Posts Tagged 'awareness'

Coming to a Theater Near You: Wretches and Jabberers

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Are you fired up about advocacy? Interested in Autism? Passionate about disability rights? Desire to increase awareness? Compelled by stories of our individual, yet so often universal, human experiences? In need of weekend plans? If so, read on….

Posted by Carolyn Apr 08, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

An Invisible Separateness: An Editorial

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Our culture has introduced the idea of inclusion (age appropriate participation with our peers) for years.  Laws support it, schools teach it, and many advocates work tirelessly to bring the concept of disability awareness, inclusion, and participation into schools, workplaces, and general communities.

Posted by Kerry Apr 04, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments

FITBuddies Program: Increasing Awareness in the Fitness Industry

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Health and fitness professionals have opportunities to connect with people of all ages and abilities. I have been fortunate over the years to meet many instructors who are passionate about working with individuals with mixed abilities. However, this is still an untapped market in the industry, and I believe this is primarily because we have not adequately publicized the need for programs and created awareness through national organizations, seminars, social media, and professional networks.

Posted by Cary Wing Mar 30, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Gleeks Unite!

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I recently had the opportunity to watch half an episode of Glee, in which Artie, the student with paraplegia, used his Colours wheelchair to get around the halls of the high school.  Since I wasn’t too interested in the actual story – I started to watch Artie and became quickly bothered by the push handles on the back of his chair.  Why were Artie’s friends pushing him around in his chair?  I also noticed that Artie’s chair seemed really big for his body and that he sits crooked in it.  According to the show, Artie has been in his wheelchair since the age of 8 as the result of a car accident and for a person who has been in a chair for at least 8 years his skill set is not where it should be.

Posted by Elizabeth Mar 15, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

Dance and Disability: “The Gimp Project”

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I came across this video on YouTube and thought it was totally worth sharing!  There are so many interesting and provocative things in it.

Posted by Carolyn Mar 11, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Beating Multiple Sclerosis before it Beats You

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Multiple sclerosis is a difficult disease to be diagnosed with at a young age. You don’t know when it will take its full toll on you, if ever. I was diagnosed almost 3 years ago at the age of 22. Even till this day, not a lot of people know I have the disease. I have relapsing remitting, so I rarely show signs of the condition, and when I do have symptoms I try to keep them to myself and hide them the best that I can. It isn’t that I’m insecure of having the condition; it’s that I don’t want anyone to have pity on me or treat me any different than before.

Posted by Jess Mar 09, 2011 Posted in Disability 8 Comments

The Impact of Our Words

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Our words carry so much meaning – sometimes even meaning that we don’t fully understand. Often times, we say things or use phrases that we’ve heard others use before but don’t have a solid understanding of the meaning behind it or the bigger message that we are sending by saying it.

Posted by Carolyn Mar 08, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Is Everything You Need Really Already Inside?

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Watch these videos.

Posted by Carolyn Feb 25, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Whose Voice Should Be Heard?

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I recently came across a really interesting conversation in response to a blog post on http://persephonemagazine.com/. The title of the blog post was “A Day in the Life of a Fourteen Year Old Boy with Autism.” I had never read anything on this blog before, but the title of this post caught my attention. It is written by a woman who has a son with autism – and she takes on his persona – speaking and communicating thoughts as if she is him. While the post itself was interesting, what I found most interesting were the comments on the post. You can read them for yourself here at the end of the post.

Posted by Carolyn Feb 22, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

When Good People Say Bad Things

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It’s not uncommon that people ask me questions about disability. They know it’s what I spend the large majority of my time studying…so it only makes sense. But sometimes those conversations happen when I am least expecting it. Those unexpected conversations, though, always seem to be the best.

Posted by Carolyn Feb 08, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 6 Comments