Rant: Accessible Parking: Stupidity Is NOT A Disability!

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Some disabilities are “invisible” while others can make a person feel invisible, so we should not judge others by how they look to determine if they “deserve” to be parking in an accessible space.  However, STUPIDITY is NOT a disability.

Posted by Tessa Dec 09, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments

13 Deaths in 10 Years at Alden Village North Nursing Home in Chicago

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It was a cold day in Chicago  on  November 19, 2010, however that did  not stop a coalition of disability rights activists from Chicago ADAPT, Power to the People,  Community Renewal Society, Jane Addams Senior Caucus, and others  in staging a protest against Alden Nursing Homes.

Posted by Ryan Dec 09, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

Accessible Technology: Yahoo, Google, Apple, Oh My!

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A banker requested a different business card from Srinivasu Chakravarthula as the one he had handed to the banker had “holes” in it. Unknown to the banker, the card was embossed in Braille that enables the blind to read. The banker’s response presented Srinivasu an opportunity to get to work — educating her about a technology that has made life easier for those with disabilities.

Posted by Jennifer Green Dec 08, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments

The Fountain of Youth: The Secret to Staying Young

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The funny thing is that it’s been inside each of us all along. Researchers at Tel Aviv University have found that physical activity can help us look younger. They found that “endurance” exercises can unlock the stem cells in our muscles, resulting in a younger looking you.

Posted by Jennifer Green Dec 08, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Detours Part 1

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High Expectations

In the spring of 2010, I experienced an interruption in my defined goal of walking device- free.  I injured my upper back.   Many people with mobility impairments can experience back, arm, and shoulder injuries from over-use of repetitive motion or certain other factors.  A compensatory rotational motion that I use to move and walk, due to Spastic Cerebral Palsy, caused a herniated disc in the middle of my back.  Most often golfers or 1 out of 1000 people will sustain an injury like mine.   This injury slowed the progression of where I hoped to be by the end of the year.  My expectations for certain evidence of improvement like changes in balance or gait, or other notable sign of progression did not come.

Posted by Kerry Dec 08, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Welcome to the Future

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As many of us do when we have lots of other important things to get done, I wasted some time this past weekend surfing around on the internet. I found myself watching music videos on YouTube. A song that I have heard many, many times came one…but I watched the music video for the first time.

Posted by Carolyn Dec 07, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

2010 Disability Toy Ratings from Lekotek and Toys R US

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When the gift-giving season rolls back around, relatives of every description start looking for toys that will make a memorable and lasting impact on a child’s development.  It is always true that relatives who don’t see the child on a daily basis are not sure what type of toy might make the best gift any particular year, since children grow and develop between times we visit with them, and their interests can change so rapidly. It is especially true for families who are looking for the best gift for a child with a disability.

Posted by Tanya Dec 07, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Woman in Wheelchair Strips Down to Lingerie, Gets Enhanced TSA Pat Down Anyway

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Dr. Tammy Banovac uses a metal wheelchair which means she can’t go through the scanners and always gets a pat-down from TSA agents. The Transportation Security Administration has faced a growing outcry over security measures at U.S. airports, with many travelers complaining they are invasive and humiliating. Many people with disabilities, who must endure the enhanced pat-down as well as anyone accompanying them for air travel, feel the groping measures are punitive.

Posted by Tessa Dec 06, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

Holiday Presents or Pounds?

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As I walked down the isle of Target today, I noticed the ridiculous number of special treat items that seem to magically appear only during this time of the year.  The yard of red licorice (which I bought for a family member) was by far the healthiest option in comparison to it’s neighbors; the super size Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup (almost 1140 calories per cup) and the Peeps milk chocolate trees, which just sound disgusting. 

Posted by Elizabeth Dec 06, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

Understanding Health Disparities

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As a student with a background in Kinesiology and a current focus in Disability Studies, I spend a lot of time thinking about how the two fields can be integrated. I ended up studying disability upon realizing how unprepared I was to provide services to people with disabilities in a fitness setting.

Posted by Carolyn Dec 03, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments