Posts Tagged 'inclusion'

Communities, Belonging, and Authentic Inclusion

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Regardless of whether a person has a disability or not, we all want to connect.  We all want to have a ‘place’ where we belong.  When I refer to the concept of place, I do not mean the bricks and mortar of a building.  I did not join the Fitness Center I go to because of the physical space or equipment.  I joined because from the first day I walked through the door, I was treated as a member of the larger group.  Community in the broadest terms creates a sense of belonging for members of a group.[i] 

Posted by Kerry May 07, 2013 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Whitewater Rafting? Yes, You Can!

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It all depends on how you face the challenges of your disability. Life is an adventure and even with limited mobility you can create a rich, experiential life for yourself or someone in your family who has a disability. What if you knew that persons with visual impairments, autism, cerebral palsy, paraplegia, quadriplegia, and hemiplegia could have a blast whitewater rafting all year long?

Posted by Susan Hawkins Apr 25, 2013 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Join us! CDC Twitter Chat for International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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“Removing Barriers: Creating an Inclusive and Accessible Health Environment for People with Disabilities”

NCHPAD invites all of our followers to join in on recognizing International Day of Persons with Disabilities Monday, December 3rd at 2:00-3:00 CST.

How do you participate?

Follow the hashtag #IDPDchat on Twitter and updates from http://twitter.com/DrBoyleCDC. 

Posted by Allison Hoit Nov 29, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Bullying Among Youth with Disabilities

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Promoting Social Inclusion Through Physical Activity

Bullying has become a hot topic lately in social media, the news, and awareness campaigns.  Many reports have noted that students with disabilities are involved, but fail to mention them most often as the main target.  There are several interventions surfacing to combat this “silent epidemic” with play being the main solution.  In order for these interventions to have an impact on youth with disabilities the solution of play must be inclusive.

In recent years school bullying has received national attention contributing to all 50 states adopting anti-bullying laws, policies, or both.  The question now is how effective are these laws and anti-bullying programs for youth with disabilities?  Several research studies have reported alarming new patterns for victims of bullying showcasing that individuals with intellectual disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders are at an increased risk.  A nationwide survey of more than 900 parents of students with an intellectual disability reported that 57% were being bullied.  The rates of bullying among these youth are worryingly high, contributing this issue to a profound public health problem.

Posted by Allison Hoit Nov 20, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments

Obesity Strategy Adaptation for Youth with Disabilities: Increasing Physical Activity Time in Physical Education Class

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The rate of obesity among adolescents aged 12 to 19 years has more than tripled over the past three decades, and the rate among children aged 6 to 11 years has more than doubled. Unfortunately, the rates of obesity are even worse among children and adolescents with disabilities. Reversing the U.S. obesity epidemic requires a comprehensive approach that uses policy and environmental change to transform communities into places that promote healthy lifestyle choices for all.

Posted by Jennifer Green Dec 05, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments

Teens with Down Syndrome Crowned at the Prom

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According to a story in USA today, one mother in Loveland, Ohio, Mary Alten “remembers being determined, yet afraid, when she enrolled her daughter in preschool”.  Her daughter, Toni Alten-Crowe was born with Down Syndrome.  Mary Alton was told to put her daughter in a school specifically for people with disabilities.

Posted by Melissa May 26, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

A Win-Win Situation: Eliciting Feedback from New Participants

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I always learn so much when I give presentations. I love it! A few weeks ago I presented to a group of campus recreation professionals on ways that they can prepare their fitness staff so that they are able to provide inclusive services. My favorite thing happened during this presentation – it quickly turned from a lecture that I was giving to a discussion that everyone was involved in. People started asking questions and giving each other resources and ideas. I hope it was as informative for everyone who attended as it was for me.

Posted by Carolyn May 10, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

“Sticks and Stones” : How they influence learning in sport

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“Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me!” You are probably all familiar with that ridiculous rhyme that is thrown about as if it is some sort of protective device against verbal bullying.  Name calling, slurs, and insults do hurt, of course, and people with disabilities and challenges have almost certainly had their share of such experiences. Unfortunately, sports do not have a long history of promoting acceptance, inclusion, or recognizing the value of special needs athletes. The combination of intolerance and exclusion tends to encourage athletes to use harsh and judgmental language to ridicule the performances of an athlete that does not measure up to a particular standard.

Posted by guest Apr 25, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

An Invisible Separateness: An Editorial

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Our culture has introduced the idea of inclusion (age appropriate participation with our peers) for years.  Laws support it, schools teach it, and many advocates work tirelessly to bring the concept of disability awareness, inclusion, and participation into schools, workplaces, and general communities.

Posted by Kerry Apr 04, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments

Getting Creative in the Fitness Center

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Because there is often a lack of inclusive equipment in community fitness centers, people with disabilities may have to get creative. More often than not, they must find ways to make use of the equipment that was not designed with their needs in mind. While having to find ways to use the existing equipment is not optimal, it may be necessary until more fitness centers provide equipment that is inclusive and accessible for everyone.

Posted by Carolyn Apr 01, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment