Dancing with the Stars at the Center for Disability Services
ABC’s Dancing with the Stars gets great ratings, and it’s even entertaining at times, but nothing compares to the stars at the Center for Disability Services in Albany, New York. Paired with professional dancers, these performers make their way across the stage in Pacer gait trainers and Activity chairs in a showcase of music, dance and artistic expression.
Support from The Arts Center of...
Found Today on the Web
Every time a major media source writes a serious story about the challenges faced by those with developmental disabilities we should be encouraged and reminded that our society has made strides in accessibility and acceptance.
Facilities like the Lee Specialty Clinic in Louisville Kentucky are to be commended for creating an environment where these challenges are more easily met and the DD population...
World Cerebral Palsy Day: Ideas For Change
Because today is World Cerebral Palsy (CP) Day I want to call your attention to an initiative led by a group of charities aimed at changing the world for people living with CP and their families. With about 17 million people across the world living with CP and 350 million people closely connected to them, the potential impact is great. World Cerebral Palsy Day asks for submissions of ideas in the form of...
Accessible Symbol Redux
In March we posted on the re-designed
symbol for designating accessibility, and this month we are proud to share that Rifton’s very own New York State is the first to adopt its use.
Picked up by industry sites, it has also been heralded in the design world, and the Washington
Post has a nice deconstructive diagram, isolating and defining the winning elements, relating to both empowerment and design.
Their Name Is Today
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Their Name Is Today: “This book showed me just how connected are so many facets of living that till now occupied separate rooms in my heart: teaching, disabilities, motherhood, work, play … taking life in all its raw, beautiful, exhausting, exhilarating truth. Read it. Savor it. Then share it.” (From the review by Maureen Swinger)
New Mobility Magazine Discusses Rifton TRAM
Word is spreading about the unique functionality of the Rifton TRAM for gait training, standing, and transfers. New Mobility has just published a great piece pointing those suffering from paralysis to the benefits available from this new device. (New Mobility is the publication of United Spinal Association.) Take a moment to read it and then share it with others who are looking for better gait training...
Rifton Down Under
Last month two of us from Rifton’s international sales team visited New Zealand and Australia where we have received significant interest over the past few years. It was a fantastic two-week trip hosted by our Australia/New Zealand distributor Medix21. Our first week was spent in New Zealand with stops in Wellington, Palmerston North, Hawkes Bay, Rotorua, Tauranga, Hamilton and Auckland. At each...
The Accessible Icon
The Accessible Icon Project developed over the last few years is an attempt to visually demonstrate society’s changing perspectives on disability. The founders of the project saw the old International Symbol of Access as representing passivity - a mechanically seated stick figure which draws more attention to the wheelchair than the person in it. Traditionally, individuals with special needs have...
Father of the IEP
Last month a pioneer died. James Gallagher was the man who introduced the idea of an individualized education plan (IEP) and a tireless advocate of the idea that every child deserves a free and appropriate public education, regardless of physical or intellectual abilities. He was the person most responsible for the passage of the 1975 landmark legislation now known as the Individuals with Disabilities...
Coming Soon: A Solution to the Toileting Challenge
Toileting has long presented major challenges to people with disabilities—and the people who care for them. In just a few weeks, Rifton will unveil a toileting system that resolves most, if not all, of these challenges.
Among other benefits, the new Rifton HTS brings functional positioning on the toilet within reach, even for children with the most severe disabilities. This is key to both better...