Posts Tagged 'life'

How Parkinson’s Disease Can Change One’s Life

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Parkinson’s Disease is a neuro-degenerative disease that affects one’s motor skills at first, but can eventually lead to other mental issues as well as a side affect of this disease. Parkinson’s Disease is caused by the lack of dopamine produced by the neurons in the substantia negra section of the brain. Dopamine is a chemical responsible for relaying messages between the substantia negra section of the brain to others in order to regulate movements and other motor skills needed on a daily basis. Over time, an individual with Parkinson’s Diseases looses the ability to make smooth, coordinated movements because many of the neurons that produce dopamine are damaged, and not enough dopamine is produced by the substantia negra for normal body movements to occur.

Posted by Shelly Duell Aug 21, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments

Eleanor Roosevelt

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Today, MSN is highlighting powerful facts about a few first ladies, including Eleanor Roosevelt, the 32nd First Lady.

Posted by Kelly Bonner Aug 11, 2014 Posted in Disability No Comments

Reflections About A Mustard Seed

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I read an article called the “Struggle for Faith”. The author suggests that “unless we are content to be intellectually, logically, and spiritually static, we must move in new directions, open up new avenues, and remain discontent (and restless) with what we presently know.”[i]

Posted by Kerry Aug 04, 2014 Posted in Disability 4 Comments

Weightlifting: How to get started

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From an early age we are told that exercising with resistance training, and cardiovascular activity will help us live longer and healthier lives. However, people with disabilities may see this as an oxymoron since many may already have secondary health issues such as heart and lung problems. If a person with a disability has secondary health issues how can they exercise effectively?

Posted by Adam Foster Jul 30, 2014 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Seeds and Chariots

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On a rainy Saturday afternoon, I entered my friend Lynda’s virtual forum on Spirituality. I had met Lynda during a time when I was seized by doubt and fear about the pursuit of my goals to walk without assistive devices.

Posted by Kerry Jul 28, 2014 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Unified Sports: Building Teamwork Between Students of all Ability Levels

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Students with special needs often feel ostracized in their schools, despite efforts to integrate them into the least restrictive environment. General Education (ed.) students sometimes don’t know how to interact with their peers with disabilities. They might ignore special ed. students, act overeager to help them or, in the worst scenarios, bully them.

Posted by Chris Meloni Jul 25, 2014 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Married to the Chair – In Summer

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After my last blog I thought that summer meant things would slow down but as I type this I am on a plane headed to work at a military camp for a week after just getting back last night from Junior Nationals all week. Apparently there’s no rest for the weary but it hasn’t been all work and no play ALL summer. In fact, we kicked off summer with family vacation at my favorite place on earth – no, not Disney world – that’s the happiest place on earth – this is small town North Carolina. Population 25!

Posted by Kelly Bonner Jul 22, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

Disability Check

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As we move forward in our quest to be more of an inclusive society one of the issues that seems to hide under the radar but yet is becoming more apparent is the concern of capturing accurate numbers of disability population. I was recently asked if I objected to being called or referred to as a person with a disability. I politely responded

Posted by Bob Lujano Jul 18, 2014 Posted in Disability No Comments

Sittin’ Sexy Part II

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I will always have some impairment in my right hand. Bowel and bladder issues, which I’ll address down the road, continue to be a heady annoyance from time to time. I do not have trunk control, which would be REALLY handy for a lot of things. What I did gain, however, was an in-depth understanding of the bias in legislation, the “right way” (re: WRONG) to address/ignore a person with a disability, and social norms that WE constantly face but that were hidden to me before. Having seen the “in-group/out-group” bias from both perspectives helped me to put together a pretty unique worldview and eased communication with/between able-bodied (“ABs”) and functionally impaired individuals alike. Although encouraged by my progress when finally discharged from rehab, I couldn’t help but think… “Yeah, that’s all well and good…but now what?”

Posted by Daniel Mellenthin Jul 16, 2014 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

“All I hear is Applause…”

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Typically I work on the computer, researching or writing, for four to six hours a night. Frequently the topic of focus concerns my walking program, my efforts to walk-device free, and its related impact. My desk is usually covered with piles of paper and I am watching or working from multiple screens on my desktop computer. One screen will contain an article draft. Another will have a research article that I am perusing. Yet another screen will contain the scrolling text and conversations from virtual forums for writers, social workers, educators, or a related subject that I am contemplating.

Posted by Kerry Jul 14, 2014 Posted in Disability 2 Comments