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New NASA Research Could Help Those Who are Wheelchair-Bound

New NASA Research Could Help Those Who are Wheelchair-Bound

A brand new $750,000 NASA-funded program is researching how the lack of gravity up in space poses issues to astronauts who lose bone and muscle mass. This new research is designed to help astronauts, but also help everyday people here on earth. Dr. Meghan Mcgee-Lawrence, of Augusta, Georgia, is spear heading this research. “What we want to know is, how does bone know that it’s being mechanically loaded? And can we then alter those processes to either prevent disuse induced bone loss or to make the bone respond better to exercise,” Mcgee-Lawrence said. This research could also help people who...

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Wheel Chair Bound Boy Turned Super Hero

Wheel Chair Bound Boy Turned Super Hero

D.J. who was left wheelchair bound by a near-drowning accident had a Halloween he will never forget. A group of students from Central Gwinnett High School in Georgia helped turn D.J. Johnson’s wheelchair into a real-life super hero costume. Partnering with the Magic Wheelchair program and staff from Georgia Tech, D.J.’s wheel chair was transformed into a state of the art Black Panther vehicle. D.J. said, “It was amazing!” D.J.’s mom, Chiquita Johnson, said the heartwarming deed has left them overcome with gratefulness. The groups took over 60 hours to build D.J.’s unique costume. You can learn more about this...

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Troubles with Kids’ Remote Schooling

Troubles with Kids’ Remote Schooling

Parents with disabilities are struggling with communicating with their kids’ teachers and administrators while their child is remote schooling. According to Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB), The Americans with Disabilities Act requires schools to not only help students, but their parents with disabilities too. The example Kristin Gourlay gives in her report, is parents who are deaf. If parents are deaf, they are having trouble communicating with their teachers who do not use sign language. Schools are in need of finding extra support for students who have parents with special needs. This issue has always been a problem for schools, but...

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Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities Introduces New Legislative Agenda

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities Introduces New Legislative Agenda

According to the Making a Difference Magazine, during Georgia’s 2020 legislative session, the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) introduced a legislative agenda that focused on “disability in all policy.” The idea for this type of legislative agenda is to ensure that people with disabilities and their families are considered in all areas of legislation. For Georgia’s 2021 legislative session, advocacy groups plan to focus on three key priority areas- 1.) Access to home and community-based (HCBS) Medicaid waivers, 2.) Support inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) programs, 3.) Expand competitive, integrated employment. These are three areas advocates for people with disabilities plan to...

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