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STUDY: The Family Dog Could Help Boost Physical Activity For Kids With Disabilities

BY MICHELLE KLAMPE Researchers designed an adapted physical activity, animal-assisted intervention where the family dog would serve as a partner with the child in physical activities designed to help improve overall physical activity, motor skills and quality of life. The family dog could serve as a partner and ally in efforts to help children with disabilities incorporate more physical activity into their daily lives, a new study from Oregon State University indicates. In a case […]

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Breaking Barriers

BY GRACE NAH AND BRITTNEY NORRIS Recently Tobii Dynavox, a leader in assistive technology for communication, expanded their mission for improving the quality of life for even more people through a new device called Indi™. This first-ever direct-to-consumer speech tablet provides a communication solution for individuals of all ages with speech and language disabilities, including those with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Rett syndrome and Intellectual disabilities. “We truly believe that everyone deserves and should […]

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Changing The Landscape Of Health For People With Intellectual Disabilities

SUBMITTED BY SPECIAL OLYMPICS The room quiets as Nathan McClain addresses a team of his peers about the importance of health and increasing awareness about fitness and sport at an April training in British Columbia. McClain, a 22-year-old from Little Rock, Arkansas, is among a growing group of self-advocates sharing the message about inclusive health for people with intellectual disabilities, or equitable access to quality health care, education, and services throughout communities. McClain is an […]

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Build A Better Relationship With A Disability

BY WILLIAM CHIU HALLDOR BJARNASON Chief Scout Award recipient, gold medal-winning Paralympian, Terry Fox Humanitarian Award recipient, community service award recipient from the BC branch of the Canadian Bar Association, cerebral palsy and disability advocate — those are just a few of the accomplishments in the life of Halldor Bjarnason. If you looked at his resume and tried to guess which one of his accolades he is most proud of, you may be surprised by […]