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The Joy of Inclusive Playgrounds

September 10, 2014
Category: Birth Injury
Every child has a right to experience the simple joys of whooshing down a slide or flying high on a swing. But for children with special needs, a visit to the neighborhood playground can be filled with peril. That’s because playgrounds, as they have been traditionally designed, are often not suited for children with any type of disability. Thanks to the increased awareness and popularity of inclusive playgrounds, along with new federal regulations, that is changing in communities all across the United States. What Makes a Playground Inclusive? Inclusive playgrounds are designed in a way more...

University Seniors Develop High-Tech Therapy Aid for Cerebral Palsy Patients

September 10, 2014
Category: Birth Injury
Five seniors at Rice University in Houston, Texas have created a device that greatly improves the way occupational therapists track and measure the clinical progress of patients with cerebral palsy. The Rice engineering students developed the tool, named “DeXcellence”, as part of their senior capstone project, in collaboration with Shriners Hospital for Children—Houston. A Simple Tool Goes High Tech The Functional Dexterity Test (FDT) is the common therapy tool used to measure a patient’s finger and hand dexterity. It is a simple pegboard into which patients insert pegs. Until now, therapists have used more...

NFL Star’s Football Academy Inspires Kids and Funds Cerebral Palsy Research

August 22, 2014
Category: Cerebral Palsy
Robert Turbin, Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl champion and former star running back for Utah State University (USU), hosted the Robert Turbin Football Academy at the Stan Laub Indoor Training Center on the campus of USU earlier this summer. Turbin plans to host an additional training camp in Fremont, California, his hometown. Nearly 50 kids between the ages of 8 and 18 attended the camp to enhance their football skills. Other former USU stars joined Turbin and the kids. All funds from the Robert Turbin Football Academy will go directly to the Robert Turbin Foundation, which supports cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis research. A Personal more...

Adaptive Programs Make Museums Accessible for All

August 15, 2014
Category: Birth Injury
Regular exposure to the arts can play an important role in a child’s creative, intellectual and social development. Just because a person may have a physical, social, or other disability should not prevent him or her from benefitting from all that museums have to offer. Fortunately, the Americans with Disabilities Act, passed in 1990, requires cultural institutions to be, at a minimum, wheelchair accessible. But many have gone above and beyond the basic requirements set forth in that law and developed programming specifically to appeal to children and adults with special needs. This is true for all types of museums more...

Spinal Surgery Helps Boy with Cerebral Palsy Take First Steps

August 05, 2014
At a time when most children are focused on learning their numbers, letters, and colors, 5-year-old Alejandro Lucero has an additional assignment: learn to walk. Alejandro Starts to Walk after Cerebral Palsy Surgery Alejandro was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 2. One year later, he underwent spinal surgery to loosen his tight muscles and reduce his spastic, or jerky, movements. The surgery reduced the muscle tightness, but left Alejandro weak. He has been working hard for the past 2 years to build muscle and strength. According to his mother, Bernadette, interviewed for New Mexico’s KOB Eyewitness News 4, he more...