A weighted lap pad may have a calming effect on those who are high energy, sensory-seeking individuals. It may also help improve attention and potentially decrease less desirable behaviors.
Not sure how to handle jury duty with your hearing loss? You should know that the law protects your equal rights to serve on a jury.
A helpful guide with illustrations to assist parents and caregivers in determining if a child may be autistic. Here are ten early detection signs of autism to look for.
Do you have difficulty recognizing faces? These tips and techniques may help you learn to correctly identify people when you meet them again by using a variety of cues and memory-reinforcing methods.
Are you unsure about how to interact politely and respectfully with people who have vision loss? Don't be nervous about getting something wrong; read these guidelines, below.
You finally found the perfect teacher—and then it's time for a new one! You may worry about re-explaining things, how your child will get along with the new teacher, and most of all, rebuilding trust.
The term "color blind" is rather misleading. Those who are affected can still see color, just much differently than those with normal color vision.
Should deaf children learn sign language? An examination of conflicting opinions on this controversial subject.
If your friend or family member with high-functioning autism seldom calls you on the phone, it might leave you wondering why. Find out what one autistic woman has to say about why phone use isn't fun.
Here are some things to keep in mind when communicating with an person who has autism spectrum disorder.
Children with cerebral palsy may need adaptive equipment to get through their day-to-day activities, both at school and at home. Written by a mom of a child with cerebral palsy.
My wheelchair has taught me how to meet new people, ask for help, be creative, enjoy my independence, and more! It gives me opportunities for new experiences every day.
Eye floaters are those annoying dots, dashes, and specks in the eye that only the affected person can see. This article explores what causes them.
This article discusses Virginia’s sponsored residential program for people with intellectual disabilities, and why it may be the best alternative to a group home placement.
This article looks at various myths around people with visual impairments and the facts that dispel these myths.
Anosmia is a lack or loss of the sense of smell. To learn more about this smell disorder, from causes and treatments to my personal experience, read on.
Various assistive technology and devices are available to the deaf and hearing impaired. This article lists a few of the auditory and non-auditory devices available to improve communication in the lives of the deaf and the hard of hearing.
Single-sided deafness, also known as unilateral hearing loss or being deaf in one ear, is often misunderstood or overlooked. Read more for advice and tips based on my experiences with this condition.
Shopping in a supermarket with a mobility cart can be stressful. Are shoppers with disabilities being short-changed by Tesco's Supermarket because they don't provide enough wheelchairs for customers?
This article provides strategies for people with disabilities to deal with shopping tasks and information about the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A closer look at whether disability simulations really help non-disabled people by increasing understanding and empathy. Do these simulations decrease the stigma and myth surrounding disability?
We have become more accepting of children with autism in our communities, but many adults on the spectrum still feel isolated and alone.
My Mother has high-functioning autism. Having her as a parent brings with it a unique set of challenges.
Gifts and toys should be unique and match a child's interests. Every child is different, but many children with autism share similar characteristics.
AMD or age-related macular degeneration is one of the major eye problems associated with aging. This article discusses AMD including definition, causes, risk factors, symptoms, and treatments.
A list of the best picture books and chapter books for children with hearing loss. These books are about children with hearing aids, cochlear implants, and deafness in today's society.
Being different because of a physical limitation isn't always a bad thing. Sometimes it brings out courage we didn't know was there.
Many doctors claim to understand tinnitus, but end up wasting our time. This article is an essay of my experience with doctors, information I learned from research, and a review of how I'm dealing with my tinnitus.
Your child wears hearing aids, or is going to get hearing aids soon. Which accessories will help keep those precious listening devices safe and comfortable for little ones?
Some people with profound hearing loss identify themselves as a part of a deaf community with a unique language and culture.
Sensorineural hearing loss can be congenital or can come on suddenly without warning. Learn the causes, symptoms, and treatment options.
In this article, I show you information about the current Autism rate, as well as identifying the top five autism signs in your child.
This article provides steps and considerations for helping people with vision loss perform laundry duties.
An explanation of what disability pride is and how people with disabilities can be proud of their disability, use it to their advantage, and help others through their difference.
Many people are fascinated by sign language but don't understand much about it. Common myths and misconceptions are addressed.
Hearing loss simulations are very useful for educating parents, teachers, and friends about what a hearing loss "sounds" like. This article also explains the different levels of hearing loss.
Sixteen simple and effective tips to support teens and adults who are hypersensitive to what they see, hear and smell.
Asperger’s Syndrome is a form of Autism that is defined by the person’s lack of social skills as well as communication difficulties.
The incidence of persistent toe walking and tight heel cords were found to be higher in children with an autistic spectrum disorder but lower in children with Asperger syndrome.
One simple test may help save your vision and prevent future problems with eyesight. Take the test now.
Activities that wheelchair users and people with disabilities can participate in to enjoy the outdoors including wheelchair hiking, hand cycling, accessible surfing, sled hockey, adaptive skiing.
There are many things you should never say to the parent of a child with autism. Here is that list and the reasons why.
When a person hears the word "cataract," one usually thinks of a condition that plagues aging adults—and by aging I mean folks who are in their 70's and beyond. That's what I thought, too...
Drama therapy has a uniquely human approach to autism. It embraces the condition and helps open up the autistic young person to the world of social play, interaction and the imagination.
An overview of the best home automation systems and solutions for the disabled, as well as for the elderly.
The BAHA (bone-anchored hearing aid) is a type of CROS hearing aid. It essentially picks up sound from the deaf side and transfers it to the hearing side through bone conduction.
Potty training any child can be quite a challenge. Potty training a child with autism may seem impossible—but it can be done.
Age-related macular degeneration destroys vision and quality of life. This article explains the disease, causes, and treatments.
The journey to identifying the characteristics of a child with autism is no longer mystical. Advancements in medicine have redefined and renamed Asperger's syndrome to autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Awkward moments wheelchair users experience including strangers who stare and coworkers occupying the handicapped stall. Strategies to help mitigate and respond to the awkwardness.
Here are some of the main issues that irritate and challenge people with mobility issues who use wheelchairs.
What it's like to have an eye lift. Can you get it done on the NHS? This is my personal experience, and I have included before-and-after pictures.
What's it like to have a relationship with someone who has Asperger's Syndrome? I have this condition, and here I share my story of some of the challenges (and joys) my husband and I face together.
My personal experience with Duane Syndrome, a rare eye condition that does not allow me to move my left eye to the left.
Even though you may have never seen sign language, you may actually know some. Here are 21 basic signs you'll probably recognize right away.
Does your child with autism cry inconsolably and you don't know how to help them? This article reviews commonly overlooked reasons for constant crying and offers suggestions to solve the problem.
There are many ototoxic drugs that can cause tinnitus and hearing loss. Is propranolol one of them? Here is my personal story, as well as some findings.
Free autism apps for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod can help you and your child gain the focus and communication that will enhance their growth in a variety of social and academic areas.
Cataracts will affect all of us at some point in our lives. This article discusses the symptoms and treatments for different types of senile cataracts that are the result of the aging process.
Here we explore the relationship between staff, consumers and management of day programs for people with developmental disabilities and how the programs can run more efficiently and smoothly.
High functioning autism, or Asperger's, can be tricky to diagnose. This article is about my experience raising a child on the autism spectrum.
Parenthood is a beautiful yet bumpy journey. It is filled with both dismay and reward. Some of us have bumpier rides that require alternate routes. This is the story of my journey with my son.
It's hard to make the choice to put your child on daily medicines. In this article, I discuss the medications my autistic child has been prescribed.
A common cause of hearing loss is damage to the hair cells in the cochlea of the inner ear. Researchers hope to use stem cell therapy to produce new hair cells.
In my time on Earth, I have learned a thing or two about coping with autism. Join me on a journey of discovery as I show you how I coped with this disorder.
The number of disabled Americans may surprise you! Read more about how many people are disabled and the challenges facing them.
A teacher of the visually impaired shares insights on the dumb things people sometimes do when they are around a blind person.
Sensory integration disorder (SID) is common but often misunderstood and unrecognized in autism, Asperger's, and PDD-NOS. Learn the facts about SID and autism.
In spite of more exposure to deaf people in the media, certain myths prevail about this unique and diverse community.
Basic facts about deaf-blindness, ways people who are deaf-blind communicate, and famous people with deaf-blindness
Autism is a complicated medical condition that requires specially trained professionals for an accurate diagnosis. Untrained individuals cannot and should not label a child as autistic.
Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing impairment. It can cause problems in life, but it's possible to deal with at least some of these problems. Experimental evidence suggests that one type of brain-training game may be helpful for improving certain cases of hearing loss.
Diabetes can cause a myriad of problems not only in the body, but in the eye as well. It can even lead to blindness. This article discusses the different ways diabetic disease can cause vision loss.
How to arrange an autistic child's room for playtime. Find a creative outlet to stimulate your child's interests and focus. Help your child process their talents in visual forms through art.
We hear your whispers, we see you stare and roll your eyes. We get it, no one could ever be as perfect as you. You have never dealt with a meltdown, but we have. Sometimes we are just helpless.
Learn how to offer help to someone with a disability without feeling uncomfortable. How to politely approach someone with a disability in public and offer your assistance.