Overcoming a spinal injury

Watch this inspiring TED talk by Janine Shepherd. While training for the Olympics, Janine suffered a spinal injury after being hit by a truck. With a crushed L1 vertebrate, Janine underwent bilevel fusion. Listen to her inspiring presentation on her recovery and how we are more than just our bodies.

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When to help a blind person?

Here’s a great video from Blind Film Critic Tommy Edison answering the question, when do you help a blind person in public?

It all comes down to:

  1. Take a moment to observe the situation.
  2. Does the blind person need help?
  3. Offer to help. Do not just grab ahold of the blind person.
  4. If you are helping the blind person, they may hold on to your elbow as you walk slightly in front of them (this helps them feel you go up and down stairs, ramps, curbs, etc).

Amputation and prosthetics: from coming to peace to a celebration of differences

This is a great episode of The Moth podcast which showcases true stories, told live. Here is Aimee Mullins discussing overcoming her families fear that show her prosthetics would make her ostracized, to expectations that continued to haunt her even after success as an athlete and model.

The Moth: Amy Mullins – A Work in Progress

Give it a listen!

Image provided by Austin Schmid.

“What I Learned From My Son”

This article from a mother with a special needs child is especially touching.  The worry, the fear, and the hope that home schooling might help spare the child ridicule and help him develop to his full potential is palpable.

Since he was very young, there has always been something about the way my Baby Bear lines up his cars, counts his blocks and just cannot step away from a task that has bothered me. I recognized the signs. I grew up with it. But I pushed it out of my mind because I did not want it to be there. It is something I am powerless before. And it affects my little boy.

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Special ed student starts coffee shop

I thought this was a great story about a Greenville, South Carolina, special education student starting a coffee shop in his school:

Jarvis Rogers said he saw the need for the coffee shop and, in just two weeks, built the Ground Floor. … Rogers is in Special Ed, Greenville High School’s occupational diploma program.

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How NOT to treat someone with deafness-severe hearing loss

I recently read this story from Dr. Mark Mostert about a major airline’s inability to deal appropriately with a person with severe hearing loss.  If the Fail Blog had a corporate failure section, this would be on it. Continue reading How NOT to treat someone with deafness-severe hearing loss

Special needs kids may need extra help on Halloween

Having a happy Halloween may be especially difficult if you have a special needs child. K. Sayford-Wilson writes about the problems her child has.

Our youngest child has sensory integration problems with developmental delays and also a speech disorder called developmental apraxia. These challenges limit her ability to process information, so the way in which she understands information is different from the way other children would understand information. Telling a typical child that a scary, angry-looking skeleton half-buried in the ground is only plastic might work. Telling a special needs child with sensory integration problems and a speech disorder that it is plastic and will not hurt her – may not make any sense to her. The child may not be able to handle the sensory overload and may just run away (ours did).

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Letters to the Next President

I recently came across this letter on the Letters to the Next President site:

I would like to know about changes in social security-specifically disability. … I worked as an LPN for over 30 years. I started having back, neck and arthritic probelems, and after several years of pain I applie for social security disability. The process was long. It took approximately 2 years from the time I applied untill I was finally approved, and then receive a paycheck. If it had not been for my family helping me financially, I don’t know what I would have done. Isn’t there any way to speed up this process for other people who may desperately need money?

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