On the day we remember Dr. King, the man who was instrumental in writing the Civil Rights Act, which was signed in 1964 to benefit all Americans, there is still one group of citizens who still wait. These are the 57 million Americans with disabilities who are still waiting to have laws passed over 40 years ago to address issues such as basic fitness, recreation, and sport participation.
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International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPwD): Exploring Effective Strategies To Raise Awareness about People with Disabilities
It is well documented that people with disabilities face barriers which hinder equal participation in several environments including school and work. One of the primary barriers people with disabilities commonly face in the context of inclusion and participation is negative attitudes from others based upon misconceptions and stereotypes about individuals with disabilities.
Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, exercise is an important part of your management and treatment program. Weight loss and weight management are the most common reasons people give for starting an exercise program. However, exercise has so many more benefits than how it may, or may not, affect body size – especially for diabetics.
To understand how exercise benefits diabetics, it’s important to understand what diabetes is and how it affects your body.
In honor of National Diabetes Month, I would like to share a VERY personal story. My mother was an insulin diabetic for most of her life starting back in the 1950’s until her passing away over two decades ago. Since she was taking insulin several times daily, I’m sure that diabetes was on her mind every waking hour. Point being, I realized if there was any “good news” about my mother’s diabetes, it was that I learned that diabetes should be feared and avoided at all costs.
The purpose of this article is to promote inclusion of youth with disabilities in after-school, expanded learning, and out-of-school time programs. For the purposes of this
article, the term “include” and “inclusion” embodies the values, policies, and practices that support all youth, those both with and without disabilities, to participate in a broad range of out-of-school time activities.
After decades of advancements in modern day medicine, why are mortality rates increasing in 2014? Regrettably, today’s parents can expect to live longer lives than their children, a sad commentary on today’s lifestyle. Bottom line . . . the obesity epidemic amongst the children of America is shortening their lifespan, causing mortality rates to head in the wrong direction.
It is no secret that Americans love to create holidays. We jump at the chance to talk like a pirate or order a free cup of coffee, but we also take pride in bringing awareness to topics that are near to our hearts. Almost every day of the year is dedicated to an animal, food group, or cause that we deem worthy of celebration. October is a month that is largely dedicated to bringing awareness to different types of disabilities. During this month we celebrate spina bifida awareness, Down syndrome awareness, as well as cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus day.
When I was a little girl, I didn’t get to play outside much, mostly because I needed my wheelchair to get around. I do remember when I was about 7 years old, getting a swing set that was pretty cool. That gave me more time to play outside since it was in my front yard and didn’t require much travel. We did go to parks once in a while, but, as a general rule, most of my playtime was spent at home, with my own mini-Toys-R-Us, and that was just fine with me.
It seems like yesterday when I was the “different” one. I was the kid who kept asking to play, the kid who kept screaming to let me onto the basketball court. I was the kid with one leg, the one who would make things harder on everyone else.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, as many as 4 million children and teenagers in the United States have a serious mental illness. Unfortunately, only 20 percent of them receive treatment. Diagnosing mental illness in teens is problematic to begin with. Adolescents’ personalities are still developing, and it’s hard to know what’s normal and what isn’t. Here are a few signs that the teen in your life may need counseling.