Microchip Will Allow Individuals with Paraplegia to Exercise Paralyzed Limbs

Nov 23, 2010
Microchip Will Allow Individuals with Paraplegia to Exercise Paralyzed Limbs

Engineers have developed a microchip muscle simulator that will enable people with paraplegia to exercise their paralyzed muscles.


Just Sitting There Can Kill a Person!

Nov 23, 2010
Just Sitting There Can Kill a Person!

A new study has proposed a link between the amount of time a person spends sitting, and death. While most of us have heard that a lack of physical activity has been shown to contribute to type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity; we did not know that the discussion has ranged as far as linking simply sitting to early death.


A Necessary Evil?

Nov 23, 2010
A Necessary Evil?

On the bus ride to work this morning, as I sat there listening to my music while looking out the window and mentally sorting through my day, I noticed the following signs on the front door to a restaurant:


Who Is an Expert?

Nov 22, 2010

In the 15 years that I have been working with people who have disabilities, I have continuously gained new insight and information about various conditions.  In my line of work, I interact daily with people who are living with different disabilities and conditions.  Many have the same disability and yet much like snowflakes, no two people experience their disabilities in the same way.  The question I ask today, what exactly is the definition of an expert?  Can any person really master any disability or illness to the point of calling themselves an ‘Expert’?


Worst Bachelorette Prank EVER Leaves Bride-to-be Paralyzed & Unmarried

Nov 22, 2010
Worst Bachelorette Prank EVER Leaves Bride-to-be Paralyzed & Unmarried

All kinds of crazy things might happen at a bachelorette party, but the bridesmaid’s prank left the bride-to-be a quadriplegic and unmarried.


Staying Active During the Winter Months

Nov 19, 2010
Staying Active During the Winter Months

Winter is fast approaching.  The days are getting shorter. I look outside at 5pm and wonder why it id dark?  During winter I often times find myself more tired and sluggish, as opposed to other times during the year when it is warm and there is more sunlight. Thus, since I feel tired and sluggish, it is easier for me to find excuses not to be active.


Going for A Walk-Part 2

Nov 19, 2010
Going for A Walk-Part 2

The partnership with James began in December 2009. He made it clear to me during our workout sessions that he understands my goals and has embraced them. Together we may experiment with adaptive exercises, but I am not a specimen and James has never treated me as one. He is courteous and has a thoughtful professionalism. He periodically checks in to gain feedback for exercise progression and fatigue levels as we work.


Once People Get Inside, Is There Equipment They Can Use?

Nov 19, 2010
Once People Get Inside, Is There Equipment They Can Use?

I was browsing through some headlines today and noticed a theme I usually don’t see… There were several articles that discussed the inaccessibility of fitness equipment for people with disabilities and ways that things are starting to change (check out two articles here and here). This has become a fairly hot topic in the field of disability and physical activity over the past several years, but it is rare to see articles in the general media about it.


Everybody’s Talking About It!

Nov 18, 2010
Everybody’s Talking About It!

Apple has made a strong commitment to the success of learners of all types with its new Special Education Apps. (www.apple.com/education/special-education) Every new Mac has been equipped with a variety of assistive technology software creating the possibility of universal access to iPod, iPhone and the Mac Computer.


Cool Hacked Wii Gadget Allows Babies To Drive Robots

Nov 18, 2010
Cool Hacked Wii Gadget Allows Babies To Drive Robots

Babies with mobility issues, such as spina bifida or cerebral palsy, can’t explore the world like babies who can walk or crawl. Since babies explore and learn as part of infant development, mobility is linked with cognitive development.