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

    Disabled World
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Experts from Cambridge, Cardiff, and UCL (University College London) will be given unprecedented access to genetic information on intellectual disability from NHS Regional Genetics Centres across the UK as part of a first phase study funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Medical Research Foundation (MRF).
  • Paralyzed patients have weaker bones, higher risk of fractures than expected

    Disability News -- ScienceDaily
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    People paralyzed by spinal cord injuries lose mechanical strength in their leg bones faster, and more significantly, than previously believed, putting them at greater risk for fractures from minor stresses, according to a study by researchers. The results suggest that physicians should begin therapies for such patients sooner to maintain bone mass and strength, and should think beyond standard bone density tests when assessing fracture risk in osteoporosis patients.
  • Virgin Australia

    Rollercoaster Parenting
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    How do you take a 50kg wheelchair user to the toilet on a 4 hour Virgin Australia flight. You drag or carry them is how!My father-in-law booked us (him and his wife plus the five of us) on a lovely and much needed break to Fiji. He still had some outstanding Virgin Australia tickets from the trip to Bali we missed out on when hubby broke his ankle last year. So Virgin Australia it was, Sydney to Nadi, and SoftiTel on Demerau, a resort style hotel close to the airport to minimize traveling, swimmers in the suitcase.After our recent experience traveling to Alaska and Vancouver Island with two…
  • Old and New

    Rolling Around In My Head
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    I am writing this from my hotel room in Edmonton. Clearly, then, I managed to get here. But I got here after a really good flight. I need to give a shout out to AIR CANADA and both their ground and on board crews. They were helpful, kind and generous with their time and their expertise. They really made the trip one that is memorable because of the service I got. From my arrival at the airport in Toronto to getting the rental car in Edmonton every single person I met from Air Canada was helpful. It almost felt like someone had done a course on exactly what my needs were and how to most…
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    Karen Putz » Deaf Mom

  • Empowered Women and Social Media

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

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

    Karenputz
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Letting go isn’t easy. Not even the second time around. Today is Move In day for my daughter, Lauren. The little girl is now a college student and today’s the day I have to let go and say goodbye. Three years ago, the hubby was with me when we said goodbye to David. The tears started flowing during our final hug and the tears didn’t stop until well into the long drive home. I’m lying here in bed with my daughter next to me and the tears are already flowing this morning. I’m thankful she has her older brother on campus to ease the transition for her. As for me,…
  • Barefoot Water Skiing Featured in DevinSuperTramp Video

    Karenputz
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    Barefoot water skiing goes mainstream in the latest video by Devin Graham, aka DevinSuperTramp. Devin is a guy who truly is living a passionate life doing what he really loves, capturing action on film. Here’s more of Devin’s story: DevinSuperTramp Behind the Scenes Interview. The video features the World Barefoot Center crew, Keith St. Onge (co-author of Gliding Soles), David Small, Ben Groen, and Keith’s wife, Lauren. Take a moment to watch barefoot water skiing captured every which way: Barefoot Skiing Behind an Airplane I love the behind the scenes video (no captions…
  • The Dance of Communication

    Karenputz
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    There’s a famous quote of Helen Keller that gets to me. How it rubs me depends on whether I’m having a challenging day or feeling on top of the world. “Blindness cuts you off from things. Deafness cuts you off from people.” The quote is believed to have come from a letter to Dr. James Kerr Love (1910), published in Helen Keller in Scotland The problems of deafness are deeper and more complex, if not more important, than those of blindness. Deafness is a much worse misfortune. For it means the loss of the most vital stimulus — the sound of the voice that brings…
 
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  • Paralyzed patients have weaker bones, higher risk of fractures than expected

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    People paralyzed by spinal cord injuries lose mechanical strength in their leg bones faster, and more significantly, than previously believed, putting them at greater risk for fractures from minor stresses, according to a study by researchers. The results suggest that physicians should begin therapies for such patients sooner to maintain bone mass and strength, and should think beyond standard bone density tests when assessing fracture risk in osteoporosis patients.
  • Screening questions fail to identify teens at risk for hearing loss

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    Subjective screening questions do not reliably identify teenagers who are at risk for hearing loss, according to researchers. Their study results suggest that objective hearing tests should be refined for this age group to replace screening questions.
  • Scientists restore hearing in noise-deafened mice, pointing way to new therapies

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Scientists have restored the hearing of mice partly deafened by noise, using advanced tools to boost the production of a key protein in their ears. By demonstrating the importance of the protein, called NT3, in maintaining communication between the ears and brain, these new findings pave the way for research in humans that could improve treatment of hearing loss caused by noise exposure and normal aging.
  • With three first-in-human trials, therapeutic stem cell science takes a bold step

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Therapeutic stem cell-based science is stepping out of the laboratory and closer to real-world medical applications. The unprecedented trials involve potential therapies for spinal cord injuries, Type 1 diabetes and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
  • User-friendly electronic 'Eyecane' enhances navigational abilities for blind

