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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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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.

Clubs...

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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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