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Afraid of People: Social Anxiety Disorder

This is the best video I have ever seen on Social Anxiety Disorder. If you have friends or family members who have trouble understanding what is feels like to be under the spotlight, and unable to be around people, ask … Continue reading

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Overcoming a spinal injury

Watch this inspiring TED talk by Janine Shepherd. While training for the Olympics, Janine suffered a spinal injury after being hit by a truck. With a crushed L1 vertebrate, Janine underwent bilevel fusion. Listen to her inspiring presentation on her … Continue reading

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When to help a blind person?

Here’s a great video from Blind Film Critic Tommy Edison answering the question, when do you help a blind person in public? It all comes down to: Take a moment to observe the situation. Does the blind person need help? Offer … Continue reading

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Documenting Social Anxiety for Social Security

Preface: It should be noted that medical evidence (such as treatment records and opinions) are often the best evidence of how social anxiety disorder is disabling. However, by its very nature, social anxiety disorder can make treatment difficult if not … Continue reading

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Deaf, Hard of Hearing, & Blind Resource Expo

This Friday, June 3, 2011, the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and Independence Center, in partnership with the Access 2 Sign Language and Sign Language Network present the Deaf / Hard of Hearing / Deaf Blind Resource Expo. The expo will … Continue reading

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Milo, Kinnect and the future of therapy

I previously wrote about the “Milo & Kate” demo for Kinect (at that time “Project Natal”) for the XBOX 360. The possibility of using a program like this for therapy seems obvious for teaching empathy or helping autistic individuals practice … Continue reading

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Can Social Security immediately pay disability benefits to children?

Yes. Under some circumstances, Social Security can immediately start Social Security disability benefits, and continue to pay benefits for up to six months, while the state agency component of Social Security makes a formal decision of whether the child is … Continue reading

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Do powerchairs cost as much as cars?

Mark E. Smith’s great blog Wheelchairjunkie.com, has a great article about powerchairs — a topic which combines two issues I am passionate about: disabilities and technology. I have seen some amazing powerchairs, from a super speedy model with an Herman … Continue reading

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Bionic hand commercially available

While it does not seem as useful as Dean Kamen’s Luke arm, this prosthetic arm is commercially available today.

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Soldiers Get Virtual Reality Therapy for Burn Pain

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Seven facts about complex partial seizures

Today’s guest article is contributed by Meredith Walker, who writes about the masters in public health. She welcomes your feedback at “MeredithWalker1983 at gmail.com” Enjoy the article and please make her feel welcome! Complex partial seizures are epileptic seizures that affect … Continue reading

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Video: Stroke Basics

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Childhood epilepsy and Social Security disability benefits

How does Social Security look at children’s disability cases based on epilepsy or other seizure disorders? Social Security first considers the Listing of Impairments. The Listings are a set of descriptions of medical conditions which can be disabling. The Listings … Continue reading

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“All About Hepatitis” video

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iBot discontinued but motorized wheelchair technology marches on

I was surprised to read in Popular Science that Dean Kamen’s iBot (an electric, motorized wheelchair which goes from four wheels to two wheels lifting the rider in the process, and can climb stairs,) has been discontinued due to costs. … Continue reading

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