Don’t Ask Taxpayers to Support Children with Disabilities

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN DDS, MPH, PHD, STEVEN P. PERLMAN DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON) AND MATTHEW COOKE, DDS, MD, MPH “Don’t ask taxpayers to support disabled children: When I was 10 years old, I chose to be child-free because I knew that I would not make a good parent, and at 38 I’m still content with my choice… Parenthood is a choice, not a divine right, and all […]

Dealing With A Rare Disease: Turning Anger Into Action

BY MELISSA GOETZ Like most mothers-to-be, I waited for my daughter to be born with the usual mix of anticipation and hope. I couldn’t wait for her to arrive, and I dreamed that she would be healthy and happy and full of spirit. I could never have anticipated that my experience would propel me to learn about a rare genetic disease that I had never heard of before. Or that my daughter would inspire me […]

The Physical Part of Education

HE FITNESS PRIORITY BY KRISTIN MCNEALUS, PT, DPT In 1990, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was passed, requiring that all people with disabilities, of school age, have access to Physical Education in a normal school environment. Does your child participate in physical education consistently? Do you know what your child is doing in those classes? And why this is as important as any other subject in school? Adapted physical education is PE that […]

Need for Health Behavior Models for Your Child with Disabilities

BY H. BARRY WALDMAN DDS, MPH, PHD AND STEVEN P. PERLMAN DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON) The facts are that these health behavior prospects are genuine possibilities as youngsters with disabilities reach their adult years. Repeated surveys do substantiate these consequences. “Obesity, binge drinking and smoking – you’ve got to be kidding. My child is only 6, 10, or 12 years old. How could you think of that? He/she has enough difficulties with disabilities to even […]

My Family’s Journey With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

BY BETTY VERTIN As we wait to see what will happen, I take each day as it comes and continue to fight to make sure my boys will have access to this drug – it is our only hope at this stage. I have three sweet boys with a rare genetic disease called Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a progressive condition that causes gradual muscle loss and weakness and eventually robs people of the ability to […]

Staying Healthy and Well When You are Away From Home

HEALTHY CHOICES, HEALTHY LIFESTYLES BY BARBARA B. MINTZ, MS, RD Stay active when you are traveling! It is a good way to stay on your fitness track and it can help you connect with the local culture. It’s the time of year when people are traveling more. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, it can be difficult to keep to healthy exercise and diet behaviors. It’s easy to fall into the trap of […]

Better Sleep Monitoring for Children with Special Needs

by Amabelle Equio The Kansas State University (KSU) Engineering team recently announced their new research-based project utilizing the latest technology to design a round-the-clock sensor to help track the wellness of children with special needs. The goal of their study is to measure the quality of sleep and daytime well-being, at a low cost by developing a signal processing algorithm, that is noninvasive, Prof. Bala Natarajan, from KSU the electrical and engineering, said. The projects, […]

Can I Get a LIft Here?

BY CHARLES M SCHWAB, ARCHITECT; ILLUSTRATIONS PROVIDED BY CHARLES M. SCHWAB It can be difficult for us adults to imagine, but try if you can: your stellar child will be growing up in a time when the ultimate automated mobility lift will take the form of an automobile. Some of us might, before too long, be using pre-programmed or remote controlled automobiles. When you think about it, these are just other terms for mobility lifts. […]

Keeping Fit on Vacation

THE FITNESS PRIORITY \BY KRISTIN MCNEALUS, DPT, MBA, ATP Do not let accessibility concerns or equipment issues limit where you want to vacation or what you want to do while you are there. It’s summertime! Most kids are on a break from school and many families are looking to take a vacation! Whether it’s a local getaway or a big trip abroad, it’s fun to have a different routine. However, it is important not to […]

Children with Acquired Disabilities

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN DDS, MPH, PHD, RICK RADER, MD; STEVEN P. PERLMAN DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON) AND MISHA GAREY, DDS A review of the three latest federal government reports on individuals with disabilities in the U.S. did not find a single reference to “acquired disabilities.” “The World Health Organization defines disability as loss of function at the level of the whole person, which may include inability to […]