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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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15 Funniest Wheelchair Pranks

Posted by ROLAND REZNIK on June 30, 2016. 0 Comments

 

Wheelchair users have a great sense of humor when it comes to playing pranks on people, especially able-bodied people. The following videos will keep you laughing as wheelchair users surprise pedestrians by rolling down hills, creating obstacles, tying themselves to cars and much more. Check out the funniest wheelchair pranks you will ever see below.

1. Criminal Frames Girl in Wheelchair

This prank is set up by an international hidden video show. It catches the reactions of unsuspecting people who are doing a good deed by briefly watching over a wheelchair user outside of a store. They observe a criminal giving his gun and mask to the wheelchair user setting her up to take the blame for the robbery. The reaction of the pedestrians will make you want to watch it over and over again.

2. Senior Citizens in Wheelchairs...

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Wheelchair Users Guide to Clubbing

Posted by ROLAND REZNIK on June 30, 2016. 0 Comments

Going out clubbing for the night sounds easy enough. You get dressed, look good, call some friends and go to the club. While this is an easy process for able-bodied people, it is often an obstacle for wheelchair users. The getting ready part is great, but finding a club that is wheelchair accessible is a challenge. Learning to navigate the club scene will help make things easier on a night out with your friends.

Find an Accessible Club                                                       

Nightclubs are located worldwide. Not all of them are wheelchair accessible. Search online or call the club you are interested in visiting. Speak to the staff or manager to learn wheelchair accessible areas in the club as well as special entrances and exits that you need to use. Search online for pictures of the interior and exterior of the club.

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Awesome Wheelchair World Records that You Never Knew Existed

Posted by ROLAND REZNIK on June 30, 2016. 0 Comments

 

The Guinness Book of World Records recognizes extraordinary people who are willing to be the best at something. Wheelchair users worldwide are perfecting their skills and accomplishing their goals of setting world records for performing amazing things. These tasks range from wheelchair backflips to pulling cars. Below is a list of the most awesome wheelchair world records that you never knew existed.

Longest Distance Covered on a Wheelchair Trainer 

Professional Brazilian wheelchair athlete, Carlos Oliveira used a competition wheelchair attached to a stationary roller to travel 149.42 miles at the average speed of 6.225 miles per hour. He began his astonishing accomplishment on August 31, 2013, and set the world record on September 1, 2013.

Wheelchair Free Throws 

On July 10, 2013, NWBA player Jeff Walker set a world record making the most consecutive wheelchair free throws.

First Wheelchair Backflip 

On October...

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Essential Summer Safety Tips for Wheelchair Users

Posted by ROLAND REZNIK on June 30, 2016. 0 Comments

Summer is the time of year many wheelchair users enjoy the outdoors. There are a variety of activities such as sports, camping, fishing and simply enjoying a picnic at the park with your friends and family. Depending on where you are located, the summer heat can cause some issues that could keep you hiding indoors. Be prepared to beat the summer heat and enjoy the sunshine with the following summer safety tips for wheelchair users.

  • Use Sunscreen – The use of sunscreen has become a daily option for many people. Those who don’t use sunscreen can feel symptoms such as redness of the skin, peeling, itching, tightness, and burning. This summer remember to use a sunscreen that has an SPF 30 or higher. Reapply the sunscreen throughout the day by following the directions on the label for continuous coverage.
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The Apple Watch Will Soon Track Fitness for Wheelchair Users

Posted by ROLAND REZNIK on June 30, 2016. 0 Comments

Fitness trackers were originally created with the able-bodied in mind. It conveniently tracks physical activity such as walking and running, which encourages people to stay active. It is an excellent tool for staying fit. However, wheelchair users have not been able to benefit from it until now. Apple is releasing a new watch feature that will benefit wheelchair users.

Apple recognized the void in the market for fitness trackers for those with disabilities and decided to make a change. Apple partnered with the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the Lakeshore Foundation of Birmingham to promote physical fitness in the disabled community. This research involved 300 wheelchair users who provided 3,000 hours of physical activity.

According to Lakeshore’s president and CEO, Jeff Underwood, wheelchair users are known to be sedentary due to physical barriers. The fitness tracker feature for wheelchair users sends the...

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10 Best Wheelchair Friendly Summer Camps

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

The Americans with Disability Act requires all summer camps to accommodate children in wheelchairs. This means children who use wheelchairs have just as many summer camp choices as able-bodied children. Finding the right camp that suits your child’s needs can feel overwhelming. However, making sure the camp has reasonable accommodations and an active itinerary is easier than you think. There are plenty of excellent wheelchair friendly summer camps to consider.

Here is our list of 10 best wheelchair friendly summer camps.

1. Camp Little Giant 

Camp Little Giant is a summer camp for those who love outdoor adventures. Campers can enjoy a variety of activities including adaptable sports, fishing, and even bread making. The camp is located in Carbondale, Illinois and is suitable for children with physical, developmental and cognitive disabilities. The age accepted, is 8 to 21 years old. The...

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