Tale of Two Bizarre But Cool Wheelchairs

Feb 03, 2011
Tale of Two Bizarre But Cool Wheelchairs

Two very bizarre but cool wheelchairs are in the news, each for radically different reasons.


Indoor Fitness Fun

Feb 03, 2011
Indoor Fitness Fun

The newer revised guidelines for exercise suggest that exercising in short bursts several times a day is beneficial. I am so grateful for that, because when it is sub-zero out, it can take a long time to bundle everyone up and go out. In fact, it sometimes seems that it is so cold that we spend longer getting ready to go out than we can stay out!


A Rise of Discrimination in the Workplace

Feb 03, 2011
A Rise of Discrimination in the Workplace

Unemployment rate is high and on the minds of hundreds of individuals – specifically for those individuals who are out of work and those who are looking for jobs. For the disability population, the unemployment rate is higher. What is interesting is when the economy is bad, claims for workplace discrimination increases.


Challenge by Choice: Inclusion through Project Adventure

Feb 02, 2011

As I was walking to get my lunch recently, I passed a young child whose face creased, turned into a scowl, and then the unmistakable question mark appeared.  I caught the once over stare as they pulled on their caregiver’s sleeve.  I kept walking and heard the audible question; “Why does that lady walk like that?”  The woman tried to quiet the child and move them along.  As the distance grew between us; I heard the child’s fading question – “But why does she walk like that and use the sticks?”


The disAbled sailOR

Feb 02, 2011

Find something you love to do and never stop.  Easier said than done if you love to sail, but find you need assistance getting in and out of the water. Since 1995, with sponsorship from the Eugene Yacht Club, the World Wheelchair Sports disAbled sailOR program has been providing individuals with disabilities the opportunity to get out of their chairs and onto the deck of a sailboat.


Breaking Down Barriers Through The Use Of Technology

Feb 01, 2011
Breaking Down Barriers Through The Use Of Technology

I never cease to be amazed by the opportunities that technology provides.  Things that were once thought to be impossible are made possible.  Limits and boundaries are destroyed – walls come crashing down – new doors are opened, sometimes faster than we know how to handle.  The world today is different than it was even yesterday. 


Gaming for Everyone

Feb 01, 2011
Gaming for Everyone

Suppose you were Inspector Cyndi, a Viennese detective on loan to Rhode Island  – tasked with finding “who dun it” among a thriving population of immigrants, merchants and the super wealthy living in Newport, Rhode Island in 1890. In this video game you (as the Inspector) travel the streets and mansions of Newport gathering clues and finding hidden facts as you solve crimes.


Special Place in Hell for 2 Nursing Home Workers?

Feb 01, 2011
Special Place in Hell for 2 Nursing Home Workers?

On the outside looking in, nursing home care can appear to be fine. There are hundreds of good nursing home workers for each bad one. Yet healthcare abuse happens all too often and can go unnoticed. This story is beyond sick and there’s surely a special place in hell for these two women.


An Athlete first … not The Rain Man

Jan 31, 2011
An Athlete first … not The Rain Man

My sons have autism and yes I have seen film “The Rain Man.” If someone gave me $10 for every time I have heard that, I would be a wealthy man. I remind myself that I have to accept that not everyone carries an informed understanding of autism and its challenges. Sometimes I get mischievous and tell them that my eldest son – Michael – is an excellent card counter; cue the Rain Man in Vegas dialogue. The conversation usually concludes with someone saying“it’s amazing the math skills those kids have.” There seems to be genuine surprise when I tell people that my son has poor math skills (learning disabilities can often accompany autism), but he is an excellent distance runner.  Michael has won many races and is a joyful participant with Islanders Running Club – a club we started for kids that needed a bit of support.


Sexual Abuse and Disability

Jan 31, 2011

Sexual abuse consists of a variety of sexual activities that is forced upon another without their consent. These activities may include but are not limited to the use of sexual language, exposure to pornography, flashing, inappropriate touching, oral sex and rape. In a study from 2009 by the Bureau of Justice, sexual assault and rape were twice as likely to be committed against women with disabilities compared to those without disabilities.