It’s not uncommon that people ask me questions about disability. They know it’s what I spend the large majority of my time studying…so it only makes sense. But sometimes those conversations happen when I am least expecting it. Those unexpected conversations, though, always seem to be the best.
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The University of Tennessee in Knoxville (UT) has a program starting in the fall of 2011 where students with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities and autism will be able to attend. The program will allow them to hold campus jobs, audit courses, and possibly live in the dorms. At the end of the two year program, the student will graduate with a vocational certificate, but the education and training during the program will be helpful in moving them on to full time jobs (on or off-campus) and living independently.
The following video highlights people with physical disabilities in their business career or educational experience. This short promotional video led to a national television documentary “Get Off Your Knees: John Robinson Story.”
As a student with a background in Kinesiology and a current focus in Disability Studies, I spend a lot of time thinking about how the two fields can be integrated. I ended up studying disability upon realizing how unprepared I was to provide services to people with disabilities in a fitness setting.
Figure skating season is in full swing. It’s one of my favorite times of the year…a new competition to watch almost every weekend. Memories come flooding back in, and I always have a persistent urge to get back out on the ice. Figure skating taught me so many things physically, psychologically, and socially. As corny as it sounds, it has definitely shaped who I am. I think most importantly, for a girl who was sometimes shy, a bit self conscious, and often so wrapped up in her own thoughts, figure skating was a way for me to release and express myself.
You know how there are some stories that you use over and over, no matter how old they are, because they illustrate a point so well? For me, one of those stories is that of a university student who wanted to attend hockey games with his fellow students. Essentially the story goes like this…