The challenge is always there. It’s up to you if you want to tackle it!

Mar 23, 2011
The challenge is always there. It’s up to you if you want to tackle it!

It’s common; way too common. You ask someone to do something or you ask them why they didn’t do something & you constantly hear excuse after excuse for a person not being able to do something or even trying.


T-Together E-Everyone A-Achieves M-More!

Mar 23, 2011

Any Celebrity Apprentice fans?  On Sunday night’s episode Gary Busey shocked everyone by winning the second challenge of this season and spelled out his victory by stating the meaning behind the word team: “T- is for Together, E-Is for Everyone, A-id for Achieves, and M-More!”   As hard it may be to understand the thought process of Gary at times, he got this point right on!  The meaning behind the acronym of the word “team” truly speaks volumes.  Understanding the significance and strength from working as a “team” holds true and this definition is most often heard in the success of business franchises, private organizations, and sports teams.  It also holds true in the world of autism.


12 What-Were-They-Thinking Accessibility Signs

Mar 22, 2011
12 What-Were-They-Thinking Accessibility Signs

Are these handicap accessibility signs supposed to be funny or not? Here is a collection of 12 signs that make me wonder what-the-BLEEP-were-they-thinking.


Weighing in on Inclusive vs. Disability-Specific Sport Settings

Mar 22, 2011
Weighing in on Inclusive vs. Disability-Specific Sport Settings

There is often a question of whether it is better to have sports specifically for people with disabilities or to include people with disabilities in sports with others who do not have disabilities.


What the new ADA regulations mean to you this Spring!

Mar 22, 2011
What the new ADA regulations mean to you this Spring!

As the weather becomes warmer we spend more time outdoors. If there is a park near you, some of the new ADA regulations may be noticeable. If the new regulations aren’t being followed, you may want to call or email the Park District to find out when they are going to be able to meet the new accessibility rules.


University of Tennessee Seeking Individuals for Research Project: Assessing Physical Activity in Wheelchair Users

Mar 21, 2011

The Exercise Physiology lab at the University of Tennessee is conducting a study addressing a new method of measuring physical activity energy expenditure in wheelchair users. The lab is seeking 10 to 20 subjects in the Knoxville, TN, area.


Are you a teacher, coach or educator of sports for special needs athletes?

Mar 21, 2011

Are you a teacher, an educator or a coach of sports? Is there any difference? The distinctions between the three are not necessarily obvious. Not all coaches are good teachers. They may have an excellent knowledge of the sport, understand its skills and tactics, and yet be very poor at sharing their expertise with their athletes. Likewise, not all teachers are good sports coaches; they may have a sound grasp of pedagogy (how an activity can best be delivered) but lack the insight and experience a coach might bring to the sport.


World Down Syndrome Day

Mar 21, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011 is World Down Syndrome Day.  The date is important because it’s named is derived from the most common form of Down syndrome: Trisomy 21 (Three 21). People all over the world will be celebrating this event.  For those that live with down syndrome, both the individual and the caregiver, this event signifies that people with down syndrome are just like anyone else. 


Justice Department’s New ADA Rules Went Into Effect on March 15, 2011

Mar 18, 2011
Justice Department’s New ADA Rules Went Into Effect on March 15, 2011

In the first major update on accessibility in 20 years, the Revised Regulations for implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) took effect on March 15, 2011.


5 Step Process to Increase Employment for People with Disabilities

Mar 18, 2011
5 Step Process to Increase Employment for People with Disabilities

The unemployment rate is a pretty big concern in the United States. Statistically, the unemployment rate among people with disabilities has been considerably higher compared to the general population. Fortunately, there have been increased efforts to help the employment rate for people with disabilities. There are groups, agencies, and organizations that are established to help people with disabilities find job opportunities. There are also, grants and services from the state, local and federal levels to assist in employment for people with disabilities.