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    White Canes provide low-tech assistance to the visually impaired, but some blind people object to their use because they are cumbersome, fail to detect elevated obstacles, or require long training periods to master. Electronic travel aids (ETAs) have the potential to improve navigation for the blind, but early versions had disadvantages that limited widespread adoption. A new ETA, the "EyeCane," expands the world of its users, allowing them to better estimate distance, navigate their environment, and avoid obstacles, according to a new study
 
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    Rollercoaster Parenting

  • Virgin Australia

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    How do you take a 50kg wheelchair user to the toilet on a 4 hour Virgin Australia flight. You drag or carry them is how!My father-in-law booked us (him and his wife plus the five of us) on a lovely and much needed break to Fiji. He still had some outstanding Virgin Australia tickets from the trip to Bali we missed out on when hubby broke his ankle last year. So Virgin Australia it was, Sydney to Nadi, and SoftiTel on Demerau, a resort style hotel close to the airport to minimize traveling, swimmers in the suitcase.After our recent experience traveling to Alaska and Vancouver Island with two…
  • Meds

    18 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    The benefit of empty gelatine capsules - I can make one brain pill (for Bipolar) and one pain pill (for neuropathy).
  • Last week in pictures

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    He was very very sick on FridaySo off to emergency we went on Saturday - and were sent up to the ward very quickly!They started the Immunoglobulin (IG) infuse (IV).Which caused some weird side effectsHe was allowed to go home on Tuesday And lots of fatigue But he's perked up quite a bit!
  • Here we go again

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    We had our first meeting with the neurology team at Westmead Children’s Hospital this afternoon since the Immunoglobulin IV last weekend. The doctors were amazed at Beaver’s change. If I would describe our son last Friday the first word that comes to mind would be ‘ragdoll’. He had deteriorated significantly and was barely able to sit up. His swallowing was dangerously affected and the neuropathy had traveled up to his hands. There was no movement whatsoever in his toes or legs anymore. Today he, ever so gently, kicked a tennis ball with his left foot for the dog. And he can…
  • Justify

    3 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I am so sick and tired of the endless disability in-fighting. No wonder the disability system is such a bloody mess; we are way to busy to fight each other than to fight the system.As the mother of kids with disability, I often find myself at the receiving end of the "people with disability (PWD) versus "parent/carers" competition.For starters, I really hate the "parent/carer" issue. I am not a carer. In my books, a carer is someone who is paid to care. Its a job. I am not a carer. I am a mother. And I do what I do for my kids. My kids will be adults one day (I hope). Until then I will fight…
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  • Old and New

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    I am writing this from my hotel room in Edmonton. Clearly, then, I managed to get here. But I got here after a really good flight. I need to give a shout out to AIR CANADA and both their ground and on board crews. They were helpful, kind and generous with their time and their expertise. They really made the trip one that is memorable because of the service I got. From my arrival at the airport in Toronto to getting the rental car in Edmonton every single person I met from Air Canada was helpful. It almost felt like someone had done a course on exactly what my needs were and how to most…
  • Today

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:42 am
    In moments we head to the airport.In moments I have to put myself and my needs into the hands of others.And sometime, noon, the day before.I begin to pray, to hope and to will into being.A day full of decent people.I don't ask for kind people.I don't ask for generous people.Just decent.I don't want humiliation.That's all.Really.That's all.
  • Fury-ous

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:07 am
    I lost it yesterday.Just lost it.In order to understand, for those of you who don't use a wheelchair, I need to explain the build up. I had to work Saturday until two and therefore didn't get home until somewhere after three. We got home and left immediately, planning to catch the four o'clock showing of Fury. Never realizing that it would be me who was unleashing fury even before getting to the movie.The sidewalks were packed and after a block or two we regretted not just taking the subway. I drove steadfastly and carefully. I've never run into anyone, although others have run into me, and I…
  • Spitting on Spite

    19 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    I was reading an article today about sexuality and disability and the feature was about a woman with cerebral palsy. The subtitle of the article said something like (sorry I looked but couldn't find it again) 'She doesn't let cerebral palsy get in the way of living her life.' Now, remember, this from my remembering - I am sure I got some words wrong but what I didn't get wrong was the fact that she not letting her disability get in the way of her living her life.This kind of thing annoys the shit out of me because it places 'disability' at the centre of the problem, it states that disability,…
  • Citizenship!

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:48 am
    We voted yesterday.And I had a thought.As we arrived at the 519 Church Street Community Centre we saw signs indicating that this was indeed a polling station. Even though we've been there several times and knew where the accessible entrance was (thankfully not through the back door) it was cool to see that there were really clear directions for wheelchair users and others who needed a ramp placed strategically to catch those coming from either north or south. Once into the building, again there was clear signage fro both those who walked and those who rolled. Further there were those there to…
 
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  • Gargoyles: Protectors of Stone and the Companions of Angels

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Years ago I wrote a couple of Halloween essays, one about the facts and myths on vampires and one about werewolf lore. Since then it's been my intention to write more on the rest of Hollywood's classic monsters. But up until now I've had trouble with either finding the inspiration for or with the format, as the sources I've used for the previous two essays don't have pages spotlighting the other monsters. Well, except for one last one: the Gargoyle. So I will go with that one for tonight's reblogged entry. [image] When we hear the word gargoyle today, we immediately think of frightening or…
  • Christ Was/Is Love

    19 Dec 2013 | 12:00 am
    In the last few years Christmas has been...different for me. Of course, it's always different from when one was a child, but the last few years especially have...lacked the magic of Christmas. Why? Because it's become SO commercialized even my own family gets caught up in the trappings sometimes, trying to give their loved ones a great Christmas. And I've come to the realization this year that aside from the traditions my family still follows, like buying or making special ornaments each year and having a candlelight dinner on Christmas Eve, I personally don't need or want a big Christmas.
  • 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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  • Firechat Enables the Crowd to Become the Internet –Bypassing Central Powers | Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Digital Business

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

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

    dnw
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    [The Net is] the connected consciousness of the market itself. It makes markets smart by giving customers unprecedented powers, the most fundamental of which is each other via Cluetrain at Fifteen | Linux Journal. What I have always loved about Doc is how human he is. For me this quote encompasses everything the article has to say… It also points to what I consider as to the how the Net itself came into being… as an unconsciously built connectivity tool… because as humans we create and form what we crave.
  • The Parent’s Guide to a Minecraft Server for your kids

    dnw
    27 Jul 2013 | 1:28 am
    A friend of mine posted on facebook wondering if anyone knew about running a Minecraft server, predominantly for her son. Me and my son have been through the experience and we’ve come up against a few hurdles we had to overcome. I thought it might be useful to share what we’ve done. So here it is, the Parent’s Guide to setting up a Minecraft server… a list version. A Computer – I had an old computer laying around so put that on the LAN with idea of running it headless (no monitor). Mine’s a Mac but it doesn’t make any difference, just use what you…
  • Day 31 – Gender

    dnw
    30 Jan 2013 | 8:35 pm
    Day 31 – Gender, a photo by dnwallace on Flickr. gender noun 1. Grammar . a. (in many languages) a set of classes that together include all nouns , membership in a particular class being shown by the form of the noun itself or by the form or choice of words that modify,replace, or otherwise refer to the noun, as, in English, the choice of he to replace the man, of she to replace the woman, of it to replace the table, of it or she to replace the ship. The number of genders in different languages varies from 2 to more than 20; often the classificationcorrelates in part with sex or…
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  • 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…
  • Developing Accessible Apps for People who are Deafblind

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    By Dr. Arun Mehta, Bapsi Bapsi is a small NGO in India that seeks to help those with multiple disabilities via free and open source technologies, with a current focus on the needs of the deaf-blind. Earlier, they needed an iPhone with a braille display to communicate. With free apps from our Vibration series, they can use Android smartphones costing as little as $50 to be able to send and receive information independently. To someone completely lacking vision and hearing, the phone sends text by vibrating in Morse code. Taking advantage of a grant from the Information SocietyInnovation Fund,…
  • APH News: September 2014

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    The September 2014 APH News is now online! This month’s headlines: “Full Steam Ahead!”—146th Annual Meeting Registration Still Open National Prison Braille Forum: Countdown to Launch Time! Complete the 2014 APH Customer Satisfaction Survey Field Test Opportunity: Nemeth Tutorial Oldies but Goodies: The "Established" APH Product Series Treasures from the APH Libraries Social Media Spotlight APH Travel Calendar New Products from APH The Braille Book Corner and much, much more…
  • APH News: August 2014

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The August APH News is now online! This Month’s Headlines: “Full Steam Ahead!”--Annual Meeting 2014 Registration Now Open Wings to be Presented this Year! APH Policies Regarding UEB Transition Call for Field Evaluators Oldies but Goodies: The "Established" APH Product Series Treasures from the APH Libraries Social Media Spotlight APH Travel Calendar New Products from APH The Braille Book Corner and much, much more…
  • The Eye-Opening Experience of Writing about Vision Loss

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    By Nicole C. Kear I was nineteen when I was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative retinal disease that I was told would leave me blind. The very bumpy journey of acceptance that followed (and continues even today) is the subject of my new memoir, Now I See You.   Credit: Justine Cooper In my early twenties, I hid from the disease in denial. I made the most of the vision I had remaining -- living life boldly, seizing every day – and I convinced myself that doing so would make it easier to watch my vision fade. In my late twenties, after I became a mother, I realized I’d…
 
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  • 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
  • How to Get Social Security Benefits When You're Disabled

    Disability Blogger
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    "How to Get Social Security Benefits When You're Disabled". There's an article on Huffington Post with this title. Like most articles with this type of title (and like most articles on HuffPo period), its not very good. Exhibit 1: "You generally will be eligible only if you have a health problem that is expected to prevent you from working in your current line of work (or any other line
  • Is it a good sign when the vocational expert at a disability hearing says....

