Entries by Paula Urban

Spotlight on Equine Therapy Programs in Michigan

Trust, joy, confidence, and connection with peers are important for any child. Different therapies can be used to facilitate those feelings for children with disabilities, including animal-assisted therapy. Fostering a bond between a human and animal can promote psychological, emotional, and physical well-being. Specifically, horses can help to facilitate those goals in therapies known as…

Michigan Radio Reports on Struggles of Student Loan Borrowers with Disabilities

NPR Michigan Radio’s Clare Lombardo reported in December that roughly 365,000 student loan borrowers were identified as possibly being eligible for loan discharge as a result of permanent disabilities that keep them from employment (1). These borrowers, however, have not gotten their due loan relief.  This most often happens because they aren’t aware they could…

Michigan Endeavors to Transform Accessible Parking Signs

Many people with disabilities and advocates for disability rights find the accessible parking signs with which we have grown so familiar over the years to be inaccurate representations of those with disabilities (1). Many have wondered, why a stationary and stiff figure when so many people with disabilities live active, vibrant lives? Why use the…

Group prenatal care: a new trend combats infant mortality

According to a recent Vox article, a South Carolina physician named Amy Crockett changed the way her women’s health clinic was operated in 2008 (1). South Carolina’s horrific infant mortality rates in those years (49th in the nation, second to Mississippi) drove her to try a new approach to prenatal care. Crockett got a grant…

Prenatal vitamins: what’s inside, and why do I need them?

Proper nutrition is vital for the development of the baby. Because the mother is supporting the needs of her baby and herself, she will need more of certain nutrients during pregnancy and lactation. If you are pregnant or hoping to get pregnant, prenatal vitamins are recommended to complement a healthy diet (1). They are similar…

Pregnancy Basics

Pregnancy by trimester Fertilization Fertilization, the union of the egg and the sperm into a single cell called a zygote, occurs in the fallopian tube. During the following days, the single cell divides into more cells and migrates to the uterus, where it implants. After implantation, the fertilized egg is called an embryo, and at…

United Cerebral Palsy

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is a non-profit that serves those with disabilities. They have many affiliate groups across the U.S. and Canada.  UCP was founded in 1949 by parents of children with the motor disorder cerebral palsy. Over the years, UCP has raised awareness about the needs of individuals with cerebral palsy, as well as…

Dysphagia and cerebral palsy

Dysphagia is a condition characterized by persistent difficulty or pain when swallowing. There are many causes of dysphagia, and people of all ages can suffer from it (1).  Dysphagia is especially common for children with complex medical needs, with an estimated 30-80% of children with developmental disabilities having some form of dysphagia (2). Children with…