10 Common Misconceptions about Brain Injuries

Sep 19, 2013
10 Common Misconceptions about Brain Injuries

Brain Injury doesn’t always show the same signs from one person to another, and there are several common myths about Traumatic Brain Injuries or TBI surrounding its sources, effects, and prognosis. Some of these ideas came from outdated research, but others are just bad conventional wisdom from clinicians and the general public. Below is a look at the truth regarding 10 major misconceptions about traumatic brain injuries.


Married to the Chair – wheelchair sports

Sep 18, 2013
Married to the Chair - wheelchair sports

So by now you have probably seen the commercial by Guinness Beer about wheelchair basketball. (If not here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwndLOKQTDs ) It blew up my Facebook page and my email in-box after it came out with comments both for and against. Some praised the ad for showing disabled athletes and some weren’t so gracious and noted the poor imaging or the fact that only one individual was actually disabled. Personally, I couldn’t have been more pleased!


Adapted Activity

Sep 17, 2013
Adapted Activity

Working and developing activities for kids with physical disabilities is part of what I do every week. I look forward to working with my co-workers to find creative ways to keep our kids active and promote inclusion in their school programs, in their neighborhoods, and anywhere else they might spend much of their time; the only problem


1,2,3..Power!

Sep 16, 2013
1,2,3..Power!

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

– John Wooden


Adaptive Water Skiing

Sep 13, 2013
Adaptive Water Skiing

Water skiing is one of my favorite sports—not only is it a great lifestyle (it involves sun, hanging out by the water, hanging out with cool people and travelling), but it is also an amazing workout and it offers a great challenge to push yourself to go further, faster, and bigger in the different skiing events (jump, slalom, and trick).  Most people don’t realize that


Exercises for Ankylosing Spondylitis

Sep 12, 2013
Exercises for Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of chronic arthritis of the spine and the pelvic sacroiliac joints. The inflammation of the vertebrae (spondylitis) can eventually lead to the fusion of the vertebrae, which is called ankylosis. This type of chronic arthritis affects the bones, muscles and ligaments, and is extremely painful.

Some people with ankylosing spondylitis have


4 Considerations When Shopping for an Accessible Van

Sep 11, 2013
4 Considerations When Shopping for an Accessible Van

You can find just about any information you could ever need on the Internet these days. From the technical to the obscure, there are numerous websites for any topic you can think of. This is why it makes good sense to use the Internet for researching the options, styles, and features that you’ll find when looking for new accessible vans.


ACT2MOVE MOVE2ACT Injury, Empathy, and Healing

Sep 10, 2013
ACT2MOVE MOVE2ACT Injury, Empathy, and Healing

Dr. Bloom and I are working on singing the song “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” from Kiss Me Kate, the musical version of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew.  One of the goals of singing this song is to get Dr. Bloom’s hands all the way up to his head, as though he is brushing his hair, a play on the words “brush up.” 


Bedsores: Knowing the Signs and What to Do About Them

Sep 09, 2013
Bedsores: Knowing the Signs and What to Do About Them

For individuals who are detained to their bed for long periods of time, bedsores can be a very real, and sometimes even deadly problem. Bed sores, sometimes called pressure ulcers, are open sores on the skin that result from prolonged pressure on a bony area of the body, such as the hips, elbows, shoulders, or knees. When left untreated such ulcers can develop


Pittsburgh Team Wins Big at National Junior Disability Championship

Sep 07, 2013
Pittsburgh Team Wins Big at National Junior Disability Championship

It’s strange for me to write this from the third person perspective, since I had the pleasure of being involved in these events in the first person.  So forgive me for that in advance as I share with you about some amazing children I have the pleasure of knowing.