Starbucks Sued for Discrimination

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Elsa Sallard was hired by Starbucks to work as a barista, but was fired soon afterwards. Starbucks is accused of violating federal law by denying reasonable accommodation to the barista with dwarfism and firing her because of her disability.

Posted by Jenny Carlton May 26, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

Age before Need: A Flawed Premise?

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Ask a teacher or coach this question: When is a special needs athlete ready for competitive sports? The answers may surprise you for they can reveal the coaches’ sports philosophy, personal beliefs, and maybe even hint at a bias about the capabilities of the athletes they work with. Some coaches believe that the earlier an athlete starts competition the better they will be prepared for challenges later in their sporting lives.  Other coaches – myself included – believe that such a decision is best determined by assessing each athlete’s capabilities (physical and intellectual) and their interests in competition; not by their age. I do not view chronology as a good predictor of athletic readiness.

Posted by guest May 25, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments

Make Fitness Accessible! Become an Inclusive Fitness Trainer!

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If you are already a Personal Trainer and want to reach out a hand to people with disabilities, the CIFT program is for you. It is a cutting-edge credential that allows personal trainers to prepare for and serve people with disabilities in fitness settings. The CIFT credential is the gold-standard in credentialing as it is offered through the American College of Sports Medicine, and it is valued in high quality fitness centers across the nation. Information is provided below.

Posted by Tanya May 24, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

Changing Perceptions: A Response to “Wretches and Jabberers”

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Several weeks ago I wrote an entry about the documentary film Wretches and Jabberers. I unfortunately missed the viewing that I discussed in that entry, but was so excited when it played again last week. This time I made sure to be there!

Posted by Carolyn May 24, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

The Power of Belief

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Everything that we do in our lives is based upon believing. We are constantly making decisions directly in relation to those things that we believe.

Posted by Ryan McLean May 23, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Scuba Diving Study for Veterans with Paralysis

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There’s a new research study on scuba diving and people with disabilities. The pilot study will take place in the Cayman Islands; and will conduct trials on 10 veterans with paralysis. The goal is to measure the neurological, psychological and pulmonary effects of scuba diving. The research process will include testing, evaluation, and data gathering to scientifically measure the efficacy of scuba diving as an activity-based therapy that benefits people with disabilities.

Posted by Jenny Carlton May 23, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

A Very Special Physical Education Class

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Research has found that youth with developmental disabilities tend to be less fit than their nondisabled peers, and I do fear the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle for these children and their families.  Maybe if more of us could believe the simple things we see and take time to apply these practices, daily positive results would come with a lot less effort and time.

Posted by suzanne May 23, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

The Up & Down Emotions of a Diagnosis Part III: The Ongoing Battle of Acceptance

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Up until that day I thought I had a good handle on my MS diagnosis. Up until today, I thought I’ve learned to accept it. I have not.

Posted by Jess May 18, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments

Medical Marijuana for child with Autism

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For the past two years, Marie Myung-Ok Lee has been giving her son with autism, J.,  legalized marijuana to reduce his violent behaviors and gastrointestinal pain. Medical Marijuana has replaced the powerful psychotropic drugs that mute his violent behaviors but do nothing for his pain.  There are also harsh potential side effects from such drugs including “permanent tics, diabetes, and death”.  Mrs. Lee believes that medical marijuana has been a “qualified success”.  She is now able to enjoy her son’s company instead of dealing with what she calls “being held hostage by his autism in a house full of screams, destruction, and three very unhappy people”.

Posted by Melissa May 18, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments

The AMO Arm! A New Brain-Controlled Prosthetic Arm!

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Two Canadian students at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada have invented a new type of brain-controlled prosthetic arm that picks up mental commands through a head-set worn by the user, and wirelessly transmits the command for movement from the user’s brain to the prosthetic arm and hand.

Posted by Tanya May 17, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments