April 15-19 saw the Kentucky Expo Center (KEC) in Louisville, KY as the host to the largest wheelchair basketball competition in the sports illustrious history. The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) was represented by nearly 70 teams across 5 different divisions in what was some of the most fantastic athletic competition around. Some twelve courts were laid down in the expo center with wheelchair hoops going on for nearly 4 days in what seemed like around the clock action. Vendors, fans, and athletes alike all showed up full of energy for what turned out to be a fantastic event.
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On April 17-18, we hosted an event at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, that we call Ability Olympics with the mission of showing how everyone can be an athlete. I work with Dr. Tom Moran on this event (he does weekly programming for youth with disabilities to stay physically active), and our goal has been simple: provide sport opportunities to people with disabilities because we did not have those opportunities growing up.
Over the 30 years as a person living with a disability, I have encountered many people who just want to know what happened. “How did you lose your hands and legs?” It is a simple question, in which I always give a simple response. “I contracted a blood disease.” However, this question can become complicated if the individual inquiring is uncertain as to how to phrase it. Regularly, the question becomes desensitized or sugar-coated.
On February 20, a federal judge in Broward County, Florida ruled that a service can be used to on public school property to provide assistance to a young man with a disability as he attended school. With this ruling, a young student will now have the benefit of having an animal provide assistance as he attends school. Now, this story may not seem like a big deal. However, a new precedence has been set in the allowing of a service animal to attend school with a youth with a disability.
Whether you are a person with a disability or dealing with a medical condition that has limited your mobility, it can be difficult to take care of children on a daily basis. This problem becomes exacerbated if you are currently undergoing regular treatments such as dialysis or chemotherapy. After all, it is typically not possible to take small children with you when you receive treatment, and not everyone is able to rely on family or friends to help out. Fortunately, there are some programs available that could help you take care of everything without sacrificing your healthcare needs in order to keep your children safe.
Did you hear that sound? It is the sound of change. I am not talking about the seasons that are denoted by a change in weather and temperature. But something has changed in our culture and more importantly our mindset.
On the day we remember Dr. King, the man who was instrumental in writing the Civil Rights Act, which was signed in 1964 to benefit all Americans, there is still one group of citizens who still wait. These are the 57 million Americans with disabilities who are still waiting to have laws passed over 40 years ago to address issues such as basic fitness, recreation, and sport participation.
Today marks a celebration day of Human Rights. Again, this marks another opportunity to discuss and celebrate the triumph of Human Rights for everyone, World-wide. Also, it’s another opportunity to educate people on the role of sports to all people, especially people with disabilities.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPwD): Exploring Effective Strategies To Raise Awareness about People with Disabilities
It is well documented that people with disabilities face barriers which hinder equal participation in several environments including school and work. One of the primary barriers people with disabilities commonly face in the context of inclusion and participation is negative attitudes from others based upon misconceptions and stereotypes about individuals with disabilities.
In honor of National Diabetes Month, I would like to share a VERY personal story. My mother was an insulin diabetic for most of her life starting back in the 1950’s until her passing away over two decades ago. Since she was taking insulin several times daily, I’m sure that diabetes was on her mind every waking hour. Point being, I realized if there was any “good news” about my mother’s diabetes, it was that I learned that diabetes should be feared and avoided at all costs.