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December 2015 Blog Posts (10)

Sled Hockey in the Quad Cities

Check it out.

Think about attending a game.

Maybe start a league in your town.…


Added by Jane Gay on December 30, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

Try Bellyak-ing

You heard me, but maybe not the way I meant it.

The Bellyak is a new kayak style that accommodates persons with disabilities of abilities and "thrill goals".





Added by Jane Gay on December 23, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Executive Functioning

From Understanding Executive Functioning, Part 1: "It is unknown just how many children have difficulty with executive function skills but research has shown that executive function deficits are common among children with diagnoses such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism, specific language impairments (SLI), and hearing impairments." 

ASK Resource Center has designed two newsletters for parents and…


Added by Nicole Hill on December 21, 2015 at 9:26am — No Comments

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Monthly Mental Health Support Groups in DSM Area

PLEASE PASS THE LOVE has organized three mental health support groups in the Des Moines area for young people, parents, and providers. 

Monthly meetings for young people (high school-college with pizza), parents (childcare provided), and provider meetings are to help increase networking and relationship building. 

Here are the flyers:…


Added by FIND Support on December 18, 2015 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Adaptive Kite Surfing (Spring Break??)

We can now add Adaptive Kite Surfing to the list of adaptive sports. Here is a cool article and video showing a low level para learning to kite surf. The clip includes an ingeniously simple adaptation for riding the board, a wheelchair frame, some duct tape, and a roll of foam…


Added by Jane Gay on December 16, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Meet Brian - The Teen Behind the Camera

Brian wants to go to photography camp by himself, he excitedly explains on the day of his photo shoot. This is a big deal for the teen, who has autism. With a camera hung around his neck, he takes in the sights at the Newseum in downtown Washington, D.C. A giant screen shows a looping video; a news helicopter is suspended from the ceiling. Brian lifts his…


Added by Nicole Hill on December 14, 2015 at 4:08pm — No Comments

POWER Mobility Video for Kids

Help raise the awareness of how kids can use power wheelchairs by viewing this new video on YouTube and sharing it with others.  The video and research focuses on how power wheelchairs make a difference in the lives of kids who use them:

Added by Jane Gay on December 8, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Experience What Autism & Sensory Overload Feels Like

Have you ever wondered what life is like for individuals with autism and/or those with sensory sensitivity? The National Autism Society designed this video to give you a visual of what these individuals go through every day. NOTE: This film is designed to stimulate sensory overload and features loud, repetitive noises.

Added by Nicole Hill on December 7, 2015 at 2:26pm — No Comments

ASAP kit available to purchase

When accidents happen, it’s important that first responders have the information they need to help you quickly. This can be challenging if you, your child or a loved has a serious medical condition or disability and can’t communicate. The A.S.A.P. kit can help provided the answers they need. Think about how to tell them about a child who has Autism  or parent who cannot talk due to a Stroke.

 The University of Iowa Children’s Hospital Safety Store (S421 GH) is now selling The Alert…


Added by Jane Gay on December 7, 2015 at 2:08pm — No Comments

12 Holiday Gifts For Wheelchair Users

Borrowed from the December issue of New Mobility, check out this list.

Some are simple ideas and others maybe a bit extravagant (but cool!)

Bob Vogel’s 12 Holiday Gifts for Wheelchair Users

Added by Jane Gay on December 2, 2015 at 8:31am — No Comments

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