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"Attitude is what plays the biggest role in patient recovery. If a patient can maintain a positive attitude, he will go farther than those people who can’t."

— Dr. Nora Cullen of West Park Healthcare Centre in Toronto re: recovering from Brain Injury.

Source: Summer 2012 Rehab Matters publication pages 7-8. 

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Stats on Brain Injury

  • There are 27,000 children with ABI in schools
  • 20% of people in psychiatric settings appear to have a history of brain injury
  • In Ontario, 44 people sustain a brain injury daily.
  • Brain injury is the greatest cause of death and disability for people under the age of 45
  • Brain injury kills more children under 20 than all other causes combined
  • In Ontario, someone suffers a brain injury every 3 minutes.
  • 11,000 Canadians will die each year from Brain injury

Source: Summer 2012 Rehab Matters publication pages 7-8. 

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A little bit about Brain Injury

Nearly ½ million people in Ontario alone live with acquired brain injuries (ABI) and this number doesn’t even begin to describe the amount of people affected by ABI such as family, friends, employers.

There are almost 18,000 emergency room visits in Ontario as a result of traumatic brain injuries (TBI – meaning a brain injury caused by a blow to the head). The instances of TBI are greater than multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, HIV/AIDS, and breast cancer COMBINED.

Anyone can suffer a TBI, anytime, anywhere. Research shows that the use of safety equipment (WEAR YOUR HELMETS KIDS) reduces the chances of injury to the brain.

Source: Summer 2012 Rehab Matters publication pages 7-8. 

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Photographer Maija Tammi isn’t interested only in the visual interpretation of words and ideas but also the ways in which those ideas can be reinterpreted. Her series, “Removals” began as a challenge in 2011 to document a project in Finland, and ended in 2013 as an examination of the idea behind our reaction to…

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Revolutionary style - women in wheelchairs.

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theperksofbeingdisabled:

Alex Minsky’s magazine covers (he’s a veteran, model and leg amputee + hottie).

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queerability:

Disabled Women Button Set by riotcakes
My first button set for disabled women. I hope you like it!
[Pictured are four buttons (also known as pinback badges). The first button says “Fuck your tone policing” in blue, red, yellow and green. The second button says “Fragile Body Strong Will” in red and blue on a yellow background. The third button says “Superheroine” in a pink superheroine comic font on a black background. The fourth button says “Equal Access” in black letters on a pink and black striped background.]
Buy it here or browse my shop here. Follow me on tumblr (riotcakes) for more!

queerability:

Disabled Women Button Set by riotcakes

My first button set for disabled women. I hope you like it!

[Pictured are four buttons (also known as pinback badges). The first button says “Fuck your tone policing” in blue, red, yellow and green. The second button says “Fragile Body Strong Will” in red and blue on a yellow background. The third button says “Superheroine” in a pink superheroine comic font on a black background. The fourth button says “Equal Access” in black letters on a pink and black striped background.]

Buy it here or browse my shop here. Follow me on tumblr (riotcakes) for more!

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A video on the benefits of conductive education.

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"The history of the portrayal of disabled people is the history of oppressive and negative representation. This has meant that disabled people have been presented as socially flawed able bodied people, not as disabled people with their own identities."

— David Hevey, 25 March 1992 (via thisisableism)

(Source: silversarcasm, via autisticadvocacy)

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Can learning to dance help people with Parkinson’s?

Apparently, yes. I read an article in YorkU Spring 2014 about how a York Research team collaborated with a retired professional ballet dancer to see if learning to dance or learning a specific dance routine can improve motor control in people with this type of disability.

"Parkinson’s diease is a neurological disease and degenerative disorder of the central nervous system which severely inhibits movement, currently affecting more than 100,000 Canadians. The motor symptoms of Parkinson’s result from the loss of dopamine-generating cells in a region of the midbrain; the cause of the cell death is unknown. Early in the course of the disease, the most obvious symptoms are movement-related, including shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement and difficulty with walking and gait. Later, cognitive and behavioural problems may start to arise, with dementia occuring in the advanced stages of the disease. Depression is the most common psychiatric symptom." The researchers are using Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment to scan the brains of Parkinson’s patients before during, and after learning a dance routine. They’re trying to determine if the brains of Parkinson’s sufferers might navigate new paths around damaged areas.

Let’s cut to the chase: dance seems to help people with Parkinson’s just like singing helps people who stutter. Their research is ongoing but what they have come across so far in itself is incredible. YAY DANCE.

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"Even after she’d called their bluff, the college still required Chandler to resubmit her doctor’s note every semester. Meanwhile, she says, “the school buildings were an accessibility nightmare. Apparently no one looked up ADA guidelines before cramming the hallways and classrooms full of tables and desks. The classrooms in particular were stuffed with desks to the point that it was difficult for even a small, skinny, non-disabled person to get around. I emailed the disability services office about it and was roundly ignored. The hallways finally got fixed after I emailed the VP of student affairs.”"

Why Are Huge Numbers of Disabled Students Dropping Out of College? US colleges and universities need to do better at meeting the needs of disabled students.

this is very common. and as the article says, that’s not even what forced her to leave college in the end — that was the ableism of her English teacher.

(via disabilityhistory)

(via disabilityfashionproject)

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Carlos, a deaf-blind Brazil fan, got to experience the 2014 World Cup thanks to a kind act by some friends…

THEY BUILT A PITCH. This is awesome on so many levels. My favourite part is 10:00 onwards…watch the reaction to that goal. PRECIOUS.

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Disability rights.

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"Disability is a natural part of the human experience."

— The D D Act (via autisticadvocacy)

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More about fashion and disability.