Monday, April 30, 2012

Yoga is the Latest Therapy for TBIs

More and more, non-traditional techniques are being used to treat traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Recently, soldiers who sustained TBIs in Iraq or Afghanistan have started doing yoga to help improve the after-effects of their TBIs. Doctors and therapists have found that the war zone conditions in which these soldiers received their TBIs only adds to the stress and irritability of the soldiers. Yoga allows these soldiers to relax and improve their mindset.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Gettysburg College's Cory Weissman Helping Others Who Have Experienced Strokes

Earlier this year, DisabilityInsight.com highlighted the story of Cory Weissman, a basketball player at Gettysburg College who suffered a stroke at the beginning of his college career. After the stroke, he beat the odds, after significant rehab, and made it back to the court for one emotional pair of free throws. He made the second of two free throws and ended his college career with one point. The story was picked up by media around the country. Cory has know made it a point to help other young people in his situation achieve more than themselves or their doctors believe they can achieve following a stroke.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

More Potential Improvements to Gas Pump Access for People with Disabilities

Today, at 3:00 PM, in Tallahassee, FL, Leon County commissioners will be discussing an ordinance that would require gas stations throughout the county to assist people with disabilities who require help pumping their gas. The meeting will be on the 5th floor of the Leon County Courthouse, and if the ordinance is approved, a public hearing on the matter will be held on June 12. The proposed ordinance would require decals to be placed on gas pumps with a phone number for the gas station so that the clerks inside could be made aware that someone with a disability needs help pumping their gas.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

People with Spinal Cord Injuries Participating in Cycle to the Sea

From April 26-28, the Adaptive Sports and Adventures Programs at Carolinas Rehabilitation Center will have its 13th Annual Cycle to the Sea. Cycle to the Sea is a 180-mile bike ride from Charlotte to North Myrtle Beach. Many people with disabilities will be participating using hand bikes. Hand bikes allow many people with disabilities to participate in cycling via their hands and arms rather than their legs.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Boston Students With Learning Disabilities Getting Job Training

The Riverview School in Boston has staffed multiple businesses with students with learning disabilities and job coaches. Receiving job experience and training helps these students work in the real world upon graduating from the Riverview School.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Brain Injury Association of Florida Keeps Its Funding

Recently, DisabilityInsight.com asked its readers to contact politicians in Tallahassee, Florida to inform them to keep funding for the Brain Injury Association of Florida, as its funding was on the chopping block this year. Luckily, with a substantial amount of grassroots emails and letters to Florida Governor Rick Scott and other politicians, BIAF was able to keep its funding this year to help provide resources to individuals with brain injuries all over Florida in the upcoming year.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Frontier Airlines Fined for Violating Disability Laws

Frontier Airlines was fined $50,000.00 by the U.S. Department of Transportation recently for violating the Air Carrier Access Act. Complaints were filed against Frontier Airlines by a quadriplegic who is unable to sit upright without support and restraint.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

More Nurses Trained to Treat PTSD and TBI

An estimated 300,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from traumatic brain injury, PTSD or other mental health problems due to combat, according to the White House. To combat this issue, the White House has implemented a plan to improve health care for troops and their families. As a result, 150 nursing organizations and 500 nursing schools will now educate nurses on combat injuries like PTSD and TBI.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Wisconsin Governor Signs Concussion Law

Wisconsin has joined a growing number of states in passing a youth sports concussion law. The law requires that athletes under age 19 be taken out of practices or games if they sustain a concussion. The athletes will be required to obtain clearance from a trained medical professional in order to return to the field.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Save the Brain Injury Association of Florida!

If you have a brain injury, if you care for someone with a brain injury, if you care about the 210,00 Floridians with brain injury we need you now!

The Governor's Staff has recommended Brain Injury Association of Florida's funding in the budget to be vetoed. We must stand together to let Governor Scott know that brain injury is an important issue in Florida and BIAF is important to Floridians with brain injuries!

For the past 27 years the Brain Injury Association of Florida has helped people with traumatic brain injury and now we need your help in return.  We have until Tuesday, April 10th to make our voices heard.  Your phone call or e-mail to the governor's staff is critical to ensure that our funding remains in the budget.  Please follow the link below to a simple one page site that explains who to call and email and what you can say to help!

http://www.speakupfortbi.org/

Brain Injury Association of Florida
1637 Metropolitan Blvd.
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
rledbetter@biaf.org

Friday, April 6, 2012

High School Students in Georgia Learn About Disabilities by Playing Wheelchair Basketball

Recently, two clubs at a high school in Gainesville, Georgia put on a wheelchair basketball exhibition amongst able-bodied students in order to raise awareness of disabilities. The students found the sport to be far more difficult than it looks, requiring more hand-eye coordination than many expected, due to having to move the chair and still play basketball. The students were able to use wheelchairs donated by Blaze Sports, a non profit organization that promotes sports for people with disabilities.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

NCAA Provides Funding to UCLA Brain Injury Research Center

UCLA and the NCAA are teaming up to tackle the problem of head injuries in college sports. The UCLA Brain Injury Research Center will be spearheading a group of doctors around the country in working on fixing the problems of brain injuries in college sports.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Blind Judo Competitor: Early 2020 Paralympic Hopeful

12-year-old judo competitor Justin Wack has been blind since birth, but that has not stopped him from competing at a high level in judo as he recently competed in the international judo championships with other children his age. The only adaptive rule change that he receives is that both he and his opponent are required to keep contact at all times while other judo matches typically start with the opponents separated from one another.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Brain Injury Survivor to Raise Awareness by Running Across Canada

Troy Adams, 24-year-old brain injury survivor, will be running across Canada in order to raise awareness about brain injuries. As he makes stops in different towns across Canada, he will tell his story about how a brain injury from an auto accident at age 16 changed his life. He has established Troy's Run Foundation in order to provide financial support to brain injury associations in Canada.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Florida Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center Creates Legal Guide

The Florida Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center (FSCIRC) has created: "A Guide to Selecting an Attorney for Florida Spinal Cord Injury Cases" in partnership with Michael K. Beck, Esq., creator of disabilityinsight.com. The guide was created by people with spinal cord injuries and family members of people with spinal cord injuries in order to give an insider's look at how to pick an attorney in a spinal cord injury case.