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U.S Dept of Education Funding States for Special Education Training

Posted by ROLAND REZNIK on September 07, 2016. 0 Comments

State education departments in Oregon, New Jersey, North Carolina, Nebraska, Mississippi, Louisiana and Colorado are receiving grants ranging from $530,000 to $1.5 million. The United States Department of Education is planning to use the funding towards training administrators and teachers that serve children with disabilities.

The U.S. department of education announced it will also send $7 million to several states in hopes to improve professional development. The main focus of training is going to be on transition services, special education, and early intervention. A variety of projects is also being developed for general education curriculum for students with disabilities, retaining special education teachers and recruiting more teachers.

States were notified that qualification for the funding included partnering with a resource such as a parent training program, state university or college and at least one school district. This is essential to implementing the professional development program...

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Toyota Technology Allows Brain Waves to Move Wheelchair

Posted by ROLAND REZNIK on September 07, 2016. 0 Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. announced they have developed a wheelchair that doesn’t require physical muscle movement or voice activation. The new innovative wheelchair is capable of detecting brain waves and following instruction. Japanese researchers and engineers collaborated with Toyota to analyze brain waves and design the new wheelchair.

Similar systems have been created in the past. However, the previous systems took several seconds to receive the brain waves and take action. The new Toyota technology is able to accept, read and react within 125 milliseconds.

Users of the new wheelchair will wear a cap that is capable of reading brain signals. The technology involves relaying brain signals to an EEG, or electroencephalograph brain scan that is located on the wheelchair. The data is analyzed by the computer and action is taken.

Toyota has been dedicated to helping people get around in a variety of new ways...

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Russia Banned from Paralympic Games in Rio

Posted by ROLAND REZNIK on September 07, 2016. 0 Comments

Russia loses hope in competing in the Paralympic Games in Rio. Paralympic officials imposed a blanket ban against Russia. The country attempted to appeal the decision but it was rejected by officials.

The International Paralympic Committee alleged Russia was involved in state-sponsored doping. The Court of the Arbitration of Sport ruled to agree with the committee’s decision to ban Russia.

The CAS found that the International Paralympic Committee did not violate any laws when determining the disciplinary action and deciding on the blanket ban against Russia. The ruling was in proportion with the circumstance of the situation.

Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee, blamed the Russian government for the situation and confidently announced the ban. It seems that Russia is known for this type of behavior and it values earning medals over moral responsibility to their athletes. The athletes are not blamed for...

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10 Awesome Activities for Kids in Wheelchairs

Posted by ROLAND REZNIK on September 07, 2016. 0 Comments

 

Children in wheelchairs have an adventurous playful spirit that needs to be fulfilled. Parents often find it difficult to find new activities that will keep their child’s interest and keep them entertained. Some of the most popular options are modified sports, games, and outings. The following is a list of 10 awesome activities for kids in wheelchairs.

1. Modified Sports                                       

Popular modified sports for children in wheelchairs are basketball, softball, tennis, and soccer. Inquire with your local community center or surrounding areas for modified sports activities.

2. Video Games

Autumn is approaching quickly and the weather might keep your child indoors sometimes. Video games allow your child to use their imagination and become characters that have no limits. Choose video games for your child that allows them to stay in a positive state of mind and have fun. Invite their friends over to...

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Rio 2016 Paralympics Schedule

Posted by ROLAND REZNIK on September 07, 2016. 0 Comments

  • Date: 07-09-2016 - 18-09-2016
  • Location: Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  • Related to: General, Judo, Goalball, Football, Tandem Cycling, Swimming, Athletics

The 2016 Summer Rio Paralympics is a major international multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities which is governed by the International Paralympic Committee, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 7 September to 18 September 2016.

Athletes and fans of the Paralympics are waiting in anticipation for the opening ceremony for the 2016 Paralympic games in Rio. The athletes are arriving, training and getting themselves prepared for the ultimate competition against worldwide athletes. The games have proven to be exciting in the past and this year is going to be just as captivating. Mark your calendars to watch your favorite Rio 2016 Paralympics events by following the schedule below.

September 7, 2016                                                                         

  • The Paralympic opening ceremony

September 8, 2016

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Ms. Wheelchair Florida Inspires Others to Seek Opportunity

Posted by ROLAND REZNIK on August 01, 2016. 0 Comments

Ms. Wheelchair Florida 2016, Heather Taylor, is visiting cities throughout Florida to share her message of “Be the Change, Be Empowered.” Taylor found herself confined to a wheelchair after surviving a horrible tragedy that caused her to lose both her parents.

After the loss of her parents, she decided that instead of feeling sorry for herself she decided to make a change. Taylor’s mother had often told her throughout her life that there are a purpose and reason for everything. While Taylor briefly thought about the purpose of surviving a horrible incident and being wheelchair bound for the rest of her life, she decided her purpose was to empower, educate and advocate for others in the disabled community that faces the same obstacles she does. Her goal is to turn obstacles into opportunities.

Taylor plans...

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U.S. Department of Labor Offers Millions to Boost Disability Employment

Posted by ROLAND REZNIK on August 01, 2016. 0 Comments

The United States Department of Labor is set to provide grants aimed towards growing employment opportunities for people within the disabled community. The federal funding is focusing on providing up to $109 million dollars to 27 states that have about 43 state workforce agencies. The goal is to improve employment rates for the disabled community.

People with disabilities seek work opportunities daily. The U.S. Department of Labor is trying to create training programs to prepare disabled workers for future employment. They plan to dedicate $15.6 million to states that are prepared to create projects to help improve the outcome of employment opportunities for disabled people.

The funding is scheduled to be distributed in grants ranging from $1.5 to $2.5 million spread across eight different grants. The project selection process has three demographic groups in mind. The groups include people with significant...

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10 Self-Defense Techniques for Wheelchair Users

Posted by ROLAND REZNIK on August 01, 2016. 0 Comments

Wheelchair users are often the target of criminals. Usually, this is due to the fact that wheelchair users are unable to escape a situation quickly. You don’t have to live in fear as a wheelchair user. Consider using the self-defense techniques below to defend and protect yourself from dangerous confrontations.

1. Use Your Wheelchair as a Weapon 

Criminals are often misled by thinking wheelchair users are helpless when it comes to defending themselves. As a wheelchair user, you are actually sitting in your weapon. Luckily attackers don’t realize it or see your wheelchair as an obstacle. This already gives you an advantage because you can surprise the attacker with your actions. To bring the attacker down thrust your wheelchair forward quickly hitting them in the shins. This is very painful for the attacker and will usually cause them to lean...

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10 Technology Breakthroughs that Empower People with Disabilities

Posted by ROLAND REZNIK on August 01, 2016. 0 Comments

Assistive technology is making a difference in the lives of disabled children, adults, and veterans worldwide. Researchers are using the application of science to create cutting edge gadgets and devices to help improve the quality of life for those with mobility issues. The following innovative technological breakthroughs are designed to empower people with disabilities.

1. Grid Pad Aid 

This technology advanced communication aid provides a voice for those who are unable to communicate verbally. It is available in a variety of models such as the eye gaze system or touch. It can be mounted on a wheelchair for convenience or carried around like a mobile device.

2. Deka Arm

This technological wonder is sponsored by DARPA, also known as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Veterans, diabetics and others that have lost limbs will benefit most from this technological...

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Microsoft Adds Wheelchair Avatar for Xbox

Posted by ROLAND REZNIK on August 01, 2016. 0 Comments

Avatars have become increasingly popular as identity figures on internet forums, computer games and more. In 2008, Microsoft originally introduced avatars for the Xbox 360. They have gradually included customization options throughout the years. In August 2016 Microsoft is set to release wheelchair inspired avatars in time for the release of the Xbox new slim version.

Before the announcement a petition was in the beginning stages of being formed to add wheelchair inspired avatars for Xbox. Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, quickly addressed the comment on Twitter stating, “No petition is needed, we hear you. This is something that we’ve already looked at, not far off.”

Xbox’s Mike Ybarra then tweeted and provided a sneak peek of the upcoming avatars. Users will notice the wheelchairs are Xbox-themed, the facial expressions are more detailed and the colors are vibrant. Attention to detail is noticeable when looking at the...

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