“Beat the Odds” Run for the Roses

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Like so many southern cities Louisville has bragging rights to southern hospitality, blue grass, Colonel Sanders and K.F.C., Muhammad Ali, 4th Ave., and the Kentucky Derby.
The Kentucky Oaks, America’s top race for three-year old fillies was the Friday before “The Derby” and everyone in attendance was dressed in pink to celebrate Susan B. Komen’s “Pink Out” and raise awareness for breast cancer survivors, early screenings and partnerships with organizations to find a cure.

Posted by suzanne May 13, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

The Up & Down Emotions of a Diagnosis Part II: The Unexpected Wake-up Call

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A very interesting thing happened to me this week. My boss who was previously unaware of my condition approached me randomly at work to vent about her current workload. She spoke to me of taking some time off of work in two weeks to volunteer at a weekend MS camp to show her support for a 20 year old young man that she has thought of for years as an adopted son. She told me that this particular young man was diagnosed with MS at the very young age of 15, and is currently in a wheelchair.

Posted by Jess May 13, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 6 Comments

Good and Bad Carbs for Heart Health

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It is recommended that we consume about 65% of carbohydrates daily, which is more than that of protein and fat. Carbohydrates are a major source of energy – it gives our body the fuel it needs to function.  Since we consume so much carbohydrates, it is important to choose those that promote good cardiovascular health.

Posted by Jenny Carlton May 13, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Disability Research Initiative at UC Berkeley

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The University of California, Berkeley has announced their plans to expand their disability research program. This initiative will again give credit to Berkeley for their involvement in the advancement of disability studies. “The disability rights movement was born in Berkeley and has flourished here,” said Gibor Basri, vice chancellor for the Division of Equity and Inclusion. “It’s fitting that this campus should continue to advance disability research that benefits the world.”

Posted by Jenny Carlton May 12, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

First Ever Solo Flight to the North Pole, by a man with Diabetes

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Douglas Cairns, a forty-seven year old former pilot with Diabetes Type I flew his light plane to the North Pole, circled the pole triumphantly several times, landed at a Russian ice camp, and then took off and flew back to Barrows, Alaska- the most northern point of the USA.

Posted by Tanya May 11, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

A Win-Win Situation: Eliciting Feedback from New Participants

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I always learn so much when I give presentations. I love it! A few weeks ago I presented to a group of campus recreation professionals on ways that they can prepare their fitness staff so that they are able to provide inclusive services. My favorite thing happened during this presentation – it quickly turned from a lecture that I was giving to a discussion that everyone was involved in. People started asking questions and giving each other resources and ideas. I hope it was as informative for everyone who attended as it was for me.

Posted by Carolyn May 10, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

Special needs athletes and soccer: When rules ignore needs

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Parents of special needs athletes, deciding that now is the time for their child to enjoy the benefits of school or community sports, will seek ways to find the right environment for their child. They will look for programs that encourage inclusion, promote their child’s sports development and have coaches that understand that their child may learn, think or behave in different ways.  My recent experience attempting to enroll my son in community soccer shows that unfortunately things do not always follow this script.

Posted by guest May 09, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Robotic Limbs To Do Away with Wheelchairs?

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In 2005, when Hailey Daniswicz was twelve, the now sophomore at Northwestern University lost her leg due to bone cancer.  At the age of 14, she made the life changing decision to amputate a leg that had lost its usability to the disease.  “Finally I reached a point where I thought my quality of life would be better if I had an amputation and got around on a prosthetic,” she said.

Posted by Melissa May 09, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Racing for Fun and Hope

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Seven years ago I remember discussing the idea of a Community 5K Run with the manager of The Chicago Marriott Southwest in Burr Ridge. We both enjoyed running and agreed that a town as special and “scenic” as Burr Ridge could broadly benefit from a family event that involves local retailers and businesses, professionals, parks and neighborhoods in its surrounding communities. After our idea and vision were discussed with Burr Ridge’s Mayor Grasso, the Village Board approved having a Race and gave us their full support. In just a short period of time, it’s amazing how much this annual event has grown and taught me some life lessons that I feel obliged to share for future races.

Posted by suzanne May 06, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

New Rules for Homeless People with Disabilities

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A new in Austin, Texas now allows homeless individuals with physical or mental disabilities to sit or lie down on sidewalks for up to 30 minutes. Before, this 6-year-old ordinance aimed at keeping the homeless from lingering in front of downtown shops, homes and bars now makes exceptions for people with disabilities.

Posted by Jenny Carlton May 06, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments