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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many people are fascinated by sign language but don't understand much about it. Common myths and misconceptions are addressed.
What is a posterior vitreous detachment? What are floaters and flashes? This article explains what they are, how they form, and whether they are a threat to your vision.
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.
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.
Age-related macular degeneration destroys vision and quality of life. This article explains the disease, causes, and treatments.
Sensorineural hearing loss can be congenital or can come on suddenly without warning. Learn the causes, symptoms, and treatment options.
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).
Here are some of the main issues that irritate and challenge people with mobility issues who use wheelchairs.
There are many signs that your child may be autistic. I am autistic, myself, and I've done a lot of research on the topic. Learn how to identify the top five signs of this condition.
The term "color blind" is rather misleading. Those who are affected can still see color, just much differently than those with normal color vision.
My Mother has high-functioning autism. Having her as a parent brings with it a unique set of challenges.
Ears get blocked and clogged for a variety of reasons. Learning how to unblock them is easy through natural and conventional methods.
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.
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.
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.
This article provides strategies for people with disabilities to deal with shopping tasks and information about the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Here are some things to keep in mind when communicating with an person who has autism spectrum disorder.
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?
One simple test may help save your vision and prevent future problems with eyesight. Take the test now.
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.
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 things you should never say to the parent of a child with autism. Here is that list and the reasons why.
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.
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.
We have become more accepting of children with autism in our communities, but many adults on the spectrum still feel isolated and alone.
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.
This article looks at various myths around people with visual impairments and the facts that dispel these myths.
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.
Should deaf children learn sign language? An examination of conflicting opinions on this controversial subject.
This article explains what a cataract is, what the symptoms are, and a summary of my own experience with this condition.
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.
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.
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.
Some people with profound hearing loss identify themselves as a part of a deaf community with a unique language and culture.
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.
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.
Sixteen simple and effective tips to support teens and adults who are hypersensitive to what they see, hear and smell.
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.
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...
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.
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.
An overview of the best home automation systems and solutions for the disabled, as well as for the elderly.
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
Potty training any child can be quite a challenge. Potty training a child with autism may seem impossible—but it can be done.
My personal experience with Duane Syndrome, a rare eye condition that does not allow me to move my left eye to the left.
Awkward moments wheelchair users experience including strangers who stare and coworkers occupying the handicapped stall. Strategies to help mitigate and respond to the awkwardness.
Asperger’s Syndrome is a form of Autism that is defined by the person’s lack of social skills as well as communication difficulties.
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.
High functioning autism, or Asperger's, can be tricky to diagnose. This article is about my experience raising a child on the autism spectrum.
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.
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.
Gifts and toys should be unique and match a child's interests. Every child is different, but many children with autism share similar characteristics.
Being different because of a physical limitation isn't always a bad thing. Sometimes it brings out courage we didn't know was there.
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.
Women and girls have been left off the autism spectrum for years, but times are changing. Females are finally being included in a world that people once thought was just for boys.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A teacher of the visually impaired shares insights on the dumb things people sometimes do when they are around a blind person.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.