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We are all physically disabled at some time in our lives. A child, a person with a broken leg, a parent with a pram, an elderly person, etc. are all disabled in one way or another. Those who remain healthy and able-bodied all their lives are few. As far as the built-up environment is concerned, it is important that it …

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Muscular Dystrophy SA Uses Art Therapy To Brush Underlying Issues With Creative Counselling

In the Adelaide art classroom, participants were handed a sheet of paper and instructed to create their unique works under the theme "Life is in Your Hands". They then traced their own hands and filled in the shapes with paint, textures, stick-on labels and decorations. Conversations shifted from life, to death, to lost loved ones, to fears of the future …

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Motivation Promotes Recovery After Spinal Cord Injury: Neuroscientific Evidence

It is known by clinical experiences that motivation enhances patients' recovery from spinal cord injury or stroke. Depressive symptoms of the patients suffering from such brain injury could be a factor to delay functional recovery. However, there has been no neuroscientific evidence how motivation affects the patients' recovery of motor function in rehabilitation. Here, the research team led by Associate …

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Is it Time to Stop Using the Word “Disability”?

After running a campaign to urge toy manufacturers to include disabled characters in their collections, Rebecca Atkinson started to wonder if the word “disability” might also need a positive makeover. Cripple, deaf-mute and lame all fell out of favour a long time ago and are now considered insults. By the 1980s and 90s “handicapped” was gradually replaced with “disabled” as …

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Autism Public Nuisance Case Prompts Concern

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Whenever Misti Foletta let her son play outdoors, she made sure to tell her neighbors that he had autism, warning them that he might hit and kick their children or yank them off their bikes. “The look on their faces was, ‘Oh my God, what?’ ” said Foletta, a San Jose mother of three children, including …

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Ranking Names Most Livable Cities For People With Disabilities

A new ranking crunches the numbers to assess the nation’s best and worst cities for those with disabilities. The analysis from the consumer finance website WalletHub compares the country’s 150 most populated cities using 21 different metrics designed to evaluate cost of living, quality of life and access to health care. Overland Park, Kan. comes in at number one on …

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Academy Awards Ad Makes Pitch To Disability Market

A national television ad debuting during the Oscars is designed to spark conversation about how people with disabilities consume entertainment. The 60-second spot for Comcast features a 7-year-old named Emily who was born blind describing what she sees in her mind when she watches her favorite movie, “The Wizard of Oz.” Visuals in the commercial recreate Emily’s version of the …

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Children Seeking Mental Health Advice On Internet

Children in England are turning to the internet for advice on mental health instead of talking to their school nurse or GP, it is claimed. Children's Commissioner for England Anne Longfield says children do not have the confidence to go to the doctor with mental health issues. A small survey of youngsters suggests 62% have done a general internet search …

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Nepal Mulls Everest Age And Disability Restrictions

The Nepalese government is considering banning anyone deemed too young or too old or with a severe disability from climbing Mount Everest. A spokesman said under new proposals, no-one younger than 18 or older than 75 would be allowed to climb. The ministry of tourism could also insist that all climbers have previous mountaineering experience. Nepal makes millions of dollars …

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Why You Should Attend an Open Day If You're a Student with a Disability

All students with a disability should sign up for open days at the universities they’re interested in attending because they will be able to ask questions and raise concerns. “You can garner a lot more from an open day than you can from a website,” says Rebecca Hollington, recruitment, events and prospects manager at Southampton Solent University. “Students need to …

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First UK Patient Receives Stem cell treatment to Cure Loss of vision

A patient has become the first in the UK to receive an experimental stem cell treatment that has the potential to save the sight of hundreds of thousands of Britons. By December, doctors will know whether the woman, who has age-related macular degeneration, has regained her sight after a successful operation at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London last month. Over …

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