Posts Tagged 'disabilities'

Adapted Activity

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Working and developing activities for kids with physical disabilities is part of what I do every week. I look forward to working with my co-workers to find creative ways to keep our kids active and promote inclusion in their school programs, in their neighborhoods, and anywhere else they might spend much of their time; the only problem

Posted by Meagan Rowe Sep 17, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

Adaptive Water Skiing

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Water skiing is one of my favorite sports—not only is it a great lifestyle (it involves sun, hanging out by the water, hanging out with cool people and travelling), but it is also an amazing workout and it offers a great challenge to push yourself to go further, faster, and bigger in the different skiing events (jump, slalom, and trick).  Most people don’t realize that

Posted by Kerri Vanderbom Sep 13, 2013 Posted in Disability 5 Comments

5 Water Exercises That Are Great For People With Disabilities

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To me one of the greatest benefits of water for people with and without disabilities is being gravity free. Putting on a neck collar or getting in an inner tube and heading out to the deep end is a great way to lengthen the spine, especially for people who spend a lot of time sitting. Water exercises are particularly helpful for those that have decreased bone density or suffer from pain during normal movements of the body. Not only do water exercises provide

Posted by Chris Miller Sep 03, 2013 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Business Benefits: Why Hiring Workers with Disabilities is One of the Best Business Moves You Can Make

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When the time comes to hire a new employee, employers sometimes overlook those individuals with disabilities. Workers with Disabilities are a talented segment of the workforce with surprisingly high rates of unemployment. Overlooking candidates with disabilities who are many times more than qualified may mean unnecessarily ending up with a mediocre employee because you limited the talent pool you searched in. Beyond just having a person to fill the job opening, employing people with disabilities can have several productivity, tax, and legal benefits to your company.

Posted by Gerald Berkowitz Aug 30, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

A Scary Kind of Workout

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So, what is your favorite type of activity during the summer? I bet many of you think of the beach, the amusement park, and the great outdoors. All great activities to get you moving. However, there is one that many people have no idea can provide some benefit from a sitting position. Does your heart palpitate when you see scary movies? 

Posted by Demi Eckhoff Aug 09, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

Person-Centered vs. Disability-Centered

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A professional that I highly respect recently used the phrase ‘dysfunction’ to describe my walking issues.  When I hear terms like ‘dysfunction’, I start to think in boxes:

Disability Centered—Focuses on deficits and labels Person-Centered—Focuses on capabilities and strengths

A Disability-Centered perspective and approach categorizes and classifies based upon deficits.    A Person-Centered perspective and approach promotes the strengths and capabilities of an individual.  Language can be the conduit between a Person-Centered perspective and a Disability-Centered perspective.

Posted by Kerry Aug 07, 2013 Posted in Disability 5 Comments

23 Years of ADA- Happy Anniversary!

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Today, as we celebrate the 23 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it’s important to remember that as we go out to celebrate, to protest, to criticize, to condemn, and to improve, how

Posted by Bob Lujano Jul 26, 2013 Posted in Disability 6 Comments

Singing Praises for the Miss You Can Do It Pageant

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If you don’t get HBO on your television, find a family member or friend who does and watch the HBO documentary Miss You Can Do It. Take a box of tissues with you. Take two.

Posted by Susan Hawkins Jul 12, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

What’s Inspiration?

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Every summer I direct an adapted sports camp for youth with a physical disability. When planning, I always try to develop a theme or motto for camp that focuses on something beyond athleticism. This year I decided to follow the lead of the International Paralympic Committee and introduce their motto, “Spirit in Motion.” Along with the motto, each day we discussed one of the Paralympic values – inspiration, determination, courage, and equality. I must admit, I decided to use the Paralympic motto before I realized that the first value was inspiration.

Posted by Mary Allison Cook Jul 03, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

“Little” Gestures, One Big Act

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A few months back I was asked to speak to my younger sister’s grade on disability acceptance in honor of National Circle of Friends month.  The elementary school provided me with a children’s book to read and told me to discuss disability awareness and answer questions after reading the story.  I spoke to four different second grade classes for around thirty minutes each.  Since these were my sister’s classmates the children were familiar with me, but

Posted by Demi Eckhoff Jul 02, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments