Medical Care or Your Home?

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I was recently made aware of a number of new documents and resources related to people with disabilities. This one specifically caught my eye. It’s from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and is on the unmet health care needs for people with disabilities (http://www.cdc.gov/VitalSigns/pdf/2010-11-vitalsigns.pdf).

Posted by Blythe Dec 15, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Great book about living with an acquired disability: and it’s a film, now, too!

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Aaron Ralston was a 20-something athlete who was a bit of a daredevil in his exercise habits. He rode a mountain bike alone along stony outcrops in the desert; he slid down between rocks into hidden subterranean pools, and he liked to climb and hike alone in unfrequented areas.

Posted by Tanya Dec 15, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

Getting Creative to Beat the Winter Blues

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I look forward to winter for many reasons. With winter comes the holiday season…full of love and joy. I love how beautiful snow can be and how much fun it can be to play in it or go ice skating outdoors. I even love the cold weather sometimes because it makes coming home that much more exciting. But, snow and ice present some real issues for everyone in regards to getting where you need to go.

Posted by Carolyn Dec 14, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

New GPS Gadget for the Visually Impaired

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For centuries, individuals with visual impairments have used white canes to feel in which direction for the user to walk and to avoid bumping into obstacles. Then specially trained dogs were enlisted to help the visually impaired to safely navigate. There has also been several GPS navigation-assistance systems created for the blind, but none of those gadgets were meant to replace canes or guide dogs until now.

Posted by Tessa Dec 14, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

6 of the Most Unusual Service Animals

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The public long has become accustomed to guide dogs for those with visual impairments, first used in 1929. But when the use of dogs for other types of help — such as alerting people with hearing impairments to sounds, pulling wheelchairs and helping with mobility issues — became common after enactment of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, controversy over access came with it.

Posted by Jennifer Green Dec 13, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized 22 Comments

Food Pyramid To Be Revised For The First Time in 5 Years

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Back in 2005 Greek Yogurt wasn’t in the dairy case and Acai was simply a rare Amazon berry; this was also the last time that the U.S. revised its dietary guidelines for Americans and the visual food pyramid, called MyPyramid, that accompanies them.

Posted by Jennifer Green Dec 13, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

From Active to Sedentary: A Harsh Reality

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The concept of being sedentary used to be absolutely foreign to me. When we would talk about people who live an inactive life in my college classes, I would be thinking in the back of my head that nobody is really like that. My reality was so skewed.

Posted by Carolyn Dec 10, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Profiles of Technology in the Workplace

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In today’s workplace, technology seems to be what makes the world go round. Through assistive technology, people with disabilities have been able to achieve the same level of success in the workplace as anyone else. The impact of this technology therefore is drastic, and though we may hear this is the case, or assume that it’s probably the case, it’s nice to find out first-hand how this has happened for someone.

Posted by Blythe Dec 10, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Detours-Part 2

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There is an unwritten agreement and code of conduct that exists between the client and professional.  I try to establish a business perspective with the fitness professional I am working with as quickly as possible.  This is a business transaction not a social gathering.  It is my responsibility to keep a professional demeanor and conduct with the fitness professional at all times regardless of what may happen in session.  It does not matter if I have had a bad day in other settings.

Posted by Kerry Dec 10, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Microsoft Accessibility – software and accommodations for computer users with disabilities

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In the computer assisted classroom, educators have shifted their focus from standardized educational presentations to personalized instruction that meets the needs of individual learners. Microsoft has created a 2010 Guide for Educators to help classroom teachers support learning across styles and abilities in today’s inclusive world.

Posted by Tanya Dec 09, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments