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Hitting the Trails

Monday June 24, 2013

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:

NJ Prom for the Disabled Enjoyed by Attendees

Thursday June 20, 2013

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

Sports for Disabled Children

Saturday June 15, 2013

Summer is here and most schools are already out. What are your children doing this summer? Will they be sitting in front of the television during the day or will they be outdoors enjoying the sunshine? There are numerous sports organizations and clubs that children can join. Some of the sports include wheelchair basketball, swimming, archery and table tennis, just to name a few. There are opportunities for children of all ages and ability levels, and many sports don't require expensive equipment or membership fees to participate.

To learn more about sports opportunities and clubs in your area, as well as a few tips to keep your child interested and motivated in their chosen sports, read the following:

2013 National Lupus Advocacy Summit

Sunday June 9, 2013

The Lupus Foundation of America's National Lupus Advocacy Summit will be held on June 24 and 25. The Advocacy Summit provides lupus activists from across the nation the opportunity to meet with their members of Congress in Washington, DC and to educate policy makers about lupus and public policies impacting people with lupus.

Due to overwhelming interest this year, registration for the event is now closed. However, to learn more about the event and other ways to advocate for individuals with lupus, contact Sara Chang at chang@lupus.org, or visit the Lupus Foundation website.

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