Welcome to the Future

Dec 07, 2010

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.


2010 Disability Toy Ratings from Lekotek and Toys R US

Dec 07, 2010
2010 Disability Toy Ratings from Lekotek and Toys R US

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.


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

Dec 06, 2010
Woman in Wheelchair Strips Down to Lingerie, Gets Enhanced TSA Pat Down Anyway

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.


Holiday Presents or Pounds?

Dec 06, 2010
Holiday Presents or Pounds?

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. 


Understanding Health Disparities

Dec 03, 2010
Understanding Health Disparities

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.


The Christmas List

Dec 02, 2010
The Christmas List

We love to see the delighted smiles of a child who has unwrapped the paper and ribbon and can finally catch sight of the gift they have received. Their eyes widen and begin to shine. Their mouth opens in a wide, happy grin and they look up at us with appreciation and excitement.


TSA: Making Air Travel “Punitive” for Persons With Disabilities and Those Accompanying Them

Dec 02, 2010
TSA: Making Air Travel "Punitive" for Persons With Disabilities and Those Accompanying Them

The groping by TSA agents, “enhanced pat-downs” were supposedly meant to be so offensive, that no person in their right mind would opt-out of the “naked” body scanners. However, people with disabilities have no “opt-in” for the scanners.


2010 Top Ten Toys for Tykes

Dec 01, 2010
2010 Top Ten Toys for Tykes

It’s that time of year when many of us are laboring over the perfect gift to get for someone special.  I was curious how to find recommendations for toys for kids with disabilities so I did some looking around (on the internet of course) and found myself directed to http://www.abilitypath.org/, a site that provides support for parents of kids with disabilities. 


Exoskeletons: New Robotic Technology Allows Wheelchair Users to Walk

Dec 01, 2010
Exoskeletons: New Robotic Technology Allows Wheelchair Users to Walk

An exciting assistive technology will gradually change the lives of many wheelchair users. Wearable robotic devices, so called exoskeletons, are now being launched which will for the first time offer wheelchair users the chance to walk.


Going for A Walk-Part 5

Dec 01, 2010
Going for A Walk-Part 5

Adaptability-

When Kerry is inactive or is overstimulated, her body becomes less pliable, and she loses ground much faster than people that do not have a physiologic hurdle. When the answers to my basic evaluation questions are not favorable, my goals are to assist Kerry to: