Bullying Among Youth with Disabilities

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Promoting Social Inclusion Through Physical Activity

Bullying has become a hot topic lately in social media, the news, and awareness campaigns.  Many reports have noted that students with disabilities are involved, but fail to mention them most often as the main target.  There are several interventions surfacing to combat this “silent epidemic” with play being the main solution.  In order for these interventions to have an impact on youth with disabilities the solution of play must be inclusive.

In recent years school bullying has received national attention contributing to all 50 states adopting anti-bullying laws, policies, or both.  The question now is how effective are these laws and anti-bullying programs for youth with disabilities?  Several research studies have reported alarming new patterns for victims of bullying showcasing that individuals with intellectual disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders are at an increased risk.  A nationwide survey of more than 900 parents of students with an intellectual disability reported that 57% were being bullied.  The rates of bullying among these youth are worryingly high, contributing this issue to a profound public health problem.

Posted by Allison Hoit Nov 20, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments

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Posted by admin Sep 17, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Amy Brenneman Adds Star Power to Disability Conference

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   For Immediate Release

‘Private Practice’ star and advocate for children with disabilities,

Brenneman to keynote 2012 TASH Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

WASHINGTON (April 2, 2012) – TASH, a nonprofit advocate for inclusion and human rights of persons with significant disabilities, announces actress Amy Brenneman will be among keynote speakers during the 2012 TASH Conference in Long Beach, Calif., November 28-December 1, 2012.

Brenneman, best known for her performances in a number of notable television series, including her current role as Violet in the ABC series Private Practice, will be speaking to attendees of the TASH Conference as a parent and an advocate for children with disabilities. Brenneman has been an important voice against segregated models of education and has promoted fully inclusive schools, such as CHIME Institute in Woodland Hills, Calif., where her children attend.

The TASH Conference annually attracts more than a thousand members and supporters of the disability community to learn, grow and advance human rights and inclusion. TASH, whose work over the past 37 years has significantly advanced inclusive education around the nation, believes Brenneman’s public standing and tenacious advocacy will help build inclusive communities in which everyone is welcomed and respected.

“Having just produced an event for the fabulous CHIME Institute where my children attend, I am ever more committed to providing an inclusive education for every child. The research shows that children with and without disabilities thrive when educated together, and serves as a model for the community at-large,” said Brenneman. “I am thrilled to be part of the TASH Conference to learn even more about blazing the trails for inclusion.”

The TASH Conference is a perennial draw for advocates, families, people with disabilities and related professionals and academics who converge to share ideas and discuss priorities that create positive changes in the lives of people with disabilities throughout the lifespan. For nearly four decades, the TASH Conference has been the launching pad for ideas and advocacy that have shaped supports and opportunities throughout the U.S. and abroad, and demonstrated the importance of all stakeholders working together.

“A commitment to including people regardless of disability label has the power to transform lives and communities, and exponentially benefit everyone involved,” said Barb Trader, TASH Executive Director. “That’s a philosophy we promote as an organization and through the TASH Conference, and something Ms. Brenneman espouses in her life and the lives of her children. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have her involvement in this year’s conference.”

The TASH Conference will emphasize the rethinking of long-held presumptions about people with disabilities, reflected in the conference theme, So Many Answers Left Unquestioned. This year in Long Beach, attendees, presenters and speakers will be challenged to take an intentional look at the systems and thinking that have shaped the support network for people with disabilities, including the American education system.

The TASH Conference will feature more than 150 sessions, workshops, films and training opportunities on inclusive education, employment, community living, diversity and cultural competency, human rights and other topics. Learn more about the 2012 TASH Conference at www.tash.org/2012TASH.

About TASH

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, TASH is an international grassroots leader in advancing inclusive communities through research, education and advocacy. Founded in 1975, we are a volunteer-driven organization that advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with the most significant disabilities and support needs – those most vulnerable to segregation, abuse, neglect and institutionalization. The inclusive practices we validate through research have been shown to improve outcomes for all people. More information about TASH can be found at www.tash.org.

2012 TASH Conference

The TASH Conference is the advocacy, networking and educational event of the year and brings together stakeholders from all aspects of the community. For 37 years, this conference has attracted leading experts and advocates on issues impacting the disability community. The 2012 conference theme draws its inspiration from a poem by Megan Jones, a self-advocate, poet and board member from North Carolina TASH. Read the full poem and learn more about the 2012 TASH Conference at www.tash.org/2012TASH.

Amy Brenneman

In addition to her current role at Violet on ABC’s Private Practice, Brenneman’s past performances include roles on NYPD Blue and Judging Amy, which Brenneman created, executive produced and starred in for six years. Her roles have garnered critical acclaim and earned multiple Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award nominations, as well as three TV Guide awards for Best Actress. Find more at http://theamybrenneman.com.


Posted by guest Apr 03, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Reaching Higher

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A runner stands at the runner’s blocks waiting for the signal to take off.  When the runner hears the signal, they find their stride, pace, and their movements fall into a rhythmic cadence.  Their legs carry them a particular distance.  They have developed and refined their skill through repetition. When they reach the finish line, they have likely achieved a faster time, improved a specific skill, or accomplished a personal goal.

Posted by Kerry Mar 28, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized 3 Comments

Off Script: Motivation, Apathy, and Disability

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I recently completed a literature search on the topic of motivation and exercise. The relationship between motivation, motivation limits, and apathy are important to consider and discuss with clients with and without disabilities as a fitness program is being developed or is evolving.

Posted by Kerry Mar 22, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

Aging at Home: Use of Community Based Supports : Authored by Kerry Wiley and Ron Byrne

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An Aging Population

Adults over the age of 85 are becoming the fastest growing population sector.[i]  According to the U.S. Census Bureau projections, the aging population will more than double by the year 2050, to 80 million.   At that time approximately 1 in 5 Americans will be “elderly”. The majority of this growth will occur between 2010 and 2030.  Literature has shown that Aging and disability are linked.   Current estimates indicate that 52.6% of people over age 75 have disabilities. [ii] 

Posted by Kerry Mar 21, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

“Beyond the Box” Part II

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A good teacher sets high expectations for achievement; they provide the vision, knowledge, and a plan to move ahead.  When I work with a new professional, I am looking for certain qualities.  Are they a Maverick… the out- of- the box thinker that recognizes the need for a different lens when dealing with a disability?  Do they have a willingness and a level of skill to try different approaches?  Do they have patience, confidence, and an ability to provide direction?

Posted by Kerry Mar 20, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

“Beyond The Box” Part I

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Our current health systems, while gradually changing, have taught numerous professionals, in my opinion, to think in boxes, to categorize by labels and diagnosis, rather than look at the sum of the whole. As a child, I remember hearing very technical and medical terms like “Spastic Diplegia”; (the type of Cerebral Palsy that generally affects both legs); or “Spasticity” (involuntary movement which can include stiffening of muscles). 

Posted by Kerry Mar 19, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

Chewing gum to lose weight!

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Chewing gum to lose weight! It sounds very futuristic- but something similar is already being done with Aspirin to reduce pain and Nicotine to help people stop smoking. Aspirin and Nicotine laced gum have been available since the 1940’s-in the case of Aspirin, and in the 1980’s for Nicotine. Now a new type of gum is being developed to deliver an appetite suppressing hormone (PYY) to the stomach, for the purpose of helping people feel full after eating, and to prevent overeating at the next meal.

Posted by Tanya Mar 16, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

How to Crave Fewer Snacks

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How can we crave fewer snacks? Most people are aware that eating snack food, especially “sugary or fatty snacks” is not good for us because it causes us to gain weight. But we are all still wondering how to crave fewer of these delicious snacks! Good news for us in here. A recent study at the University of Exeter has found that a 15 minute walk can cut snacking on chocolate at work in half!

Posted by Tanya Mar 15, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments