Right Fit Celebrates World Autism Day on NBC 5

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This past Sunday (April 3) I was featured on NBC Chicago’s Morning News program, where we demonstrated fitness activities for youth with autism and profiled my recently published book, “101 Games and Activities for Children with Autism”.  Always nerve-wracking to appear on live TV, I was joined by one of my trainers, Eric Stone, and a client who performed some of the exercises from Right Fit’s “Raise the Bar” autism fitness program.

Posted by suzanne Apr 08, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments

Crazy Attempts to Collect Disability Payments

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Times are tough, so tough that people are willing to do all kinds of things in order to collect Social Security payments or some kind of disability. Here are a few of the most recent, most desperate attempts to collect money.

Posted by Tessa Apr 07, 2011 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Youngest Person With Disability Climbs Victoria Peak in Belize

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Have you ever scaled a mountain to reach the peak? Certainly not everyone has, but it’s good for body, heart, mind and soul to accomplish such big goals. The mountains pictured to the left are part of Cockscomb Mountains in Belize. Victoria Peak in Belize has a height of 3,675 feet. Climbing it is no easy challenge for anyone, but a 12-year-old boy didn’t let his vision impairment get in the way of reaching the top.

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

One Step at a Time: Fitness for Seniors w/Disabilities

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Throughout the week at my fitness facility and off site locations, I work with older adults who are recovering from cancer, strokes, spinal cord injuries, dementia and falls.  The first thing I notice and admire is their determination and resolve to work hard.

Posted by suzanne Apr 01, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments

Deaf Dogs Adopted by People with Hearing Impairments: 2 Heartwarming “Tails”

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If you have a dog, you have probably trained him or her to respond to your voice commands. But what if the dog can’t hear? Would you know how to train it?

Posted by Tessa Mar 31, 2011 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Cool Kinect Hack Brings Sight to those with Visual Impairments

Cool Kinect Hack Brings Sight to those with Visual Impairments

There have been many cool Kinect hacks, but two graduate students at Germany’s Universität Konstanz are working on a hack that may bring sight to people with visual impairments.

Posted by Tessa Mar 29, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments

Futuristic Wow Tech! Growing Human Organs With 3D Printers

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We’ve looked at organ donation in the past, but since there are a shortage of organs compared to people on the waiting list, could we solve all of this and save all by growing human organs?

Posted by Tessa Mar 24, 2011 Posted in Disability 3 Comments

12 What-Were-They-Thinking Accessibility Signs

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Are these handicap accessibility signs supposed to be funny or not? Here is a collection of 12 signs that make me wonder what-the-BLEEP-were-they-thinking.

Posted by Tessa Mar 22, 2011 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Inspirational & Famous People with Developmental Disabilities (Part Two)

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March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and this is part two of celebrating people who didn’t let the label of having a developmental disability hold them back.

Posted by Tessa Mar 17, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments

Man’s Best Friend-More Beneficial than you Think

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An article was just released this week about a study at  Michigan State University about how individuals that walked their dog were 34 percent more likely to reach the federal physical activity benchmarks.

Posted by Jess Mar 16, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments