Monthly Archives: October 2011
PARAPANS: Brazil’s Football 5-a-Side Team Top Pick for Gold – Considered the No. 5 story to watch for the Parapan Games. http://www.paralympic.org/Media_Centre/News/Sport_News/2011_10_28_c.html
PARAPANS: Sanchez and Bascio Lead Power-Packed USA Para-Cycling Delegation – and US Paracycling the #6 what to watch story http://www.paralympic.org/Media_Centre/News/Sport_News/2011_10_26_b.html
London 2012 Paralympics: nine out of every ten applicants to receive tickets for Games- Around 90 per cent of people who applied for tickets for the London 2012 Paralympics are set to be told they have been successful, organizers have said. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/paralympic-sport/8826800/London-2012-Paralympics-nine-out-of-every-ten-applicants-to-receive-tickets-for-Games.html
Wheelchair rugby: where public perception and disability sport collide… http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/other-sports-news/wheelchair-rugby-where-public-perception-and-disability-sport-collide-1.1131231
It has been more than a year since BlazeSports relocated its headquarters to Decatur, Georgia, which is enough time to see what a difference a place makes. National Disability Employment Awareness Month seems as good an occasion as any to discuss what we’ve learned about workplace accessibility during the intervening months.
An accessible workplace is not just one that provides the ramps, elevators, and wide doorways that help persons with disabilities get in and out of the office. These things are important, of course, and contrary to popular misconceptions, can be implemented quite cheaply. But the most state-of-the-art ramp in the world doesn’t do much good if people can’t get to the office in the first place. Though many people with disabilities can and do drive cars, some have physical restrictions that prevent them from doing so. And since unemployment is troublingly high amongst people with disabilities, others don’t have the financial resources with which to buy a car even if they could drive.
With this in mind, BlazeSports chose to locate its new office near the MARTA train system. We have watched as this location, in and of itself, has augmented our ability to serve Atlanta’s disability community. Many who could not visit our offices in the past now can. This proximity to public transportation should be factored in by all organizations seeking to serve those with disabilities. Something as simple as being near a bus or a subway line can make the difference between empowering individuals to work with you and unintentionally excluding them. Also to this end, we have also introduced the BlazeSports accessible bus and trailer, our “mobile unit,” so to speak. This has allowed us to transport people and equipment into the communities where people live, work, and play.
We are proud of what we have accomplished, and we challenge other community organizations to follow suit. We are developing resources to support initiatives to address these structural components of accessibility by encouraging public transportation and promoting best practice in the design of workplaces. And we applaud other efforts like Easter Seals Project Action who are working toward accessible public transit. By taking on the accessibility issues that persist in this country, we can help pave the way for a more equitable tomorrow. For more information on working for policy and system change, please check out the training tools portion of our website.
For its efforts to reduce obesity in the disability community, BlazeSports is featured in in CDC’s new report Achieving Healthy Weight by Reducing Obesity and Improving Well-being for People with Disabilities Across the Life Course. This report examines the challenges and barriers to weight management specific to people with disabilities and explores opportunities to enhance research, programs, education, and tools. The report recognizes the need for publicly funded programs to include people with disabilities in both mainstream and targeted health programs and services that help reduce obesity.
The report was developed by the CDC’s Division of Human Development and Disability (DHDD) at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) and is available at CDC’s Disability and Health website at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/disabilityandobesity.html
Additional information and tools are also available:
Achieving Healthy Weight for People with Disabilities, Questions and Answers: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/disabilityandobesity_QA.html
CDC.gov Feature Story: Healthy Weight for People with Disabilities: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/ObesityDisabilities/