    Disability Blogger
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    Someone recently asked this question and I will paraphase it: "If a vocational expert at a hearing cites the existence of jobs that a person might be suited for but also states that they lack the ability to perform those jobs, is that a good sign? I responded with the following: The vocational expert is basically there to determine whether or not a claimant can engage in what is known as
  • Members of Congress seek to make Social Security Disability an adversarial program

    Disability Blogger
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    This video was posted by Disability Attorney Jonathan Ginsberg. As he states, it is fairly difficult to watch this Social Security administrative law judge--who is obviously very nervous--being grilled by South Carolina’s 4th District Congressman, Trey Gowdy. Gowdy is, to put it plainly, a jerk. He does not give the judge, who is somewhat elderly, a chance to formulate his thoughts or respond
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  • Hotels of the Future

    Scott Rains
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    With a view to setting new standards for hotel rooms of the future, the SHTM collaborated with its teaching and research hotel, Hotel ICON, to again organise a global competition in 2014 to shape guestrooms of tomorrow.Taking the theme 'The Hotel Room of the Future', the competition this year will be held from September to December 2014. Professionals in interior or hotel design, and design students from tertiary education institutions are invited to submit their design proposals individually or as a team for one of the Tomorrow's Guestrooms to showcase their vision of hotel room design for…
  • Read the Presentation Abstracts for D4All Online

    Scott Rains
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Destinations for All will feature over 130 speakers from around the world including world leaders and ambassadors in accessible tourism. This first-ever World Summit dedicated to Inclusive Tourism in destinations has just now published presentation abstracts.Read through Then meet us there in Montreal. http://www.destinationsforall2014.com/en/final-program#.VDWRjGddWK8
  • The 5th International Asian Conference on Accessible Tourism

    Scott Rains
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    To date, the secretariat of 5th International Conference On Accessible Tourism have received registration from 16 countries, include China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Philippine, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Nepal, Pakistan, Jordan, Malawi, Italy, Germany and UK. And due to popular request, we have postponed the registration dateline to October 15. It is a good opportunity for you to get to know more about accessible tourism activities in other country, and may be the only opportunity for you to build up networking with the world to enhance your capabilities in…
  • Destinations That are Inclusive by Design

    Scott Rains
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Designing the Destination-of-Choice: Inclusive Destination Development By Scott Rains, the Rolling Rains Report Inclusion We target social inclusion. With inclusion as the comprehensive goal mere accessibility is a necessary but less-than-terminal objective. An "adapted" or "barrier-free" environment may succeed at facilitating tolerance but the full active social inclusion of persons who experience disability requires more. Universal Design To arrive at inclusion we engage in a process that constantly refers back to the principles and goals of Universal Design.  We feel that this…
  • Developing an Accessible Tourism Strategy - (Disabled Travelers Guide to the Galaxy)

    Scott Rains
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    Both funny and intelligent - this article by Bill Forrester is a great read for anyone implementing Inclusive Tourism. 
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  • Re-thinking disability advisory groups for community engagement

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

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

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

    Robyn
    9 Jun 2014 | 4:16 pm
    This is an edited and updated version of a speech given on a panel at Rehabilitation International Seminar, Embracing the Opportunities April 16 2014, held in Wellington. Disabled women in New Zealand have made progress but there is still a long way to go. I will not outline yet again in detail the many inequalities faced by disabled women. For many disabled women the playing field is some distance away, never mind whether they can access it, or whether it is level or not. In 2014 disabled women in New Zealand are still relatively invisible  and our interests, rights and perspectives are…
  • Website access: A few basics.

    Robyn
    13 May 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Accessibility of any kind is really about eighty percent attitude and the other twenty percent know how.  When it comes to web accessibility the same applies. If you want to do it you can. Your web site is usually your front door to the world so make sure everyone can use it in the way that suits them, not the way it suits you and your brand advisers. It takes a bit of thinking and planning, but the web is full of good and practical advice. In honour of Global Accessibility Awareness Day I have summarised a few basics to get you started. The list does not guarantee an accessible web site,…
 
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  • iOS 8 Keyboards for Accessibility

    Ricky Buchanan
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:43 am
    Third-party custom keyboards were one of the accessibility enhancements that was most anticipated in iOS 8. Unfortunately the current implementation has significant bugs and built-in limitations that make it less useful than hoped in many cases. This article provides a general overview about what third-party keyboards can and can’t do and what bugs are currently present. Future articles in this series will examine specific custom keyboards for their accessibility features. Custom keyboards were one of the things that I was personally wishing hardest for in terms of iOS 8 accessibility,…
  • Weekend Roundup for 19 October 2014

    Ricky Buchanan
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Here are some of the best articles, links, and new products that I have spotted online in the past week or so which have some relevance to Apple products and disabled or chronically ill users … OS X Links Mac speech recognition users – make sure you’ve upgraded Dragon Dictate to 4.0.5 for Safari 7.1 Compatibility. Pretty much all of the OS X links for this week have been rolled up into the Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Accessibility Roundup. iOS Links Meet the new Connect Case for iPad – great for switch users! Connect iPad Case includes switch adapters and a speaker. nobiggi: A…
  • Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Accessibility Roundup

    Ricky Buchanan
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
    OS X 10.10 – Yosemite – was released today. As well as a lovely new design it’s major new drawcard is Continuity, the ability to switch between doing things on iOS devices and OS X devices seamlessly. Continuity in itself has a bunch of accessibility implications, and there are other specific accessibility advances in Yosemite as well as a bunch of general features which have accessibility implications. Continuity / Handoff Continuity is the ability to start a task on one device and easily switch to another device to finish it. The idea is that your iOS devices and OS X…
  • Stylus Options for iPad and iPhone Users: Do It Yourself

    Ricky Buchanan
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Directly touching the screen is a very easy access method for most people, and has many accessibility benefits, but for others it’s brought new accessibility challenges. This article is about custom and do-it-yourself options for styluses and pointers, including head pointers and mouth sticks. Articles in this series: Easy-grip Styluses Finger Pointers, Head Pointers, and Mouth Sticks Do-it-yourself and custom styluses and pointers The Need For Conductivity Making your own stylus isn’t too hard, but there’s one principle you need to understand first: iPhones and iPads and…
  • Weekend Roundup for 12 October 2014

    Ricky Buchanan
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Here are some of the best articles, links, and new products that I have spotted online in the past week or so which have some relevance to Apple products and disabled or chronically ill users … iOS Links Using the AAC apps list. Third Party Keyboards in iOS 8 – what’s good for accessibility? There are a lot of iOS 8 third party keyboards out now – which ones are best for accessibility? Flip Writer text-based AAC displays in two directions. Adaptxt Keyboard is a capable and free iOS 8 add-on. iOS 8 How-to: Have your iOS device read text for you. AssistiveWare’s…
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    Disability Scoop

  • SSI Payments To Increase

    Shaun Heasley
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Monthly Social Security payments -- including those for Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries -- will go up next year.
  • Labor Secretary: Shift Away From Subminimum Wage An ‘Example’

    Shaun Heasley
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez is hoping that states will follow the federal government's lead in moving away from paying people with disabilities less than minimum wage.
  • Family Wants Apology For Duct-Taped Son

    Mary Niederberger, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/MCT
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    A teen with autism who was found duct-taped to a goalpost earlier this month has faced backlash over the incident, but his family says they don't want to see criminal charges in the case.
  • Feds Warn Schools On Bullying Of Kids With Disabilities

    Michelle Diament
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    In response to an increasing number of complaints, federal officials are reminding schools of their responsibilities to ensure that students with disabilities are not subjected to bullying.
  • In Siblings, Autism Signs Often Apparent At 18 Months

    Shaun Heasley
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    About 20 percent of younger siblings of those with autism are on the spectrum too and they often show symptoms of the developmental disorder as young as 18 months, researchers say.
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    HEALING THROUGH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

  • “I See You”

    Cathy
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    detail of painting _____________ This morning I was out and about in my wheelchair just looking around and soaking in what it feels like to receive. In a parking lot I saw this great looking man getting off his motorcycle. I smiled a genuine smile and passed him by. A few moments later he was at my side. He signaled me in such a way I understood he was mute and also asking me in a teasing way if I wanted a ride. There was all this communicating flying between us in just a few seconds as I registered his disability, laughingly said “No thanks” and reached out to touch his…
  • Honey

    Cathy
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    detail of painting _____________ My project has been fully funded!! I am acclimating to asking and actually receiving such riches. Chronic illness is such that a life can begin to feel so very narrow. Just your presence out there helps protect me from the tendency to enter into invisibility and stay there. I am so humbled and grateful. Thank you. xxx THE HONEY GUIDES Once upon a time there was a girl who had a secret place. It was up on a hill covered in long grass. Sometimes she would snuggle down and make a nest for herself when her parents were bugging her or if she felt alone. She never…
  • My Project

    Cathy
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    Dear all, Please take a gander at my INDIEGOGO Campaign: It is for US!!!! xxxx Cathy’s INDIEGOGO Campaign
  • Life As It Is

    Cathy
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    detail of installation, ceramic ______________________ I find myself endlessly entertaining. One day that “green fuse” that Dylan Thomas wrote so eloquently about is nowhere to be found in my landscape. The next day, I’m finding myself wondering things like “What are the specific things that make me come alive?” Thoughts of friends supporting me in myriad ways, my doctor answers my email, I like what I’m wearing, it smells good outside, I have a smart and super capable caretaker, FLOWERS!, TIME!, WRITING!, MY FAVORITE CHAIR IN THE SUN! I wake up and perform…
  • Rabbit Hole Reconnaissance

    Cathy
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:07 pm
    detail of painting, canvas, oil _______________________ Sometimes I find myself holding the truth back from you..myself too. I depend on my natural instinct to keep moving forward into the “whatever” with all my tried and true weaponry, power tools, prayers and presence. Sometimes, as of late, Cathy’s familiar antidotes to the near annihilation of my life-force don’t cut it. And I must find new ways. A new tack for my boat. This process of discovering what’s the next correct decision for me demands SURRENDER, TRUTH-TELLING ABOUT WHAT IS, ASKING FOR HELP and…
 
