The A.T Gallery and Trials with Technology Part II

Jun 03, 2011

Read part I of this post here: http://blog.ncpad.org/2011/06/01/the-a-t-galler…hnology-part-i/


Dogs help all family members dealing with autism

Jun 02, 2011
Dogs help all family members dealing with autism

One more reason to get a dog: furry four-legged friends can help both parents of / and children with autism.


The A.T Gallery and Trials with Technology Part I

Jun 01, 2011

I have used an assortment of adaptive technology over the years.  Assistive or Adaptive Technology (A.T.) is defined as  “products, devices or equipment, whether acquired commercially, modified or customized, that are used to maintain, increase or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities”.[i]


Robotic Wheelchair: Mall Shoppers Dream Come True?

May 31, 2011
Robotic Wheelchair: Mall Shoppers Dream Come True?

This is a sweet project that might make people who don’t even need a wheelchair want to try it out. You make an appointment via a smartphone for this robotic wheelchair to meet you outside of a shopping mall. It drives itself, has plenty of safety features for maneuvering within crowds, and can take a shopper directly to a specifically requested department. This wheelchair even remembers a shopper’s favorite / regular products, suggesting and navigating to those items automatically.


The Power of Asking for Help

May 30, 2011
The Power of Asking for Help
Don’t help me. Don’t ask to help me. Don’t even think about helping me.

The Up & Down Emotions of a Diagnosis Part V: Lesson Learned

May 27, 2011
The Up & Down Emotions of a Diagnosis Part V: Lesson Learned

Did I make the right decision by not going to the camp?


Digital Surveillance Ends Career of Controversial School of Shock Director

May 27, 2011
Digital Surveillance Ends Career of Controversial School of Shock Director

Eye in the sky is everywhere, watching you, watching me, watching us all, but an ironic twist of fate has ended the career of a man who happily took advantage of his 24-hour surveillance cameras that recorded the behavior of kids with disabilities and the staff at his highly controversial “School of Shock.” If the electronic spying caught bad behavior, a student was punished by receiving electrical shocks. The school director allegedly destroyed the surveillance tapes to keep them from getting out on the Internet. He is now facing a criminal indictment involving the digital surveillance.


World Multiple Sclerosis Day

May 27, 2011
World Multiple Sclerosis Day

May 25th was World MS Day! It is about raising awareness and mobilizing the global movement. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Over 2,000,000 people in the world have MS. It is one of the most common disabling neurological conditions amongst young adults in the northern hemisphere.


Lights – Camera – Action!

May 27, 2011
Lights - Camera - Action!

Karen Meyers, Contributing Reporter for WLS-TV Channel 7, dropped in for a visit to Right Fit Friday, May 20, 2011.  Karen’s primary purpose was to see our facility and observe the “Raise the Bar” class, which is our award-winning 60-minute fitness class for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  What a great opportunity we now had to share with WLS-TV’s viewers what Right Fit does to help these children increase their fitness levels.


Taboo Lifestyle: 350 Pound Adult Baby Investigated for Social Security Fraud

May 26, 2011
Taboo Lifestyle: 350 Pound Adult Baby Investigated for Social Security Fraud

If you or a loved one has struggled with the system in order to collect Social Security benefits, then you may be astounded by the self-proclaimed “adult baby” who sleeps in a crib and lives off the government via SSI. Although Stanley Thornton Jr. says he is unable to work, he was able to construct his own giant crib, can drive himself on errands, and decides when he should wear “grown-up” clothes.