In the news the week of October 24

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

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BlazeSports focused on workplace accessibility

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.

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BlazeSports America featured in CDC Report on Disability and Well-being

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 CourseThis 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/

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Haitian partner, SOHAMO, concludes successful youth camp

BlazeSports America had the great fortune of supporting its partner, SOHAMO, in running a summer camp for youth with and without disabilities in the Haitian tent community of Cite Soleil. Located on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Cite Soleil is one of the most socially and economically disadvantaged communities in the Western Hemisphere. Despite the challenges, the SOHAMO organization ran a stellar camp for approximately 200 youth. The camp, which included sport, art and drama activities, was very successful in every regard providing the young people in the community with a positive and safe haven during the summer break from school. BlazeSports is privileged to have such a professional organization with which to partner in Haiti. Congratulations to the SOHAMO leadership for all their success: Besson Jean Kerson [President], Michel Marklin [Secretary], and Cherisier Faderbie [Treasurer].

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BlazeSports America Partners with the University of West Georgia’s Fifth Annual Disabilities Awareness Day.

Sitting volleyball is a great opportunity for UWG students to learn about Paralympic sports.

Students participating in a BlazeDay wheelchair basketball game as part of a UWG Disabilities Awareness Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BlazeSports traveled to Carrollton, GA on Tuesday, October 18, to participate in the University of West Georgia’s Fifth Annual Disabilities Awareness Day. BlazeSports staff implemented a series of hands-on Paralympic sports sessions for the Physical Education majors at UWG.  Students had the opportunity to participate in wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball and goal ball.  Following the morning sports sessions, students participated in  a campus wide wheelchair rally where students are challenged to travel a designated route around campus in a wheelchair.

BlazeSports provided wheelchairs for students for a wheelchair rally, the final activity in the UWG Disabilities Awareness Day.

For more information on the UWG’s Disabilities Awareness Day visit there website at: http://www.westga.edu/ucmassets/news/3041.php

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BlazeSports Announces Two CDSS Regional Training Workshops Colorado Springs, CO November 18 & 19 Louisville, KY December 16 & 17

In response to the high demand to take the CDSS Program on the road we have scheduled two CDSS Regional Training Workshops that will take place before the end of the year!!  The CDSS Program  is designed to benefit people at all different levels of engagement in disability sport and physical activity.  Through their participation in the CDSS program, volunteers, coaches, and professionals can demonstrate to employers and organizations that they are leaders in disability sport and physical activity.  More than 30 attendees pursued accreditation as a Certified Disability Sport Specialist (CDSS) through specialized sessions offered through the BlazeSports Institute for Applied Science at the 11th Annual BlazeSports International Conference on Paralympic Sport and Physical Activity.  The CDSS Regional Training Workshops provide an opportunity for people engaged in disability sport and physical activity to pursue a unique professional development opportunity that will increase the knowledge and skills that lead to safe and effective programming that is delivered to the standards of best practice.

CDSS Regional Training Workshop #1

November 18 & 19, 2011

Colorado Springs, CO

Hosted by the City of Colorado Springs Therapeutic Recreation Program

Click on the following for more information on the workshop:   CO Springs CDSS Regional Training Workshop Flyer

Pre‐registration is required to attend. Please contact Sarah Braun (719‐385‐6855 orsbraun@springsgov.com) for registration information.

CDSS Regional Training Workshop #2

December  16 & 17, 2011

Louisville, KY

Hosted by the Frazier Rehab Institute Therapeutic Recreation and Adapted Sports Program

Click on the following for more information on the workshop:   Louisville CDSS CDSS Regional Training Workshop Flyer

You can also visit  www.jhsmh.org/CDSSTraining to view workshop information and register

Pre‐registration is required to attend. Please contact Ann Krull (502-587-7673 or Ann.Krull@jhsmh.org) for registration information.

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