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    The ROHO Community

  • Q&A with Blogger Priscilla Hedlin

    The ROHO Group
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:01 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 go to bed? I kiss my husband, you should ALWAYS kiss goodnight!   Last book you read? Somewhere with You by Britney King.   Finish these sentences: In the next 10 years I really hope… to see my boys growing into amazing young men and to be…
  • Q&A with Jamie Goodwin

    The ROHO Group
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:22 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 are always willing to help. What would your followers be surprised to learn about you? I grew up on a farm and milked goats until I was 12 years old. Finish these sentences: I wouldn’t have…
  • Q&A with Emily Ladau

    The ROHO Group
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Author of the blog: 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 family and their adorable son Simeon, who has spina bifida, at What Do You Do, Dear? Last book you read? Don’t Call Me Inspirational by Harilyn Rousso. I related to it so much and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Gadget/“trick” you use that…
  • ROHO Elite Interview: John McRoberts

    The ROHO Group
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    Meet John McRoberts, a medal-winning Paralympic Sailor for Canada. John splits time between Victoria, British Columbia and St. Petersburg, FL. Always an active person, John participated in everything from wheelchair rugby to racing before finally settling on sailing. To John sailing has longevity, “Other sports have a shelf life because of your age. Sailing can be done until the day I die.” Disability or Age Doesn’t Matter Unlike other sports that require being able to move a wheelchair around aggressively or upper-body strength, John points out that with sailing disability or age…
  • Important Skin Protection Tips for Wheelers

    Bob Vogel
    23 Sep 2013 | 1:10 pm
    Skin. It is the largest organ in the human body and also our first line of defense against disease.  Yet it is all too easy to take for granted, especially areas of the skin that we can’t feel.  For a wheeler that hasn’t had any skin issues it’s easy to become complacent about skin protection. In my 28 years as a T10 complete paraplegic, I’ve heard way too many stories of wheelers that have gone years, sometimes decades, with no skin issues. Eventually they let their guard down, only to encounter months of hospital time with a major pressure sore.  This is one of the reasons I…
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    Need Project Podcast

  • Toppling the Idol of Ideal with Melanie Boudreau Part II

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

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

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Melissa Horvath has a masters degree in special education and has taught preschool through 6th grade in a variety of settings including regular classrooms and special schools.
  • Need Project update with Bob West

    14 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Ministry President Bob West gives an update on current projects and what we are planning for the next year!
  • Hidden Disabilities with Dr. Stephen Grcevich

    15 Jun 2014 | 11:00 am
    Dr. Stephen Grcevich serves as Founder and Director of Strategic Initiatives of Key Ministry, a non-profit organization providing free training, consultation, resources and support to help churches serve families of children with disabilities. Dr. Grcevich is a graduate of Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), trained in General Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University.
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    Handicapped Equipment

  • Stabilizing Painful Toes

    admin
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:45 pm
    If you suffer from pain in your toes, then you already know just how uncomfortable this can be. Whether you suffer from pain in one toe in particular or several toes, you should know that you don’t have to live with toe pain. Think about your own toe pain? Is it constant or does it […]
  • Wheelchair Belt Alarms Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe

    admin
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:58 pm
    As people age, their bones become more frail and balance slowly declines. Although you can be the most fit person in the community, old age takes its toll on overall health. If you, or a loved one, has a chronic disease or injury that requires wheelchair assistance, a belt alarm enhances the chair’s safety level. […]
  • How To Raise Your Bed

    admin
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Whether you are a college student strapped for space or a senior citizen that has trouble getting out of bed each day, everyone can benefit from making their bed higher. Luckily, there are effective yet inexpensive methods to raise your bed that are quite easy to do. How to Make Your Bed Higher The most […]
  • Bath Salts For Those Feeling Stressed And In Pain

    admin
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Feeling Stressed And In Pain? Bath Salts Are The Answer! Overview Chances are, if you are like most people, your favorite time of the day is when you can finally sink into a warm and relaxing bath with a few candles glimmering around you and a glass of wine or good book in hand. These […]
  • How to Save on Medications

    admin
    15 May 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Finding less costly medicines is possible when you look at the options available to help save on prescriptions. From discounts through the manufacturer to ordering your medications through a reliable pharmacy online, there are simple solutions to buying medications on a budget. The first step is to decide which options will work best for you. […]
 
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    Enabled Kids

  • Teaching What Counts

    Natan
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
  • Villainous Sugars and Their Effects on Children

    Lauren Hasz
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    We are constantly warned to limit sugar in our children’s diets and to read labels carefully, and for good cause. There are very few people who aren’t alarmed by recent reviews of the average child’s diet. Doctors are concerned by the growing number of diseases and illnesses manifesting themselves in adolescents. Nutritionists are worried by […]
  • Beautiful

    Natan
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
  • Communication Between Parents and Teachers of Children with Special Needs

    Felicity Dryer
    3 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    In a classroom setting it is difficult for your special needs child to receive all that is needed to address their specific symptom(s) and learning capabilities. Although adequately trained, many teachers follow what they think is the best course of action which, especially with novice educators, may need tweaking by the parents themselves. Step in […]
  • Happiness

    Natan
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
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    Support for Special Needs

  • The Wide and Swift River Grows

    Julia Roberts
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    I’m a pretty social person. I generally like to be around (nice) people. I like the give and take of friendship. I like to find new friends that I have common ground with and I like to build friendships. I work hard at maintaining friendships. Single or married, I’ve always had time for my friends. Yes, it changed when I became involved with my then boyfriend and future husband, but I still worked hard at my friendships. Then kids came and The Fog (a time I refer to as the year after our kids were diagnosed with a life-threatening kidney disease) set in and I wasn’t so hot…
  • Deflated

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    In Schuyler’s Monster, I wrote about how special needs parents step into the fray, even when we’re basically unarmed, even when we’ve found ourselves in that battle a million times before, and even when we know we’re going to lose. “You never give up, and you persevere, not because you’re plucky or heroic or even smart, but rather because you hate the thought that there might have been some answer or solution waiting right around the next corner, and you would miss it if you gave up too early. It’s hope, and it’s stubborn and sometimes it’s even stupid,…
  • Sensory Implications for Bi-Polar Disorder

    Julia Roberts
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
    While Autism is very much in the current spotlight, the rate of children being diagnosed with Bi-Polar Disorder is even higher. According to the National Institute of Mental Health over 1.5 million children under the age of 15 are severely depressed. And one major study (Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation) states that nearly half of those children who exhibit depression before puberty will be diagnosed with Bi-Polar Disorder before they are 20 years of age. Another study projects that there are at least 1 million children who are suffering with this condition who are “uncounted”.
  • Limb Differences Aren’t Scary

    Jen Reeves
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    My eight-year-old daughter, Jordan, was born with one hand and that has led to Born Just Right’s focus on telling stories about how everyone is just right. We offer support from the parenting side of limb differences. But I’m lucky to periodically have guest writers who offer the adult perspective as well. From time to time, Jordan even offers her kid views. Each year, we focus on raising funds for Camp No Limits. It is a limb difference family camp that originated in Maine but also holds camps in Idaho, California, Missouri, Maryland and Florida. It allows kids of all ages and…
  • The Path to Self-Advocacy

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Last week, I was privileged to participate in a broadcast of The Inclusive Class, with hosts Nicole Eredics and Terri Mauro, and fellow guest Amanda Morin, author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education. (You can listen to the episode “Teaching Students to Self-Advocate” if you’d like.) It was a fun discussion, and it gave me a great deal to think about. The topic is one that becomes more central to my life as a parent the older Schuyler gets. She’s about to turn fifteen, and her need to advocate for herself is already taking center stage in her life.
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    Friendship Circle -- Special Needs Blog

  • Love My Provider Offers a Comprehensive Listing of Special Needs Services

    Sarah Buckley
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:32 am
    When it comes down to finding some of the best restaurants or professional services in your area, many people wouldn’t hesitate to research online by using sites like Yelp, Urbanspoon or Google Reviews. But finding the right resources and services that will mesh well with a child that has special needs will always more difficult than finding the best local pizza joint. The Founder This is where Sara Gershfeld, a behavioral psychologist, special educator and serial entrepreneur based in Los Angeles, comes in. With dual degrees in psychology and neuroscience from Scripps University, a MA…
  • Five Sensory Tips to Ease the Transition Back To School

    Jeanette Jones
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:11 am
    Is your child more active than usual? Is his/her attention or focus hard to maintain? The start of a new school year can be a chaotic and stressful time for both kids and parents. This is especially true for kids with sensory processing challenges, as changes are difficult and can be hard to manage. To support this transitional time and help makes things easier on the family, here are some fun sensory tips and other ideas for back-to-school time. 1. Visual Schedules Try to incorporate structure and routine into daily life as much as possible. Having a solid routine supports a child’s…
  • 10 Ways a Child with Special Needs Can Have an Active Lifestyle

    Karen
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    Fitness and active lifestyles for people with disabilities are hot topics of late due to the recent Disability Summit at the White House.  The fact is that an active lifestyle is elusive for many people with disabilities due to physical limitations, lack of accessibility, sensory issues and socioeconomic status. Elusive, but not impossible. Over the years, I’ve seen the cognitive and physical benefits of exercise in my son.  Exercise is a tool for personal growth as well as an excellent way to learn more about the local community. These are some of the ways in which I have included my…
 
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    Advocacy in Action

  • Is broccoli the key to an effective autism treatment?

