Four Essential Accessibility Mods for On-Demand Drivers

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While consumers around the nation have benefited from ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft, people with disabilities have been neglected by such services. In fact, Uber has recently been targeted by multiple lawsuits for failing to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. What can drivers do to better address accessibility concerns?

Posted by Devin Morrissey Mar 24, 2017 Posted in Disability No Comments

5 Common Water Borne Diseases That Are Preventable

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Water is as essential for human existence as oxygen is. In fact, it is impossible to imagine survival without water. You need it for every daily activity as well as maintaining good health. At the same time, it is important to realize that drinking water has to be pure and clean to be fit for human consumption. It is most likely to make you sick if infected with contaminants. There are several water-borne diseases which can be caused by the presence of harmful microorganisms in drinking water. While some of them are not serious, others can be life-threatening. However, most of these diseases are preventable and drinking clean water is the best precautionary measure you can take. Drinking boiled or bottled water is a good idea. But if you are looking for a convenient and sure way to get clean drinking water every day, the utility of a kitchen filter is unmatched.

Posted by Granner Smith Feb 21, 2017 Posted in Disability, Uncategorized No Comments

Healthy Communities are Inclusive Communities: 2 Activities

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Last week I spent two days with the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) for an orientation as part of their new advisory panel. I am excited to serve as a bridge between NCHPAD’s work and the broader healthy out-of-school time movement. You might remember two of our past blog articles that included NCHPAD resources, 3 Steps to Including Kids with a Disability and Tips and Resources for Inclusive Physical Activity.

Healthy afterschool environments should be inclusive afterschool environments, right?

The National AfterSchool Association Standards for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity specifically encourage programs to train staff to “adapt physical activity opportunities to include children and youth at all levels of athletic availability and those with physical, sensory or intellectual disability.”

Posted by Daniel Hatcher Feb 08, 2017 Posted in Disability No Comments

New Technology and Innovation Promises New Treatment for Paralysis

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Being the victim of an accident from a medical condition that may lead to the full paralysis is often a life-changing event. According to a 2009 study, there may be over five million U.S. residents who are living with some form of paralysis. While treatment options for patients who have a loss of sensation or movement are subject to limitations of current technology, recent and future medical innovations, promise a broad range of new treatments that may be just over the horizon.

Posted by Jennifer Livingston Jan 27, 2017 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Advocating for Disability Inclusion in the Workplace

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How inclusive is your workplace? While there are laws in place to help protect people with disabilities from discrimination and exclusion in the workplace, the reality is that exclusion happens every day in the United States and worldwide. Companies need to be aware that not only is discrimination a legal violation, it shortchanges opportunities to stay competitive and innovative. 56 million people (19% of the population) in the United States have a disability, and ignoring those voices can result in missed business opportunities and goodwill from potential customers. People are living longer these days (and working longer), so disability inclusion will continue to be an issue that needs constant reevaluation and effort. So how can you advocate for disability inclusion in your workplace?

Posted by Sarah Daren Jan 16, 2017 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Glaucoma, Who is at Risk?

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There are approximately 3 million people with Glaucoma in the US. What is surprising is that many people may not be aware that they have glaucoma. The individuals in the US wth glaucoma ranges from various age groups to specific populations. People with Glaucoma may not know what the symptoms are and if it is hereditary. The individuals with Glaucoma who are not typically who you think.

Posted by Bob Lujano Jan 09, 2017 Posted in Disability No Comments

Strengthening for Shoulders

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Now that you understand a common cause of shoulder pain, and you have made some changes to your activities, you can start incorporating exercises to correct the strength imbalances. Specifically, you have to work the back muscles that don’t get enough exercise throughout daily activities that are using all of the pushing muscles. Strengthening these muscles will help keep the shoulder blade in its optimal position. Try doing the following shoulder exercises without resistance — it’s the best way to start incorporating them. Gradually increase resistance and repetitions as the pain decreases and the muscles get stronger. Start exercises in the least painful range. Ideally, you want to work in a pain-free range, but this may not be possible. Consider seeing your physical therapist to help guide you in performance and progression of these exercises.

Posted by Kristin Mcnealus Dec 19, 2016 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

5 Tips for a Successful Recovery After Surgery

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Surgery can stir up a lot of nervousness, no matter how major or minor it may be. Once you’ve gotten through the hard part of the surgery itself, however, it can be a challenge to get back on your feet. Successful recovery can be a difficult test, and healing is largely a waiting game. With a little preparation, however, you can make your recovery a lot easier and a little bit more quickly. Here are five tips for healing after surgery, so you can take control of your successful recovery and get active faster.

Posted by Sarah Daren Dec 16, 2016 Posted in Disability No Comments

Addressing Shoulder Pain (part II)

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We discussed the causes of shoulder pain, now let’s look at how to make some changes to prevent it or improve it. When you use your arms to move yourself, resting the area, while ideal, is rarely possible. But here are some suggestions to modify your daily activities in order to decrease the stress you put on the shoulder joint.

Posted by Kristin Mcnealus Dec 12, 2016 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Looking At Shoulder Pain (Part I)

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Shoulder pain is a serious health issue for people who use wheelchairs – some studies show a prevalence as high as 70%! And too often this pain, or the fear of causing this pain, limits participation in an exercise program. As a physical therapist, I often hear “I don’t exercise because I don’t want to hurt my shoulders” or “my shoulders hurt and I don’t want to do more breakdown or cause more pain.” I understand this. It is very natural to avoid pain. But we have to take a step back and look at the cause of the pain.

Posted by Kristin Mcnealus Dec 07, 2016 Posted in Disability 1 Comment