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Many years ago people with disabilities only had their basic needs looked after. Today things are different. Scientists are now realising the importance of rehabilitation in stimulating the brain. The significance is made clear in the book, The Mind's Eye. Now days, people with disabilities are given every opportunity to adapt and adjust.
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Shortages in medicine can lead to withdrawal and other serious side effects.

In January a medicine I depend on became suddenly unavailable. I tried to find it at pharmacies all around my region and then online, without any luck. I even thought about buying it from an overseas supplier. After a bit of research it became clear that specific medicine shortages are not uncommon in Australia, as many of them are manufactured by only one or two overseas companies. If there is a problem in the supply chain, then unexpected shortages can follow.
2 comments - last comment on 03/04/2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed learning to ride, and had dressage lessons with the organisation, Riding Develops Abilities.

I try to keep in good shape by exercising and eating healthily. Some physical activities can be hard for me. But I try not to let this stop me. When I was a child, I learnt to ride a bike, play basketball and other sports although I was blind. My mum and family and friends helped me. Today I go for regular walks with my seeing-eye dog. I also ride my exercise bike. Exercise is an important part of my daily routine.
1 comment - on 25/03/2013
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Yoga accepts and respects the abilities we have

Exercise is important for our health. But finding the right kind of exercise can be difficult. Not everyone can run or lift weights. Yoga is one form of exercise that claims to suit everybody. The physical poses of yoga may appear difficult. But they can be adapted for most levels of ability. Physical practice is only one aspect of yoga. Breathing techniques and meditation are also important. People can learn to do yoga at whatever level works for them. The simple sequence included here shows how yoga can bring harmony to body, mind and spirit.
1 comment - on 26/03/2013
Man shooting an arrow at a target

Being totally blind, I thought that archery was a sport I could never do. It's very rewarding when you hit the target.

A six-week course teaches blind people the sport of archery. They learn to hold the bow, use special tactile devices, and rules of the sport. Those who complete the course can apply to become members of an archery club and take part in competitions. Hitting the target with an arrow is a very rewarding feeling.
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At OCD Group we are all in the same difficult-to-control boat

I am very lucky to belong to a very special Obsessive Compulsive Disorder group with very caring and sensitive members. In the group I can bare my soul and not be afraid to be laughed at or made fun of. I can tackle many of my fears head on. I also am praised when I do well in the group by the other members. In many ways I look forward to the OCD group each week. I often feel a lot better after treatment. It makes me feel stronger and tougher.
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Cars are parked on footpaths make it hard for pedestrians with disabilities

Our footpaths are becoming more crowded. Not just with people, but with tables and chairs, signs and clothes racks. Cars are parked on footpaths and gardens block them. These obstacles make it hard for pedestrians with disabilities. Councils have rules about keeping footpaths obstacle free. Gardens should not overhang footpaths. Outdoor dining areas should leave sufficient space for pedestrians. It is illegal to park a car on a footpath. In Victoria, motorcycles can be parked on footpaths if sufficient space is left for pedestrians. Please do your bit to keep our footpaths free of obstacles.
3 comments - last comment on 15/02/2013
Girl doing sit ups with a personal trainer helping

Many people who have disabilities find it difficult to maintain a regular fitness program

Keeping fit when you are a person with a disability can be tough. I spoke to Penny about her fitness program through Scope Victoria, which has support staff to help when needed. I also spoke to Ramona, who has vision impairment and does the Keiser program, which offers a trainer to monitor her workouts and to help place her hands correctly on the gym equipment. Both recommend regular fitness training with specialist instructors as it is good for both body and mind.
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The Australian summer is back, and hotter than ever

It has been very hot this summer. Having MS means I am sensitive to high temperatures. In this article, I research extreme temperatures in an effort to better understand how to deal with the heat. There are some good tips on preventing heat problems from the Better Health Channel website. They included covering up, drinking water and taking it easy. The tips I found for keeping cool were staying inside with air conditioning if possible and using special cooling vests and clothing with gel pockets that swell.
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Mindfulness meditation stills the mind, making it especially valuable for those with issues of anxiety

How can you deal with the stresses of everyday life? Recently I tried mindfulness meditation, which is the process of being mindful of your own thoughts. I learned that it's okay to let ideas come and go. It's also okay to notice whether your chair is hard or whether the light is buzzing. Mindful meditation is good for people with disabilities who find it difficult to hear, see or move.
1 comment - on 01/02/2013