Posted on January 28, 2013 by bethesdablog
By Steve Spohn
Editor-In-Chief, The AbleGamers Foundation
Accessibility is an elusive subject when it comes to universal design. When I talk about accessibility am I talking about how easy it is for an audience to access the content on different devices, how wide of a market the content can reach or literally how accessible it is?
The word gets thrown around a lot in the design industries, but when AbleGamers—a non-profit dedicated to getting people with disabilities access to video games—talks about accessibility we mean, “How much of the disability community can access your game?” Continue reading
Filed under: Innovation | Tagged: 508 compliance, AbleGamers, accessible, Angry Birds, disabilities, Disability, gamers, gaming, includification, Steve Spohn, Universal design, Words with Friends | 1 Comment »
Posted on January 22, 2013 by bethesdablog
By Connie Horn
Recently I received a “Disability and Me” article from Zacharay Lassiter, a young man diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. His recent article A Struggle to be Normal really had me thinking about what normal is.
According to Dictionary.com, normal means: conforming to the standard or common type; usual; not abnormal; regular; natural. Continue reading
Filed under: Innovation | Tagged: Asperger's syndrome, Awareness, Behavior, disabilities, myths, normal, siblings, Zacharay Lassiter | 7 Comments »
Posted on December 12, 2012 by bethesdablog
By Ellen Hierl
You’re making a list, checking it twice and trying desperately to figure out what to give everyone on that list.
Not an easy task for sure. But then as you go down the list you see the name of a child who has a disability, and the task of buying a gift seems even more challenging. You question whether the age guidelines on the box will apply to this child? Will the child know how to use it? Will it be safe? Basically, you just aren’t sure how to approach this.
Maybe you will just get a new sweatshirt instead. Continue reading
Filed under: Innovation | Tagged: catalog, child, differently-abled, disabilities, Disability, gift, guide, integrated, kids, segregated, toy, Toys-R-Us | 3 Comments »
Posted on December 5, 2012 by bethesdablog
By David Morstad
So Many Answers Left Unquestioned was the theme of the most recent TASH conference in Long Beach, California. As themes go, I like it. It’s clever, insightful and actually very appropriate to this field. We have a certain legacy of leaving important issues, trends and accepted truths go unquestioned. Continue reading
Filed under: Innovation | Tagged: Advocacy, autism, disabilities, eugenics, institutionalization, Medicaid, Rep. Dan Burton, research, TASH, vaccines | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 27, 2012 by bethesdablog
By Connie Horn
It has been 24 hours since the phone call.
My grandson was having tests done. I was patiently waiting for the phone call to hear the results. I was also thinking about some of the behavior changes I’ve seen in him over the past few months. He used to respond when you called his name, now I can say his name over and over, with no response. Not even a glance my way. He used to let me hold and snuggle with him, now it is a struggle to get him to hug me or to sit on my lap.
Then the call came.
It is not easy to hear your grandson has autism. Continue reading
Filed under: Innovation, Professional Development | Tagged: autism, Behavior, beliefs, child, choices, developmental disabilities, direct support staff, Disability, emotion, guardians, parents, protection, restrictions | 2 Comments »
Posted on November 20, 2012 by bethesdablog
By Matthew Hobson
Trust in God is a common theme heard in church. Trust is the assured reliance on someone or something.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”
(Proverbs 3:5 NIV)
This has been the verse I live by. I do not understand why I was born nonverbal with autism. The odds were so against this happening to me. I often ask myself “Why me?” Why did this happen the way it did? The thing is, I know God has a reason. Continue reading
Filed under: BethesdaBlog 2012, Spiritual Life | Tagged: autism, church, dependence, Disability, disabled, God, honesty, independent, nonverbal, seizures, trust | 1 Comment »
Posted on November 13, 2012 by bethesdablog
By Mark Hagen
“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
I’ve been thinking of this quote by President Abraham Lincoln often this past year. We are one week removed from one of our nation’s most acrimonious and divisive elections. Pundits and “experts” are taking credit, assigning blame, and assessing what went wrong or what went right – dependent, of course, on one’s political leanings.
I happened to be in Washington, D.C. on Election Day.
Filed under: BethesdaBlog 2012, Public Policy, Spiritual Life | Tagged: Achieving Better Life Experiences Act, Bethesda, campaigning, deficit, developmental disabilities, election day, elections, employment, Medicaid, national healing, political, prayer, spending, United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | 2 Comments »