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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Summer is a busy time for most people. There are days spent by the pool, trips to the beach, and more time, overall, spent in the great outdoors. If you wear a hearing aid, the increased exposure to elements such as water and heat that occur during the summer can cause damage to your devices.
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.
I lost my limbs in 1979 due to rare blood disease, what that moment has done is made me a member of a very prestigious club. No, it’s not the 50/50 club in baseball or the AARP club, at least not yet. What it has done is made me a lifetime member of the ADA club. What does that mean?
My entire life I have always loved the summer season. As a child, summer meant many hours of playing outside, swim practices and meets, camping, riding bikes, family outings and countless hours of hanging out with friends. In fact, outdoor play was commonplace and enforced by my parents. Our family, friends and community made sure there were many planned events and activities to take part in! There was very little television or video gaming in our household. I was having too much fun, so I had no need to be stagnant. A true fact is that my mom would have to force all us kids out of the pool to eat lunch or dinner. We all were having a blast and would lose track of time!
Hence my sense of adventure, need for speed, and try anything attitude. I have a thirst for sun rays, sports, recreation and friends. I love being around water, whether it is a lake, ocean, beach , pool, or a waterfall! To me, water is peaceful, calming, beautiful, and provides entertainment and adventure! My reason and love for water has encouraged me to look at new activities with excitement and adrenaline. I don’t only enjoy the activity for the time I spend in serenity and with friends. I do believe that taking time for myself truly decreases the stresses in life! I did not even mention the sense of accomplishment when I learn a new activity or skill.
Now as an adult, I have my bucket list. In my post college years, I have added water, snow skiing, and sled skating to things I love. There is also tubing and kayaking. Handcycling is a joy as well. I still have more on my list. Rock climbing, zip lining, and white water rafting will be done as soon as possible. I challenge me and you to say, “What’s next?” and go for it! Be quick, because the warm weather is not here but once a year. Always know that every season has a bucket list of opportunities and adventures, so get out there!
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.
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.
Everyone ages. Our parents do and we will as well. And though that might sound emotional and daunting for some time, the sooner we accept the law of nature, the better it is for you and all. Aging does not however mean that seniors, especially those with a disability, be neglected just because others are busy making a life for themselves. Thankfully, seniors today have the best of facilities to live as independently as possible and to enjoy the golden years of their life.
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.
I recently stumbled across an article in the Boston Globe by Shira Springer entitled, “Why do fans ignore women’s pro sports?” You can find it here because it’s worth the read: http://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2014/09/23/why-fans-ignore-women-pro-sports/A37CAUWxMv0cvF5xkkAe1J/story.html