Posts Tagged 'wheelchair'

Importance of Activity in Persons with Disabilities

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Anyone that knows anything about physical activity or about persons with a disability should know that physical activity is just as essential in the overall well being of someone with a disability as it is for someone without a disability. Physical activity is not only essential for the countless physical benefits, but the mental and emotional well being as well. Unfortunately, people with disabilities are less likely to engage in regular moderate physical activity than people without disabilities despite the fact that they have similar; if not an increased need to promote health and prevent unnecessary disease.

Posted by Jess Oct 20, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Opportunity in Disguise IV-Clay Walker

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Clay Walker, a multi-platinum country music artist discovered his passion for music at the age of 15 competing in community talent competitions. By the age of 17, he wrote and self-recorded his own song and hand delivered the tape to a local radio station. The radio station told the young boy that they did not play self-submitted tapes. However, they listened to his tape and confessed it was “too good to pass up.” He continued singing at local restaurants around Beaumont, Texas until the young singer’s talent was officially discovered in 1993. He has since released a total of 11 albums.

Posted by Jess Aug 03, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Opportunity in Disguise III-Christopher Reeve

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How would you like to be told you could be superman, the actual superman, a character that has been around since 1932 and known all around the world? Well, a man that did not take anything for granted had that very opportunity.

Posted by Jess Jul 29, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

How Skateboarding has Inspired Wheelchair Action Art

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Skateboard painting is a form of art where an artist paints directly onto the skateboard deck or where the skateboarder uses a skateboard as a paintbrush to create works of art on their concrete canvas.

Posted by Melissa Jul 27, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Woman Paralyzed At Bachelorette Party Will Finally Marry

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Rachelle Friedman will soon finally get to walk down the aisle. She would have already been married a year ago, but an accident days before the big day left her paralyzed.  Now, a year after the accident she will get to marry her then fiancé.

Posted by Jenny Carlton Jul 22, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 3 Comments

What kind of people steal wheelchairs from little boys or little dogs?

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Sometimes the world seems to be full of sick and twisted people, but then the nameless, faceless knight-in-shining-armor types can restore our faith in humanity.

Posted by Tessa Jun 21, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments

Daredevil Aaron ‘Wheelz’ Fotheringham motto: If God gives you a wheelchair, go find a skatepark

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Aaron ‘Wheelz’ Fotheringham was born with  Spina Bifida, but that certainly didn’t slow him down. Wheelz has done more adrenaline-junky maneuvers before age 20 than most of us will in a lifetime. The 19-year-old daredevil says his motto is, “If God gives you a wheelchair, go find a skatepark.”

Posted by Tessa Jun 09, 2011 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Robotic Wheelchair: Mall Shoppers Dream Come True?

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This is a sweet project that might make people who don’t even need a wheelchair want to try it out. You make an appointment via a smartphone for this robotic wheelchair to meet you outside of a shopping mall. It drives itself, has plenty of safety features for maneuvering within crowds, and can take a shopper directly to a specifically requested department. This wheelchair even remembers a shopper’s favorite / regular products, suggesting and navigating to those items automatically.

Posted by Tessa May 31, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments

The Up & Down Emotions of a Diagnosis Part V: Lesson Learned

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Did I make the right decision by not going to the camp?

Posted by Jess May 27, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments

“Sighted” Wheelchair Makes First Successful Test Drive

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A “sighted” wheelchair has been taken on a successful first test drive by a PhD-student who is visually impaired. The electric wheelchair is steered with a joystick and has a “haptic robot” that works like a virtual white cane. A laser scanner helps to create a simplified 3D map of the wheelchair surroundings. The laser scanner uses a technique called “Time-of-flight.” After the 3D map is produced, it transfers back to the haptic robot. This allows a wheelchair user with a visual impairment to “feel or see” obstacles like oncoming people or open doors, and navigate past them.

Posted by Tessa May 24, 2011 Posted in Disability 2 Comments