Thursday, February 28, 2013

In Memory of Ralph Braun, Founder and CEO of The Braun Corporation

Ralph William Braun, founder and CEO of The Braun Corporation, passed away Friday, February 8th in Winamac, Indiana. He was 72 years old.
Ralph leaves behind a significant legacy in the mobility industry - an industry that he helped create based on his personal need for mobility products.
In 1947, Ralph was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at just six years of age. Ralph credits his parents with instilling in him the will to overcome the challenges his disability presented him - as well as any other obstacles life put in his path. When he could no longer rely on his own two legs and he'd outgrown piggyback rides from his dad, he began using a wheelchair. While he didn't welcome the mobility aid, the 13-year-old never let it slow him down. Ralph wanted an education, a career and a family, just like anyone else; he just had to work a little harder at it.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Rodney Rogers: Former NBA Player may Become Another Voice on Behalf of People with Disabilities

Rodney Rogers played 12 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was a well known player that was a significant contributor on some of the NBA's best teams during his career. In 2008 he sustained a spinal cord injury (SCI) as a result of an accident from riding dirt bikes. Not only does Rodney's accident show that everyone has the possibility of sustaining a life-altering injury, but more importantly is what Rodney is doing with his life after his accident. After his accident, Rodney flat-lined three times. He believes that he was brought back to life in order to provide spinal cord injury awareness to others.

Check out a great video on Rodney Rogers at the link below...

http://www.nba.com/video/channels/nba_tv/2013/02/23/20130222-rodney-rogers-feat-2.nba/?cid=nba_12_twitter_L

Friday, February 15, 2013

Technology Continues to Advance...

There are several variations of this type of machine. This demonstrates incredible techonological advances while also making one wonder what technological advances may bring in the future.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Stuff People Say to People with Disabilities...

Many of our readers and families will appreciate the following. This is a great video of what not to say to people with disabilities, but what is often unfortunately said by unsuspecting people...



Friday, February 1, 2013

Department of Education Orders Schools to Make Sports Available to Students with Disabilities

In a landmark decision, the Department of Education has ordered that students with disabilities be given access to sports in U.S. schools. Students with disabilities will not automatically be given a spot on a team that other students have to try out for. However, if they are able to compete, measures must be taken to allow them to participate. Several states, such as Maryland, have already implemented this policy. This is arguably a decision that will affect student-athletes with disabilities in the same manner that Title IX changed the landscape for female student athletes.

To read more about this, check out the following link:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/26/sports/education-department-clarifies-law-on-disabled-athletes-access-to-school-sports.html?_r=0