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  • Healing power of 'rib-tickling' found by researchers

    Disability News -- ScienceDaily
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    Unlike salamanders, mammals can't regenerate lost limbs, but they can repair large sections of their ribs. In a new study, a team of researchers takes a closer look at rib regeneration in both humans and mice.
  • Write at Sea, A Cruise for First Time Book Authors

    Karen Putz » Deaf Mom
    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…
  • Naegleria Fowleri: Brain-eating Amoeba that can Cause Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis

    Disabled World
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Naegleria fowleri, also referred to as the, brain-eating amoeba, is a free-living microscopic amoeba. It may cause a rare and devastating infection of the brain called, Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM).
  • Proteins Hey1, Hey2 ensure that inner ear 'hair cells' are made at the right time, in the right place

    Disability News -- ScienceDaily
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:19 pm
    The “molecular brakes” that time the generation of important cells in the inner ear cochleas of mice have been discovered by neuroscientists. These “hair cells” translate sound waves into electrical signals that are carried to the brain and are interpreted as sounds. If the arrangement of the cells is disordered, hearing is impaired, researchers report.
  • Please Be Boston-bound for InBound

    Do It Myself Blog - Glenda Watson Hyatt
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:52 am
    in July 2010, I had the pleasure of presenting on a panel Living with a Disability in the Web 2.0 Era at the Plain Talk Conference held in Alexandria, Virginia. While at the event, I met two women who worked in the web accessibility field in Boston. Upon parting, one of them extended an invitation to meet up, if I am ever in Boston. My immediate thought, of course, was Yeah, right, when will I ever be in Boston? Fast forward to May 31st, 2014: I was trying to navigate through the still-under-renovation Main Street Shytrain Station on my way to a speaking gig, when a song line suddenly popped…
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  • Write at Sea, A Cruise for First Time Book Authors

    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

    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

    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

    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…
  • When You Hit a Major Slump

    28 Apr 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Regular readers of this blog will probably notice it’s been quite some time since I blogged here.  This has been one long, dragged-out winter in more ways than one. My normal, “energy on spin cycle” has hit an “off” button. I feel as if life is moving in slow motion. When that happens, I know it’s a time of transition and a time of growth. It’s a time for me to pull back and reflect on what really matters. The longer I took to get back to blogging, the harder it became to find the energy, drive, and the resolve to get back into it. It was the same…
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  • Naegleria Fowleri: Brain-eating Amoeba that can Cause Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Naegleria fowleri, also referred to as the, brain-eating amoeba, is a free-living microscopic amoeba. It may cause a rare and devastating infection of the brain called, Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM).
  • Paralympics Track and Field High School All-Americans 2014

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    Now in its fifth year, the list honors the top high school track and field athletes who have a Paralympic-eligible impairment, based on their performances in the 2014 season.
  • Why a Yes Vote for Scottish Independence is Important for Disabled Scots

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    Paul Dodenhoff is an independent researcher and writer. See 'bio' for contact details.
  • Genetic Testing Identifies Males at Risk of Prostate Cancer

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:09 pm
    The study brings the total number of common genetic variants linked to prostate cancer to 100, and testing for them can identify 1% of men with a risk of the disease almost six times as high as the population average.
  • Ebola Virus: International Regulatory Cooperation

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:41 pm
    The statement below was released by the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) interim Management Committee following a recent international meeting in Rio. In addition to Health Canada, members include the Therapeutic Goods Administration, Australia; National Health Surveillance, Brazil; China Food and Drug Administration, China; European Medicines Agency; European Commission - Directorate General for Health and Consumers; Health Product Regulatory Authority, Ireland; Italian Medicines Agency, Italy; Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, and the Pharmaceuticals…
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  • Proteins Hey1, Hey2 ensure that inner ear 'hair cells' are made at the right time, in the right place

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:19 pm
    The “molecular brakes” that time the generation of important cells in the inner ear cochleas of mice have been discovered by neuroscientists. These “hair cells” translate sound waves into electrical signals that are carried to the brain and are interpreted as sounds. If the arrangement of the cells is disordered, hearing is impaired, researchers report.
  • Combining epilepsy drug, morphine can result in less pain, lower opioid doses

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Adding a common epilepsy drug to a morphine regimen can result in better pain control, fewer side effects and reduced morphine dosage, according to research. The result could bring significant relief to many patients with neuropathic pain, a difficult-to-treat condition often felt in the arms and legs and associated with nerve tissue damage.
  • Healing power of 'rib-tickling' found by researchers

    13 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    Unlike salamanders, mammals can't regenerate lost limbs, but they can repair large sections of their ribs. In a new study, a team of researchers takes a closer look at rib regeneration in both humans and mice.
  • Fish, fatty acid consumption associated with lower risk of hearing loss in women

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    Consumption of 2 or more servings of fish per week was associated with a lower risk of hearing loss in women, researchers have found. "Acquired hearing loss is a highly prevalent and often disabling chronic health condition," stated one corresponding author. "Although a decline in hearing is often considered an inevitable aspect of aging, the identification of several potentially modifiable risk factors has provided new insight into possibilities for prevention or delay of acquired hearing loss."
  • Gray matter myelin loss strongly related to multiple sclerosis disability, MRI shows

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    People with multiple sclerosis lose myelin in the gray matter of their brains and the loss is closely correlated with the severity of the disease, according to a new magnetic resonance imaging study. Researchers said the findings could have important applications in clinical trials and treatment monitoring.
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  • Please Be Boston-bound for InBound

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

    9 Jul 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Over the years, various songs have been anthems or theme songs for my life. These tunes either mark milestones or help me navigate something I am going through. My current theme song is Rod Stewart’s Can’t Stop Me. Why does Rod’s song about how he got started in his singing career bring me to tears as I launch my motivational speaking career? Back in my early years at university, I spent my second summer semester “learning how to use the microfilm and the microfiche in the library just in case I needed to use that technology to research a paper” – yes, I am that old! And, really,…
  • An iPad and Proloquo4Text for Delivering Acoustic Presentations: The Review

    13 Jun 2014 | 5:42 pm
    In May, I had the opportunity to deliver two presentations. In both instances, I used the text-to-speech Proloquo4Text app on my iPad. And, wow! That was much easier, much less cumbersome than using the old way in PowerPoint. The first presentation,  titled “From Speech Impairment to Motivational Speaker: How I Got From There to Here”, was based on much I have written here on my blog. Creating this presentation looked like: Writing: 5.25 hours (not including the time my friend Karen spent editing) Creating the  PowerPoint with only photos: 2 hours Importing into Proloquo4Text:…
  • Communication Access: The Last Frontier in Accessibility

    2 May 2014 | 3:09 pm
    One morning, many moons ago…back in high school, while I was wheeling past the school office on my way to class, the boys’ guidance counsellor happened to be in the hallway and asked, “Glenda, would you rather be able to walk or to talk?” Some people might find that question insensitive or even offensive. I found it sincere and genuinely interested. I am puzzled by society’s obsession with the ability to walk. That not being able to move about upright on one’s own two feet makes you less of a person, less worthy or valuable. And it is something that needs fixing or curing. But the…
  • An Easter Bouquet for You

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Picked especially for you from our first Photo Wheel of the season… Wishing you a blessed Easter! If you enjoyed this post, consider buying me a cafe mocha. Thanks kindly.
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    Rollercoaster Parenting

  • 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…
  • Logical

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Had word recently from Enable NSW. BooBoo's wheelchair has been approved. However, a second cushion cover was not approved.You may wonder why we would want a second cushion cover.Well, like her brother, BooBoo's bladder is, well, let's say somewhat unreliable. Our oldest's bladder has deteriorated now to full incontinence. We're talking neurogenic bladder, nappies and intermittent catheterisation here.We keep trying with the undies. You know, use it or loose it. Train those muscles to strengthen and all that.But it means we have many accidents. Plenty of spare clothes and wet undies. And…
  • Gammy and Victoria

    8 Aug 2014 | 12:46 am
    Last Friday we woke up to a sublimely sad story, which has captivated the Australian media and public.An Australian couple reportedly left behind a disabled baby boy with his surrogate mother in Thailand, while taking home his healthy twin sister. There has been quite some controversy around this story since. There are conflicting stories as to when the boy's disability was diagnosed (4 months, 6 months) and whether an abortion was requested and by whom (the biological parents or the agent). The patents reportedly told they did not know of the boy's existence, a claim refuted by the surrogate…
  • Six Months

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:49 am
    Pretty much from one day to another, our 13 year old son could no longer walk.So, what do you do? You ring your service provider to inquire about a wheelchair of course.Now these guys know our boy. He started therapy there when he was maybe four or five years old. They know the way he walks, they know his quirks. They KNOW him. I explain to the intake lady that Beaver can suddenly not walk anymore.- Yeah, so he will need to be seen by an Occupational Therapist, who can then script a wheelchair.- Ok, and then...- Then we put the application in with Enable for funding...- How long will that…
  • Diagnosis - 2014, the Big Setback

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:04 am
    2014 was always going to be a difficult year of big changes. We just hadn't quite appreciated how big they would be.All three children were starting at new schools. Beaver was off to High School, and was glad for it, as the last two years of Primary School were unpleasant to say the least. The small independent school we had sent the children to had gradually been changing, and I felt our two special needs children were not really welcome there anymore. When you get a sense everything is a "management problem" and you spend lots of cash on fees and special lessons and aides and their…
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    Rolling Around In My Head

  • Oscar, Twinkies and Closed Doors

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:46 am
    I had an experience, yesterday, that once again reminded me of the vulnerability that comes with having a disability. I mean, I know this, I've known it for a long time, but occasionally I am reminded, in real life, in real time, of the simple fact that there are dangers that are unique to my status as a disabled person. What happened yesterday is still too fresh to write about, I need more time and more distance, I need to be able to write about it without fear making my fingers type the wrong words with the wrong keys.I've studied the research on violence against people with physical…
  • Strawberries and Dilemmas

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
     We were coming home, a grey and grizzly day, cold seeped into our bones. Yes, summer in Canada can include days that feel like early winter. As we were walking home I suddenly thought of our next door neighbour. We don't really know her that well. Just the usual neighbour kind of interaction - we'll take parcels for her, she'll take them for us.Recently Joe ran into her and she told him that she was having more and more difficulty getting around and she was fearful of becoming house bound. I mentioned to Joe that we were not in a rush and asked him if we should call her and see if there…
  • Executive Functioning: Deliberate Indifference

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:49 am
    Today we release the second issue of Executive Functioning: A Newsletter for Senior Leaders in Human Services - the topic is 'Deliberate Indifference' - if you'd like a copy, or to subscribe, simply email me at dhingsburger@vitacls.org . Too, we are attaching NED talks to each newsletter (Network of Executive Directors) as you see above.
  • Dance!

    13 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    At the intersection of Yonge and Bloor there are three pedestrian crossing possibilities. North South. East West. And then there's 'all ways' crossing where traffic is stopped in every direction and people can cross from whatever corner they are on to whichever one they wish to go. It's kind of cool when you get there and it's 'all ways' because it still feels kind of wrong going both North and East or South and West both at the same time.Yesterday we were one of the cars stopped right at the crosswalk when the 'all ways' crossing blinked on. We saw a woman in a wheelchair with bright red…
  • Started As a Blog: Ended as a Rant

    12 Sep 2014 | 4:22 am
    I do not like Rob Ford's policies or politics.I do not like Rob Ford's interactional style.I did not and would not vote for Rob Ford.There.That's clear.Let me make something else clear.I wish Rob Ford the best in dealing with his latest health scare.I hope he does not have to drop out of the Mayor's race.I send him and his family positive thoughts as they face a difficult time.There.Now that's clear too.I follow Toronto politics fairly closely, reading most articles in most papers about the various candidates and their positions regarding issues that matter to me and to other Torontonians. I…
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  • The Switch to Online Courses Presents Challenges for Students with Disabilities

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

    8 Sep 2014 | 2:32 pm
    I spent the morning mucking out the enclosures for 17 goats. It was really, really physically taxing. After the first pen, I regreted taking this job. When you're sweeping and shoveling goat poop, your clothes get covered in a fine dust consisting of dirt, hay, and dried poop. It was impossible to keep cool. I quickly ran out of water in my thermos and I was too far from the house to go back for more.Still, I kept at it. The second and third pens were easier and I think it was because I developed a strategy for cleaning them. The fourth and last pen was THE WORST. I couldn't even get to the…
  • My Little Worker Bee

    6 Aug 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Tonight, my kiddo had an interview for a bar-tending position at a Japanese tavern in the historic Vieux Carré (French Quarter) in New Orleans. Hir aunt sings and plays the piano there every week and she put in a bon mot with the owner. My child just called and told me that ze begins training on Tuesday. I'm so proud of this kid.Being a college student living in a world famous city might result in a young person partying way too much and getting distracted with all kinds of questionable activities. This is especially true for a young person with ADHD. But my darling chose to stay busy by…
  • The Cost of Daring to Exist as a Queer Person of Color With Disabilities

    9 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    How College Wrestling Star "Tiger Mandingo" Became An HIV ScapegoatThis is really a(nother) case of a LGBQ person of color with disabilities being criminalized for daring to try to be a part of the non-disabled world. This man was used and exploited and now that they've gotten all that they can out of him, they're sending him to prison and trying to forget that he was ever there. Where are the LGBTQIA organizations now? Why are they always nowhere to be found when the LGBQTIA is Black?A few days ago, a friend brought up the problem of white older queers who exploit young queer people of color…
  • How The Healthcare Mandate Saved My Nephew's Life

    1 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    For those fighting the good fight, here's a real world example of why the healthcare mandate is a good thing:Do y'all remember when I posted the gofundme link for my nephew who was diagnosed with leukemia? Thankfully, the donations that people sent made it possible for him to have his mother there with him while he went through treatment. If you haven't been through cancer, I hope you at least have the sense of compassion and empathy necessary to understand why a child would want their parent around while strange people poke and prod and inject potentially lethal chemicals into their body.
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  • Two Lists of 5 Changes

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    I thought today I would use a prompt from the Creativity portal, another website filled with all sorts of inspiration for writers and artists. The prompt I came across this afternoon goes along quite well, I think, with my post about pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone. Make a list of five ways you've changed in the last five years. What changes do you wish to make in the next five years?5 Ways I've Changed i. I would have to say I'm of a "Take-Charge" person. ii. I'm more outspoken. iii. I'm more independent. iv. I am the one pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone more and more. v.
  • 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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  • Enterprise: Social Media Staff Guidelines list

    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

    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

    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

    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…
  • Day 30 – Staircase

    30 Jan 2013 | 2:43 am
    Day 30 – Staircase, a photo by dnwallace on Flickr. staircase noun a flight of stairs with its framework, banisters, etc., or a series of such flights. image by mariacasa
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  • 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…
  • APH News: July 2014

    Marissa Slaughter Stalvey
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    The July 2014 issue of the APH News is now online! This Month’s Headlines: “Full Steam Ahead!”--Annual Meeting 2014 National Prison Braille Forum: Save the Date! BOP Authors Write and Revise in Louisville Braille Plus 18 receives FCC Chairman’s Award 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…
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  • Communicate Using Only Your Breath

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    Huff post report on invention by 16yo Arsh Shah Dilbagi who has found a way to convert human breath into speech via – 16-Year-Old Invents A New Way To Communicate — Using Only Your Breath. Related posts: BreathBird : Breath activated scanning input comes to iPad Blow scrolling
  • Reader Writes – carbon fiber mouth stick fabrication needed

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    I received the following comment on my post Reader Writes: Another alternative for a touch mouthstick from Aaron who is looking for help fabricating a mouthstick solution. The aim of Lifekludger is to try and bring together people who make things (Makers) with people who need things (Livers). I post it here in hope someone might be able to assist him. Hello, I am a quadriplegic, and I had a very customizable mouth stick made for myself almost twenty years ago. The mouth stick has many easy exchangeable different types of attachments that are available to use. The attachment’s range from…
  • Apple’s App Review Should Test Accessibility – Marco.org

    8 Aug 2014 | 2:06 am
    Marco has a great post outlining why Apple (among others) should require accessibility of an app before releasing it. The closer to the design end of the development curve that accessibility is included, the better. Poor or broken accessibility is exactly the sort of problem that Apple’s App Review team should check for: many developers forget to test it, it’s easy for Apple to quickly test when reviewing each app, and it’s easy to fix. via Apple’s App Review Should Test Accessibility – Marco.org. Related posts: YouTube videos focusing on Mobile Accessibility Apple’s Retina…
  • The Great Automatic Light Saga or How to control a WeMo light from your PC

    16 Jun 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Summary: Control a lamp with a script on your PC via WiFi and a WeMo Switch This is going to get a bit convoluted so try and stick with me. I moved house the end of last year and, as happens every time, I left behind all the alterations and small tweaks I’d done to make my living environment accessible. One of these was the large light switches I’d had installed lower during a door modification to allow me access to turn the light on/off in my bedroom. Now in my next (current) house I was determined not to spend effort and dollars in such modifications as light switches to be left behind…
  • DwellClick

    4 Jun 2014 | 7:24 pm
    DwellClick lets you use your Mac without clicking. You point, it clicks . DwellClick will drag for you. Point at windows and resize areas to auto-drag, and use the control panel  for anything else. Save thousands of clicks per day. Drag hands-free with total control. What is dwell clicking? Dwell clicking enables clickless operation of your computer. Just point with your mouse or trackpad, and DwellClick clicks for you. Why use DwellClick? By avoiding the repetitive clicking action, you protect your hands from the damage that can build up with long-term computer use. DwellClick helps…
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    My Disability Blog

  • 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
  • Social Security Disability out of money by 2016

    Disability Blogger
    10 Jun 2014 | 6:48 am
    The Social Security Disability fund is due to be exhausted by 2016. If something isn't done, meaning something isn't done by Congress, it may mean a 21 percent cut in benefits for beneficiaries. This has a double whammy effect. It makes living on a disability check, already a pretty tough act, much tougher. Secondly, it cuts back pay, and, thus, the fees that may be received by
  • Is there any such thing as a permanent disability with Social Security?

    Disability Blogger
    18 May 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Someone asked the question: "Is there any such thing as a permanent disability with social security? When a person is awarded disability benefits, the presumption is that their case will be reviewed at some point. If medical improvement was expected at the time the case was approved, then the CDR, or continuing disability review, might happen fairly soon. I recall, as a disability examiner,
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    Rolling Rains Report

  • Summary: "Mapping skills and training needs to improve accessibility in tourism services"

    Scott Rains
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:44 pm
    1.0  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   Mapping occupation, skills needs and training content   1. Accessible tourism training should take into account the context of training, the trainee's prior qualifications, knowledge and experience, the level of the training to be delivered and visitors' specific access requirements. 2. If a visitor experience is to be truly accessible then all elements of the supply chain or customer journey must be accessible. As a result, a person's place in the tourism value chain is less important for determining skills and training needs than the role that this…
  • The Quality of Industry Training for Inclusion of the Disabled Travelers: European Case Studies

    Scott Rains
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Below is the European report "Mapping of Skills and Training needs to improve accessible tourism services". The report includes all findings of the research and data collection, the full analysis of results and a set of conclusions and recommendations. To facilitate dissemination, all country level data and the 20 case study reports my be downloaded here:http://www.accessibletourism.org/?i=enat.en.reports.1620  Authored for the European Commission by Pierre Hausemer, Ivor Ambrose, Kei Ito and Monika Auzinger. The study is downloadable as PDF here:…
  • The Business Benefits of Universal Design

    Scott Rains
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Universal Design's Business Benefits for a Changing Market from Scott Rains
  • Stephen Hawking on the Intel Connected Wheelchair Project

    Scott Rains
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
  • Martin Heng of Lonely Planet Travel Publications Circles the Globe

    Scott Rains
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    From Martin Heng:Travelling has always been in my blood. Perhaps I inherited it from my father, who was born in Singapore, travelled the world with the British Merchant Navy and finally settled in the UK, where I was born. I've lived and worked in half a dozen countries and travelled to more than 40. In the 80s and 90s I spent the best part of 10 years on the road, pausing only long enough to make enough money for the next trip. Imagine my euphoria in 1999 when I landed a job with Lonely Planet, whose books had been my constant companion across three continents over the previous decade! I've…
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    Pipecleaner Dreams

  • Summer Done, School Year Begun

    Ashley's Mom
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    Thankfully, we have survived yet another summer. School is back in session in just a few days, and I think both Ronnie and Ashley will be glad to see that day get here.Ronnie's biggest problem this summer was boredom. Unfortunately, he is not a go-getter type of guy and wants to rely on others to direct his social calendar. Since he is somewhat particular about what is on his social calendar, he also spent a lot of the summer complaining about that. He is a young man that needs to find the motivation that lives within himself, and I am not sure how to help him do that.Ronnie did participate…
  • ASL Happy

    Ashley's Mom
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    For my son, Ronnie...
  • Don't Look Down On Me

    Ashley's Mom
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    While this video is directed at one specific disability, the wisdom of Mr. Novick can be extended to all types of disability.
  • Yet Another Loss This Week...

    Ashley's Mom
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Mary MacCracken, Writer About Disabilities, Dies at 88
  • Summer Pleasures

    Ashley's Mom
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
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    How to be an Inspiration

  • Nursing A Grievance

    Stephen Deal
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    It has been a week or so of miscommunication, or rather, missed communication. Two different but parallel issues that pretty much sum up the frustrations of being dependent on other people doing their jobs so that you can do two of the absolute basics of life - go to the lavatory and go to sleep.Three times a week, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, two district nurses come in the afternoon to help me go to the loo. You may imagine this involves hoists and slings, catheters and so on; in reality it involves pulling my legs forward until I'm at the edge of the wheelchair seat and passing a…
  • The Policeman's Belt

    Stephen Deal
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    We are just back from our holiday in Hampshire. We stayed in a cabin on the edge of the New Forest at a place called Shorefield near Milford-on-Sea. Door to door the journey should take only a little over two and a half hours, it took us nearly six. It would have taken longer if not for a policeman's belt. The A3 is one of the arterial routes out of London: a six lane, high-speed series of fly-overs and underpasses funnelling traffic out to the M25 orbital motorway or onwards to Portsmouth with its ferry links to the continent. The road is packed with commuters, juggernauts, families on their…
  • Making A Move - Part One

    Stephen Deal
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:33 am
    If you have been a follower of this blog for any length of time you will know that in 2011 we moved to a new house. Previously we had been living in a two bedroom ground floor flat with a small garden but with two growing boys and the paraphernalia that comes with disability it was becoming a bit of a squeeze, to say the least. It took the intervention of our MP, Tom Brake and our GP, Dr T as well as social services, the district nurses and letters from a specialist doctor at Kings' Hospital to eventually get things moving, so to speak. And, of course, an Occupational Therapist, someone with…
  • Faulty Connections

    Stephen Deal
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:20 am
    Thank you to everyone who has welcomed my return to blogging, I've appreciated every comment, like, repost and retweet. I'm glad to be back, after all, if Li wasn't blogging I wouldn't be able to ask you this...What, I ask you, would you consider to be the minimum requirements, the prerequisites, for a wheelchair repair engineer? An encyclopaedic knowledge of different kinds of wheelchairs? A familiarity with the various faults that wheelchairs can develop? A well equipped toolkit so you can fix the fault you have cannily discerned and identified? You'd think so, wouldn't you. Let me disabuse…
  • Hear Hear!

    Stephen Deal
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    Over recent years I have noticed something peculiar about people. They all mumble. They miss out bits of words. Children are the worst, what with their squeaky high-pitched incomprehensible rambling. Women are almost as bad. People in groups produce a wall of unintelligible and impenetrable sound. The whole world needs elocution lessons. Or... Just possibly it might be my hearing. To rule out this absurd possibility I recently attended the Audiology clinic at my local hospital. It turns out that 50% of us with Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy have high frequency hearing loss. Guess…
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  • How To Prepare For An Assistive Technology Disaster

    Ricky Buchanan
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    If a businessman loses his iPad it’s frustrating, but if an AAC user loses their iPad they have lost their voice. If an able-bodied person’s computer breaks down they can borrow and use another computer, but if a piece of assistive technology breaks down there probably isn’t a spare one available to borrow. Everything fails eventually! So the question isn’t “if”, but “when” it will happen. Here’s how can you best prepare for assistive technology disasters… Joe Kissell wrote an article in Macworld recently, How to prepare for a Mac…
  • Weekend Roundup for 14 September, 2014

    Ricky Buchanan
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    Wow, what a huge week for Apple! 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 Playing Chess on the Mac – written and audio tutorial for VoiceOver users. The best Mac apps for reading ebooks. Smart Scroll for Mac OS X – Offers smooth and easy iPhone-like scrolling, smart scrolling, and hover scrolling. Lots of options! Podcast from Brian Smart about OS X VoiceOver latency (slowness), its causes, comparisons, and what to…
  • What Would Accessible Gesture Controls Look Like?

    Ricky Buchanan
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    If the world included a perfectly accessible gesture/multitouch recognition system, what would that system look like? What accessibility features might it have? Here are fifteen user needs which the developer of a hypothetically perfect system should be aware of … Recently I was introduced to the Ractiv Touch+ system, which promises to turn any surface into “multitouch and more”. It uses a pair of cameras and computer vision technology to recognise gestures on or above a surface. It is immediately apparent that this technology has potential to help many people with…
  • Accessibility Implications of iPhone 6 Apple Watch Event

    Ricky Buchanan
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Today Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the Apple Watch, and a brand new ApplePay tap-to-pay system to replace credit cards. Separately and together there are enormous accessibility implications for these announcements, here’s what I’ve put together … Firstly, I’m not going to list everything that was announced – for that you can watch the recording of the lifestream or read The 15 Most Important Announcements From The Apple Watch iPhone 6 Event. I’m just going to talk about the things that are relevant to accessibility in some way……
  • Weekend Roundup for 9 September 2014 (Belatedly…)

    Ricky Buchanan
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:53 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 … This week’s article is somewhat belated as I have been ill – sorry about that!! OS X Links Learn how ZoomText Mac’s Mouse Echo tool lets you quickly and easily spot read text on screen. Enjoy chess? Your Mac has a great chess app built in that’s fully accessible. AppleVis has a new guide to using OS X chess. Paul J Adam got a bunch of people on Twitter talking this week with his…
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    Disability Scoop

  • Vote On UN Disability Treaty Blocked

    Michelle Diament
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    An effort in the U.S. Senate to bring a vote on an international disability rights treaty has been squashed.
  • States Move Forward With Expanded ABA Coverage

    Michelle Diament
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Months after federal officials ordered them to do so, states are starting to include coverage of treatments like ABA for kids with autism within their Medicaid programs.
  • Kanye West Faces Backlash Over Wheelchair Incident

    Shaun Heasley
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Kanye West is taking heat for calling out two concertgoers for not standing up only to find out that they had disabilities.
  • Uber Accused Of Disability Discrimination

    Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle/MCT
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    The ride-sharing service Uber is facing accusations that its drivers discriminate against people with disabilities, in one case allegedly locking a passenger's service dog in the trunk.
  • Autism Services Focus Of New Push

    Shaun Heasley
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Federal officials say they're embarking on a new effort to identify best practices to meet the needs of individuals with autism from childhood to adulthood.
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    Clear Helper

  • CAPTCHA, Cognitive Disabilities, v1 (W3C Task Force)

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

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

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

    John Rochford
    29 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    The WC3‘s Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force received a presentation about a project called the “Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure” (GPII), from Gregg Vanderheiden, on March 31, 2014. Quoted below is a project description. “The purpose of the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) is to ensure that everyone who faces accessibility barriers due to disability, literacy, digital literacy, or aging, regardless of economic resources, can access and use the Internet and all its information, communities, and services for…
  • 2014 Boston Accessibility Conference – May 10 – Register Now!

