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Injured HS Football Player Rises from Wheelchair during National Anthem

Posted by ROLAND REZNIK on October 27, 2016. 0 Comments

 

 

High school football player Carson Geddes, 16, stands for the national anthem the day after surgery impressing many across America. The news is filled with stories, pictures, and videos of NFL football players sitting or kneeling during the national anthem. This situation has many Americans in a constant debate and uproar over the issue.

A Friday night high school football game produced one of the most inspirational photos yet. Geddes was on the sideline to support and watch his team. The national anthem started and Geddes, who was in pain from his surgery, stood for the entire song. He was deeply in pain towards the end, but his patriotic spirit made it through.

Geddes said, “Standing up was a little hard, so I had to lean on my wheelchair a little bit, definitely wasn’t feeling too good by the...

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New Show ‘Speechless’ Shines Light on Disabilities

Posted by ROLAND REZNIK on October 27, 2016. 0 Comments

The new television show Speechless is demystifying the special needs community. The creator of the ABC family comedy, Scott Silveri, based the humorous and informative series on his life growing up with a brother who has special needs. Silveri insisted on hiring disabled actor Micah Fowler, who has cerebral palsy in real life.

Silveri always knew he would employ a disabled actor for the main character of the series. Growing up, Silveri witnessed and experienced difficult situations related to disabilities. He was prepared to fight hard with the network and studio to make sure his demands for a disabled actor were met. Surprisingly he never had to fight. Silveri stated, “God bless the studio and the network for not questioning that.”

Speechless aired its first episode September 21, 2016, to rave reviews. Critics are commending Micah Fowler’s work. Silveri is quick to draw attention to Fowler’s brilliant...

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Wheelchair Users Guide to Traveling During the Thanksgiving Holiday

Posted by ROLAND REZNIK on October 27, 2016. 0 Comments

The U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports the Thanksgiving holiday as being one of the busiest long-distance travel times of the year. Trips during the Thanksgiving holiday increase by 54 percent compared to the rest of the year. Wheelchair users are often confronted with obstacles when traveling. This guide will help wheelchair users navigate through the Thanksgiving holiday travel chaos.

Choose a Destination and Plan Ahead    

The Thanksgiving holiday is known as an excellent time of year to visit family and friends. However, it’s also a great time of year to take a vacation. Whether you are visiting friends or planning a getaway, you need to plan ahead. Begin by choosing a destination. Try to make this decision as early as possible. It is recommended to make Thanksgiving travel plans at least two months ahead of time.

Travel Documents and Passports

Although the Thanksgiving...

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Significant Drop Seen in Disability Unemployment Rate

Posted by ROLAND REZNIK on October 27, 2016. 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor released figures proving the unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities showed a steep decline. The jobless rate within the disabled community fell an astounding 8.7 percent. This is significantly lower than the previous month which was at 11.3 percent. The new figures reflect an increase of people with disabilities entering the workforce.

The figures have boosted morale in the disabled community, while the general population showed an increase in the overall unemployment rate by 5 percent. The U.S. Department of Labor revealed 156,000 jobs were added to the economy. However, the increase in job opportunity didn’t change the general population figures.

According to John O’Neill, director of employment and disability research at Kessler Foundation, “The continuous improvement in the figures for people with disabilities joining the workforce compared to the general population shows the disabled community is outpacing the general population on...

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Top 10 Best Disability Friendly Cities in the United States

Posted by ROLAND REZNIK on October 27, 2016. 0 Comments

It is gradually becoming easier for wheelchair users to travel and move to cities in the United States. Whether you are planning a vacation or a move, there are a few things to consider. The most common concerns are access to public buildings, transit options, weather conditions, sidewalk and ramp access. The following cities are known as the friendliest cities in the United States for wheelchair users.

  1. Berkeley, California    

The disabled community has been strong in this city for centuries. Berkeley is known as the city that allows you to be your true self. Many of the citizens are unique and accepting of the disabled community. Everyone lives in harmony together. Some tourists that visit Berkeley say it feels like traveling back in time to the 1970’s. As a tourist, you will enjoy easy access to public transportation and spectacular views...

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Federal Officials Seek to End Segregated Schools for Disabled Students

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

School districts within the United States have been segregating children with disabilities for centuries. After careful investigation, the Justice Department has discovered the state of Georgia has illegally segregated students through their GNETS program. Federal officials revealed disabled students had no contact at all with typically-developing children. Sadly, it was further discovered that disabled students were exposed to decrepit buildings on a daily basis and did not have access to science labs, libraries and other areas on campus.

In July 2015, the Justice Department notified Georgia’s state officials of the results of their investigation. Proposals and counterproposals have been swapped between federal officials and state officials. Federal and State attorneys have been involved in negotiations for eight months. According to Vanita Gupta, head of the department’s civil rights division, they are pursuing the U.S. claims in federal court to vindicate the rights of students affected...

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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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