6 of the Most Unusual Service Animals

Dec 13, 2010
6 of the Most Unusual Service Animals

The public long has become accustomed to guide dogs for those with visual impairments, first used in 1929. But when the use of dogs for other types of help — such as alerting people with hearing impairments to sounds, pulling wheelchairs and helping with mobility issues — became common after enactment of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, controversy over access came with it.


Food Pyramid To Be Revised For The First Time in 5 Years

Dec 13, 2010
Food Pyramid To Be Revised For The First Time in 5 Years

Back in 2005 Greek Yogurt wasn’t in the dairy case and Acai was simply a rare Amazon berry; this was also the last time that the U.S. revised its dietary guidelines for Americans and the visual food pyramid, called MyPyramid, that accompanies them.


From Active to Sedentary: A Harsh Reality

Dec 10, 2010
From Active to Sedentary: A Harsh Reality

The concept of being sedentary used to be absolutely foreign to me. When we would talk about people who live an inactive life in my college classes, I would be thinking in the back of my head that nobody is really like that. My reality was so skewed.


Profiles of Technology in the Workplace

Dec 10, 2010
Profiles of Technology in the Workplace

In today’s workplace, technology seems to be what makes the world go round. Through assistive technology, people with disabilities have been able to achieve the same level of success in the workplace as anyone else. The impact of this technology therefore is drastic, and though we may hear this is the case, or assume that it’s probably the case, it’s nice to find out first-hand how this has happened for someone.


Detours-Part 2

Dec 10, 2010
Detours-Part 2

Conduct

There is an unwritten agreement and code of conduct that exists between the client and professional.  I try to establish a business perspective with the fitness professional I am working with as quickly as possible.  This is a business transaction not a social gathering.  It is my responsibility to keep a professional demeanor and conduct with the fitness professional at all times regardless of what may happen in session.  It does not matter if I have had a bad day in other settings.


Microsoft Accessibility – software and accommodations for computer users with disabilities

Dec 09, 2010
Microsoft Accessibility - software and accommodations for computer users with disabilities

In the computer assisted classroom, educators have shifted their focus from standardized educational presentations to personalized instruction that meets the needs of individual learners. Microsoft has created a 2010 Guide for Educators to help classroom teachers support learning across styles and abilities in today’s inclusive world.


Rant: Accessible Parking: Stupidity Is NOT A Disability!

Dec 09, 2010
Rant: Accessible Parking: Stupidity Is NOT A Disability!

Some disabilities are “invisible” while others can make a person feel invisible, so we should not judge others by how they look to determine if they “deserve” to be parking in an accessible space.  However, STUPIDITY is NOT a disability.


13 Deaths in 10 Years at Alden Village North Nursing Home in Chicago

Dec 09, 2010
 13 Deaths in 10 Years at Alden Village North Nursing Home in Chicago

It was a cold day in Chicago  on  November 19, 2010, however that did  not stop a coalition of disability rights activists from Chicago ADAPT, Power to the People,  Community Renewal Society, Jane Addams Senior Caucus, and others  in staging a protest against Alden Nursing Homes.


Accessible Technology: Yahoo, Google, Apple, Oh My!

Dec 08, 2010
Accessible Technology: Yahoo, Google, Apple, Oh My!

A banker requested a different business card from Srinivasu Chakravarthula as the one he had handed to the banker had “holes” in it. Unknown to the banker, the card was embossed in Braille that enables the blind to read. The banker’s response presented Srinivasu an opportunity to get to work — educating her about a technology that has made life easier for those with disabilities.


The Fountain of Youth: The Secret to Staying Young

Dec 08, 2010
The Fountain of Youth: The Secret to Staying Young

The funny thing is that it’s been inside each of us all along. Researchers at Tel Aviv University have found that physical activity can help us look younger. They found that “endurance” exercises can unlock the stem cells in our muscles, resulting in a younger looking you.