Representation matters and it is great seeing disability in film. From biopics to animation, disabilities are there on the silver screen. Here is a pick of five disability positive films you might not have considered.
Dogs can be trained to assist people with disabilities, helping their owners in their daily lives to become much more than just pets. In many cases they can help them overcome physical and psychological problems as well as providing faithful companionship.
Assistance dogs serve to help people overcome the limitations that may be imposed on them by a particular disability or by the challenges of navigating around their environment. In theory, anyone with a physical or mental condition that substantially hinders their ability to lead a fully independent life can adopt one of these assistance animals.
Leading an active lifestyle is important for everyone. Being active puts you in a good mood, positively affects your health and encourages you to lead healthy habits. Taking part in activities also enables you to be social and make new friends with similar interests. Activities for people with disabilities are particularly important on a physical and psychological level. Physical recreational activities and exercise can help to burn calories and maintain muscle tone. Even a low intensity activity will be beneficial and help to boost metabolism and circulation and improve sleep. On a psychological level activity increases the ability to concentrate and reduce stress.
With a nickname like ‘murderball’ wheelchair rugby often has a reputation of being a violent sport and it is certainly one of the adapted sports with the most contact. With this in mind there are several tactical and safety issues that players must be aware of.
One of the main advantages of wheelchair rugby is that it can involve any disabled persons, even those who suffer severe injuries that affect the upper and lower limbs (spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, amputations or deformities) making it an extremely integrative sport.
Spasticity is associated with different neurodegenerative diseases and disabilities that can be either congenital or acquired.
It is estimated at present that twelve million people in the world suffer from spasticity, with cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis being the most common causes.
Knowing the causes and effects of spasticity can help to provide a comprehensive treatment to counter its effects and improve the quality of life of those living with it.