Wednesday, January 25, 2012

East End Special Needs Dance Studio Expanding

East End Special Needs Dance Studio Expanding
By: KARK 4 Today
Updated: January 25, 2012

Excerpt: "A local program is bringing the chance to dance in a comfortable environment to kids who may otherwise not get it.

The "I Can! Dance" program is geared toward children with spina bifida, down's syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism among other conditions. They have been using a local school's facilities, but are now working to build their own studios specifically designed to cater to their students' needs." Read the entire story >>

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Call to Support Graphic Novel by Paralyzed Doctor Who, Hellblazer Artist

Call to Support Graphic Novel by Paralyzed Doctor Who, Hellblazer Artist
By Corrina Lawson
Wired Magazin
January 25, 2012

Excerpt" "GeekDad has supported a number of worthwhile Kickstarter projects that benefit artists but the information on this particular creator and his project one comes directly from DC Comics creator Gail Simone." More >>

A Recumbent Tricycle Allows Those Who Have Trouble Balancing to Cycle

A Recumbent Tricycle Allows Those Who Have Trouble Balancing to Cycle
By Jordan Kooi of Lynden High School, Lynden, Washington,
as told to Flora Lichtman
Popular Science Magazine
Posted 01.24.2012

Excerpt: "Our inspiration came from a classmate who has spina bifida—a split spine—and can’t ride a regular bike. Our trike has extra back support and a steering system to make turning easier. On a normal bike, leaning in the direction you want to go helps you turn. It’s hard to do that on a trike because it’s rigid, but ours has hydraulic pistons that tilt the tires when you lean, allowing you to make tighter corners. You can go just as fast as you could on a regular bike, and we’re going to add an electric motor, so it is going to be really fun to ride. We’re building a prototype in our shop at school." More >>

Monday, January 9, 2012

College Scholarship Program

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (PRWEB) January 06, 2012

The catheter and urological supply company 180 Medical Inc. is thrilled to announce a scholarship for college students with spinal cord injury, spina bifida, and transverse myelitis. This scholarship will give $1,000 each to three students that demonstrate triumph over their circumstances.

Starting January 1, 2012, students planning to attend a two- to four-year college in the coming fall for at least 12 credit hours may apply for 180 Medical's one-time scholarship. Realizing the financial hardship that many people with spinal conditions face, 180 Medical hopes that their scholarship will be helpful to those truly dedicated to furthering their educations.

The founder of 180 Medical, Todd Brown, has had his share of the difficulties that disabilities present. When he was paralyzed from the chest down, one of Brown's biggest challenges was the near-constant UTIs. His victory resides in not only being able to eliminate most infections and live a healthier life, but in creating a company that provides people like him with the same options. This scholarship takes that goal even further.

With this scholarship, those optimistic students that prove they are dedicated to furthering their education and enthusiastic about making a positive impact on the world can be given a reward that will help them to achieve their dreams.

To qualify, students must be high school seniors or graduates that have been accepted into college or returning college freshmen, sophomores, or juniors. Applicants must also be diagnosed with transverse myelitis, spina bifida, or a spinal cord injury by a doctor in writing. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2012.

Please visit the 180 Medical Scholarship Program for more information.

About 180 Medical:
180 Medical is one of America's fastest growing Nationally Accredited providers of sterile-use catheters, urologic, and disposable medical supplies. Based out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 180 Medical is used as a referral source for some of the top rehabilitation facilities, pediatric hospitals and urologists in the world because of their extensive knowledge and customer care. The company has offices across the country and their products are covered by thousands of Health Plans, Insurance Networks, and State Medicaids. 180 Medical is also a supporter of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation as well as the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

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