Often times we sit in our chairs slouched over. We do not think about it, we just sit the way we do. However, we may develop bad habits if we don’t sit in proper alignment. For example, at my job I usually sit at a computer all day. I am usually sitting up with shoulders rounded forward, which puts strain on my neck and shoulders, or slouched back in my chair, which puts strain on the low back. After work I sometimes feel pain in my neck, shoulders, and/or low back.
I find it amazing how much more a video can impact an individual than simply reading a story in the newspaper. I am constantly finding myself intrigued at the YouTube videos posted by my friends, family and co-workers. Some of the most touching and motivating moments caught on camera and posted online for millions of viewers to see can be thought provoking.
I recently took a trip to Montana, and I don’t know if it’s just that I have never noticed this before or that I have just not been to the right places, but right up front at a cute little rustic pizzeria in downtown Missoula there was a well-placed sign that said “Braille menus available”.
We often struggle with access in our neighborhoods and we wonder how our city compares to others. Now we can find out how well our city compares to others by reading “Top Cities for Disability” lifestyle satisfaction created by The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
Everybody needs a helping hand from time to time, so instead of a service dog to assist a person with disabilities, how about two helping hands in the form of a Monkey Helper?
Many years ago Reebok ran a great commercial based on Newton’s Laws of motion. The take away from that commercial was “A body in motion, stays in motion and a body at rest stays at rest”. I wonder if Newton knew that within his statement was the perfect exercise prescription!
I recently had the opportunity to have lunch and good conversation with two individuals living with Fibromyalgia (among other conditions), but Fibro was their common thread. What struck me though, was how different their experiences were not only with Fibro itself, but even more so, how different their experiences with healthcare, and specifically healthcare professionals, were.
I live in the city, and there isn’t much chance of me doing a technical mountain climb. But I do get out with my family on the bike trail along Lake Michigan almost every day. Every day there are hundreds of us out there running, walking, wheeling and moving in every way imaginable along the Chicago Parks and Recreation trail that runs 36 miles along the lakeshore.
I’ve been a student for nearly all of my adult life – and the two short years I took off between my first and second rounds of graduate school, I spent working in campus recreation.
Johnnie Tuitel is an advocate and motivation speaker with cerebral palsy who was traveling to a give a speech in Kansas City to the National Self Advocacy Conference about people with disabilities. Johnnie’s wheelchair had been tagged, taken to be loaded as baggage, and he was already seated when a U.S. Airways gate agent returned with a narrow aisle chair to take Johnnie off the plane. Johnnie said people were pointing and staring at him. He was embarrassed and “humiliated” when U.S. Airways removed him from the flight because he was “too disabled to fly.”