Posts Tagged 'awareness'

Business Benefits: Why Hiring Workers with Disabilities is One of the Best Business Moves You Can Make

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When the time comes to hire a new employee, employers sometimes overlook those individuals with disabilities. Workers with Disabilities are a talented segment of the workforce with surprisingly high rates of unemployment. Overlooking candidates with disabilities who are many times more than qualified may mean unnecessarily ending up with a mediocre employee because you limited the talent pool you searched in. Beyond just having a person to fill the job opening, employing people with disabilities can have several productivity, tax, and legal benefits to your company.

Posted by Gerald Berkowitz Aug 30, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

Person-Centered vs. Disability-Centered

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A professional that I highly respect recently used the phrase ‘dysfunction’ to describe my walking issues.  When I hear terms like ‘dysfunction’, I start to think in boxes:

Disability Centered—Focuses on deficits and labels Person-Centered—Focuses on capabilities and strengths

A Disability-Centered perspective and approach categorizes and classifies based upon deficits.    A Person-Centered perspective and approach promotes the strengths and capabilities of an individual.  Language can be the conduit between a Person-Centered perspective and a Disability-Centered perspective.

Posted by Kerry Aug 07, 2013 Posted in Disability 5 Comments

I Wish I Had Known…

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My aunt works for the Greater Boston Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, whose headquarters are located in the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Center where my dad underwent therapy. Among other great things (like a Peer Visitation program connecting people with new injuries to those who have been living with a disability for a while), they have been collecting “I Wish I Had Known” statements from individuals and families who have been touched by disability. I thought it would be valuable to start

Posted by Katie Henley Aug 06, 2013 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

23 Years of ADA- Happy Anniversary!

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Today, as we celebrate the 23 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it’s important to remember that as we go out to celebrate, to protest, to criticize, to condemn, and to improve, how

Posted by Bob Lujano Jul 26, 2013 Posted in Disability 6 Comments

The New Accessible Icon

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There’s a new icon on the streets.  Check out the changes from the 1968 Universal Accessibility Icon.  Compare the head position, the legs, and the arms.

Posted by Elizabeth Vander Kamp Jul 19, 2013 Posted in Disability 9 Comments

Singing Praises for the Miss You Can Do It Pageant

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If you don’t get HBO on your television, find a family member or friend who does and watch the HBO documentary Miss You Can Do It. Take a box of tissues with you. Take two.

Posted by Susan Hawkins Jul 12, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

Preventing, Recognizing, and Responding to a Concussion

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Although you obviously go through life taking every possible step to stay safe, and to protect your loved ones from harm, there are certain things that simply can’t be avoided. Accidents and injuries occur all the time, and many times, these issues are nobody’s fault. Unfortunately, that doesn’t help those left to suffer with the physical and mental damage done by an unforeseen car accident, a tumble down the stairs, a slip and fall, or a million other things that can cause trauma. The most serious of injuries, outside of cardiac arrest and severe bleeding, is

Posted by Shelly Duell Jul 11, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

What’s Inspiration?

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Every summer I direct an adapted sports camp for youth with a physical disability. When planning, I always try to develop a theme or motto for camp that focuses on something beyond athleticism. This year I decided to follow the lead of the International Paralympic Committee and introduce their motto, “Spirit in Motion.” Along with the motto, each day we discussed one of the Paralympic values – inspiration, determination, courage, and equality. I must admit, I decided to use the Paralympic motto before I realized that the first value was inspiration.

Posted by Mary Allison Cook Jul 03, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

Moving Beyond Stigma Through Participation in Sports

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In my professional roles, I read volumes of academic research every day about many aspects of life of people with disabilities.  As I comb through the 20 or 30 pages of various articles, I am searching for the concrete take-away points.   I recently read a number of research articles on the topic of stigma and people with disabilities; the articles left me with the following take-away point:

Posted by Kerry Jul 01, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

Beyond Disability Awareness Toward a Trend of Disability Competency

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I read an article recently that appeared on Disability Scoop that highlighted a story about a family that was turned away from their fitness facility because the professionals did not know how to accommodate the needs of a person with a disability.  My first reaction was one of frustration and empathy for the individual and family.  I also have been turned away from facilities and have been told politely but firmly, “I am sorry but ‘we’ do not serve someone with your specialized needs.”

Posted by Kerry Jun 04, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments