Tornado Preparedness for People with Disabilities

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After all the devastation from these killer storms, former Gawker and current Blackbook editor Chris Mohney told about some real-life past experiences and remembrances that he had with tornadoes.

Posted by Tessa May 05, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments

Should children with disabilities be allowed to receive communion?

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If you are Catholic, then the “Blessed Sacrament” is part of every Mass. Receiving the Holy Communion is an important part of Catholic, and other Christian, beliefs. What if a priest were to decide you were not able to comprehend what Holy Communion means? Can a priest look inside to read a person’s heart and make such a judgment call? Well, one priest in Texas did just that and refused to give communion to a child with cerebral palsy.

Posted by Tessa May 03, 2011 Posted in Disability 4 Comments

The Power of Words

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One of the most profound things that set us humans apart from all other animals is the manner and rate at which we communicate with one another in words. These words come in many languages, dialects, and accents which span the continents and make us able to share what we really feel.

Posted by Ryan McLean May 02, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments

2 Young Women Tortured, Murdered By Their Caretakers

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Sometimes news is so twisted and disturbing that it makes me sick and furious too. What is wrong with some people? While these two cases are unrelated, both of the young women with disabilities were tortured and killed by the people who should have loved and cared for them.

Posted by Tessa Apr 28, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments

Making Disability No Barrier to Playtime

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Even though inclusive education has increased, many kids with disabilities still feel excluded during playtime and recess, leaving them on the sidelines as observers and not active participants. Researchers from the University of Leeds engineering and sociology departments are working together to make playtime fun for all kids by taking out the barrier often present when a child has a disability.

Posted by Tessa Apr 26, 2011 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Scientists Use Illusion to Trick Brain, Cut Osteoarthritis Pain in Half

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Experts estimate nearly 27 million people in the United States are afflicted with osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, with 60% of them being women. Two-thirds of the people over age 65 have osteoarthritis and those numbers are expected to climb as baby boomers age. There is currently no cure, so the emphasis is on effective treatment. It can be a major cause of disability and lead to a great amount of pain and stiffness in the joints. Yet good news comes out of The University of Nottingham. By a fluke of fate, researchers discovered a simple illusion can drastically reduce — and sometimes temporarily eliminate arthritic pain in the hand.

Posted by Tessa Apr 21, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments

Autism Researcher Accused of Embezzling Over $1 Million from Research Grant

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When there are breakthroughs in autism research, it’s pretty exciting. It’s also not like the money is raining down from heaven to do this research. But how low can a person go?

Posted by Tessa Apr 18, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments

The Power of the End

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Twice this week I have been privy to a realization that most people try to avoid: there is always an end. In this world, physical and tangible things are dreadfully impermanent. One second they may be there, and the next gone. These feelings often bring shivers and shudders to those who allow them to play chords through their own synapses.

Posted by Ryan McLean Apr 18, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments

The Hand of Hope for Spina Bifida

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At Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, during a fetal surgery in 1999, Dr. Joseph Bruner was correcting spina bifida on a baby still in his mother’s womb and photojournalist Michael Clancy captured an image that changed his life – The Hand of Hope. According to Clancy, the 21-week unborn fetus reached out from his mother’s womb and grabbed the surgeon’s finger. The very inspiring photo has been championed by pro-life groups.

Posted by Tessa Apr 14, 2011 Posted in Disability 5 Comments

Brain-Computer Interface: Control Computer Cursor With the Power of Thought

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Scientists at Washington University in St Louis published a new study that shows humans can control a cursor on a computer screen by using thoughts of specific vowel sounds. This application has the potential to help millions of people who have trouble speaking, be it from a speech-related disability brought about by stroke, stuttering or epilepsy. Research published in a Journal of Neuroengineering paper said the technique will lead to better “brain-computer interfaces” for those with disabilities.

Posted by Tessa Apr 12, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments