Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
There are all sorts of online dating sites, for all types of people, religions and even kinky ones, so of course there are online dating sites for disabled people. These places are ideal to go to find friendship, then maybe as you chat online, it might develop into something more. Disabled people deserve love and friendship, just as much as much as anyone else, so here is a selection of the better sites to visit.
Whispers4U is a great place to start, as it is more than just a dating site but a social networking community site, which encourages friendship, just as much as dating. It has over 30,000 members, groups you can join and create to find whole communities of like minded people.
Lovebyrd is another social community site with an emphasis on building friendships as well as dating. It aims to help people that have a condition that might make it difficult for them to meet and make friends and provides a safe platform for friendship, dating and online chat.
Disabledpassions is a completely free dating and social networking community for single people with a disability. It recognizes that fact that meeting people can be hard, even more so developing friendships and love. It has many groups and forums to explore and find people you’d like to get to know more.
Disabled World’s Disabled Dating Community is another 100% free site, which helps find friendship and love connections worldwide. It has chat rooms, your own mailbox, a compatibility match making services and lots more besides. Once more this site is more of a disability social networking site with articles and community links.
D.A.W.N (Differently Abled Winner’s Network) is a match making service that uses an extensive questionnaire and a telephone or personal interview to help find that perfect match. This site was created in 1993 by woman who has polio at 4 and knows the romantic and social challenges that are faced by disabled people. This is a paid match making service.
The Disabled Dating Club has a huge database of friendly people who want to meet new people for friendship and maybe more! It is another site that has many ways to connect with people like chatrooms, instant messaging and email. Membership is free.
If you sign up to all these sites, you should be making new friends in no time and perhaps you will find a special someone too. The social networking aspect of many of the above sites really does put you at ease, as you can email/IM or talk to people in groups as friends and nothing more. It’s puts you in control.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Jerry Lewis has helped to perpetuate negative, stereotypical attitudes toward people with muscular dystrophy and other disabilities. Jerry Lewis and the Telethon actively promote pity as a fundraising strategy. Disabled people want respect, not pity. In 1990, Lewis wrote that if he had muscular dystrophy and had to use a wheelchair, he would "just have to learn to try to be good at being a half a person." During the 1992 Telethon, he said that people with MD, whom he always insists on calling "my kids," "cannot go into the workplace. There's nothing they can do." Many people have argued that he uses the Telethon to promote pity, a counterproductive emotion which undermines our social equality. Here's how Lewis responded to the Telethon protesters during a 2001 television interview: "Pity? You don't want to be pitied because you're a cripple in a wheelchair? Stay in your house!"
I do understand his reasoning behind his way of portraying MD in this light. Pity equals money. Just look at some of his old movies where he plays some bumbling idiot. The more we are pitied, the more money people will shell out to help us. This is the reason why most people will never see active people with MD on the Telethon. While I do respect Jerry Lewis for all the help he has done, I wonder if it is worth the price of having most people thinking that we are not equal?
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Finding a practical accessible vehicle in the UK can be tough and especially impractical since it's tough using a vehicle large enough to tool around. With the trend towards smaller vehicles, it's almost impossible to fit a ramp onto any MPV in the UK market. Luckily, Wav-Evolution has come up with an ingenious solution to the problem with their conversion for the Kia Sedona. The ramp for the wheelchair user swings out with the front passenger door and allows the wheelchair user to simply drive on and off. While the system does not appear to be powered or automated, it does provide a creative solution to a problem that is prevalent in the UK and other European countries. Check out their site here.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Molten Rock Equipment Ltd, a company based in the UK, has developed and is selling the Boma off-road wheelchair, a powered wheelchair designed to travel essentially any kind of terrain known. It has been tested and driven in forests and creeks in the UK to the grasslands in Africa. With a fully independent suspension system, a powered braking system which is similar to what you would find in a car, to motors and batteries designed to have you go up to 8mph, this is definitely the chair to take if you feel like taking that off-road expedition that many have never thought could be possible for those in wheelchairs. It even comes with accessories such as lights to a detachable trailer to carry your stuff. Check out their site.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
This is the second part of the Hot Rides video clip. As you can see, there is no limit as to what can be done to an adapted vehicle. If you really want to drive your dream vehicle, there is a way to drive it!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
The following clip is the first part of a series of videos from the Paralysis Resource Center, a center that was set up by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. As you can see in the clip, wheelchair-bound people are not bound to driving minivans :) The second part of the video will be posted soon!
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
The following Youtube clip is of a BMW station wagon fitted with the latest "Advanced Electronic Vehicle Integration Technology" or AEVIT for short. As you can see in the clip, it replaces essentially all conventional controls with electronic controls that can allow people with limited movement to operate a vehicle. Steering is done via a joystick located on the center console with other functions operated through hand controls and/or voice commands. While this equipment can be extremely expensive, I can say that this AEVIT system works as I have a number of these devices on my personal vehicle :)
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
If you ever search for "wheelchair backflips" on Youtube, you will find tons of clips of Aaron Fotheringham. Born with Spina Bifida, he is the founder of Hardcore Sitting and is currently the only known person to successfully perform a wheelchair backflip. The above clip shows his successful attempt at setting a world record for wheelchair backflips so sit back, relax, and watch in awe :)
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Information courtesy of New Mobility
Monday, February 2, 2009
Information courtesy of Suzuki UK
How cool is this!! This is a vehicle in Japan (Toyota Porte) that has a powerchair that converts into a driver's seat...or is it the other way around? Anyways, a cool idea nonetheless :)