Are you outfitting a home for a child with a disability? The U.S. Census Bureau reports that around 12 percent of the population is disabled while the PEW Research Center puts that number even higher. That means while only 5.4 percent of children five to seven years old are disabled, they still comprise a pretty large part of the population.
For those children, having a home that they can feel comfortable in is very important.
Imagine making plans to go somewhere new, taking the journey to get there and arriving— only to be stuck outside, prevented from sitting with family or being unable to access the restroom. It’s a deeply frustrating experience I’ve had many times since becoming a wheelchair user in 2009. And it’s an experience all too familiar to the 130 million wheelchair users worldwide and the more than 30 million Americans who have difficulty using stairs.
Mayo Clinic – ROCHESTER, Minn. — People with conditions such as spinal cord injury, Lou Gehrig’s disease and multiple sclerosis are at risk of developing severe respiratory problems related to COVID-19 because the muscles that help them breathe already may not function normally.
“When you have a condition that causes paralysis, or weakens muscles in the chest, abdomen or diaphragm, you may not be able to remove lung secretions by coughing,” says Kristin Garlanger, D.O., a Mayo Clinic physiatrist. “You may have difficulty inhaling and filling the lungs with oxygen that is carried to the rest of the body.
Exercise after Spinal Cord Injury: Why Do It?
This is an informative video about Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD) which is a condition that affects anyone who has a spinal cord injury T6 level and above.
Dr. Dena Shahriari works on improving function after traumatic nerve injuries especially spinal cord injuries.
This video shows two people with cervical spinal cord injuries preparing a complex meal using adaptive tools along with regular kitchen items that make cooking possible.
SHORT HILLS, N.J., Nov. 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation has partnered with Craig Hospital to introduce a new health series called Adaptive Tools for Independence. The video series highlights functional tools and adaptive equipment that is available to assist individuals living with paralysis or limited hand functions to gain more independence in their day to day activities. Daily tasks such as cooking, and bowel and bladder care are included in the first set of videos in the series. Other tasks like housekeeping, dressing, hair, and makeup will be available in the next installment. These videos aim to show how all these tasks can become much easier and be done with little or no assistance. Most of the tools featured in the videos are available online or can be crafted at home.
Sustaining any form of serious injury can be terrifying, however, when that injury affects your spinal cord, it can be somewhat even more worrying. This is particularly true for those who have always been active, but now face the prospect of life in a wheelchair.
The good news is that just because someone has a spinal cord injury, this does not mean that they have to give up when it comes to participating in sports. There are numerous sports which are incredibly popular among the disabled community and plenty of opportunities to get involved for fun or competitively.
Did you know that September is National Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Awareness Month? Originally co-sponsored by Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, the bill for this awareness month was created to recognize the prevalence of spinal cord injuries in the country as well as highlight the achievements of those who are living with a spinal cord injury are accomplishing.