An article from The Baltimore Sun says The Kennedy Krieger Institute, a research facility focusing on pediatric developmental disabilities, has a therapeutic program that teaches patients with paralysis how to scuba dive. One therapist even theorizes that the pressure of deep water affects how nitrogen is circulated through patients’ tissues and improves their sensitivity.
A partnership between crowdfunding site GoFundMe and the Special Olympics has launched nearly 500 campaigns from athletes, teams and delegations hoping to compete in the 2017 winter games. Read more
Disabled thrill-seekers are finding “liberation through technology,” according to NPR. Eric Whitney with “All Things Considered” profiled companies producing innovative prosthetics that allow amputees and those with other disabilities to rock climb, kayak, mountain bike and more.
Tremendous advances have been made in the medical field within the past decade, thus making it easier for those who lose limbs either in war or for another reason to regain their physical abilities. James Dao talks with veterans who have lost limbs in various wars, as well as experts and others who emphasized the importance of adaptive sports and other support systems to help those with injuries.
All of his life, Tony Jackson loved sports. He liked the idea that two people, or two teams, would face each other and do their best. One would win, and one would lose. The drama appealed to him.
A marathon canoe racer since 1971, Jan Whitaker, of Henrietta, was teaching outrigger canoe lessons at the Genesee Waterways Center in Rochester in 1997 when she met a 9-year-old girl who had mobility impairment in her legs, requiring her to use leg braces. Whitaker, who had never before taught the sport to a person with disabilities, began showing her the ropes of outrigger canoeing, a type of canoeing that uses a canoe with a stabilizing pontoon, usually affixed to the left side of the canoe, to provide additional stability.
The stable doors opened for the first time Tuesday evening at the Renew Therapeutic Riding Center in Holland.
An organization that custom builds bikes and trikes for kids with disabilities gather at Sedgwick County Park Saturday for a celebration.
Louis Riccardi of Nutley does not view his wheelchair as a disability.
Supported by a four-wheeled walker, Cynthia Oyler extends her leg to send an oversize soccer ball flying between two orange cones.