From the Information Specialists' Desks
By Luke Hanson
I love May. Ever since I was old enough to enjoy a much-needed break from school, summer has been my favorite season. May has always felt like summer’s jumping off point. At NCHPAD, we hope you will take advantage of all of the resources at your disposal to stay active throughout the upcoming warm months. Don’t forget to check out our program and organization databases to see what opportunities for physical activity and recreation may be close to you. For more information on potential summertime activities, you may also want to peruse some of our other resources, specifically those on Discovering Camp and Leisure. Or, maybe this summer you’d like to take up a new, active hobby. We have recently created a new video and article on adaptive target shooting that might just spark your interest.
As always, if you need any help getting started with an exercise or recreation program, locating resources in your area, or have any general questions about health, wellness, or physical activity, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can’t wait to hear from you and make this summer your most active one yet.
For the Month of May:
It is often said that if doctors could prescribe exercise as a treatment, it would be the number one prescription drug on the planet. In this vein, since 2008, May has been deemed Exercise is Medicine Month! The overall theme of this month is to recognize all of the holistic benefits exercise provides as a source of medicine. Check out the link for more information on exercise as a panacea to better health.
Get those bikes and handcycles ready! May is also National Bike Month; you can acknowledge it by participating in Bike to School Day on May 8th and Bike to Work Day on May 17th. For more information on adaptive cycling, check out the following resources:
During National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, we celebrate the progress made towards getting America healthy and active with National initiatives such as the Let's Move! campaign. Embrace the month of May by getting active as a family and bringing exercise into your daily life. Read more about this observance in the Presidential Proclamation and on www.fitness.gov.
Finally, May serves as National Mental Health Month. It is important for us all to remember that the concept of health refers to both our physical and mental well-being, and to be healthy we must be so in both our minds and bodies. For more information on mental health, please utilize the following resources:
- Mental Health America: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/
- National Institute of Mental Health: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml
- National Alliance on Mental Illness: http://www.nami.org/
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: http://www.samhsa.gov/
- Disability Resource Network Annual Conference
- Defining Student Success: Strategies in Post-Secondary Education for Students with Disabilities
- May 27-28
- Vancouver, BC, Canada
- The conference will focus on providing educators with the latest research and developments regarding helping students with disabilities succeed in educational settings, as well as an opportunity to share ideas on this topic.
- Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference
- June 18-20
- Long Beach, CA
- The conference will focus on presenting all of the latest research, best-practices, and policy and environmental change strategies regarding the issue of childhood obesity.
- Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) Annual Conference
- Challenging and Changing Disability Perspectives
- July 8-13
- Baltimore, Maryland
- The conference will focus on the changing practices and outcomes within the higher education disability environment.
- The ADA in the Hospitality Setting
- May 8
- Time TBA
- The webinar will review litigation related to all aspects of hospitality setting and the ADA, from areas of consumer dissatisfaction to employment discrimination.
- Accessibility with WordPress
- May 23
- Time TBA
- The webinar will focus on how to ensure maximum web accessibility in the use of WordPress.
- Upcoming Changes for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors: Hiring and Employing People with Disabilities
- May 28
- Time TBA
- http://www.ada-audio.org/Schedule/ (scroll down the schedule)
- The webinar will provide an update on the current status of employment as it relates to people with disabilities and Americans with Disabilities Act amendments.