Posts Tagged 'disabilities'

Visitation Rights for Parents with Disabilities

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Divorce in the U.S. is very common. When there are children involved, it can get complicated. Child custody and visitation arrangements can be difficult and challenging. For individuals with disabilities, they may face additional challenges in these circumstances. A California mother and her parents are experiencing these challenges as they fight to prove in court that even severely disabled parents have the right to see their children.

Posted by Jenny Carlton Aug 26, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Top 10 Vehicles for People with Disabilities

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Brad Miller is 35 years old living with Becker’s Muscular Dystrophy. Becker muscular dystrophy is a disorder that involves slowly worsening muscle weakness of the legs and pelvis. To bring awareness of his disability, Brad decided to test drive several cars to determine which cars are the best for people with disabilities and wrote about the experience in his blog. After a few months, Brad came up with 10 vehicles that made the cut.

Posted by Jenny Carlton Aug 18, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 13 Comments

The economy and employment for people with disabilities

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This week the United States Senate has been considering ways to boost disability employment figures.

Posted by Tanya Aug 02, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Opportunity in Disguise III-Christopher Reeve

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How would you like to be told you could be superman, the actual superman, a character that has been around since 1932 and known all around the world? Well, a man that did not take anything for granted had that very opportunity.

Posted by Jess Jul 29, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Opportunity in Disguise II-Michael J Fox

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Michael J Fox, once known to millions of Americans as Marty McFly or Alex P. Keaton is now known all around the world as “The Face of Parkinson’s Disease” and “The Incurable Optimist.”

Posted by Jess Jul 27, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments

Opportunity in Disguise I-Montel Williams

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When you hear the name, “Montel Williams” what do you think? A daytime-Emmy award winner? A well renowned talk show host for the past 17 years?

Posted by Jess Jul 21, 2011 Posted in Disability, Uncategorized No Comments

A Disability, Perhaps an Opportunity in Disguise

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When you were a child, didn’t you grow up wishing you could “be somebody?” Somebody that people would recognize, look up to, admire, almost idolize. Ever since I was a small child I desperately wanted to be something great, probably as most children do. Maybe go to the moon, run for president, play professional sports, become an award winning singer or actor, anything!! Every child’s dream is to be: GREAT.

Posted by Jess Jul 20, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments

Coaching a reluctant participant in sports

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Recently, my young son expressed an interest in participating in a highly competitive track meet. The best students from across the city were going to gather  for a big event and close to one thousand runners would fill the stadium with noise and frenetic energy. Although Michael has autism he is a very capable young athlete who has enjoyed success against his peers. We both agreed he was ready for the challenge. As the track meet approached I noticed that he was becoming increasingly anxious. Soon, with any mention of the track meet, his tears would start to flow. No amount of calming or reassuring words could alleviate his anxiety.  He decided not to participate – this was something that I fully supported – and Michael’s sense of relief was almost palpable. I could not easily explain his change of heart. After a few days of gentle questioning I discovered that Michael was anxious about the length of the university track (400m) and his belief that it was much bigger than the track we practice on (also 400m). He had allowed this belief to undermine his confidence.

Posted by guest Jul 11, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments

Autism Leads Rise of Developmental Disabilities

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A government study recently reported an increase of 17% of developmental disabilities in the past decade rise. The two disability that have led this increase are autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. “Developmental disorders rose to 15 percent of U.S. children, or about 10 million, in 2006-2008, from 12.8 percent, or about 8 million, in 1997-1999, according to the study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — published in the journal Pediatrics.”

Posted by Jenny Carlton Jun 23, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Amusement Park for People with Disabilities

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Located in San Antonio, Texas, Morgan’s Wonderland is the first of its’ kind. It is the first and only amusement park designed for people with disabilities – both children and adults. Named after founder Gordon Hartman’s daughter (who has an intellectual disability), Morgan’s Wonderland aims to offer everything any guest might enjoy at a theme park, while also appealing to non-disabled visitors.

Posted by Jenny Carlton Jun 10, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments