There’s something very important in my life that I’ve implemented in the past year. It sounds like a very simple idea, but it isn’t always easy in practice. I’ve started following a new rule at the end of the day: when the day is done, go to sleep.
From an early age we are told that exercising with resistance training, and cardiovascular activity will help us live longer and healthier lives. However, people with disabilities may see this as an oxymoron since many may already have secondary health issues such as heart and lung problems. If a person with a disability has secondary health issues how can they exercise effectively?
Vision problems are most commonly the refractive error that occurs when the shape of the eye prevents the light from focusing directly on the retina. Usually the length of the eyeball, aging of the lens or changes in the shape of the cornea can be the reason behind the cause of refractive errors. Most of the people can suffer from one or more of these conditions.
On a rainy Saturday afternoon, I entered my friend Lynda’s virtual forum on Spirituality. I had met Lynda during a time when I was seized by doubt and fear about the pursuit of my goals to walk without assistive devices.
Students with special needs often feel ostracized in their schools, despite efforts to integrate them into the least restrictive environment. General Education (ed.) students sometimes don’t know how to interact with their peers with disabilities. They might ignore special ed. students, act overeager to help them or, in the worst scenarios, bully them.
Exercise has the potential to prevent chronic disease, improve the health of someone with a chronic disease and help reduce the risk of additional chronic diseases. Regrettably, we know that 47 percent of adults with disabilities who are able to do aerobic physical activity don’t do so.
Having a hard time motivating yourself to work out? I do all the time! I always find a barrier to exercising. My excuses range from; the gym is out of my way, I have no energy, I don’t have enough time… and the list could go on and on. Some days my head will come up with any lie to avoid working out. BUT there is a solution, that’s right- we can fix this!
After my last blog I thought that summer meant things would slow down but as I type this I am on a plane headed to work at a military camp for a week after just getting back last night from Junior Nationals all week. Apparently there’s no rest for the weary but it hasn’t been all work and no play ALL summer. In fact, we kicked off summer with family vacation at my favorite place on earth – no, not Disney world – that’s the happiest place on earth – this is small town North Carolina. Population 25!
I recently wrote about a challenge I experienced from a presentation I was trying to prepare for. I was frozen by a sense of fear, panic, and alarm. Typically I can set these negative emotions aside and proceed with what I need to do. In this one moment, I struggled.
As we move forward in our quest to be more of an inclusive society one of the issues that seems to hide under the radar but yet is becoming more apparent is the concern of capturing accurate numbers of disability population. I was recently asked if I objected to being called or referred to as a person with a disability. I politely responded