Donating Wheelchairs in Rural Mexico

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In the United States, people with disabilities have more access to services and products for daily living and other purposes however people with disabilities in other parts of the world often times don’t even have access to wheelchairs. World Access Project is a nonprofit that realizes this problem and has found a way to help. The World Access Project provides custom-fit wheelchairs and other mobility aids to people living with disabilities in rural Mexico.

Posted by Jenny Carlton May 05, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

One Legged Wrestler Never to Give Up

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Anthony Robles from Mesa, Arizona was born with no right leg. He was given a prosthetic leg and at the age of 3 he removed the prosthetic leg and has never put one back on. When he was 12, he set a record at his local elementary school for the most push-ups completed by any member of the school. “I really don’t see missing my leg as a handicap. My parents raised me strong and they didn’t give me any special treatment.” He worked very hard to do different exercises to keep his body strong.

Posted by Jess May 04, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

Virtual Games Help Stroke Patients Recover!

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A study of 12 programs in which people recovering from stoke were provided with home-based electronic games designed to increase upper arm strength and mobility show that virtual reality games (such as those offered by Wii and Playstation) are useful tools to increase motivation for exercise, motor improvement and motor recovery after a stroke.

Posted by Tanya May 03, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

Accessible vs. Inclusive – What is the difference?

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If a facility is labeled accessible, what exactly does that mean?  Wikipedia defines accessible as: ‘able to be reached or entered’, which is what having an accessible building or facility means.  If I am a person who uses a wheelchair, I may be able to get into a building or center because of a ramp or a curb cut out that has been strategically placed near the entrance.  Because of ADA laws, this facility may have an elevator or an accessible bathroom – but that may be the full extent of the accessibility streak.  Just because a center is accessible, doesn’t mean that it is inclusive. A facility that is inclusive goes far beyond the basic idea of people being able to enter the center.

Posted by Elizabeth May 02, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Staying Connected

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Think of all the ways today so many of us are “staying connected” using emails, texting, cell phones, twitting, and yes even, blogs. These tools are great time savers and allow us to broadly communicate more efficiently, but they can also drive powerful collaboration and help people “rally” around some of today’s most profound issues.

Posted by suzanne Apr 29, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 4 Comments

Multiple Sclerosis And Vitamin D

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a common disease of the central nervous system. MS is an autoimmune disorder, which means that the immune system attacks the person’s healthy tissue. Approximately 400,000 Americans have MS, and every week about 200 people are diagnosed.

Posted by Jenny Carlton Apr 29, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 11 Comments

Veterans with Disabilities Receive Tax Break

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The state of Virginia has recently passed legislation that would mandate Virginia localities to grant a real estate tax exemption for the principal residence of a veteran, or his or her surviving spouse, if the veteran has a 100 percent, service-connected, permanent and total disability. There are hundreds of veterans that could qualify for this real estate tax exemption.

Posted by Jenny Carlton Apr 28, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Woman and Her Daughter File Lawsuit Against Fitness Club over Lack of Accessibility

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Carol Shultz, a woman with multiple sclerosis and that uses a wheelchair is suing a central Ohio fitness center for a lack of accessibility.  While the new fitness center, Urban Active, was still being built, Carol Schulz and her daughter signed up during a health fair.  Carol’s daughter, Amy,34, also uses a wheelchair as a result of having transverse myelitis when she was 19. She had planned to use the track to help strengthen her muscles so she could use a manual wheelchair.  Carol was told “they’d helped so many people like me”.

Posted by Melissa Apr 27, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

Dogs Detect Disease

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It has been reported that over a third of a dog’s brain is devoted to scent detection. The amazing ability of dogs to recognize and analyze scents is based upon the 220 million scent receptors in their brains (compared to the 20 million scent receptors in the human brain).

Posted by Tanya Apr 26, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

“Sticks and Stones” : How they influence learning in sport

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“Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me!” You are probably all familiar with that ridiculous rhyme that is thrown about as if it is some sort of protective device against verbal bullying.  Name calling, slurs, and insults do hurt, of course, and people with disabilities and challenges have almost certainly had their share of such experiences. Unfortunately, sports do not have a long history of promoting acceptance, inclusion, or recognizing the value of special needs athletes. The combination of intolerance and exclusion tends to encourage athletes to use harsh and judgmental language to ridicule the performances of an athlete that does not measure up to a particular standard.

Posted by guest Apr 25, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments