Posts Tagged 'kids'

A Dad’s Perspective

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I was asked to write a blog about raising a child with a disability from a Dad’s perspective.  At first I thought this would be a great topic.  But then I was like, “what the heck is a blog”? So, after discussing what a “ blog” is, I am like, I can do this because a blog is just like talking to someone, but in written form versus spoken. I can do that because I sell for a living and can talk forever, the hard part is to make it worthy of reading.  I hope you like my perspective/story.

Posted by Mathew Malawski Oct 15, 2015 Posted in Disability No Comments

I’ll take CP as part of my identity

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It was World Cerebral Palsy Day on (Oct. 7), and I’m wearing a green shirt to promote awareness – just as the movement suggested I do. I live with CP, but in no way is it the top priority in my life nor does it tell me what I can or cannot do. That’s why I was a little conflicted on how to approach this day of awareness.

Posted by Josh pate Oct 08, 2015 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

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On May 2 2005, when my husband woke up from surgery after his motorcycle accident and heard the words “spinal cord injury” and “paralyzed” one of his first thoughts was, I am going to walk again and that remained a theme throughout his rehab. He thought if I just work hard enough, if I just keep trying, I will walk again. If you walk through the halls of any rehab center today you would probably hear the same mantra from the majority of patients. No one wants to accept the reality that they will experience the rest of their life from a wheelchair, but that is the reality for millions of Americans.

Posted by Kelly Bonner Sep 08, 2015 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

The National problem of Bullying and the forgotten population: Students with Disabilities

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Bullying is nothing new. For years, it was just a part of some people’s experience at school.  Whether it was because a new person arrived at school that didn’t fit in with a particular crowd, or even sometimes it was just because kids were bored with the atmosphere and they saw bullying someone else as “something to pass the time”.

Posted by Christinne Rudd Aug 17, 2015 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

No Limits to Life

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Today, our country has provided more and more youth with disabilities opportunities to be part of recreation and competitive sport. Now, more than ever, laws and opportunities are in place to continue to make this a growing reality.

Posted by Daniel Nong Aug 14, 2015 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Visual Impairment and Physical Activity

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As we all know, physical activity helps in keeping us healthy and strong. From mom and dad to brother and sister, we all need to have physical activity in our daily living. But just starting to exercise can be a difficult process. It can be even more difficult when your child has a visual impairment. What basic information should I know before starting? Before we even begin learning about exercise we should first get permission from your doctor. This will give you information on any physical restrictions, if any, your child may have. Once you obtain permission you can begin. Below are 3 things to consider when working with someone with a visual impairment.

Posted by Alfred Chavira Aug 05, 2015 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Equal not Extraordinary

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In 2008, I achieved my greatest athletic goal. I became a Paralympian. Shortly after I joined Team USA, I like most elite athletes, attended a media training session. I nervously sat in a beige hotel conference room, staring at the abstractly-designed carpet beneath my feet. 20 Paralympians surrounded me, representing almost every Paralympic sport. Gold medalists, world-record holders, the poster-children of the Games – we breathed the same air. Suddenly, the leader of the session walked in and began to speak.

Posted by Mary Allison Cook Jul 23, 2015 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Autism, Sleep, and Exercise

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Did you know that children ages 6 to 13 years need a recommended 9-11 hours of sleep? Did you know that children ages 6 to 17 years need a recommended 60 minutes of exercise every day? Lastly, did you know that research shows a correlation between individuals with autism, exercise, and sleep?

Posted by Alfred Chavira Jul 01, 2015 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Living the Dream!

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April 15-19 saw the Kentucky Expo Center (KEC) in Louisville, KY as the host to the largest wheelchair basketball competition in the sports illustrious history. The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) was represented by nearly 70 teams across 5 different divisions in what was some of the most fantastic athletic competition around. Some twelve courts were laid down in the expo center with wheelchair hoops going on for nearly 4 days in what seemed like around the clock action. Vendors, fans, and athletes alike all showed up full of energy for what turned out to be a fantastic event.

Posted by Jeremy Campbell May 04, 2015 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

JMU hosts Ability Olympics

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On April 17-18, we hosted an event at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, that we call Ability Olympics with the mission of showing how everyone can be an athlete. I work with Dr. Tom Moran on this event (he does weekly programming for youth with disabilities to stay physically active), and our goal has been simple: provide sport opportunities to people with disabilities because we did not have those opportunities growing up.

Posted by Josh pate Apr 29, 2015 Posted in Disability 2 Comments