Monday, January 28, 2013

Scuba Diving in a Wheelchair

The video found at the link below is that of Sue Austin eloquently telling a remarkable story about the freedom she experienced when she began using a power wheelchair as a result of an illness. In order to display the freedom she felt to the rest of society, Sue Austin determined to use wheelchairs to create art that would shatter preconceived notions of wheelchairs and wheelchair users. In so doing, she went deep sea diving in a wheelchair and she has the footage to prove it. Please check out the link below to watch this incredible video.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Hollis Boys Support their Sisters with Down Syndrome

Check out this great video of two young boys sticking up for their sisters with down syndrome and asking you to join the pledge to end the r-word at 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Organization Spotlight: Mothers for TBI Hope

Mothers for TBI Hope is an organization that provides necessary items to families immediately following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) to a loved one. The organization provides tote bags including everything from pillows to snack bars to combs and books with resources and stories of positive outcomes. The tote bags are necessary as the family of a person with a new TBI usually ends up spending the next several weeks or months in the hospital visiting their loved one. If the incident causing the TBI did not happen in the same community that the family lives in, the family is often rotating between a hotel room and a hospital room.

The following video explains more about Mothers for TBI Hope:

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Making Careers Happen: Online Conference 2013

Transition and Career Development for  Secondary Youth with Disabilities in the 21st Century
February 27-March 1, 2013, Individual webinars- $25, All three webinars- $50

Participants in this highly interactive web conference will learn about effective transition practices, and how school-agency collaborations can deliver these practices from leadership, consumer, financial, and practical perspectives.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Upcoming Free Webinar: New Disability Status Report

Cornell University's Employment and Disability Institute (EDI) will host a free online webinar on Friday, January 18th from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST to present the findings of the 2011 Disability Status Report. This free webinar will explore data from the recently released 2011 American Community Survey (ACS) related to disability and employment, education, poverty, household income and labor earnings.

WHO: Cornell University's Employment and Disability Institute
WHAT: Free Online Webinar on Disability Statistics
WHEN: Friday, January 18th from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT
WHY: Cornell University researchers will present the latest information and issues associated with disability statistics and the circumstances that people with disabilities face.
WHERE: To register for this free webinar, please go to:

Monday, January 7, 2013

The Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation, Inc. (FINR) has filed for Bankruptcy

The Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation, Inc. (FINR) filed for bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Tampa recently. This comes on the heels of videos of abuse going public and other allegations of abuse of patients by staff as previously reported on In August, 50 patients were ordered to be removed from the facility by Florida officials. Subsequently, Regions Financial Corp. sued FINR, claiming it defaulted on over $30 million in real estate loans.