Right Fit Celebrates World Autism Day on NBC 5

Apr 08, 2011

This past Sunday (April 3) I was featured on NBC Chicago’s Morning News program, where we demonstrated fitness activities for youth with autism and profiled my recently published book, “101 Games and Activities for Children with Autism”.  Always nerve-wracking to appear on live TV, I was joined by one of my trainers, Eric Stone, and a client who performed some of the exercises from Right Fit’s “Raise the Bar” autism fitness program.


Student Born Without Hands Wins Handwriting Award

Apr 07, 2011

Fifth-grader Nicholas Maxim received a unique award Monday for his participation in Zaner-Bloser’s 20th annual National Handwriting Contest.


Crazy Attempts to Collect Disability Payments

Apr 07, 2011
Crazy Attempts to Collect Disability Payments

Times are tough, so tough that people are willing to do all kinds of things in order to collect Social Security payments or some kind of disability. Here are a few of the most recent, most desperate attempts to collect money.


7 Ways to Recognize Discrimination in the Workplace

Apr 07, 2011
7 Ways to Recognize Discrimination in the Workplace

Discrimination still happens in the workplace. People with disabilities have struggled with obtaining full equality, and fair treatment. The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) was passed not only just to provide equal access, but also to “level the playing field” for people with disabilities – and this includes the workplace.


Wicked Disability?

Apr 06, 2011
Wicked Disability?

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of seeing my favorite musical “Wicked” (for the 3rd time).   If you haven’t had the opportunity to read the book (which has a different ending than the musical) or listen to the soundtrack, I encourage you to do so and then treat yourself to tickets for the production on stage.


Youngest Person With Disability Climbs Victoria Peak in Belize

Apr 05, 2011
Youngest Person With Disability Climbs Victoria Peak in Belize


Have you ever scaled a mountain to reach the peak? Certainly not everyone has, but it’s good for body, heart, mind and soul to accomplish such big goals. The mountains pictured to the left are part of Cockscomb Mountains in Belize. Victoria Peak in Belize has a height of 3,675 feet. Climbing it is no easy challenge for anyone, but a 12-year-old boy didn’t let his vision impairment get in the way of reaching the top.


A Cheerful Worker Raises Everyone’s Spirits!

Apr 05, 2011
A Cheerful Worker Raises Everyone’s Spirits!

I know someone who never has a bad day at work. Or, maybe I should say- I know someone who never gives anyone else a bad day at work.


An Invisible Separateness: An Editorial

Apr 04, 2011

Our culture has introduced the idea of inclusion (age appropriate participation with our peers) for years.  Laws support it, schools teach it, and many advocates work tirelessly to bring the concept of disability awareness, inclusion, and participation into schools, workplaces, and general communities.


Barrel Racing Champ helps kids with Cerebral Palsy

Apr 04, 2011

For the past seven years, Skeet Davis has been going to Camp Smile, a residential summer camp for individuals 5 to 60 with and without disabilities, in Mobile Alabama.  It is here that he gives children with Cerebral Palsy rides on Boomer.


One Step at a Time: Fitness for Seniors w/Disabilities

Apr 01, 2011

Throughout the week at my fitness facility and off site locations, I work with older adults who are recovering from cancer, strokes, spinal cord injuries, dementia and falls.  The first thing I notice and admire is their determination and resolve to work hard.