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What To Expect

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I love Election Day. I have always thought that that special Tuesday should be declared a national holiday, allowing all Americans to spend the day wondering who and what inevitable changes will be brought on through our right to vote, and gearing up to do their part in achieving or maintaining all candidates’ promises for themselves and their communities. In light of the reelection of President Obama, the promises he has made to the disability community should be examined to provide an idea of what to expect and to fight for as a community over the next four years.

The President’s first term featured positive change for the community. He championed the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which serves to decrease the cost of health care, denial of coverage due to pre-existing conditions, and the dropping of coverage due to health care costs.  He passed a mandate for the creation of 100,000 new jobs for individuals with disabilities in the government over a five-year period, which remains on course. Finally, he has maintained and strengthened his record of supporting and defending the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as enforcement of it. However, as even he has said, there remains a long way to go.

President Obama made countless promises to the disability community throughout both this and the 2008 campaign, from comments made by his proxy Ted Kennedy Jr. at the Disability Forum, to a campaign video directly addressing the disability community, to this inclusive statement made on election night:

“I believe we can keep the promise of our founding — the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are, or where you come from, or what you look like, or where you love — it doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white, or Hispanic or Asian, or Native American, or young or old, or rich or poor, abled, disabled, gay or straight — you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.”

I hope and challenge you to hold not only the President, but also your other federal, state, and local leaders accountable in insuring that every member of the disability community enjoys the same civil rights as every other member of the American community. Familiarize yourself with relevant issues that have been promised, as well as with any new legislation that arises relating to individuals with disabilities. Consisting of almost 60 million Americans, it makes up one of the largest underserved communities in the country, and deserves to be heard and given the same opportunities as every other individual and community.

For a full outline of President Obama’s position on disability issues, please explore the following links:

http://www.barackobama.com/people-with-disabilities

http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/disabilities

Posted by Luke Nov 15, 2012 Posted in Disability No Comments

Understanding how changes in the DSM-IV and ICD-9-CM affect your life

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Understanding how the changes in the DMS-IV and ICD-9-CM affect your life can help you manage your own healthcare and education/ work situation.

Posted by Tanya Jan 24, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

The Impact of Our Words

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Our words carry so much meaning – sometimes even meaning that we don’t fully understand. Often times, we say things or use phrases that we’ve heard others use before but don’t have a solid understanding of the meaning behind it or the bigger message that we are sending by saying it.

Posted by Carolyn Mar 08, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Another Way that Exercise Benefits Children

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A study done on 171 school children aged 7 to 11, who were overweight showed that increasing their exercise also increased their math skills.

Posted by Tanya Mar 03, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

When Good People Say Bad Things

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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.

Posted by Carolyn Feb 08, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 6 Comments

New University Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

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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.

Posted by Blythe Jan 12, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

Get Off Your Knees: John Robinson Story

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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.”

Posted by Jennifer Green Jan 10, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Top Fitness Trends for 2011: Educated and Experienced Fitness Professionals

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As mentioned in the introductory post, for the first several weeks of the year I will be discussing the results of the ACSM survey regarding the top fitness trends for 2011.

Posted by Carolyn Jan 04, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 14 Comments

Understanding Health Disparities

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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.

Posted by Carolyn Dec 03, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Inclusive Figure Skating Programs: The New “Cutting Edge”

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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.

Posted by Carolyn Nov 16, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments