Beginning Stages of Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery

Oct 20, 2014
Beginning Stages of Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery

Traumatic brain injury, often called TBI, occurs when the soft tissues of the brain strike the interior surfaces of the skull. The injury to the brain can range from mild to severe, and it can cause a number of symptoms, including speech and language problems, gait problems, headache, unconsciousness or even coma. Medical support is critical in minimizing the damage from TBI and in helping the patient to maximize their recovery.


Disability in the workplace: Employer rights and responsibilities

Oct 17, 2014
Disability in the workplace: Employer rights and responsibilities

It is against the law to discriminate against people in the workplace simply because of their appearance, gender, or religion. Similarly, it is also illegal to discriminate against people who may have disabilities, whether they are already part of the workforce or an applicant for a vacant position. This does not only include obvious physical disabilities, such as if a person uses a wheelchair or has ambulatory issues, but also people with intellectual, sensory, and nuerological disabilities.


Think Pink with a splash of water…

Oct 16, 2014
Think Pink with a splash of water…

October brings Cancer awareness and Women’s health issues to focus however, let’s add some water to the mix. Water exercise has a wide range of benefits to anyone who has become de-conditioned from cancer.


Speech Related Issues

Oct 15, 2014
Speech Related Issues

People who have autism or other speech related issues face the problem of communicating socially and may also have behavior problems. The main objective of speech therapy is to improve all the vital aspects of communication including auditory processing. It is used to treat a number of speech related issues in which people face problems in creating or forming speech sounds which is required to communicate with others. The most three common speech related disorders are as follows: dis-fluency, articulation and voice disorders. Speech therapy is probably the best solution to treat these speech related issues.


Dealing with Mental Health

Oct 14, 2014
Dealing with Mental Health

We all know about the World Mental Health Day which is celebrated every year in a month of October. Mental Health Week is being held from 5 to 12 October in 2014. This year’s theme is “Living with Schizophrenia”. Now in this article we will talk about Schizophrenia.


Coping with Mesothelioma

Oct 13, 2014
Coping with Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a serious form of cancer. The disease causes tumors to grow in the membranes that surround the organs. It occurs most often in the chest, but it can occur in any part of the body where these membranes occur. The cancer can also metastasize, or spread, to other parts of the body. In the early stages the disease can cause fatigue and respiratory complications; in the later stages the disease can cause damage to the nerves leading to a variety of dysfunctions. If the disease metastasizes, it can cause further disabling symptoms depending on where it spreads. Additionally, some of the treatments used to manage the disease can also be strenuous.


Beat Hibernation By Working Out

Oct 10, 2014
Beat Hibernation By Working Out

With Summer officially over, many of us fall into the trap of being overly active during the sunny weather, to hibernating in fall and winter. Its likely you’ve been doing a lot of exercise, without even realizing you’ve been working out through summer. From hiking or long walks along the beach, to hopping in the pool or playing sports with friends. You’ve probably been a lot more active, and feel better for it. However with the hot weather behind us, and the dark nights approaching, its easy to get stuck in a rut of going to work, going home, and staying warm.


Obesity and it’s effect on children with disabilities

Oct 09, 2014
Obesity and it's effect on children with disabilities

After decades of advancements in modern day medicine, why are mortality rates increasing in 2014? Regrettably, today’s parents can expect to live longer lives than their children, a sad commentary on today’s lifestyle. Bottom line . . . the obesity epidemic amongst the children of America is shortening their lifespan, causing mortality rates to head in the wrong direction.


Disability Awareness Month

Oct 08, 2014
Disability Awareness Month

It is no secret that Americans love to create holidays. We jump at the chance to talk like a pirate or order a free cup of coffee, but we also take pride in bringing awareness to topics that are near to our hearts. Almost every day of the year is dedicated to an animal, food group, or cause that we deem worthy of celebration. October is a month that is largely dedicated to bringing awareness to different types of disabilities. During this month we celebrate spina bifida awareness, Down syndrome awareness, as well as cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus day.


What does inclusion mean to you?

Oct 06, 2014
What does inclusion mean to you?

What does inclusion mean to you? If you ask me that question, a million things run through my head. It is something I deal with on a daily basis. Take Sunday for example. My husband and I have to leave for church early so that we can be sure to get an accessible parking spot with enough room to get a wheelchair beside the car, and so that we can get the one seat in the church where my husband can actually see the stage when everyone else is standing (which happens more than you might think in our southern Baptist church). Not only that, but our church has stadium seats – you know, like the kind at the movie theater- so his seating options are already limited to a front row or an end- and how many Baptists do you know who like to sit in the front row?  When we go to the restaurant for lunch, we have to fight to find another accessible parking spot and then try to find an accessible table and not a booth, which sometimes requires us to wait an extra hour (and we won’t talk about the restaurants that require us to use a separate entrance just so his wheelchair can get in). When we head to the grocery store, the accessible spots and the striped areas beside them are always full! Once inside at the produce section, I have to grab all the fresh veggies we want (including his favorite- jalapenos) because he can’t reach them. And at the checkout, while my hands are full from bags of groceries, the cashier still tries to hand me the receipt instead of my husband, who is right in front of her. And all of that takes place in only half of one day.