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Ludwig Guttmann, M.D. was a German-Jewish refugee who fled Nazi Germany in 1939 and joined the neurosurgical faculty at Oxford University in England. Prior to his leaving Germany, Dr. Guttmann was the assistant to the leading German neurosurgeon of that time, Otfrid Foester, at the University of Breslau. Forced out of the University of Breslau because of anti-Semitism in 1933, Dr. Guttmann became the Chief of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Breslau Jewish Hospital. It was there that he developed many of the techniques to treat spinal cord injury that he used and perfected in England.
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Swimming is an extremely popular sport for children with disabilities – a fact that I have witnessed first-hand on many occasions. In particular, I have found it to be a particularly beneficial activity for children with learning difficulties, and many whom I have taught have gone on to become exceptional club – and even national-standard – swimmers.
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Over the last few days the issues of derogative names and language have been part of an interesting discussion in our sport world. As a matter of fact it has been going on over the past few months if you include a certain west coast owner of a basketball team and an apologetic horse owner. Today, we are dealing with another professional sport team that is dealing with a similar issue.
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This past weekend I went to see the movie, “The fault in our stars”. I was very impressed with the whole concept of this movie from its writing, acting and overall presentation of people with disabilities. It had the perspective of a movie that went beyond the scope of disability, while maintaining its integrity. Most importantly, it went beyond the portrayal of people with cancer or disability as people who are disinterested, angry, and lifeless victims.
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It is amazing how one person’s words can stir up a community. In recent days, the wheelchair basketball community is in a frenzy due to Steve Coburn’s words in regards to his prize horse California Chrome losing in the Triple Crown this past weekend.
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Adults with disabilities are three times more likely to suffer from diabetes, heart disease, stroke or cancer as those without disabilities, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Participation in physical activity can reduce the risk of such diseases, but nearly 50 percent of adults with disabilities report engaging in little to no aerobic activity. A number of programs and activities are available for both adults and children with disabilities to help get them the exercise they need.
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I am the middle child in a group of three children. My youngest brother is a man who is deaf. He is very independent and upon seeing him you would not even suspect he was deaf. When we were growing up the three of us were just a couple of years apart and we did everything together.
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Since man’s early days, it has been used to relate history, to tell stories, calm fears and call others to action. Research finds that music can also be used as a therapy for a number of different conditions, such as brain injury from accidents or stroke. We can also use music therapy to help those with traumatic brain injury to achieve full function and increase a sense of wellbeing.
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As there are billions of smart-devices utilizing touch screens within the world today, Individuals with disabilities could be deprived from enjoying the convenience of such technology. For some, the mere ability to touch and swipe the display may be a daunting task at best. Thanks to Obed Ben Dov whom graduated from the Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, those challenges may be overcome due to his vision of Sesame Enable technology. Those unable to utilize smartphones and tablets because of physical constraints may soon be able to enjoy those products.
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Infants and children are vulnerable to many preventable diseases, and not only in developing countries. Immunization can make a huge difference in bringing infant and child mortality under control in both the developing and the developed worlds, but significant obstacles stand in the way.