Discussing Sports Accessibility During National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

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May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and it’s a great time to shed some light on some of the shortcomings of the sports community, both in who is welcomed and how participants are treated. Below are some ways to highlight pertinent accessibility issues in your local sports and fitness community.

Posted by Jeriann Ireland May 10, 2017 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

#ShowYourMettle on the Road With These Driving Aids

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Today, thousands of Americans are wearing and displaying their prosthetics in a show of pride and solidarity. The Amputee Coalition is encouraging amputees to demonstrate their pride online with the hashtag #ShowYourMettle. To show your “mettle” — the ability to resiliently cope in the face of adversity — you should show your “metal”.

Posted by Devin Morrissey May 08, 2017 Posted in Disability, Uncategorized 1 Comment

Home Design Choices that Improve Accessibility

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Homes and apartments are a lot more accessible for people with disabilities than they used to be. There are standard door sizes that are wide enough to roll wheelchairs through. Handrails have regulated heights to be able to protect people of varying heights and mobility. Smoke detectors now have lights as well as sounds, to be used by the hearing impaired.

Posted by Jeriann Ireland Apr 13, 2017 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Pulled a Muscle? Try These 4 Tips for a Quicker Recovery

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Exercise can be beneficial to many different aspects of your health and well-being—but it’s also easy to overdo things and injure yourself in the process. Even the best athletes often suffer from common injuries, especially when they’re pushing themselves to the limit and training for demanding events. One of the most common injuries that can occur in almost any activity is a “pulled” or strained muscle. This is actually a bit of a misnomer, since the terms refer to a torn muscle. These injuries are not only painful, they can put you out of commission for weeks or months, depending on the degree of the sprain. If you’ve pulled a muscle try these 4 tips for recovery so you can be back in the gym with your health and wellness apps and crunches sooner rather than later.

Posted by Sarah Daren Apr 03, 2017 Posted in Disability No Comments

Hip Hip Hooray: How Exercise Can Keep Your Hips Healthy

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Whether you want to recover from a fractured hip as quickly and effectively as possible, or you want to avoid breaking it in the first place, then get moving! Staying physically active can massively reduce the risk of breaking a hip, and can be a huge help to the rehabilitation process if you do have the bad luck to get a hip fracture.

Posted by Jess Walter Mar 31, 2017 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

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