Daily Archives: August 24, 2009
Service dogs do more than just help the visually impaired navigate a crosswalk.
Service dogs do more than just help the visually impaired navigate a crosswalk. Someone living with paralysis could use a service dog, typically Labrador and Golden Retrievers, to pick up any dropped item, fetch packages in grocery stores, turn lights on and off, make emergency telephone calls, help with balance, and even make transactions with money at a bank or store.
Santina Muha not only rolls like a celebrity, she is a celebrity! She also plays an active role in the disability community. Santina is a guest writer on the EasyStand Blog, read some of her posts. I was inspired by her words, “There are people out there doing amazing things, and I believe we should all be recognized for our efforts, no matter what our abilities.”
“There are people out there doing amazing things, and I believe we should all be recognized for our efforts, no matter what our abilities.”
On Friday, April 17, Santina Muha, a T-11 paraplegic, was named Ms. Wheelchair New Jersey 2009, also making her eligible to compete in the Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant held in South Dakota this week!
A diverse group of women from 27 states — college students, volunteers, office workers, grandmothers — will gather in Rapid City this week to compete for the national Ms. Wheelchair America title.
The 37th annual pageant will be at Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn. In 2000, the national winner was Tracy Charlton-O’Conner, whose parents, Terry and Karen Charlton, live in Rapid City.
This year’s winner will succeed the reigning Ms. Wheelchair America Michelle Colvard, who is the executive director of the City of Houston’s Office for People with Disabilities.
He lives by the one word: Perseverance. His goals and dreams are being fulfilled with each challenge that comes his way.
He has raced in the Baja 500, along with competing in the Ironman competition while covering the 63 mile event in just seven hours, 14 minutes.
He has also competed in, and finished the L.A. Marathon fifth in a hand cycle, and even competed in the X-games in Los Angeles back in 2008.
Getting Camy Stark to Bible class used to be difficult for her parents, Josh and Lori. The 5-year-old from Moore, Okla., has caudal regression syndrome, a disease with symptoms similar to spina bifida, and it made traversing the church parking lot a challenge.
“We walked along with her until she got completely tired, until she wanted you to carry her,” Josh Stark says.
Now Camy zips up and down her driveway to grab the mail and has no problem getting around parking lots, thanks to her new power wheelchair. It came courtesy of David Heim, better known as the Wheelchair Recycler.