What about Pedestrians? Fall Prevention During the Winter

Feb 16, 2011

The Center for Disease Control and multiple other studies show that more than a third of older adults fall each year.[i] Research also shows that between 10 to 20 falls cause injuries such as fractures and head traumas[ii].


The Art of Coaching a Special Needs Athlete

Feb 15, 2011

Last week I wrote a blog about the application of the principles of “The Tripod Project”. This is something that identified three themes that supported the development of an athlete (or student): the exercise program’s “content”, the skill of the coach / teacher in delivering the content (pedagogy), and the importance of  the athlete – coach relationship. Over the next weeks I will post blogs on each of these themes starting today with “content”.


Seven Hours of the Banana- a popular Crested Butte, Colorado Endurance Event

Feb 15, 2011
Seven Hours of the Banana- a popular Crested Butte, Colorado Endurance Event

7 Hours of the Banana is a lift-accessed endurance event on Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s “Banana,” one of the mountain’s most extreme runs. Participants ride the Silver Queen chairlift, traverse over to the Banana, ski or snowboard down, and repeat!


Medical Advancements and the Disability Community

Feb 15, 2011
Medical Advancements and the Disability Community

There is long-standing tension between the medical and disability communities.

This tension exists for good reasons, including: a history of absolutely atrocious treatment of people with disabilities by the medical field, continued discrimination in places of medical treatment and by medical professionals, and the way that all of society has adjusted to the notion perpetuated by the medical community (whether intentional or not) that disability is an individual problem that must be cured through medical treatment.


Receiving a Diagnosis

Feb 14, 2011

Receiving a diagnosis that you have a permanent, debilitating disease is devastating. No matter what the diagnosis, you have to endure the words, “You have _______.” Those words are probably the hardest 3 words you may ever be faced with in your life or have already had the dreadful experience of being faced with. For me, I heard the words, “You have MS.” They were the hardest 3 words I ever had to endure.


The Gridiron Heroes

Feb 14, 2011
The Gridiron Heroes

The Gridiron Heroes are a group of individuals with Spinal Cord Injury that provides emotional support to players injured during a football game.  Their mission is to provide “immediate, as well as, long term resources and support to individuals sustaining a catastrophic spinal cord injury through activities associated with high school football.” 


A Parent’s Love

Feb 14, 2011

I was looking for a very special and inspiring love story to relate that dealt with Valentine’s Day and people with disabilities. After hours of hunting, I felt fairly bummed out.


Black and Blue

Feb 11, 2011

I started to become aware of the existence of my disability through the stares and general lack of awareness of other people around the age of four.  I did not feel different- I was just a girl who liked long dresses and the color blue.  Other people were aware of my walking differences before I was.


The Quick Zip

Feb 11, 2011
The Quick Zip

Ever have trouble with jacket zippers? I do … depending on which jacket. Interestingly, not all jacket zippers are created equal – some zippers are easier to zip than others.  And, the reason probably because there are several dozens of different zipper manufactures.


Virtual Valet: Using an iPod Touch to Park Cars

Feb 10, 2011
Virtual Valet: Using an iPod Touch to Park Cars

After ranting about stupidity not qualifying as a disability to park in an accessible space, I got a kick out of researchers developing a Virtual Valet to park cars.