebrates the 25-year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, The University of Toledo is working to advance the conversation beyond addressing discrimination and accessibility.
  • Disability Travel Generates $17B. Per Year

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:26 am
    The Open Doors Organization (ODO) has just released the findings of its 2015 Market Study. The nationwide survey, conducted by Mandala Research, LLC, is a follow-up to ODO's groundbreaking studies of 2002 and 2005 on the spending trends and market scope of U.S. adult travelers with disabilities.
  • Wheelchair Users Protest Uber's Discriminatory Practices

    2 Aug 2015 | 10:38 am
    United Spinal Association, Taxis For All Campaign and other wheelchair user advocates held a "roll-in" outside Uber's West Side headquarters in Manhattan, calling on the company to end its discriminatory practices and to start serving wheelchair users, blind people and other disabled persons in New York City and around the U.S.
  • Something Happened - Windows 10 Error Message Fix

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    Windows 10 has now been released as a free upgrade from genuine Windows 7 and 8.1 operating systems. However, many people are reporting a useless error message stating "Something Happened" while upgrading to Microsoft Windows 10.
  • Disabled Ramblers Suffolk Mobility Scooter Expedition

    2 Aug 2015 | 8:13 am
    The remarkable Disabled Ramblers have recently completed their latest mobility scooter ramble along the coast near Southwold supported by Rachel Elding from TGA Mobility also based in Suffolk.
 
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  • Brain-controlled prosthesis nearly as good as one-finger typing

    31 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    Brain-controlled prostheses sample a few hundred neurons to estimate motor commands that involve millions of neurons. Sampling errors can reduce the precision and speed of thought-controlled keypads. A new technique can analyze this sample and make dozens of corrective adjustments in the blink of an eye to make thought-controlled cursors more precise.
  • Paralyzed men move legs with new non-invasive spinal cord stimulation

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Five men with complete motor paralysis were able to voluntarily generate step-like movements thanks to a new strategy that non-invasively delivers electrical stimulation to their spinal cords. The strategy, called transcutaneous stimulation, delivers electrical current to the spinal cord by way of electrodes strategically placed on the skin of the lower back. This expands to nine the number of completely paralyzed individuals who have achieved voluntary movement while receiving spinal stimulation.
  • Cheaper, high-performance prosthetic knee

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:11 am
    Researchers report that they have designed a cheap prosthetic knee that mimics normal walking motion. The team reports that it has calculated the ideal torque that a prosthetic knee should produce, given the mass of the leg segments, in order to induce able-bodied kinematics, or normal walking.
  • Antibiotics increase risk of hearing loss in patients with deadly bacterial infections

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Seeking to stem the tide of permanent hearing loss from the use of life-saving antibiotics, researchers have found that patients stricken with dangerous bacterial infections are at greater risk of hearing loss than previously recognized. Inflammation from the bacterial infections substantially increased susceptibility to hearing impairment by increasing the uptake of aminoglycoside antibiotics into the inner ear, the researchers report.
  • Early evidence suggests hybrid cochlear implants may benefit millions with common form of hearing loss

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:02 am
    People with a common form of hearing loss not helped by hearing aids achieved significant and sometimes profound improvements in their hearing and understanding of speech with hybrid cochlear implant devices, according to a new multicenter study.
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    Rolling Around In My Head

  • Effortless

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:30 pm
    We turned a corner and had to come to a stop. A small crowd had gathered around one of the museum exhibits and there was simply no way past. One of the girls, with a group of other girls, all around Ruby's age, saw me and said, loudly, "Ewww, he's so fat!" The other girls turned to me and began giggling.I know that Ruby and Sadie have become aware of other people's reaction to my physical being. These other others see me, put prejudices into place, and feel they know me. They weigh me, not with scales, but with a set of shallow standards and find me lacking, find me less. Public ridicule to…
  • Well?

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:10 am
    We had finished lunch in the cafeteria at the ROM. On our way out, heading up to see the exhibits, I had to go the long way round through the cafeteria because the side way was blocked. Sadie joined me and said, "I'm going to push your wheelchair Dave." She loves doing this, she takes hold of the back handles of my power chair and pretends to push me as I drive along slowly. I can't go anywhere near maximum speed because her little legs wouldn't be able to keep up.I have seen our reflection in downtown store windows and, for what it's worth, I think it's really, really cute. I see a big man…
  • The Other Ramp

    1 Aug 2015 | 9:30 pm
    There's a restaurant slash bar that's opened near us that Joe and I have been going to for a while. We were excited to see it, even in the renovation stages, because we could both see that the entrance was free and clear. We decided that we'd give it a try once the renovations were done.One day while passing, we paused to see if there was an announcement of an opening day. The renovations looked nearly done. As we paused we were noticed by a man standing to the left of the door having a cigarette. He said, "You should come by tomorrow, we are open then." I was surprised by the warmth in his…
  • Just Seen

    1 Aug 2015 | 5:15 am
    She was shy, fighting back tears, and desperately trying to understand what was being said to her. She didn't notice me waiting. Neither did he. I could see that she was being trained to operate the cash register, I could hear that English was her second language and one that she was still just beginning to learn. Her teacher, the man who usually ran the kiosk, was brusque and impatient in his teaching methods. Finally, he noticed me, greeted me, I made my purchase. She noticed me too, I saw the kind of 'fear of difference' look on her face that we, who are different, see all the time. She…
  • Plugged In To The Past

    21 Jul 2015 | 7:38 am
    Joe has been spending the past few days getting ready to expunge a lot of paper from our apartment. We are clogged with paper. We have files with paper gone yellow and brittle with age. When Joe gets busy with a project, the side effect is that I do too. Over the last few days he's been setting piles down beside me with the unspoken but clearly understood expectation that I will sort through each big pile and turn them into smaller keep and not keep piles. I have been complying because, well, I don't really have any other option.There are some benefits to doing this kind of thing. I just went…
 
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  • White Folks In The Western World Don't Need People First Language

    11 Jul 2015 | 5:34 am
    Lately, I've seen people posting this article by Colin Cameron called "Why we are disabled people, not people with disabilities", but no one has challenged its premises. It is being accepted by all of the folks I've seen who posted it without any commentary. This isn't surprising given that it reeks of privilege and privileged folks don't have to worry about suffering significant consequences when they contribute to the marginalization of those below them in, especially in Western hierarchical societies. I don't have that option in this case. So, I guess I should start digging into this mess…
  • The Freedom To Be An Artist Doesn't Come Cheap

    8 Jul 2015 | 2:05 pm
    The Atlantic has produced a very thought-provoking, but not altogether surprising article about university education. In Rich Kids Study English, the writer discusses the connection between parental income and the majors that college students tend to choose.I think most of what this article points out is absolutely true. Although, I wonder if the process might be more elongated in POC families. We have more than just financial obstacles to overcome (e.g. racism, misogynoir, colonialism) in the wealth accumulation process. Because of the majors chosen by my family, I wonder if separating these…
  • A Simple Request

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

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

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

    Marissa Stalvey
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Our object this week is one of the first commercially available personal braille printers aimed at the home market. Although researchers had introduced braille printers such as the MIT Braillemboss as early as 1969, they were expensive, balky, and unaffordable for individual consumers.  The Cranmer, priced at under $3,000, could be connected to a home computer and used as a braille embosser or used as an electric braillewriter. It was the last project of Tim Cranmer, as Director of Technical Services for the Kentucky Department of the Blind, and engineered by Wayne Thompson. …
  • Rare APH Product: Simple Machines Kit

    Marissa Stalvey
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    This set of simple machines was developed by the Instructional Materials Reference Center at APH in order to present concepts related to scientific principles involved in the use of machines.The pulley, lever, inclined plane, and screw were included in other kits and intended for grades4 and up.Introduced in 1975, the kits only appeared in one published catalog, in 1981, and were gone by 1984.Sales were unimpressive, only a few hundred kits were ever made so this qualifies as one of the more rare APH products. The photograph shows the wheel unassembled, so it may be a bit hard to imagine what…
  • APH-Modified Sony 105 Tape Recorder

    Marissa Stalvey
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:21 pm
    APH has a long history of collaborating with commercial electronics manufacturers to adapt their consumer products for our more specialized market. It should come as no surprise that developing electronics from scratch is an expensive and time consuming enterprise. By adapting already popular consumer models, our technical research folks cut years off the time it might take to bring a product to market. For a modern example of this, see the Orion TI-84 Talking Graphing Calculator. Our object this week is the APH version of a popular reel-to-reel tape recorder from Sony. The first consumer…
  • Pen Used to Sign into Law the 1961 Amendment to the Act to Promote the Education of the Blind

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

    Marissa Stalvey
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Our object of the week is a 1930s game board from the National Institute for the Blind.  You could use the tactile board and pieces to play traditional chess or checkers—or as the English called it “draughts.”  The board is embossed with dots that indicate "black" squares and left smooth to indicate white (or red) squares. Holes in the middle of each square hold the plastic game pieces. Holes on the margins hold pieces that are not in play. Game pieces are black and brown, with the brown side having a central point on top. Pieces are further distinguished by their top shape.
 
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  • Idiotic article on Social Security Disability by someone who knows nothing about how the system works.

    Disability Blogger
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:18 am
    From the the article linked below: "The current program does a poor job defining disabilities, screening applicants, and monitoring beneficiaries to ensure that only those truly unable to work receive benefits." In actuality, disability examiners and judges consider all medical conditions not just based on the name of the diagnosis, but with regard to their limiting effects on functional
  • Social Security Disability still under attack

    Disability Blogger
    27 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    This is what I suspected would eventually happen. Some members of Congress want to make it even tougher to win disability benefits. One obvious way to do that is to change the medical/vocational rules, or the grid, that direct decisions of "disabled" or "not disabled". This proposal, therefore, by Orrin Hatch, republican Senator of Utah, is not really surprising. If this proposal, of the
  • The attack on Social Security Disability and, yes, Social Security as well.

    Disability Blogger
    11 Feb 2015 | 1:31 pm
    I will continue to post articles on this situation as it develops over time. Gradually, a few more people are becoming aware of what the newly elected Congress is trying to do. However, I would say that many still don't realize what is happening. So let me recap: People who receive SSD, Social Security Disability benefits, do so because they have worked X amount of years and have paid into the
  • 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
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    DISABILITY NEWS - Google News

  • Paramedic fired for her diabetes wins disability discrimination suit - Indianapolis Star

    Google Inc.
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Indianapolis StarParamedic fired for her diabetes wins disability discrimination suitIndianapolis StarA federal jury found that a former paramedic for the Wayne Township Fire Department was discriminated against after she was fired because of her diabetes. Kristine Rednour, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 12, reached a $223,500 ...
  • Disability justice centre finally opens for mentally-impaired accused in ... - ABC Online

    Google Inc.
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:21 pm
    ABC OnlineDisability justice centre finally opens for mentally-impaired accused in ABC OnlineWestern Australia's first Disability Justice Centre will finally provide civilised treatment for some of the community's most vulnerable people, says Chief Justice Wayne Martin. The opening marks the end of a four-year campaign to create a "declared
  • What is Uber doing to train its drivers on disability rights? - CNET

    Google Inc.
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:24 am
    CNETWhat is Uber doing to train its drivers on disability rights?CNETThe San Francisco-based company says its service helps people with disabilities because they can order an on-demand ride with the tap of a smartphone. Uber has also launched new features in several cities over the last year that let people request and more »
  • Veterans Affairs To Review Disability Status Of Camp Lejeune Marines Affected ... - International Business Times

    Google Inc.
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:43 pm
    International Business TimesVeterans Affairs To Review Disability Status Of Camp Lejeune Marines Affected International Business TimesU.S. officials said they would review the disability coverage given to Marines and family members who stayed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. In this photo, U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd R) signs the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp ...VA to review disability status for Marine veterans affected by tainted water Fox NewsVA to give disability status to veterans poisoned by Camp Lejeune waterWWAY NewsChannel 3all 37 news…
  • White House honors ILR student's disability advocacy - Cornell Chronicle

    Google Inc.
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:35 am
    Cornell ChronicleWhite House honors ILR student's disability advocacyCornell ChronicleBrian Meersma '18 was one of nine disability advocates honored as “Champions of Change” July 27 at the White House. The event marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the landmark legislation that guarantees equal access and ...
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  • Thousands Mark The Close Of The Special Olympics

    Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times/TNS
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:45 am
    The caldron no longer burns in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where thousands gathered over the weekend to mark the end of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.
  • Tech Innovators Honored For Helping Those With Special Needs

    Patrick May, San Jose Mercury News/TNS
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:48 am
    In an often self-absorbed Silicon Valley, a handful of entrepreneurs are being honored for working to solve problems faced by many with disabilities.
  • Justice Department Clarifies Service Animal Rules

    Michelle Diament
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:25 am
    Federal officials are further clarifying the rights and responsibilities of people with disabilities who rely on service animals amid continued confusion.
  • Autism Costs Projected To Soar

    Shaun Heasley
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    This year alone, researchers estimate that the cost of caring for Americans with autism is $268 billion and the price tag is only going up.
  • Parents Of Grown Children With Disabilities Worry About Future

    Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News/TNS
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Even in a state with some of the best disability services, parents and providers are worried about what the future holds for a growing number of adults with developmental disabilities.
 
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  • Multi-Modal Content Delivery for People with Cognitive Disabilities

    John Rochford
    13 Jul 2015 | 2:58 am
    Description of the Technologies Textual content can be delivered in different modes to help people with cognitive disabilities comprehend it. These modes can include: text to speech (TTS) video; text with contextually-relevant images; text with consistent icons and graphics; and/or text replaced or augmented by symbol sets. Challenges for People with Cognitive Disabilities Difficulty of text comprehension by people with cognitive disabilities ranges from minimal to extreme. They may comprehend most of a web page’s textual content, or none at all. Effect of memory impairments People with…
  • My Activities: Cognitive Web Accessibility

    John Rochford
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:03 am
    I have been busy with my cognitive web accessibility work, though I have not blogged about it much. Here are 3 examples. Ongoing I have a weekly teleconference with the W3C‘s Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force. I have been an “Invited Expert” on the task force since it began in November, 2014. We published the first working draft of our Cognitive Accessibility User Research on January 15, 2015. We welcome feedback. Upcoming I will be speaking at the 30th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference of California State…
  • 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…
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    HEALING THROUGH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

  • Enough

    Cathy
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:35 pm
    detail,1996,m/m ___________ I found myself remembering the visceral pleasure of using my entire physical self to create a work of art. The next moment my thoughts turned to how I seem to be using the exact same refinement tuning skills to adjust the timbre of a simple “Good morning” to a stranger passing by; The first “Good morning” of my early roll downtown had shades of murky, not-quite-awake-and-present vocalization. I noticed and raised my vibe a bit and said my next greeting with more clarity, connectivity, presence and purpose. As each person strolled by me I…
  • Morning Rollabout

    Cathy
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:44 pm
  • Me and Emma

    Cathy
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:23 pm
    See me. See Emma. This is Peace. She usually rides along with me on our adventures flattened on my lap Just calmly looking around at everything. The extent of her reactivity is a slight heightening in muscular tension and brightening of her eyes. Her age (8-10 yrs.) seems to have given her enough time to see and do most of what she had on her bucket list So now she seems content in my lap just lookin’ around at stuff, sleeping, eating extremely gourmet meals and being her perfect self. She is my teacher. She rests so deeply. Appreciates adoringly. Is so curious in a magnificently…
  • Singularity

    Cathy
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:42 am
    monoprint, 30×22″ ______________ We see moral and social conventions as inhibitions on our personal freedoms, and yet we are frightened of anyone who goes away from the crowd and develops “eccentric” habits.” -Maria Popova Many years ago an acquaintance spied me sitting at a local cafe. He came up and said: “You are always alone.” Following a few less loaded pleasantries he left my table clearly still bemused. I’ve never forgotten those few moments and am still learning from them. He left me and I felt pink from shame. But also there was the unapologetic…
  • Attached To Aspiration

    Cathy
    26 Jul 2015 | 5:48 pm
    “GIRL”, 24×4,ceramic,steel ______________________ I keep wanting to be more and better… More adept dog guardian, better friend and sister, kinder to myself, conscious more of the time, serving more, living more, thinking more, taking better care of myself, writing better…. Desire…desire is a shady bedfellow. On the one hand evolution is dependent on the reach. A need arises and we up our game to fill the vacancy. The Buddha said all suffering stems from desire: “Suffering is a big word in Buddhist thought. It is a key term and it should be thoroughly…
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  • ROHO Products Selected for Best Picks by Mobility Management

    Whitney Braun
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:07 pm
    ROHO’s new Smart Check™ with Sensor-Ready single valve cushions, and ROHO’s AGILITY Back Systems are named in the 2015 Clinician Best Picks by Mobility Management Magazine. “Our Best Picks are chosen exclusively by healthcare professionals who work with seating & wheeled mobility equipment every day and know every product detail,” said Editor Laurie Watanabe. “Our […] The post ROHO Products Selected for Best Picks by Mobility Management appeared first on ROHO®.
  • ROHO’s Smart Check™ Cushion Wins Award for Product Innovation

    Stephanie Tesreau
    15 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    Toronto, Ontario, May 18, 2015 – ROHO’s newest product, Smart Check™ has been named a gold winner in the Registrant Choice Harding Award for Product Innovation by the Canadian Seating & Mobility Conference. ROHO® is the manufacturer of the world renowned DRY FLOATATION® technology, which helps heal and prevent pressure ulcers. The new Smart Check system provides maximum […] The post ROHO’s Smart Check™ Cushion Wins Award for Product Innovation appeared first on ROHO®.
  • Permobil acquires ROHO

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

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

    Stephanie Tesreau
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:58 pm
    ROHO® Shares Research, Collaborates with Passionate Professionals at 31st International Seating Symposium Annual event has become vital forum for dialogues, sharing progress on mutual goals of ROHO and clinicians ST. LOUIS, March 11, 2015 – ROHO, Inc. (ROHO), a leader in air-cell-based wheelchair seating solutions since 1973, conducted a substantial industry outreach to the more than 2,000 […] The post ROHO Proud Supporter of 31st Annual ISS appeared first on ROHO®.
 
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    Need Project Podcast

  • Being an IEP Advocate, not an Adversary with Vicki Caruana

    14 Jul 2015 | 8:56 pm
    Vicki Caruana is an educator, speaker and author of the book Standing Up for Your Child: Without Stepping on Toes. Vicki has hosted an education-based blog since 2005 http://vickicaruana.blogspot.com/
  • Cannabinoid and Realm of Caring with Heather Jackson

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

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

    14 Apr 2015 | 8:42 pm
    A celebration of the past eight years of producing the Need Project Podcast. This podcast brings together clips from some of our favorite guests like Dr. James Dobson, Joni Ereckson-Tada and DR. Peter Armstrong to name a few.
  • Help keeping marriages intact with Lon Adams

    14 Mar 2015 | 8:55 pm
    Lon helps us to encourage married couples to have a thriving marriage despite the challenges of raising a special needs child, or a spouse that has a disability. Lon has been a counselor at Focus on the Family since 1985, and in the wheelchair since Feb.1991, due to Spinal Chord tumors, and surgeries to remove them.
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  • Skin Care Tips: Treating Dry Skin Naturally!

    Natan
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    Do you suffer from chronic dry skin? Most people try to soothe dry and cracked skin by using creams and lotions; however, many of these products contain chemicals that can be potentially harmful to the body. The skin is an organ of elimination; so many skin disorders and diseases are a result of the elimination […]
  • 3 Tips on Adapting Art Projects for Your Special Needs Child

    Natan
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Art is a great medium for children to explore their creativity and express themselves without fear of doing it the ‘right or ‘wrong’ way. Some parents and teachers may shy away from doing traditional art projects with their special needs children or students because they find it difficult, but there is no need for this. […]
  • Honey, Garlic, Lemon: A Natural Cold Remedy Recipe

    Natan
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Boost your immunity by trying this simple, but effective home remedy! Honey, garlic, and lemon are all great at fighting off infections because they each act as an antibacterial. The antiviral properties of honey help protect against viruses like the flu, and the vitamin C found in lemon helps strengthen the immune system. Ingredients: 1 […]
  • Tips To Ease Your Parents’ Financial Stress While Pursuing Higher Education

    Zyana Morris
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Pursuing higher education is an absolute essential for one’s professional and personal development. But it can be financially burdening as well, which is why a lot of students usually find themselves stuck under bricks of student loans and debt. A lot of these students also move out of home at the same time thus only […]
  • Improving Trunk Control During Child Development

    Natan
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:37 am
    In terms of physical development, the trunk is the king of the body. In order to maintain a certain position or to move properly, we must be able to control our trunk. Trunk control also determines how well we hold our head up and how well we move our hands, arms and legs. Since every […]
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  • Rough Numbers

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    When parents look at the future for our kids with disabilities, there’s a lot that’s unknowable. For us, as I’ve said before, it’s the biggest unknowable in the world. We do everything we can to stack the deck in our children’s odds, and we look for the path to a sympathetic future, in the same way we always have. As our kids get closer to that adult life, our efforts become a little more desperate, because we know what the statistics say. We can’t know the future, but we can do the math. And we can read the news. On this 25th anniversary of the Americans…
  • Bald by Choice: A Girl and Trichotillomania

    Julia Roberts
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:06 am
    Last school year when our daughter Quinn was smack dab in the middle of middle school she started exhibiting a lot of anxiety. She’s come by the anxiety honestly because she’s been raised with a chronic, ongoing, life-threatening condition. She and her brother have ARPKD (or Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease) and have both had kidney transplants. They will need liver transplants sometime in their future. They share a vision disorder and educational challenges for which they attended a great, small school where they are thriving, even if the smallness upsets our…
  • Steps and Stumbles

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    This isn’t going to be a long post. It’s not going to be filled with true wisdom or even my pretend wisdom. It’s not going to even have a story, because the narrative wouldn’t be mine but Schuyler’s, and she’s old enough to decide which of her stories get told. Honestly, I didn’t even ask this time, because I feel pretty certain she wouldn’t want me to tell it. She’s earned that right; honestly, she probably had it all along. It’s enough to know we stumbled, both of us. I’ll simply say this. We had an incident over the weekend,…
  • Twelve Years

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Schuyler’s monster doesn’t have a proper birthday. Perhaps it could be said to share Schuyler’s. Even that doesn’t feel quite right, because it was there from very early on, probably the second trimester or so, a shadow unseen inside her tiny developing mind. She wasn’t yet a baby, but her monster was already a monster, only waiting to be brought into this world with the sole purpose in life to bedevil the life of my daughter. So no birthday, and really, even its discovery is hard to pinpoint. In the summer of 2003, Schuyler had an MRI at Yale at the very…
  • Future Perfect

