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Why Are a Father and Son Trekking the Mississippi River?

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be an endurance athlete? Well, for many people with a disability, they do not have the ability to find out. Many cannot simply go and enter a marathon, but there is an organization trying to change that. Ainsley’s Angels of America seeks to help people with disabilities experience the thrill of running a marathon, and it’s that inspiration that has lead a father son duo to an incredible adventure along the Mississippi River. Son with a Disability is Trekking the Mississippi River with His Dad As a way to cope with the progressive terminal illness of their daughter Ainsley, the Rossiter family started jogging together in local races in 2008. The activity was so therapeutic that the family kept going and by the time Ainsley passed in 2016, she had completed 100 road races. However, her family didn’t stop going after…
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Do Disability Simulations Give People an Improper Understanding of Persons with Disabilities?

Recently, ScienceDaily, a website that covers news regarding scientific research studies, reported on new research on the impact disability simulations have on how people relate to persons with disabilities. Disability simulations are role-playing exercises where people without disabilities experience what it is like to live with a disability. An example would be a person with sight wearing a blindfold to simulate blindness while completing a set of tasks. How Are Disability Simulations Impacting the Way People Relate to Persons with Disabilities? Unfortunately, per the results of the research, disability simulations may be doing more harm than good. According to the ScienceDaily article, following disability simulations people are often left with negative feelings regarding persons with disabilities, including: Fear Pity Apprehension Reportedly, the researchers behind the study believe that the reason for the negative feelings could be a simple one. They think that since the study participants only step into the…
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Could ABLE Act Savings Accounts Soon Be Available to Oklahomans?

Two-thousand dollars, that’s the limit of savings a person on Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) can have. If you put away more than that, or have assets over that amount that aren’t considered exempt, then you could lose your Social Security benefits. That’s a problem that many Oklahomans with disabilities have run into, but there might be a solution on the horizon. Are ABLE Act Savings Accounts Finally Coming to Oklahoma? Do you remember the story of the former student athlete who needed a van to get back and forth to school on time due to his disability? He couldn’t directly save for the van because of federals laws that prevent SSDI beneficiaries from saving over $2,000. He was able to circumvent this by clever thinking but if he had an ABLE savings account, he wouldn’t have needed to jump through so many logistical loops. An ABLE account works similarly…
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