Living and laughing with a disability - cerebral palsy; ordinary life, extraordinary circumstances.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Title IV-E is a federal funding stream that reimburses states for the costs of kids being in foster care.
Sounds simple enough, I know.
Throw in court orders without the right best interest or reasonable efforts wording, financial verification, deprivation in the home, legal removal.
Throw in SSI, Adoption Assistance, Guardianship Assistance, COBRA...
At the end of the day my brain is dead!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Astronomers take virtual plunge into black hole - CNN.com: "Anyone worried about Earth being swallowed by a black hole should also be relieved to know the closest one astronomers know about is 3,000 light years away, which McClintock called a 'super, super, super safe' distance. He added that we wouldn't be sucked in even if the sun, which is only 8 light minutes away from Earth, were suddenly replaced by a black hole of the same mass."
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Disability News | PatriciaEBauer.com » News Archive » Texas takes on ‘R-word’: "The Texas legislature is considering a bill that would ban variations of the word “retarded” in official state business. The bill, promoted by state Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) would ban terms including “mental retardation” in all state statutes and resolutions, replacing them with variations of the phrase “intellectual disabilities.”"
Monday, April 20, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Siberian husky found after crash, death of owner - OregonLive.com: "Lynn, who declined to give her full name, said in a telephone interview she's spent more than 60 hours over the last week 'networking for Neo.' She's been in daily contact with Moore, whom she never knew before the story of the lost dog touched her heart.
'It's my joy and my pleasure to do this,' she said. 'It's a very happy ending to a very rough couple of weeks for everybody.'"
Krugman: Economy Still Bad - The Daily Beast: "Krugman: Economy Still Bad
The human wet blanket, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman warns that recent optimism over the economy may be overblown in a piece today. 'The most you can say is that there are scattered signs that things are getting worse more slowly,' Krugman wrote."
Sad ending to article...should drive us to prayer folks.
Global News | World | International: "BOSTON — Ever since that crystal clear fall morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Sally Goodrich has been on a journey.
It led her to Afghanistan, where she has spent the last several years reaching out to the very country where the hijackers who took the life of her son, Peter, were trained, funded and inspired. Hers was a long journey toward healing and then hope."
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Grasse Institute of Perfumery: "“A perfume hides a story,” said Laurence Fauvel, a perfumer and one of the teachers at the school, which opened in February 2002. “To create something really new is very difficult.”
In class, the students flared their nostrils against white tester strips dipped in scented, mostly clear liquid. The exercise tested their olfactory memories as they built on the more than 300 natural and synthetic odors they had memorized since the course began in late January. The task included identifying the scents’ compounds and family."
'Self-portraits' of life with disabilities: "Those messages come through loud and clear in the photos he took as part of the art show titled 'Through Our Eyes: Life as Seen By Young People With Special Needs.'"
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I get nervous whenever I pull up behind one of these micro cars. Our Sprinter would decimate these little things if something unfortunate were to happen.
I don't buy the argument that they should be driven only in safe, low traffic areas...Where is that?
Or that we'd all be be driving 18 wheelers if safety were paramount.
Monday, April 13, 2009
A Brief History of the White House Easter Egg Roll - TIME
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Happy Easter all.
It was an emotional Easter service for Jodie. It was the first one she has attended without her mom. Ma2 is still recovering at home from her recent stroke.
Jodie's sisters, the grandkids, family friend Joyce and her boys, we all gathered with Ma2 for Easter. We feasted on Chinese food.
Before the stroke, Ma2 had been working on scrapbooks for each of the basketball players on Vance's team. Today the ladies helped her finish them. Happy comradery. A smile on her face. Great therapy I'd say.
He is risen!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
BYU NewsNet - Miss Iowa goes national about living with cerebral palsy: "Tell Abby Curran she can’t do something and her reply will be, “watch me.” This was her attitude when she wanted to run for the Miss Iowa State beauty pageant."
“When I was told I could never enter a beauty pageant because of my condition, I not only entered, but competed and placed,” she said. “I’m living proof that believing in yourself and reaching for the stars can make all the difference in the world.”
Curran, 21, became the first person with a disability to compete for the Miss Iowa State pageant.
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Club nights for disabled teens - Hemelhempstead Today
Facebook Commits To Making Social Networking More Accessible For Visually Challenged Users: "Facebook is working together with the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) to make its social networking service more accessible to users who are blind or visually impaired. In a company blog post, the non-profit organization’s President, Carl Augusto, explains which problems visually challenged users encounter when surfing the web and how they’re able to overcome these issues with the help of website publishers, developers and designers.
This makes sense from Facebook’s perspective too, of course. There are a lot of visually impaired people on the planet, and they want to connect to their friends, relatives and peers just as much as you and me."
Segway, GM "PUMA" Vehicle Unveiled: "The Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility, or PUMA, project also would involve a vast communications network that would allow vehicles to interact with each other, regulate the flow of traffic and prevent crashes from happening.
'We're excited about doing more with less,' said Jim Norrod, chief executive of Segway, the Bedford, N.H.-based maker of electric scooters. 'Less emissions, less dependability on foreign oil and less space.'"