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    We visited some of our closest friends in San Antonio over the weekend. We celebrated the Fourth of July at the Alamo, which is about as much patriotism as a good Texan can reasonably hope to achieve. We watched our friends perform with a concert band and enjoyed the folks in period costumes demonstrating some of the daily implements and weapons of 1836 Texas, and even got to hear (for the second year in a row) a dramatic and angry reading of the Declaration of Independence by an exceptional actor who apparently hates that bastard King George just as much as he did last year. Mostly, though,…
 
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  • Manual to Power: Transition is a Bumpy Road

    Sick Chick
    25 Jul 2015 | 8:18 pm
    I wrote a while ago that I was going to be making the transition from a manual wheelchair to a power chair. Now that I have been in my new chair for a few months, I thought I would discuss what this change has been like. When I went to the assistive technology clinic for my wheelchair evaluation, I was shocked when I found out that my doctors and physical therapist felt that a power chair was my best option. I had a sporty little ultralight chair all picked out. Purple paint job, sleek rigid frame that tapered at my feet, just the right camber on the wheels. An all around sexy…
  • Open Letter to Anti-Vaxxers From A Sick Person

    Sick Chick
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:50 am
    Dear Anti-Vaxxer, With the recent measles outbreak there has been a lot of heated discussion about the choice of some parents not to vaccinate their children. I have no intention of arguing the indisputable science behind the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. I will not discuss the serious and possibly deady implications of not vaccinating on your child’s health. Why is it my business how you raise your child? I have heard you staunchly defending your right to choose whether or not your children receive vaccines. Your children. Your choice. Your rights. Afterall, if we allow…
  • 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…
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  • National Fragile X Awareness Day Stories

    dgrauzam
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Last Wednesday was National Fragile X Awareness Day. How can you help Fragile X Awareness? Read these stories gathered by National Fragile X Foundation & Help spread awareness and understanding for Fragile X by making a donation today. By Keri Girius (age 4) and Crosby (age 2.5) were diagnosed in May 2014, during which time I learned that I was the premutation carrier of Fragile X. Both boys have smiles that light up any room. Early intervention was started when Girius was 2 months old because he had torticollis. They have been in EI since the very beginning and although they are still…
  • Chewing As A Sensory Activity (repost)

    dgrauzam
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:27 am
    This is a repost from Joyful Journey Mom. Jenni is a mom with 5 children through birth and adoption. She writes about parenting, special needs, adoption and their journey as a multi-cultural, transracial family. Read the original post here. Bonus: All readers get 30% off all chewing products at Special Needs Essentials with code CHEW30! All you have to do is find the right one for your child. Chewies are a great way to help children with oral sensory needs. Some children chew on their clothing, some put any and all objects in their mouths and this can be dangerous if the wrong toy is…
  • 10 Play Dough Activities for Toddlers (repost)

    dgrauzam
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:29 am
    Dear readers, Today we are happy to repost an article from Mama OT: 10 Play Dough Activities for Toddlers! “Specific fine motor skills encouraged in the activities listed below include: Shoulder and arm strengthening Pincer grasp Finger isolation Thumb opposition Digital Pronate grasp Hand-eye coordination Bilateral coordination 1. Smash it with hands. A great opportunity for pure sensory exploration. 2. Smash it with a tool. Potato smashers work well, and there are so many different kinds. 3. Pull it apart. This is a good precursor for learning to tear paper later on. 4. Roll it…
  • A Testimonial From A Mom And Occupational Therapist

    dgrauzam
    8 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Sarah Lyon, OTR/L from OTPotential is talking about us! Check it out:
  • Special Needs Essentials partners with KPS4Parents to support special education

    dgrauzam
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Special Needs Essentials has partnered this month with KPS4Parents, a non-profit organization created in 2003 that advocates for free and appropriate public education for children of all abilities. They provide parent consultation and training services, educator professional development, public speaking, writing, and even help families overcome financial issues! Each month, the company selects a partner whose efforts resonate with their own mission: enhance the quality of life for people with special needs, their families, and the professionals caring for them. All purchases made through the…
 
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