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I was very sad to hear about Michael Jackson's death I grew up with his music I'm currently 31 years old and despite my disability I did my best as a young child  to imitate his dance moves when I was dancing to his music whether it was in my wheelchair or on my knees his music helped me forget about my disability for that time. Here is a round up of several new stories about Michael Jackson's health and sudden death Michael Jackson Dies of Reported Cardiac Arrest - webmd.com Michael Jackson had history of health problems - CNN Michael Jackson's Mysterious Medical Past TIME Doctors attempt to resuscitate Michael Jackson for over an hour - NME.com michael jackson health history Google Search ... (more)

The Blues: is it in the Disability Community, Too?

An article by Karen Lynn from http://www.whispersofhope.org Often, the reality of our disabilities can lead to an increased instance of depression. Our physical scars may have heeled, but the physiological and sociological have not. Ninety-nine people out of one hundred and forty-four; according to a recent study linked their learning disabilities with depression and other depressive disorders. This is the result of a lack of flexibility in the education process. Students are often placed with those with emotional and behavior problems. Teachers are therefore, unable to give th... (more)

Inclusion Has Come A Long Way..

Inclusion has come a long way. I attended an elementary school in BC in the early 1970’s as a ward of the Province. At that time, inclusion meant the public school system, but a separate classroom and curriculum. All the children with a recognizable disability were in the same classroom. At recess we segregated ourselves. It was a BIG deal when early in grade five, I was finally admitted to the “regular” classroom. My peers had been prepared for my arrival by a well-meaning system and teacher that failed to take into account my feelings as the “object” of discussion. I wasn’t pre... (more)

About Disability Resource Exchange Social Network

I created and manage a social network for discussion of disability issues. The website address is: http://www.disabilityresourceexchange.com About the disability resource exchange Disability resource exchange is a place to discuss disability issues and exchange resources ideas and support. whether you have a disability/health issue or are just interested in disability issues you are welcome to join this social network. The disability resource exchange mission - to bring together all those interested in disability issues both people with and without disabilities - to bring together... (more)

Loss and finding the right wheelchair

Nov. 24, 2006 My father passed away the day after Thanksgiving at the age of 69. An incredibly difficult time. He passed away that morning of a heart attack. They say it hit him so quick, that he was basically dead when he hit the floor. Although we didn’t often show it, we were quite close. This one hurts! At least we got to have one more holiday with him. Also earlier this year (2007) we lost one of me & Mary’s closest friends and former caregivers. She is sorely missed. As of Feb. 1 of 2007 I have left my former homecare providers and have a private individual doing my homecare.... (more)