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 a...
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Rifton’s HTS and Blue Wave Toileting System: A Comparison
Some of our customers who are familiar with our old Blue Wave toileting system have asked how our new Rifton HTS (Hygiene and Toileting System) compares. Here’s what our staff therapists say:
Comparing Mounting and Positioning Features
The Rifton HTS can be placed farther back on the toilet than the Blue Wave. If the Rifton HTS is mounted on a wheeled base, the base can be positioned farther back...
Down Syndrome in Ancient Art
Image copyright ©The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image source: Art Resource, NY
In preparing for a presentation on disability history I gave two weeks ago to Ministry of Health and Social Service officials in Russia, I stumbled across the research of John M. Starbuck, who examined the depiction of people with Down syndrome in ancient and medieval art. His entire paper is worth looking at but one...
World Down Syndrome Day
March 21st 2012 was the first celebration of World Down Syndrome Day. Only recently marked on the calendar by the General Assembly of the United Nations, this day is designated for raising public awareness for Down syndrome. The actual date (3/21) was not pulled out of mid-air, but has significance. It represents the triplication of the 21st chromosome which characterizes the condition.
There are some...
Cheerleaders and Football Players Shine
Attending high school in the mid ‘90s, I noticed that students with obvious physical and mental disabilities—while integrated into our classrooms—were politely but firmly shut out of school social life. For any of them to have been voted “Most Lovable” or “Most Popular,” much less homecoming king or queen, would have been almost unthinkable, although they often...
Now that's NEAT!
Beyond Used Disability Equipment
Having lived in England for six of the past 10 years, I became familiar with Children’s Centers, “one-stop shops” for young children and their families offering services from daycare and parenting classes to therapy and medical counseling all under the same roof.
So it was a pleasant surprise to discover the NEAT (New England Assistive Technology) Center...
More Than You Give
Have you heard of Disability Scoop? Chances are you have, but in case not – or if you missed the beautiful video and story of Tony Tumminello posted there – take a moment to check it out.
Maybe Tony’s story caught my attention because, as co-guardian of my 29-year-old younger sister with Down syndrome, I will fall for just about any story on adults with disabilities. Especially one that...
Running for Scott
Contributed by Jennifer Burke, caregiver
A few years ago I was looking around for a part-time job when I heard that the parents of one of my students were looking for help for their 9-year-old son. They were offering $10 an hour. I took it. I had no idea my life would change forever.
Before I first met Scott I was told he used to be a “normal” kid. But the boy I met was anything but. He was in...
Kenyatta Jackson: A Gait Trainer Success Story
On a gray, rainy Wednesday last week my day was brightened by the heartwarming story of a beautiful little girl named Kenyatta Jackson who is making great strides at her elementary school. I must have oohed and aahed as I watched a clip of Kenyatta taking her first steps in her Pacer gait trainer, because soon the whole office was clustered around me, just as thrilled as I was. I’d like to share it...
Sean Carter Walks Again Video Part 1
Sean Carter’s plans didn’t include traumatic brain injury.
A DWI truck accident, in which Sean was a passenger, changed all that. Besides the multiple fractures and internal injuries, Sean suffered a traumatic brain injury, completely losing the ability to walk, talk or control anything but his index finger.
But Sean Carter doesn’t believe in giving up.
His long road back—through...