In the News ....
Hot yoga adapted for those with disabilities, February 05, 2009, SCHAUMBURG, Illinois
By Karen Meyer
Hot yoga is a fun, dynamic and challenging form of yoga that can be adapted for everyone, including those with physical disabilities. In a 95-degree room, 27-year-old Reveca Torres says she has never felt better. She is able to feel heat. She hasn't been able to for 14 years due to her spinal cord injuries.
To read this story, and watch the video feature that appeared on ABC7 (WLS) news in Chicago on February 5, 2009, go to http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=6642896
Introducing the Mount Sinai SCI Health and Wellness Series
These web casts shed new perspectives on SCI-related issues including healthy eating and weight management, exercise and sports & recreation, perspectives on intimacy and sexuality after SCI, reinventing yourself after SCI, and more. You are invited to watch as many of the free videos as you want and to share the link with your friends to spread the word on this exciting new web cast series.
Take a brief online survey before viewing at http://event.netbriefings.com/event/mssci/Archives/Reg/ and enjoy!
New Publication of Standards for Medical Fitness Facilities Released, Medical Fitness Association (MFA), Richmond, VA, February 1, 2009 MFA has published the new 2009 edition of Standards and Guidelines for Medical Fitness Center Facilities in conjunction with Healthy Learning. This publication is a significant step forward for the entire medical fitness industry. The expanded edition features a set of nationally derived parameters that are applicable to the design and operation of a medical fitness center as well as sample job descriptions; a facility certification checklist; policies and procedures; and industry resources.
For more information, go to http://www.medicalfitness.org or contact Cecily Manejwala at (804) 897-5701 or email@example.com.
ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer (CET) Specialty Certification Now Available The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certification is leading the way with the American Cancer Society (ACS) to offer a specialty certification for professionals working in the area of health and fitness, specifically to work safely and effectively with individuals who have been affected by cancer.
To register for the test, go to http://www.pearsonvue.com/programs/ or for more information, including minimum requirements and pricing, go to http://www.acsm.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Certification/GetCertified/ACSMACSCertifiedCancerExerciseTrainer/ACSM_ACS_Certified_C.htm or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chronically Ill Or Disabled Kids Need Exercise, Too, January 19, 2009 NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children with chronic illnesses or disability can often benefit from the right exercise program, showing improved quality of life, greater aerobic capacity, and better function, according to a report published this month.
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Now The Games Are For All Of Us, Parade Magazine, January 25, 2009 Written by: Swift, E.M.
Starting February 7, Boise, Idaho, will host one of the largest winter sporting events ever - the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games. The fast-growing sport of floor-hockey event will have a number of "unified teams," whose rosters have athletes both with intellectual disabilities and without, called "partners." The idea is that an equal number of "partners" and "athletes" are on the court at any given time and that no one player is allowed to dominate.
To read more about the Games and the future of inclusion in the Special Olympics, go to http://www.parade.com/news/2009/01/special-olympics-now-the-games-are-for-all-of-us.html.
New Census Disability Statistics Released: One in Five Americans Have a Disability, U.S. Census Bureau, December 2008
About 1 in 5 U.S. residents - 19 percent - reported some level of disability in 2005, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released in December. Both the number and percentage of people with disabilities were higher than in 2002. At that time, 51.2 million, or 18 percent, reported a disability.
For additional statistical information including types of disabilities, required supports, and more read the full report at http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/income_wealth.
NIDRR Seeks Comments on its Draft Long-Range Plan Deadline to Comment: March 16, 2009
The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) is seeking comments from the public on its draft Long-Range Plan 2010-2014 (Plan). NIDRR encourages individuals with disabilities, persons who represent service providers, service provider organizations, disability and rehabilitation research and policy groups, and representatives of advocacy organizations with specialized knowledge and experience to comment.
You can review this plan at http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/nidrr/policy.html and address all comments to Donna Nangle, USDE, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Room 6029, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-2700 or to NIDRR-Mailbox@ed.gov with the term "Long-Range Plan" in the subject line of your message.
Health Care Reports Available on Mental Illness and Developmental Disabilities
The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors has released a report entitled, "Measurement of Health Status for People with Serious Mental Illnesses" available at http://www.nasmhpd.org/general_files/publications/med_directors_pubs/NASMHPD%20Medical%20Directors%20Health%20Indicators%20
The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services has released a report entitled, "Health Care Reform: Long-Term Services and Supports for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities," available at http://www.nasddds.org/pdf/HealthCareReform.pdf.