The Giggles

Dec 19, 2014
The Giggles

Dr. Bloom and I recently debuted a scene from Macbeth at Spain Rehabilitation Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. The Scottish play, as Macbeth is often referred to, is dark, and that’s putting it mildly. Macbeth murders the King of Scotland at the urging of his wife, she gets mad at him for not planting the daggers on the sleeping grooms, then she murders someone, and on it goes! They both descend into madness with hand washing fetishes.


Married to the Chair – On a DIET!

Dec 18, 2014
Married to the Chair - On a DIET!

Yep, I said the forbidden four letter word… we don’t cuss in our household but that is getting pretty darn close! I have always thought diets were pointless. I mean I am an exercise physiologist… my philosophy is if I want to eat it than tomorrow I will just run a little farther. And that philosophy has gotten me through life wearing the same size jeans I wore in college well after my ten year reunion.


Changes Large or Small

Dec 15, 2014
Changes Large or Small

As the ancient Chinese poet and philosopher Lao Tzu stated, “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”


Tooth Extraction: For Better Oral Hygiene

Dec 12, 2014
Tooth Extraction: For Better Oral Hygiene

It is a widely known fact that one has to maintain utmost oral hygiene regardless of one’s age. In some cases, despite the kind of efforts that have been in place, people do fall prey to different types of problems related to their teeth. Because of the bad condition in which their tooth or teeth are in, an extraction of one or more teeth becomes the next obvious option to the dentist.


2014 Human Rights Summit

Dec 10, 2014
2014 Human Rights Summit

Today marks a celebration day of Human Rights. Again, this marks another opportunity to discuss and celebrate the triumph of Human Rights for everyone, World-wide. Also, it’s another opportunity to educate people on the role of sports to all people, especially people with disabilities.


The Link Between Epilepsy & Traumatic Brain Injury

Dec 08, 2014
The Link Between Epilepsy & Traumatic Brain Injury

The effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) can vary from individual to individual. One result of TBI that can manifest itself in different ways is epilepsy.


How Your Contacts Can Protect Against UV Rays

Dec 05, 2014
How Your Contacts Can Protect Against UV Rays

As you are probably well-aware, it’s a good idea to shield your eyes from the damaging effects of UV rays. What you may not know, however, is that UV exposure to the eyes is cumulative, according the the American Optometric Association. The solar radiation coming from UV rays is concentrated by the cornea, and the rays that get through the pupil tend to be absorbed by the lens of your eye. Over time, this UV radiation builds up and can cause issues with your eyes such as cataracts, photokeratitis (sunburn of the eye) or age-related macular degeneration (AMD).


Isn’t this Inclusion?

Dec 04, 2014
Isn't this Inclusion?

I often fill this space with analogies and examples from the undergraduate sport sociology course that I teach at James Madison University. I do that because that educational setting is representative of the rate at which society is slowly—but surely—educating itself on disability matters as the disability rights movement unfolds before our very eyes.


International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPwD): Exploring Effective Strategies To Raise Awareness about People with Disabilities

Dec 03, 2014
International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPwD): Exploring Effective Strategies To Raise Awareness about People with Disabilities

 

It is well documented that people with disabilities face barriers which hinder equal participation in several environments including school and work. One of the primary barriers people with disabilities commonly face in the context of inclusion and participation is negative attitudes from others based upon misconceptions and stereotypes about individuals with disabilities.  


Remember the Guinness Commercial?

Dec 02, 2014
Remember the Guinness Commercial?

Back on September 13, 2013, is when I first saw the Guinness commercial that featured a person with a disability playing wheelchair basketball with some of his friends without a disability. Almost immediately I knew this commercial was going to be talked about for a long time, as well as make me want to have a drink.