On April 2-4 2015, I participate at the United States Quad Rugby Association (USQRA) National Championship tournament in Louisville, Kentucky. My competitive juice starts to flow as I head to this event. As I prepared for my 19th appearance, I was hoping to take away something more important than an award or a trophy. What I got instead was the reality that there is something bigger than this event, something that all people with a disability should experience at one time in their life.
People with disabilities make up the largest minority group in America: According to the Census Bureau, about 56 million individuals, or one in five, have some type of disability. The passage of the Affordable Care Act is changing the face of healthcare, focusing on improved access, prevention, and outcomes for all Americans. Understanding the unique needs and challenges of healthcare consumers with disabilities is at the cornerstone of health policy and the healthcare market.
According to the Autism Society, as of 2014, over 3.5 million Americans are currently living with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. It is estimated that approximately 80 percent of these people are under the age of 22, but this group of children will soon be aging into adulthood, and many experts are concerned that few people know enough about adults living with ASD.
Fortunately, there is still quite a bit of important information that research has proven about adults living with autism that can be helpful for you as you provide support to your loved ones.
Parkinson’s disease impacts more than one million people in the U.S. and can strike as early as age 50. It affects both men and women equally and as many as 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. With symptoms like tremors, slowed movements, rigid muscles, and altered posture and balance, this condition forces patients to change their everyday lives and relearn how to function in public. Fortunately, the public is becoming more understanding of this condition through efforts such as Parkinson’s Awareness Month each April.
Substance abuse and addiction are serious conditions with a variety of harmful effects on health and wellness. From complications relating to mental health, to physical risks and damages, long-term drug use can have drastic effects on overall well-being.
Today is a day of celebration. No, not because it is the end of the week but because we get the chance to celebrate the accomplishments of a young athlete. An athlete who transcended the word. An athlete who showed us how to play and how to live.
Navy veteran Larry Belfer has compromised, but never conceded to the rare but aggressive cancer that has changed his life dramatically.
Monday April 6th is the second annual International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. It was created by the United Nations General Assembly to promote the importance of sports world-wide.
This month we take a few moments to recognize Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day. As with other disabilities, there are many misconceptions out there about having this disability. In this post, I’m going to try and dispel a few of them. While it might be a shock, or even a bit upsetting for a parent to find out their child has been diagnosed with this disability, it shouldn’t be seen as “the end of the world.”Believe it or not, there are many people with CP who live successful and fulfilling lives, despite their limitations. Early intervention is the best first step in the right direction. Different interventions can benefit the person through their early years, into adulthood and beyond. There are many adults who are doctors, parents and even movie stars that live with Cerebral Palsy.
As the month of March is winding down and National Nutrition Month is coming to a close, let us look at ways that we can “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle” for months to come. The focus of the month was to consume less calories, make educated food decisions, and make exercise a regular part of your life. Did you make changes towards leading a healthier lifestyle in March?