For years I have always heard that unemployment for people with disabilities has been at or around 70%. This number has always been the same in my 10 plus years of public speaking, 20 years in the workforce of serving people with disabilities and the 30 plus years that I have been a person with a disability. At times it seems as if this would never change. How can it? How would we know for sure? Something has got to change. What can be done to make a dent in this number?
When faced with disability, it may have a profound impact on you, but it can transform your life in unexpected ways. Adjusting to your new reality can be a struggle but it can be overcome. You can battle and continue to live life successfully by keeping certain things in mind.
Summer is a busy time for most people. There are days spent by the pool, trips to the beach, and more time, overall, spent in the great outdoors. If you wear a hearing aid, the increased exposure to elements such as water and heat that occur during the summer can cause damage to your devices.
When trying to decide what to write for this week I kept coming back to the fact that schools across my portion of the country are beginning to start back and many of those students will have disabilities. Here are a few tips and explanations to help the beginning of your school year go as smoothly as possible.
Bullying is nothing new. For years, it was just a part of some people’s experience at school. Whether it was because a new person arrived at school that didn’t fit in with a particular crowd, or even sometimes it was just because kids were bored with the atmosphere and they saw bullying someone else as “something to pass the time”.
Today, our country has provided more and more youth with disabilities opportunities to be part of recreation and competitive sport. Now, more than ever, laws and opportunities are in place to continue to make this a growing reality.
I have been a below knee amputee since 1988 and a prosthetist for more than 25 years. In that time, I have seen and experienced advancements in comfort, performance, and durability that surprise even me. As a result of these advancements, I am able to wear my prosthesis from 6 o’clock in the morning until around 12 o’clock at night with no problems.
August is Spinal Muscle Atrophy (SMA) awareness month. SMA is an autosomal (chromosome) recessive disease caused by a mutation in the gene which encodes proteins that is responsible for the survival of motor neurons. There are 7 documented types of SMA. They are distinguished by the pattern of features. They have a common feature of progressive muscle wasting and mobility impairment. SMA affects 1 in 10,000 and about 1 in 50 are carriers.
Today I dropped the cap to my water bottle under my desk and thought with dismay, how am I ever going to get that? In case you didn’t know I am pregnant. Which in and of itself is a story for another time. But amongst the many arduous tasks that come with pregnancy bending over is one of them. Especially having to bend over all the way to the floor! Do you know how far away that is? That’s Pluto in pregnancy language. Being pregnant is an amazing gift. Feeling a life move inside you is absolutely incredible until about midnight when you haven’t slept in a week, and your bed has turned into a torture chamber instead of the cloud of awesomeness it was just a few short months ago and all you want in this life is just to get a few hours of sleep!
As we all know, physical activity helps in keeping us healthy and strong. From mom and dad to brother and sister, we all need to have physical activity in our daily living. But just starting to exercise can be a difficult process. It can be even more difficult when your child has a visual impairment. What basic information should I know before starting? Before we even begin learning about exercise we should first get permission from your doctor. This will give you information on any physical restrictions, if any, your child may have. Once you obtain permission you can begin. Below are 3 things to consider when working with someone with a visual impairment.