Monday, July 9, 2007

Dangerous work

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Disabilities can often be the product of one's job. For farmers in Indiana and elsewhere, their occupation is particularly dangerous and sometimes even fatal. The Indy Star reports about the large numbers of farmers with disabilities.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Watching over

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Keeping an eye on a spirited child is always a challenge. If this child has a disability such as autism, the task becomes even more difficult when the child can't communicate his or her whereabouts. One local community has provided a solution by implementing a tracking system using electronic devices. The Indy Star reports about the program here.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Overload

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The Indy Star reports that certain factors such as poor diet and lack of exercise may cause a health crisis in children that could swamp the system.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Car returned to man with disability

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A recent story in the Indy Star shows the cruelty of some and the kindness of others. A man's adapted vehicle to be used with his wheelchair was stolen. However, another man stumbled on the stolen vehicle in the woods and called the police. The man has now been reunited with his wheels.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Race to the finish line

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In a move toward equality, international track officials have decided that a South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius who has two prosthetic legs can compete against able-bodied runners. Initially, there had been a ruling against runners who benefited from "artificial help." Pistorius is now dreaming of the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing. If he qualifies, he would be the first runner with a physical disability to compete in the Olympics.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Enabling all to share their gifts

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People with disabilities may need special accomodations but there are many opportunities to enjoy activities such as karaoke and sports. One local organization provides such possibilities for adults and children with disabilities.

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007706160355

Friday, June 15, 2007

Soccer on wheels

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Power soccer is a sport played with power wheelchairs. A plow-like device is attached to the front of the footrest which enables the player to dribble, turn and pass the over-sized ball.

The three-day Power Soccer National Tournament was played at the Fishers Fieldhouse last weekend, during which 21 teams were featured from across the country, including eight from Indiana. Team USA, with four players hailing from Indiana, will travel to Tokyo Oct. 8-13 for the Power Soccer World Cup.

G O O O O O O O O O O O O O O A L !

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007706150350

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Alzheimer's cases could quadruple by 2050

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Some sobering statistics about the wild increase in Alzheimer's disease. The idea that one in 85 people will have the brain-destroying disease in 40 years is mind-boggling. See the full article at:
http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007706100396