Posts Tagged 'disability'

2010 Disability Toy Ratings from Lekotek and Toys R US

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When the gift-giving season rolls back around, relatives of every description start looking for toys that will make a memorable and lasting impact on a child’s development.  It is always true that relatives who don’t see the child on a daily basis are not sure what type of toy might make the best gift any particular year, since children grow and develop between times we visit with them, and their interests can change so rapidly. It is especially true for families who are looking for the best gift for a child with a disability.

Posted by Tanya Dec 07, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Woman in Wheelchair Strips Down to Lingerie, Gets Enhanced TSA Pat Down Anyway

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Dr. Tammy Banovac uses a metal wheelchair which means she can’t go through the scanners and always gets a pat-down from TSA agents. The Transportation Security Administration has faced a growing outcry over security measures at U.S. airports, with many travelers complaining they are invasive and humiliating. Many people with disabilities, who must endure the enhanced pat-down as well as anyone accompanying them for air travel, feel the groping measures are punitive.

Posted by Tessa Dec 06, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

TSA: Making Air Travel “Punitive” for Persons With Disabilities and Those Accompanying Them

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The groping by TSA agents, “enhanced pat-downs” were supposedly meant to be so offensive, that no person in their right mind would opt-out of the “naked” body scanners. However, people with disabilities have no “opt-in” for the scanners.

Posted by Tessa Dec 02, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

2010 Top Ten Toys for Tykes

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It’s that time of year when many of us are laboring over the perfect gift to get for someone special.  I was curious how to find recommendations for toys for kids with disabilities so I did some looking around (on the internet of course) and found myself directed to http://www.abilitypath.org/, a site that provides support for parents of kids with disabilities. 

Posted by Blythe Dec 01, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized 3 Comments

Exoskeletons: New Robotic Technology Allows Wheelchair Users to Walk

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An exciting assistive technology will gradually change the lives of many wheelchair users. Wearable robotic devices, so called exoskeletons, are now being launched which will for the first time offer wheelchair users the chance to walk.

Posted by guest Dec 01, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Going for A Walk-Part 5

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When Kerry is inactive or is overstimulated, her body becomes less pliable, and she loses ground much faster than people that do not have a physiologic hurdle. When the answers to my basic evaluation questions are not favorable, my goals are to assist Kerry to:

Posted by Kerry Dec 01, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Tricia Downing: Redefining Able

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Imagine a moment so dramatic that it could define you for the rest of your days. That it could change what you do, how you do it and call into question every dream you’ve ever dared to chase. What happens when you arrive back at square one?

Posted by guest Nov 29, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

The Controversy Behind “The Cure”: Friend or Foe?

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The current discourse, which caters to the support for the advancement toward a ‘cure,’ is a highly controversial topic within the disability rights community. Yet when the discussion towards finding a ‘cure’ arises more often than not very little tribute goes to activists with disabilities who speak against the need for a ‘cure’.

Posted by guest Nov 29, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Who Is an Expert?

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In the 15 years that I have been working with people who have disabilities, I have continuously gained new insight and information about various conditions.  In my line of work, I interact daily with people who are living with different disabilities and conditions.  Many have the same disability and yet much like snowflakes, no two people experience their disabilities in the same way.  The question I ask today, what exactly is the definition of an expert?  Can any person really master any disability or illness to the point of calling themselves an ‘Expert’?

Posted by Elizabeth Nov 22, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Going for A Walk-Part 2

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The partnership with James began in December 2009. He made it clear to me during our workout sessions that he understands my goals and has embraced them. Together we may experiment with adaptive exercises, but I am not a specimen and James has never treated me as one. He is courteous and has a thoughtful professionalism. He periodically checks in to gain feedback for exercise progression and fatigue levels as we work.

Posted by Kerry Nov 19, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments