Media Partner #65: Jason’s Connection

Originally posted on Disability Visibility Project:

Jason’s Connection is a free website connecting people with various needs to services, resources, and referrals including those for disabilities and mental health.

From their website:

We all have special needs. But for those of us with disabilities, finding the right resources to meet those needs – be it the right medical care, access to transportation, legal services or social support networks – can be a challenging and even isolating experience. Jason’s Connection is an online community that seeks to connect people to resources, and to each other, with listings, referrals and recommendations from peers who have found quality caregivers, services and experiences that meet the needs of people with disabilities, their families, and caregivers.

Website: http://www.jasonsconnection.org

Blog: http://www.jasonsconnection.org/blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JasonsConnection

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Think ahead, think Streets Ahead – Campaign video from Guide Dogs

Originally posted on Pedestrian Liberation:

Check out ‘Think ahead, think Streets Ahead‘, an awareness raising video from Guide Dogs made by young NCS graduates in King’s Lynn. NCS describes itself as  ‘a way for 15 to 17 year olds living in England and Northern Ireland to make extraordinary friendships, learn the skills they don’t teach you in class and create unforgettable memories.’ Well done and thank you, a great job. Do please keep at it!

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Active Citizenship = Healthy Nation

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If we look at these two definitions of what it means to be an active citizen, we can see a powerful emphasis on the fact that even just one single person makes a difference for the better of the whole.

“Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and [the governing powers], shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature.” ~ Thomas Jefferson {3rd President of the United States}

Secondly, note the emphasis on both the duties and rights of a citizen i.e. it takes two to tango: if we are active citizens who take responsibility for ourselves and where we can for those around us by insisting on service etc. then government will know and understand its people and tailor its leadership to be effective and equitably just.

“… it is the duty of every citizen to use his best and most unremitting endeavours for preserving…

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Sharing the Road Part 2: Adults Who Cannot See the Forest for the Trees: Policy Change is Needed

Originally posted on YWeAct:

It’s been said that we are losing a generation of young people to poverty.

The social phenomenon of “lost children” is overwhelmingly sad; in fact, while it has been driving the call for change to the child welfare system for years, rampant issues still exist. However, a group of child welfare experts in Ohio are constantly working for positive changes in the dire situation of Ohio’s foster youth care. The Ohio Fostering Connections (which supports Ohio foster youth through age 21), along with other coalitions, started their efforts by reconsidering the most effective way to meet the best interests of foster care system youth.

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IBD Tweet Chat Today!

Originally posted on Keeping Things Inside is Bad for My Health:

Sorry for the late notice (and the lack of posts:( ) but I wanted to let you guys know that I will be hosting a tweet chat with a company called SprayQuick at 12pm EST /9am PST.

The topic will be Understanding Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis and we will be using the hashtag #SQChat.

Hope at least some of you can make it. We will be tweeting the questions from both Twitter handles- @JournalingIBD and @Sprayquick and of course, you can follow the conversation by just clicking on the hashtag #SQChat.

Will catch up with you all soon. Promise!:) Miss you guys.

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People We Love: Emily Ladau

Originally posted on Disability Visibility Project:

We love bloggers here at the Disability Visibility Project. We’re big fans of blogger/writer/advocate Emily Ladau!

Check out a few excerpts of an article originally published in the New York Times on May 16, 2014.

One Daughter, One Mother, Two Wheelchairs and Nothing Remarkable

Emily Ladau

While exchanging pleasantries with a woman selling peanut brittle at an open-air market on Mother’s Day, my mom and I were told that we’re really adorable.

We were contemplating the samples we had just tasted and deciding which one of us would pay for a bag of the brittle to take home. Nothing about that scenario sounds particularly adorable, right? Apparently, though, it’s quite charming to watch a mother and daughter engage in mundane discussion about sugary treats when they happen to be sitting side by side in power wheelchairs.

The simple act of going out in public with my mom ensures that…

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I have to make a teal pumpkin

Originally posted on Herding Cats:

A couple weeks ago, a friend of mine posted about how she cried when kid-safe candy was found for her kids.  Another day on Facebook, a friend dealing with a very rare disorder shared the fears and frustrations of raising kids on a limited diet.  I remember when another friend’s son had his first anaphylactic reaction to peanut butter (the first time he tried it).

Needless to say, Halloween is a holiday that causes a bit of a panic attack to moms like them.  Moms who have to spend hours researching foods online, reading labels in stores, food prepping in the kitchen.

We’ve always been lucky in the food department.  Maura has no allergies, no food limitations, no food aversions.  She can eat whatever she want…well…that’s edible.  She enjoys a wide variety of foods, loves fresh fruit and eats her veggies happily.  I can place a full bag of candy in…

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