Yoga for People with Disabilities

Imagine a calm room with zen music streaming from the speakers, and an instructor directs the people in the room to place their hands on the floor and their buttocks in the air.  You might recognize the pose as the downward dog, but it might take a moment to realize it’s not your typical adult yoga class.  Yoga instruction for children and adults with disabilities is increasingly in popularity.

YogAbility for People with Disabilities

Jerry is a tall, lanky 19-year-old with autism and gastro-intestinal issues. He began coming to YogAbility, a nonprofit organization, 10 years ago. He used to have frequent tantrums, screaming fits, and wore a protective helmet. Since he began yoga therapy, Jerry has grown tremendously in the way he communicates with people. He is more grounded. He even does poses on his own at home.

New Reality Show Follows Life with Disability

Push Girls, a reality show set to debut in April on the Sundance Channel, follows the lives of four women who have been paralyzed by either disease or tragic accidents. While each of these women use wheelchairs in everyday life, the title of the show refers to pushing through obstacles such as stereotypes and career challenges. 

Tebow Foundation Helps Those with Disability

Tim Tebow is the most talked about athlete in America right now. With his 80-yard OT touchdown pass in the playoffs against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week and subsequent 9,420 tweets about him on Twitter per second, Tim Tebow makes news wherever he goes. What fans may not know is that besides football, Tebow’s other passion is helping people with disabilities and those who have lost hope due to illnesses like cancer “find a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.” That is the mission of the Tim Tebow Foundation.

Artists with Disabilities Gain "Momentum"

Out of more than 120 submissions from high schools and colleges across the country, 15 emerging artists with disabilities were selected to showcase their works at the Ripley Center, part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The chosen pieces embody the theme “Momentum” and examine the force that drives their artistic interests.

Choosing Gifts for Kids with Disabilities

Shopping for the perfect gift can be a challenge, but finding a gift for a child with special needs doesn’t have to be.

According to Julie Brinkhoff, assistant director of the Great Plains ADA Center at the University of Missouri School of Health Professions, children with disabilities enjoy the same type of toys, action figures and games as other children, but it is important to match children’s interests as well as their skills and abilities. The Great Plains ADA Center is part of the University of Missouri School of Health Professions.

Special Needs at Sea

When Andrew Garnett founded Special Needs at Sea four years ago, he was making equipment deliveries in his own car. “I would get up at three in the morning and drive to Port Canaveral, make my deliveries there, and then I’d drive across the state and make deliveries in Tampa and then drive back,” Garnett recalls. Now his company is able to deliver special needs equipment in 99 cities around the world, in over 20 countries.

Support For The Journey

A woman’s daughter has just been diagnosed with autism. A couple struggles to deal with their brain injured baby, still in the NICU. These courageous parents face an unknown journey with no preparation and no road map. What do they need? They need to be able to share their remarkable stories, to allow their grieving to unfold, to let go of their dreams for their child and for their own lives. They must manage the stress of day-to-day life and learn to navigate the systems of care and funding required for their child.