Transportation plays an important role in enabling people with disabilities to travel and live independently. Depending on where you live, your destination and your physical needs, transportation choices might include paratransit, accessible taxis, public transportation or volunteer drivers from nonprofit organizations or local government agencies.
Many people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) look forward to the satisfaction and independence that come with being employed. Unfortunately, the majority of people with ASD struggle to get hired. One reason is that employers aren’t educated about the abilities and skills autistic job seekers possess. Another is that successfully navigating the job search process can be challenging for someone with ASD if they don’t have the right guidance and assistance.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as “a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.” According to the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, about 1 in 68 children has been identified with ASD. ASD poses unique challenges for engaging children in physical activity due to sensory, motivational, and motor function issues. With appropriate strategies and tactics unique to the individual child, physical activity can become a fun and engaging activity for nearly every child with ASD.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the application of the principles of learning and motivation.
Changing, remodeling or making additions to your home to accommodate people with disabilities can be done in a variety of different ways. If you are building a new home, you can ensure that it be single-level without door jambs to impede a wheelchair. If you are remodeling aspects of an existing home, you may need to do reconstruction or creative planning to make the changes.
View the Article – Disability Accommodation Cost Guides
More than 21 million US adults 18 – 64 years of age have a disability. These are adults with serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs; hearing; seeing; or concentrating, remembering, or making decisions. Adults with disabilities are three times more likely to have heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer than adults without disabilities. Aerobic physical activity can help reduce the impact of these chronic diseases, yet nearly half of all adults with disabilities get no leisure time aerobic physical activity.
View the Article – Increasing Physical Activity among Adults with Disabilities.
Dr. John Madigan is part of a research team at the University of California, Davis that is examining samples from 80 children, some with autism and others without it.
But Madigan’s specialty isn’t autism or even humans. He is a professor of veterinary sciences.
He became involved in autism research after noticing some autistic-like behaviors in newborn horses and discussing his findings with colleagues at Davis.
View the Article – Horses May Provide Clues to the Origin of Autism
This Facebook page is an on-line and discussion group whose purpose is to bridge the gap between the individual autism support groups and maintain communication regarding autism related issues.
View the Website – Facebook Page: Arkansas Autism Network
According to FEMA, each year approximately 17,500 people are injured and 3,400 die because of fire. There are dangers associated with fire for everyone, but people with disabilities face unique challenges in these emergencies. As FEMA notes, people with disabilities may have more difficulty escaping during a fire. In addition, some disabilities may prevent them from taking actions ahead of time without the help of a caregiver, friend or relative. Luckily, there are many resources available to help people with disabilities take precautions in the case of fire at home or work. Below is a resource guide created specifically for people with disabilities, with recommendations on how to prevent, prepare and recover from fire. Always remember your local firefighters are good resources for information.
View the Guide – Improve net: Fire Safety & Disabilities Guide