Tag: People with Disabilities
Many people think of “independence” not in terms of how well they can dress themselves, transfer into bed, or drive, but in terms of their ability to live alone in their own home. Many of these people use hired helpers, or assistants who come into the home, do what needs to be done, and then leave. Such helpers, rather than spelling dependence, are in fact a tool for the individual’s independence.
Is this “life on the edge?” Many would say so. And it’s true: many disabled people who live on their own are playing “beat the odds,” hoping that nothing happens while they’re alone.
You may have heard it from physicians, from family members who have been doing their reading, or from spinal cord injury survivors who go to other doctors or who were treated at different hospitals or Rehabilitation centers: “You’re going to develop cancer of the bladder if you keep that Catheter in.” Are they right? No one knows. Is the risk of bladder cancer higher in spinal cord injury survivors? Yes. Is it further increased by using an Indwelling Catheter? Again, yes. Is the risk unreasonable? Only you can make that decision. Are there things you can do to reduce that risk? Probably. The key lies in knowing your own risks, understanding your choices, and making the necessary tradeoffs, based on solid information.
As a children’s book says, “Everyone poops.” Although you may not talk about it or even think about it much, it’s important to your body and, yes, even your happiness. In fact, one study showed bowel function was a source of distress for more than half of people with spinal cord injuries. Are you one of those people? Does it have to be that way? Probably not.
Many spinal cord injury (SCI) survivors were taught early on to combine different techniques for their bowel programs – especially the use of digital stimulation, medications, and/or suppositories. Surveys show that while people do tend to stick with the combination approach, they make changes as well. Why? Researchers don’t know for sure, but it’s likely that some, if not most people make changes because of various complications or problems they’ve had with their bowel programs. The most common problems they seem to report are constipation, Incontinence, hemorrhoids, bleeding, and pain.
Eating is one of the more enjoyable things life has to offer. That’s why what to eat and what not to eat – especially as it relates to our heart’s health – can be frustrating, complicated, and confusing. However, from your heart’s and circulatory system’s point of view, there seem to be two main things to worry about: fat, and fat!
The First “Fat” to Deal With
Murderball: Take it Personally
I’ve seen Murderball 3 times. If you’re old enough (it’s rated R for some curse words and sexual content), I recommend you see it at least once. It provides the viewer with plenty of reality and touching moments. Intense rivalry, team work, relationships between family and friends, pain, fear of the unknown, insight, drama and true passion.
A new British-made motorcycle for wheelchair users was the star of this year’s Mobility Roadshow in the UK.
The Conquest is based on BMW 850 or 1150 motorbikes which have been integrated into a racing car-type aluminium body shell.
Its creator, Alan Martin, came up with the idea after his son became disabled following an accident.
Wheelchair-using teddies and dolls, and a concept for a luxury chair designed by an 11-year-old girl are among the attractions that will appeal to younger people at this year’s Mobility Roadshow.
Tilly and Jonathan are becoming popular in schools
The emphasis on younger people coincides with the first National Young Disabled Persons’ Day.
Make Them Go Away: Clint Eastwood, Christopher Reeve and The Case Against Disability Rights By Mary Johnson
In the spring of 2000, actor Clint Eastwood took on the 10-year-old Americans with Disabilities Act. His Mission Ranch hotel in Carmel, California, had been sued for access violations under the law, and he’d been slapped with a lawsuit he’d never seen coming, he said….
1. What is Spinal Cord Injury?
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is damage to the spinal cord that results in a loss of function such as mobility or feeling. Frequent causes of damage are trauma (car accident, gunshot, falls, etc.) or disease (polio, spina bifida, Friedreich’s Ataxia, etc.). The spinal cord does not have to be severed in order for a loss of functioning to occur. In fact, in most people with SCI, the spinal cord is intact, but the damage to it results in loss of functioning. SCI is very different from back injuries such as ruptured disks, spinal stenosis or pinched nerves.
Spinal cord patients will gather to urge lawmakers to pass paralysis act
All Chaz Southard was looking for that August day in 2002 was a little respite from the heat. After chatting with a few lifeguards on a crowded Plum Island beach, the experienced surfer walked torso-deep into the Atlantic and plunged hands-first into the cool, salty sea.