Entries by Jesse Reiter

Midland, Michigan Seeking Community Support for New Miracle League Accessible Baseball Field

The city of Midland, Michigan recently started a campaign to raise money for a new baseball field where people with physical and cognitive disabilities can enjoy accessible sports opportunities. This “Miracle Field” will be made of rubber and completely flat, which will make it easier for participants to move around. Traditional baseball fields can be…

An Ohio Couple Brings Attention to the Difficulty People with Disabilities Experience When Deciding to Get Married

Social Security Income (SSI) is an income supplement program for people who are aged, blind, or disabled, and have little to no income. The funds supplement basic needs, such as clothing, food, and shelter.  Unfortunately, as it stands, SSI benefits change when people marry. Because it is based on income, the funds will then be…

What Is the “Spinning Babies®” Method?

One common labor and delivery complication is the failure of the baby’s head to “engage” in the mother’s pelvis. This means that although the baby is otherwise ready to be born, their presenting body part has not yet moved into a position that will allow for a safe and comfortable birth. In some cases, this…

“Crip Camp” Documentary Premieres at Sundance

“Crip Camp,” the Netflix documentary about a ‘70s summer camp for teenagers with disabilities, took the Sundance Film Festival by storm this past weekend.  Camp Jened in upstate New York encapsulated a revolutionary spirit, much like neighboring Woodstock (1). But what was so revolutionary about it wasn’t just the hippie mindset of its patrons; it…

Is magnesium sulfate safe for babies?

Magnesium sulfate is an inorganic salt that may have a variety of health benefits during pregnancy. It can be prescribed to mothers in order to treat preeclampsia or eclampsia (1). Additionally, when premature birth is expected, it can be used to protect a baby’s brain. There is evidence that antenatal magnesium sulfate reduces the risk…

Congratulations to Samantha Helgerson, Winner of the ABC Law Centers Cerebral Palsy Scholarship!

We are pleased to announce that Samantha Helgerson has won the January 2020 ABC Law Centers Cerebral Palsy Scholarship! Samantha is a student at Northeastern Illinois University, studying Interpersonal Communication. Here is her winning essay: Dear Selection Committee, My name is Samantha Helgerson. I am a 35-year-old woman with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy (CP) which has…

John Hopkins Researchers Propose New Strategy for Protecting NICU Babies from Parental Bacteria

For babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), contact with parents can be calming and promote good health. However, a parent’s touch can also increase their risk of contracting a potentially dangerous neonatal infection, such as Staphylococcus aureus. Researchers from John Hopkins Medicine (headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland) recently conducted a preliminary clinical trial on…