Touchdown!!

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Trent Glaze who has muscular dystrophy loves the game of football. Although his disability limits his mobility, it has not stopped him from playing his favorite sport while using his wheelchair.

Posted by Jenny Carlton Nov 04, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

The Power of the Breakdown

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Sometimes it just hits you like a ton of stampeding elephants pouring out of your eyes and all over everything. Sometimes it happens when you least expect it; and sometimes it can be the most useful thing at the most inopportune of times.

Posted by Ryan McLean Nov 03, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Lily’s Guide Dog

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The news of two Great Danes needing adoption has caught massive attention. The Shrewsbury Dogs Trust care, in Telford, England is looking for a home for the two gentle giants. What makes this story unique, and the reason why it has caught the attention of so many dog lovers across the country is because one of the dogs is the others’ seeing-eye dog.

Posted by Jenny Carlton Nov 02, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

What makes us eat “comfort food”?

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What makes us eat “comfort food”? In a word: STRESS!

Posted by Tanya Nov 01, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Animal Assisted Therapy for Children with Disabilities

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After a recent phone conversation with my sister, I started thinking about ways that animals can and have been used as therapeutic aids for children with disabilities. While I remember hearing tid-bits about animals being used to help children with disabilities in the past, I was very interested to find out more about the topic.

Posted by Tamika Jones Oct 31, 2011 Posted in Disability, Uncategorized 2 Comments

Disabilities and Exercise: Why Physical Activity is a Must

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As a 9-year-old child, I weighed 125 pounds. Noticeably overweight for my size and frame, I was made fun of by my peers on a regular basis. But by plump figure was my own fault really. Yes I took steroids to regulate my disability (severe asthma) which increased my appetite, but the doctor’s notes I obtained regularly so that I could sit out during gym class is what really contributed to my large size.

Posted by guest Oct 31, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

Make a Splash for Youth with Autism

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It’s no secret that I am not shy when discussing the benefits of swimming and water exercise for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Many fitness experts regard swimming as one of the best forms of exercise. It is one of the few exercises in which all body parts are used at the same time. The water also creates natural resistance to build stronger muscles and it puts less wear and tear on the body joints. Water gives the body amazing input and is a huge sensory regulator for many children with Autism. At the end of our 2011 Summer Autism Fitness Camp I really felt the absence of a swimming pool fitness station. It was obvious how the children enjoyed their time in the pool and how the swimming clearly improved their motor skills, confidence and strength. It also leads to a noticeable decrease in self-stimulating behaviors. I have told many parents if given the “right” trainer and a swimming pool, we’ll improve many autistic symptoms and behaviors.

Posted by suzanne Oct 28, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments

Accessibility Android Apps

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Android offers a wide range of FREE disability apps for any user with an Android phone.

Posted by Tanya Oct 27, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Children with Disabilities Left out of Efforts to Fight Childhood Obesity

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During my Master’s program, I served as a part-time Adapted Physical Education teacher in the Charlottesville, VA area. And while I did my very best to educate my students as to why physical activity and healthy eating were important, there were not many outside sources helping to push the same agenda. Most of my students had limited access to inside and outside school physical activity opportunities as well as opportunities for health education.

Posted by Tamika Jones Oct 25, 2011 Posted in Disability, Obesity, Uncategorized 2 Comments

Let’s Hear About Some Evidence-Based Strategies to treat Overweight in Adults

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It seems that everyone has a pet theory on how “people” (especially other people) should go about losing weight. The whole popular culture seems to be convinced that everyone has to lose weight. The popular media is full of one-sided, one-size-fits-all advice on losing weight. Many among us are quite outspoken about how others should be going about it- as if one type of program would be a magic cure for every person’s overweight.

Posted by Tanya Oct 25, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments