Grandparenting with Limited Mobility

My grandparents were in their 30s when they had my parents. My parents were also in their 30s when they had me. By the time I was old enough to walk and talk, my grandparents were already older. At the time, all my grandparents were still mobile, but as the years went on, I couldContinue reading “Grandparenting with Limited Mobility”

Toys for Children with Disabilities

ABLEDATA 8455 Colesville Rd, Ste 935Silver Spring, MD 20910-3319Phone: 800-227-0216Website: abledata.acl.govComprehensive database of assistive technology and rehab equipment, and child appropriate toys. Antoni Toys & Products for the Physically Challenged PO Box 1662University StationPortland, OR 97207Phone: 800-826-8664 Brennan Enterprizes 905 So. Perry StJohnstown, NY 12095Phone: 518-762-1045 Adapted toys focusing on children’s abilities. Constructive Playthings1227 East 119thContinue reading “Toys for Children with Disabilities”

Parents and Siblings

Autism Treatment Center of America THE SON-RISE PROGRAM at The Option Institute 2080 S Undermountain RoadSheffield, MA USA 01257 Phone: 413-229-2100 Fax: 413-229-3202 Website: autismtreatmentcenter.org CAPP National Parent Resource Center Federation for Children with Special Needs95 Berkeley Street, Ste. 104Boston, MA 02116Voice 800-331-0688; 617-482-2915Fax 617-695-2939The Federation is a center for parents and parent organizations to work together on behalfContinue reading “Parents and Siblings”

Susan Bates: Riding into New Horizons

Tennessee-native Susan Bates both lives and loves her best, living her life to the fullest and showing others that they can too. Life wasn’t always that way for Susan. When she was first diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)/reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) five years ago, her mobility and way of living were changed inContinue reading “Susan Bates: Riding into New Horizons”

Lauren Le Franc: Creating Beauty from Pain

Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan once said that behind every beautiful thing, there’s been some kind of pain. To Lauren Le Franc, pain is no stranger. About six years ago, she lost her mobility to a rare neuro-inflammatory disorder called complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). CRPS is characterized by itsContinue reading “Lauren Le Franc: Creating Beauty from Pain”

What to Do While Social Distancing

What is social distancing? You may have had a vacation, birthday party or a family reunion planned that had to be canceled recently. There is currently a widespread pandemic of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus.. Many individuals are practicing social distancing during this time to help prevent the spread of this virus to lovedContinue reading “What to Do While Social Distancing”

What Does a Senior Center Do?

When you think of a senior center, you probably think of a place where elderly individuals get together and play cards. This is simply not true! Senior centers provide a variety of services to seniors. Individuals as young as 50 are taking advantage of all that their senior center has to offer. From meal andContinue reading “What Does a Senior Center Do?”

Adaptive Snowboarding for Wheelchair Users

If you’re looking for a way to enjoy the snow and get a good workout, then adaptive snowboarding may be the sport for you! Snowboarding has been adapted for everyone of all abilities to be able to participate. However, even though anyone can go downhill, Disabled Sports USA says that people with body asymmetry areContinue reading “Adaptive Snowboarding for Wheelchair Users”

Accessible Activities to Do This Winter

If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, you may feel like winter outlasts the other seasons. While shoveling isn’t the most fun winter activity, there are plenty of other activities that only this season has to offer. Instead of rushing the winter, take advantage of the events and things toContinue reading “Accessible Activities to Do This Winter”

Alcohol Abuse

What do all of the following have in common? increased muscle spasticity fractures heart, liver, kidney, & brain damage pressure sores malnutrition urinary tract infections Answer: All of these problems are associated with mixing spinal cord injury with alcohol. A recent study indicates that just getting older makes us less able to handle alcohol. ManyContinue reading “Alcohol Abuse”