My sons have autism and yes I have seen film “The Rain Man.” If someone gave me $10 for every time I have heard that, I would be a wealthy man. I remind myself that I have to accept that not everyone carries an informed understanding of autism and its challenges. Sometimes I get mischievous and tell them that my eldest son – Michael – is an excellent card counter; cue the Rain Man in Vegas dialogue. The conversation usually concludes with someone saying“it’s amazing the math skills those kids have.” There seems to be genuine surprise when I tell people that my son has poor math skills (learning disabilities can often accompany autism), but he is an excellent distance runner. Michael has won many races and is a joyful participant with Islanders Running Club – a club we started for kids that needed a bit of support.
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Sexual abuse consists of a variety of sexual activities that is forced upon another without their consent. These activities may include but are not limited to the use of sexual language, exposure to pornography, flashing, inappropriate touching, oral sex and rape. In a study from 2009 by the Bureau of Justice, sexual assault and rape were twice as likely to be committed against women with disabilities compared to those without disabilities.
I want you to think about your favorite PE teacher or sports coach. What was it about that person that made sport fun? How did they make you feel like you were a valued member of the team? Was it the way that they taught you? Perhaps they had a lively almost comical style that made you laugh. Did they make you feel that it was okay to make mistakes in practices? Did you like that coach because they would not allow teammates to tease you?
It is deep winter now, and most of us live where it is cold, windy, snowy and icy outdoors. Some people like to ski, hike or sled outside in the elements, and those of us who love the winter can keep in shape over the cold months. But even those of us who don’t like the cold need to find some way to exercise in the wintertime.
Sport is taken very seriously by our society with enormous financial rewards available to those that reach its highest levels of achievement. Yet the vast majority of us – with or without disabilities – will never come close to reaching those standards. Our participation in sports is almost certainly for other reasons; whether it is fun, friendship or fitness, understanding these motives and then shaping programs around them will likely determine the degree of personal success that a young athlete experiences.
Get rid of the winter Blues by getting out and getting active. One dance company we found blends people of all shapes, sizes and abilities into a one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities. The beauty of the human spirit is ‘front and center’ in everything this company does.
The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability is sponsoring a video contest entitled, “How do you get enough?” Being physically active is good for every body. This is especially true for people with disabilities who tend to participate in less physical activity, carry excess weight and have higher rates of chronic heart disease and other health conditions. The intention of this video contest is to illustrate to society that people with disabilities do live healthy active lifestyles as well as share various ways to get physical activity for individuals with disabilities and activity limitations.