Wisdom From A Chair

THIRTY YEARS OF QUADRIPLEGIA BOOK EXCERPT BY ANDREW I. BATAVIA AND MITCHELL BATAVIA There was still one small matter: getting the job. I honestly cannot remember the interview, or even if there was a faceto-face interview. I am sure that there was some type of interview by the camp director, Lee Morrone, one of the most respected people in the area of intellectual disability at the time and the mother of a child with an […]

Talking To Your Military Teen About Substance Abuse

Military teens living with the challenges of long family separations and permanent change of station moves may be more vulnerable to drug and alcohol abuse. Certain challenges like a common need for social acceptance may prompt teens to act before considering consequences. Luckily, there are steps you can take to help reduce your child’s risk for substance abuse. HOW CAN I TALK TO MY TEEN ABOUT SUBSTANCE ABUSE? The dangers of teen drug use include […]

Netflix to Enhance Access for Customers Who Are Blind

In a first-of-its-kind settlement, advocates for people who are blind have reached an agreement with Netflix to make accessible the movies and videos offered through the Netflix video streaming and DVD rental subscriptions. The settlement provides that Netflix will make its video content accessible by adding a new technology called “audio description” as a feature that blind customers can activate so they can more fully understand and enjoy the movie and video experience. The settlement […]

A GPS for Families of People with Special Needs – Part 7

BY LAUREN AGORATUS INTRODUCTION I wrote this manual to help other families of individuals with special needs and the professionals who work with them. My daughter now has five life-threatening conditions, and autism just to keep things interesting. We have been through everything from early intervention to currently going through transition to adult care. I hope this helps you on your journey. Part VII follows; to review Parts I – VI, see the September through […]

The Invisible Injury

BY ANGELO MARSELLA MA, ATC, USAW While a “concussion specialist” will know the most recent research and be able to guide you in the appropriate direction, be aware of the myths you may encounter Every four years, concussion specialists from around the world convene in Zurich to discuss the new research and the new clues into deciphering the world of concussions. New definitions are proposed and a consensus statement is released providing recommendations on how […]