May 27, 2013
by Sara Croft   |   1 Comment
Are you aware that there are more than 5 different types of service dogs?

A service dog is a type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as a visual impairment, hearing impairment, mental illness, seizures, diabetes, autism, and more. Most people are aware of guide dogs, the most common service dogs, that assist the visually impaired, but what else can these highly trained animals assist with?
May 20, 2013
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Oftentimes we receive phone calls from a concerned son or daughter who want to know if their parent should continue driving a vehicle.

How do you know when you should schedule an evaluation with our Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist for a loved one? Read this checklist to see if they are exhibiting any of these behaviors:
May 19, 2013
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It’s always nice to have some helping hands! Recently, a group of students from St. Monica School came to Easter Seals Crossroads as a part of a Service Day on behalf of the Joseph Maley Foundation. Ten seventh and eighth grade students spent almost three hours pulling weeds and raking out twelve yards of play soft mulch around our playground. We will be using the playground soon during Parents’ Night Out, our Friday night respite program, and CampAbility, our summer day-camp for children with disabilities ages 4 to 11.

View photos of the volunteers on our blog!
May 14, 2013
by Sara Croft   |   4 Comments
Today's guest post was written by Crystal Paschal, who is a preschool teacher, writer, and mom of two boys. She is a regular contributor at Prime Parents Club, board secretary of The Monkey Do Project, and blogs about family life in Indianapolis at Mom For Less.

Read Crystal's blog about how to be a friend to a special needs parent!
May 13, 2013
by Sara Croft   |   1 Comment
Everyone knows about camp. It is a place where you can get away and participate in activities you like to do, or venture off into new activities you never done before. Where the water seems bluer, the grass seems greener, and the air smells cleaner. Just like the campers, camps come in different forms: you can attend a day camp, a summer camp, or an over night camp. Surrounded by your peers, fun, and Mother Nature seems like something everyone should get a chance to take part of.

But what about camps that are accessible for individuals with disabilities?
May 12, 2013
by Sara Croft   |   0 Comments
The American occupational Therapy Associated held its Annual Conference and Expo in San Diego, California April 24-28. Our very own occupational therapist Claire Werner was there to present her graduate research project titled “The Transition Experience from High School to Adult Life for Individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

Read the blog to learn about Clarie's research findings.
May 8, 2013
by Sara Croft   |   0 Comments
Do you know how you'd access a your email on a computer if you lost your vision? How would you read an online breaking news article? Do you know what screen readers are?

May 9 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), where web developers across the globe try to raise awareness on making websites accessible to people who need to access technology in different ways.
May 7, 2013
by Sara Croft   |   1 Comment
Occupational therapy can play a key role in helping a child meet developmental milestones. There are times when it is appropriate for an occupational therapist to visit a family in their home, or times when a child needs to visit Easter Seals Crossroads to use specific equipment in our sensory and therapy rooms, but some therapy activities can be conducted by a parent during their child's normal daily routine.

We asked two of our occupational therapists, Teri Maloney and Claire Werner, for a short list of therapy activities that can be done during activities of daily living.
May 1, 2013
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This morning, Mayor Greg Ballard signed the Disability Business Enterprise Proposal, which creates a program to encourage participation from disability-owned businesses on public works projects. What does that mean for Easter Seals Crossroads?
April 30, 2013
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There’s new research in how our brains work that shows how we can improve our memory, speed up how we process information, and achieve many other gains by training our brains. The online exercises from Posit Science’s BrainHQ are provided in Easter Seals Train Your Brain Challenge and give a useful and fun way to train our brains.