    John Rochford
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Register Now for the 2014 Boston Accessibility Conference! When Saturday, May 10, 2014, 9 AM to 5 PM Where Cambridge IBM Innovation Center One Rogers Street, Cambridge, MA 02142 (One Charles Park) – 2nd floor Near the Cambridgeside Galleria What This is a conference about making technology accessible, especially the web, but also mobile, games, and much more. It is an opportunity for designers, developers, usability professionals, accessibility experts, and end users to share information and learn from each other. Who Keynote Speaker: Judy Brewer Director of the Web Accessibility…
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  • Roses

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    photo credit: Barbara McDaniel _________________________ Our wisdom is all mixed up with what we call our neurosis. Our brilliance, our juiciness, our spiciness, is all mixed up with our craziness and our confusion, and therefore it doesn’t do any good to try to get rid of our so-called negative aspects, because in that process we also get rid of our basic wonderfulness. We can lead our life so as to become more awake to who we are and what we’re doing rather than trying to improve or change or get rid of who we are or what we’re doing. The key is to wake up, to become more alert, more…
  • The Turn

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:19 pm
    textile design, wool flannel _____________________ “TURN SOFT AND LOVELY ANYTIME YOU HAVE THE CHANCE,” - Jenny Holzer, artist
  • Structural Integrity

    14 Sep 2014 | 4:55 pm
    “ONE BLUE SQUARE” 5×5′, m/m, 1994 _______________________________ The machinations of my mind have turned toward the themes of prayer, words and intention these days. I understand that a prayer is just naked and ineffectual if the words are not connected to truly raw and authentic feeling. This certainly has pretty immediate results (whether I like them or not) when I get demanding or even rageful at God: “God- you have GOT to show up RIGHT NOW..I’m serious here..” I have been interested in the work of Dr. Masuru Emoto for a number of years. His…
  • Out of the Mouth of a Babe

    13 Sep 2014 | 11:17 am
    hand-painted silk neckties, 1987 ________________________ Some things that are broken need fixing. Some things don’t. I think we are all attuned to the antiquated cultural systems we live within; political, economic, religious, the ways we eat and educate etc. That need to fall, morph. Stuff’s not workin’ and it makes one numb because really- how much can just one person do? I came across this article in the NYT by a youngster named Peter Thiel. Here’s a snippet: Even for a self-made billionaire, Peter Thiel has strong opinions. Having founded a…
  • One Word

    12 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    ceramic arrowhead, 4×3″ ___________________ I have a word. One word that I use when I need to up the ante’ in the strength department. If my legs won’t fill with vitality to allow an easy transfer from chair to wherever And I begin to slip into the downward spiral of “can’t” I try again with the addition of my word. My word is: THRIVE. Every time I call in this juju.. I mean EVERY time- it steps in and fills in the empty place I can’t quite get to on my own. I use it in any situation I feel myself caving. I must treat this word like sacred ground…
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    Need Project Podcast

  • 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.
  • The Spiritual Art of Raising Children with Disabilities with Kathy Bolduc

    14 May 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Our guest is Kathleen Bolduc, Kathleen is a speaker and Author her newest book is The Spiritual Art of Raising Children with Disabilities. The book is about how to grow in your personal spiritual life while raising a family that may have more challenges then others.
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    Handicapped Equipment

  • Wheelchair Belt Alarms Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe

    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

    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

    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

    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. […]
  • Ease Big Toe Pain With A Bunion Aider

    26 Apr 2014 | 11:36 pm
    If you suffer from bunions, then you already know just how painful and irritating they can be. A bunion is a type of bump located on the side of the foot. It usually occurs because some kind of structural deformity in the bones of the foot exists. However, you do not have to live with […]
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    Wheelchair Accessibility Blog and Disability News from AMS Vans, Inc.

  • AMS Vans Delivers Wheelchair Vans AND White Glove Service

    Susan Hawkins
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    More  Watch Our “White Glove Service” Video! When AMS Vans delivers wheelchair vans to our customers’ driveways, anywhere from Maine to California, we don’t just drop it off. There’s a lot that happens before we leave a customer with the keys, and it’s all about making sure you know how to operate the van and the conversion. In fact, customers are encouraged to take all the time they need with our mobility professional to… Learn About Ramp Deployment There are several ways to deploy the ramp in AMS side entry wheelchair van conversions, which is…
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Drug Approved in Europe

    Susan Hawkins
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    More First Duchenne MD Drug Gets EU Nod Though the approval is ‘conditional’ for this new Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) drug, the eventual possibilities are reason to hope. For decades, researchers have looked for a legitimate and effective treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Patients have been counting on the possibility that something worthwhile would emerge. Now, in an exciting development, the first-ever drug for this debilitating disease has received conditional approval in Europe. In the European Union (EU), ‘conditional approval’ is granted when a…
  • How Robin Williams Supported Athletes with Disabilities

    Jill Liphart
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    MoreFunny for Good Among the many good things this beloved comedian did for others was actively support athletes with disabilities, and he was far more into it than just writing a check. The death of Robin Williams earlier this month was extremely difficult to accept. Everyone from fans to friends and fellow celebrities responded to the shock of the comedian’s passing with an unprecedented level of grief and support. As more information came out about the difficulties Williams suffered with crippling depression and early-stage Parkinson’s, we also found out that Robin Williams was…
  • New Stand Up Kids’ Wheelchair a Game-Changer

