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We all know what it feels like to not get enough sleep. You hear the alarm go off and a feeling of dread fills your body. It’s already time to get up? You slowly stand up, stumble to the bathroom and look back at yourself with bloodshot eyes. It’s not a good start to the day. The rest of the day doesn’t play out in a great way either. The reason? You’re sleep deprived, and you’re not alone.
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Make no mistake – students with learning disabilities may be smarter, a lot smarter, than their peers. Does Einstein ring a bell? This theoretical physicist and arguably the smartest man who ever lived was dyslexic. So were Thomas Edison and Leonardo da Vinci before him.
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For years I have always heard that unemployment for people with disabilities has been at or around 70%. This number has always been the same in my 10 plus years of public speaking, 20 years in the workforce of serving people with disabilities and the 30 plus years that I have been a person with a disability. At times it seems as if this would never change. How can it? How would we know for sure? Something has got to change. What can be done to make a dent in this number?
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When faced with disability, it may have a profound impact on you, but it can transform your life in unexpected ways. Adjusting to your new reality can be a struggle but it can be overcome. You can battle and continue to live life successfully by keeping certain things in mind.
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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects millions of individuals every year. If not properly treated, it can even be life threatening to the individual and those around them. June was Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder month. While congress and other VA programs have made great strides in bringing national attention to those with PTSD, there are a number of things that you can do to increase its awareness.
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Back in October of 2014, NCHPAD, along with President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition launched an initiative to make a commitment to inclusion. Since that time this initiative has grown even stronger.
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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.
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Navy veteran Larry Belfer has compromised, but never conceded to the rare but aggressive cancer that has changed his life dramatically.
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The Importance of Rapport, Time, and History
One of my social work text books describes rapport as “’a state of compatibility and empathy that permits mutual understanding between the client and the worker.” [i] Achieving mutual understanding between a client and a fitness professional is built over time. I have had an advantage during my latest transition in my exercise and walking program because I already knew the new Movement Specialist I would be working with.