Thursday, December 27, 2012

Mild Brain Cooling Following Traumatic Brain Injury Helps Prevent Future Epileptic Seizures

A recent study reported in this month's Annals of Neurology shows that mild cooling of the head after a traumatic brain injury virtually eliminates the occurrence of future epileptic seizures. The study was done by a multi-institutional research team consisting of doctors from around the country. While epilepsy can result from genetics, it can often occur as a result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Friday, December 21, 2012

Organization Spotlight: Tetra Society of North America

The Tetra Society of North America solves everyday problems faced by people with disabilities. Engineers volunteer their time and effort to the society in order to improve the day-to-day lives of people with disabilities. Watch the following video to see some examples of their work:



Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Caregiver "Scholarship" Application

The folks over at lovelikethislife.com have set up a "scholarship" application, which allows for the spouse of an individual with a disability to apply to receive 4 nights at a hotel to get re-energized. If this is something that you or your spouse may be interested in, fill out the application at the following link:

Caregiver Application

Monday, December 10, 2012

U.S. Senate Fails to Approve Disabilities Treaty

The U.S. Senate recently failed to approve a treaty set forth by the United Nations that would call for treatment of people with disabilities around the world to be similar to the way Americans with disabilities are treated under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Two-thirds approval was required to approve the treaty, which came up a few votes short.

All Democrats in the Senate voted to approve the treaty as did eight Republicans. Making matters worse, former Senator Bob Dole, a disabled veteran and wheelchair user was on hand to support the treaty. He received re-assurances from many Republicans that they would vote to approve the treaty. Once he left the Senate floor so voting could commence, those same Republicans whispered "NO" votes. Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas spoke in favor of the treaty at a press conference with Senator John McCain in May, and subsequently voted "NO". Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi voted "YES" at the beginning of the voting and changed his vote to "NO" later in the voting. The reasoning used by those who voted "NO" is that this treaty would somehow affect U.S. sovereignty and the U.N. treaty would somehow trump state laws regarding the treatment of children with disabilities. The failure to approve this treaty is an unfortunate setback in the expansion of rights for people with disabilities worldwide.

Monday, December 3, 2012

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today is the United Nations' International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year's theme is "removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all". This is an especially important theme considering that many of the estimated 1 billion people living with a disability worldwide live in developing countries lacking in accessibility and inclusiveness.