    Susan Hawkins
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    MoreYoung Wheelchair Users Can Stand Tall There have been a lot of innovations lately in adding style and performance to the traditional electric wheelchair, some of which turn the device into an all-terrain vehicle, others which make wheelchairs look like hot rods. All have some sort of amazing innovation that makes the wheelchair actually a pretty cool thing to have. Now, however, Mybility has unveiled what may be the coolest innovation of all. Up until now, most of the best wheelchair-related innovations have been for adults. The new Mybility chair is the very first stand up, all terrain…
  • “Disability Treaty” Promises Power and Global Access

    Jill Liphart
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    More Progress in Global Disability Rights The disability rights movement has been going on for decades and has constantly faced the reality that legislation related to people with disabilities has been passed without their involvement or inclusion. Similar to the famous Boston Tea Party slogan, “No taxation without representation,” the disability rights movement has gotten to the point where it’s adopted a variation on that mantra: “Nothing about us without us.” Since the civil rights movement in the 1960s, people with disabilities have begun to adopt…
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    Enabled Kids

  • Nothing is Impossible

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:42 am
  • Believe

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
  • Judgement Call

    Amy Williams
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    We all know the stereotype: forgetful, irrational, and unstable. It’s easy to see the progress of a teen’s body as they grow into adulthood, but seeing what goes on inside of their heads isn’t quite as easy to understand for parents, who are often disassociated from their children’s mental development.   The stereotypes are correct: as […]
  • The Best Toys for Special Needs Kids

    Janice Yeung
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Special needs children have specific needs and requirements when it comes to play time. They need developmentally appropriate toys and games that could help them grow and practice everyday functions through playing. With the correct toys, even playtime could make a huge impact on the development of your child! We have compiled the specific toys […]
  • Without Kids My Heart Would Be Empty

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
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    Support for Special Needs

  • Building Friendships

    Julia Roberts
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    One of the hardest things about parenting my kids who have specials needs is finding the time and energy to help them develop friendships. A typical week can find us with 6-9 appointments after school between doctor visits, lab visits and tutors and so it’s not surprising that I find it difficult. It’s exhausting planning the kids’ medical and emotional care and academic help and sometimes I feel like planning play dates is just one more thing and it often gets moved to the end of the line. But I do know it’s important to their development. Because they straddle the…
  • The Key

    Robert Rummel-Hudson
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    One of the traps of assistive technology can be the impulse to equate the newest and most expensive tech as being The Key. We’re all looking for The Key, that breakthrough piece of tech that will open doors to communication and suddenly unlock the hidden potential of our kids. Even last week, as I watched the Apple presentation of the new Apple Watch, all I could think was “Just imagine the potential for this technology for disability-related assistive technology!” Even though when I really thought about it, I couldn’t actually think of anything particularly…
  • Foster Good Behavior

    Holly M. Adams M.Ed.
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    When you teach a child how to modify their own behavior you are fostering self-respect and respect for others. You are also instilling in them a sense of responsibility and teaching them the importance of rules and consequences. “What are some ways to prevent behaviors before they occur?” Reduce distractions: Ever heard of the “out of sight, out of mind” idea. If you don’t want to deal with a tantrum or fight with other children, put things away. Great ways to do this are using curtains, cupboards, and even bins to put toys in or behind when not in use. Use a schedule: Many…
  • Suicide Prevention Day, Four Years Post Suicide Reality

    Julia Roberts
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    “It catches me off guard, still today.” I’ve recently said those very words – and more than once – after my son laughs or smiles or I witness him genuinely connecting with another human. Over four years ago we weren’t sure what would happen. We weren’t sure if and when we’d ever see that smile or hear that laugh again. The unspoken words between myself and my husband were the ones that you never imagine thinking let alone saying aloud. My son didn’t smile for a very long time and even though we’re over four years from the time he…
  • Building Relationships with Special Ed Teachers & Schools

    Julia Roberts
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:02 am
    As we are beginning our school year, I’m thinking back to previous years and what our family and most especially our kids have endured. A life-saving transplant for our daughter and days/weeks missed from school for medical testing and recovery and a mental breakdown for our son that culminated in his hospitalization in a psychiatric hospital. Our public school, who already knew us well because of 6 years of education for our kids, readily supported us through it all. From administration to teachers, they all took an active part in our family’s recovery from the kidney transplant…
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    Friendship Circle -- Special Needs Blog

  • 17 Tips For Finding the Right Shoes for your child with special needs

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    The wrong pair of shoes can create a day of misery for anyone. When special needs are added to the mix, the right pair of shoes can become elusive. Increased foot discomfort is associated with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), use of an Ankle-Foot Orthosis (AFO), feet of different shapes or sizes, and medical conditions such as diabetes or edema. Certain features in shoes can reduce that discomfort. Making Shoes More Comfortable Of course, any pair of shoes can be made more comfortable with a few tricks of the trade: 1. Tight Or Loose? Consider whether loose fitting sandals or something snug…
  • 7 Morning Sensory Tips for You and Your Child with Special Needs

    Ilana Danneman
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:27 am
    The alarm rings…. brrrrrring….. or maybe its your favorite radio show waking you up. You roll out of bed to get ready for another week of routine including school, homework, after school activities and evening routines. The routine is great, but getting started each day can feel like pulling ten pounds of granite out the door. How can you get yourself and your kids re-energized each morning to start the day off right? Here are a few tips to get those muscles moving and brain cells working right from the start of the day. These tips are written for your sensory seeking, sensory deprived or…
  • A New Product to keep your child safe through GPS and Voice Monitoring

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:34 am
    Angelsense offers a new solution to keep your child with special needs safe through GPS and Voice Monitoring. The Country of Israel is renowned as one of the top technology hubs around the world. Israel has been a hotbed of technology for decades with every major tech company such as Intel, Microsoft, Google and Facebook having research labs and/or offices in Israel.Recently Apple, Cisco, Google and Facebook have acquired Israeli technology companies (Read Start-Up Nation for an in-depth look at Israel’s tech sector). For this reason it is no surprise that another Israeli technology…
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  • Special Needs News: Slow Brain Connections and ADHD, Brain Scans and Dyslexia & FDA and Autism Treatment - 16 September 2014

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    Brain Connections Develop Slower in Kids with ADHDBrain images of children with ADHD show that connections between networks in their brains grow slower those of children without ADHD. Researchers from the University of Michigan studied brain scans of over 750 children with and without ADHD. Using fMRI, they were able to see less developed connections in areas of the brain dealing with internal thoughts and focus."It is particularly noteworthy that the networks we found to have lagging maturation in ADHD are linked to the very behaviors that are the symptoms of ADHD," said the study's lead…
  • More Autism Tips From Temple Grandin

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    Credit:  Counse on FlickrAutism advocate Temple Grandin spoke at the University of San Diego recently.  Grandin offered these tips for parents and teachers who interact with children on the autistic spectrum.   Children with autism or other "labels" often have uneven skills.  They may be really good at math but have poor reading skills.  Parents and teachers need to build up that area of strength. Give full support to children in the subject they are good at."If you don't stretch these kids, they don't develop." Grandin advises that children with autism must…
  • Let's Talk - Social Inclusion Week Seminar with John Lonergan - Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council,

    14 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Let's Talk are hosting a flagship event during Social Inclusion week on Tues 14th Oct in the DLR County Council Assembly Hall. During this all day event, many local and national organisations will be hosting stands and displaying posters and brochures outlining the services they provide. This event is aimed at parents and carers of teenagers and will cover a broad range of topics, like bullying/cyberbullying, drugs/alcohol, mental health, teenage behaviour, sport, body image and lots more!!The day starts at 10.30 and will be launched by a special guest. At 12.30, there will be a panel session…
  • Family Leave Bill - Have Your Say

    14 Sep 2014 | 2:33 am
  • 8 Signs Your Child May Have ADHD

    13 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    Credit: Jenny Downing on FlickrAttention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed disorders in children.  ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder because "it has to do with the way the brain grows and develops." The way ADHD affects children can differ from child to child as there are 3 sub-types of this disorder.  In addition, the severity of ADHD symptoms varies among children.Here are 8 common signs of ADHD:Inability or difficulty sitting still, constantly fidgeting.Talking all the time - so much so that it is…
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  • Macmillan Coffee Morning at the Ragged School, Chesterfield

    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

    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

    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/  
  • Easy Read Guide to Dealing with Nuisance Calls

    1 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    Ofcom have put together a guide on how to get fewer phone calls that you don’t want. Ofcom leaflet – nuisance-calls-guide
  • LD Nursing professionals – the difficulties we face

    1 Jul 2014 | 3:46 am
    My name is Graham, I am a Learning Disability Nurse, qualifying in September 2012, having studied at the University of Cumbria. Since qualification, I have had several jobs, including managing a 30 bedded Elderly Nursing Unit, and working in EMI Dementia care, as a result of there being a scarcity of specific LD Nursing roles within my region , but demonstrating that as a RNLD, my nursing skills enable me to cross differing nursing disciplines and services. Currently, I am working for Health & Social Care Partnerships, based in Kendal – Cumbria.   We are a “step down”…
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  • Nightmare Update

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

    Sick Chick
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Although my blog has not had a political focus in the past, today I would like to share with you a speech I prepared for a candlight vigil held to commemorate the funeral of Mike Brown: “Hello everyone. I want to start by thanking you all for coming out tonight. We are here, first and foremost, to honor Mike Brown, who was finally laid to rest today after his brutal murder at the hands of a police officer. We are also here to show our support for his grieving family. Mike Brown’s death sparked the people of Ferguson to take to their streets and demand justice. The violent response…
  • Service Dogs vs Emotional Support Animals: The Difference

    Sick Chick
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:07 pm
    These days many people have some confusion when it comes to understanding the difference between Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals. Although they are similar, they are not the same and this important distinction needs to be made. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), service animals can only be dogs, or in some cases, miniature horses. Service dogs are trained to perform tasks that mitigate a disability, such as picking up dropped items for a person in a wheelchair or alerting a deaf person to sounds, such as a doorbell. To understand more about the jobs service…
  • Is that a Saddle? Service Dog Equipment

    Sick Chick
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Today I thought I would take a break from the insurance/doctor/pharmacy drama and focus on a less stressful subject. So in this post I’m going to discuss the gear I use with Dale – Service Dog Extraordinaire. Dale resting in his harness in front of the piano before our recital. All of Dale’s gear came from the program that trained him, Canine Partners for Life (CPL). His equipment is vital to his job, as well as to his health while he is working. Dale’s harness from the back, you can see his no petting signs here. The first thing everyone notices is his harness, which is…
  • The Tysabri Rebound Effect: What happens after?

    Sick Chick
    2 Aug 2014 | 7:04 pm
    A subject that has been of interest to me lately is the Tysabri Rebound Effect. This refers to the increase in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) disease activity after stopping treatment with IV Tysabri infusions. Although I did study this rebound effect before starting on this therapy, it has recently become a much more prominent feature on my list of things to worry about. The reason for this increased concern is that after several months of infusions, changes in insurance, doctors, and pharmacies  have resulted in, at the very least, the postponement of my next scheduled infusion (set for the day…
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