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Credit:  Puamelia on FlickrAutism symptoms improved significantly in individuals after receiving sulforaphane, a chemical derived from broccoli, according to a studypublished online on Oct. 13.  Sulforaphaneimproved social and communication skills and lessened repetitive behaviors, report researchers from MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.Forty males with autism between the ages of 13 and 27 participated in the study.  Twenty-six participants received daily doses of sulforaphane.  The rest of the participants…
  • 5 Reasons Your Child Should Get a Flu Shot

    12 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    Credit:  US CDC1.     A flu shot is recommended for all children over 6 months by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  2.     Children are at a greater risk for getting the flu because their immune systems are still developing.3.    Flu can cause serious complications in children with weakened immune systems or chronic medical conditions.4.     Over 100 US children died from the flu last flu season.5.     The risks of a bad reaction from the flu shot are very low.Be sure to check with your child's doctor…
  • Irish Foster Care Association National Conference

    12 Oct 2014 | 2:53 am
    Why We Care14-16 November 2014 at Johnstown House Hotel, Enfield, Co MeathDr James Reilly, TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, will launch the conference on Saturday morning followed by a plenary focus on Aftercare with a panel of key stakeholders.For further details of the full conference programmes for adults, young people and children, please see attached brochure or register via our website, www.ifca.ie. Registration deadline: 6 November.The Irish Foster Care Association is a ‘rights based’, child centred organisation that promotes family-based solutions for children and…
  • Parent coaching interventions improve children’s autism symptoms

    9 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    Credit:  Poul-Werner Dam on FlickrYoung children’s autism symptoms improved when their parents used the PLAY Project Home Intervention Program, according to research released Oct. 2. Using this program also benefited parents because they had fewer symptoms of depression, report researchers Richard Solomon M.D. of the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Center for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and colleagues.Study detailsThe research, a clinical trial, involved 128 families that had a child with autism. Researchers divided the families into two groups. In…
  • Indifference & lack of empathy as a toddler may lead to antisocial behaviour later

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Credit:  Mindaugus Danys on FlickrPreschool children whose behavior is inconsiderate and apathetic are at risk for later behavioral problems, according to researchers from the University of Michigan.  Young children who show a lot of oppositional behavior, ADHD like behavior or "callous and unemotional behavior" are most likely to display this behavior at the beginning of primary school.If this type of behavior goes unchecked, the child may become aggressive or violent as an adult. "Adults who are aggressive or violent have often shown early-starting behavior problems as…
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    Learning Disability Carers Community

  • Welcome to Dr Margaret Tyson – our new volunteer!

    Shaggy
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    We are delighted to welcome Dr Margaret Tyson as volunteer researcher with LDCC. Margaret is the lady who developed our survey on annual health checks and she has since worked tirelessly to promote it, for which we are very thankful. Margaret’s daughter Karen had a learning disability and although she went for annual health checks a breast examination was not included and Karen died of breast cancer aged just 44. Margaret feels strongly that cancer checks, including breast examinations should be included in the health checks, as do we. Margaret has a PhD in biology and a Masters in public…
  • The #LBBill and why it is needed

    Shaggy
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
    Read Finola’s blog about her daughter and then join us in our fight to place power in the hands of families instead of it being totally with the state. The horrendous struggles and inequalities faced by this family are heart-breaking. 17 yr old Issy’s days with her family are numbered, and if the ‘powers that be’ have their way, Issy will be removed from her family home and forced into independent living. Of course we all know that independent living really means independent ‘of family’ living, because many of us have a son or daughter with complex…
  • Macmillan Coffee Morning at the Ragged School, Chesterfield

    Shaggy
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:47 am
    Coffee Morning, Fri 26 Sep 2014 Come in and join in with a Macmillan Coffee Morning! ‘Our Vision Our Future’ is running this event in Chesterfield town centre at the Chesterfield Ragged School, Markham Road (opposite ‘Pizza Hut’), S40 1TA. ‘Our Vison Our Future’ is a self advocacy group run by and for adults with learning disabilities aged 18 and over. Macmillan Coffee Mornings are a great fundraising event – a chance to enjoy a social morning with friends whilst raising some money for a great cause! Macmillan work to provide people facing cancer…
  • Special Olympics GB National Summer Games

    Shaggy
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    Special Olympics GB is delighted to confirm its 2017 National Summer Games – the 10th in history of the organisation – will be held in Sheffield from Monday 7th August until Friday 11th August 2017 The opening ceremony is exactly three years away. This will be the second time that the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games have been held in the steel city – the last time was in 1993. Venues for the Games will include the Sheffield Hallam University City Athletics Stadium; Sheffield City Trust’s Ponds Forge International Sports Centre; Hillsborough Leisure Centre; Concord Sports…
  • EASY READ – Securing the rights of disabled people in the austerity era

    Shaggy
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:39 am
    An economic, social and cultural rights movement is beginning to emerge in England.   Just Fair works as a central hub and advocate for this movement.  They aim to ensure that law, policy and practice complies with international human rights obligations including the empowerment of groups and individuals whose rights are being denied. They have put together an easy read document on securing the rights of disabled people in the austerity era.   http://just-fair.co.uk/uploads/Dignity_Opportunity_for_All_-_Easy_read.pdf   Website: http://just-fair.co.uk/  
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