It has been two and a half years since I first started writing for Disability at About.com. Today is my last day writing for you, my readers. It has been a great pleasure meeting you, whether it was in person, on Twitter or through FaceBook. I've shared your many triumphs, as well as sorrows, and I thank you for inviting me into your homes via the Internet.
My departure doesn't mean the end of my writing, however. I published a novel last year, Murder in Middleton, and I have several more mysteries in the works. If you'd like to keep up with me, please drop by CharlotteGerber.com.
I wish you all the very best, and it will be only a matter of time before another wonderful writer takes over as your new Disability Guide.
Mobility is always an issue when you have a physical disability and you enjoy the outdoors. There are so many things to consider, depending upon the terrain. Sandy beaches can cause stability problems, trails on a mountain can be intimidating, and some areas are simply inaccessible no matter what equipment you use. Personally, I use Nordic Ski Poles, which gives me the stability to walk on uneven ground and makes it much easier for me to walk up hills.
I recently came across Mountain Trike on FaceBook and was intrigued by the wheelchair design. This modified wheelchair can hit the trails, as well as the beach. Check them out on FB here: Mountain Trike.
There are also many other types of sports equipment and specialty chairs for the avid outdoorsman or woman. Check out the following articles for more information on adaptive equipment and sports:
When you think of prom night, do you remember anyone with disabilities attending the dance and festivities? Many individuals who are developmentally disabled and physically disabled do not attend their prom. For one group of individuals, however, their dream to attend prom came true on June 14, thanks to organizer Afrah M. Nyatome of National Institute for People with Disabilities. They were able to enjoy their special night out, which is a rite of passage for many young adults.
According to Ms. Nyatome in her interview on NorthJersey.com, "When we presented this idea to our clients, there was a spark of excitement and tears of joy. They never thought that this could ever happen for them. Now, they will get the chance that they always wanted," explained Nyatome. "Nobody does prom for people with disabilities. This never happens."
Read more about their event here: Prom for the Developmentally Disabled Held in Westwood