From the Information Specialist's Desk: A Call to Action for Physical Activity for People with Disabilities
For our new school year issue, we feature a variety of helpful information, including the Surgeon General's Call to Action for People with Disabilities, new video clips on yoga for persons with cerebral palsy, and books on health promotion for people with diabetes and spinal cord injury. See our expanded Summer Camps factsheet at http://www.ncpad.org/78/597/Camp~Resources, with a handy directory of camps by state, which is a sampling from our programs database (http://www.ncpad.org/directories/15/Programs). Also, add your program to the NCHPAD online database at http://www.ncpad.org/requestForm/Programs.
-In his first-ever Surgeon General's Call to Action to Improve the Health and Wellness of Persons with Disabilities, issued on the 15th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona challenges us to increase knowledge so that people with disabilities can lead long, healthy lives. Read more about this initiative at http://www.ncpad.org/693/3207/2005-08-01#5.
-Go see Murderball! Logic would dictate that after years of awareness, disability laws, consistently seeing people with disabilities succeed in mainstream America and many positive reviews, it would be hard to find a ticket. However, the movie has multiple barriers to overcome in order to generate mass appeal. The most profound of those is attitudes about disability: attitudes with deep roots. Disability laws like the ADA have created change, but there must be an emotional change; laws alone won't work. Until people without disabilities watch movies like Murderball, read books like Too Late to Die Young: Nearly True Tales from a Life, and have relationships with disabled people, inclusion of people with disabilities will only be a dream. Read the NCHPAD review at http://www.ncpad.org/299/1868/Murderball~-~See~it~ and find showtimes and locations at http://www.ncpad.org/693/3207/2005-08-01#6.