Food for Thought Newsletter July 2021

Excerpt from Disability Scoop Newsletter (Autism Down Syndrome Intellectual Disability Cerebral Palsy And More…) Morphic is a free program that makes it easier for anyone to find and operate the usability and accessibility features built into Windows and Mac operating systems. Morphic’s basic features allow you to quickly increase text size, magnify portions of your screen, take a screenshot, read selected text aloud, manage your assistive technology (AT), and more. Morphic can also be deployed to all computers at institutions and organizations as a Free or Full Enterprise installation - contact the Morphic Team for more information info@morphic.org. Notify ACCESSIBILITY GUIDELINES accessibility.voxmedia.com Content creators want everyone to be able to access their work, and businesses want their products available to as many people as possible. This useful web accessibility checklist, created by Vox Media, outlines specific criteria for designers, engineers, project managers, quality assurance, and editorial teams to build accessible content. At the bottom of the checklist, users will find markdown and plain text formats to copy and paste into documents, Slack, Trello, or other project management tools. Users who scroll to the Tools section will find several resources to help complete the items in the checklist, such as color blindness simulators and a color contrast analyzer. [Excerpted from Scout Report-Volume 27, Number 25]...

Food for Thought Newsletter – June 2021

The Typewriter The Typewriter, sent by Robert K. An amazing talent and a very heartwarming story. Who could have imagined? He lived at Rose Haven Rehab in Roseburg, Oregon. You will feel very humble.  It’s incredible! Click and be overwhelmed. https://www.youtube.com/embed/svzPm8lT36o?feature=player_detailpage When Disaster Strikes - Tips for the Elderly and Disabled When disaster strikes: preparedness for seniors and people with disabilities: “When disaster strikes, there is often little time to prepare. Losses can come swiftly when danger appears out of nowhere. When you are elderly or have a disability, it can be even more challenging to secure your property and get to safety, which is why preparation is critical.” Special Needs Resources Looking for at-home ideas to keep busy? Individuals suffering from ASD are active internet users. They rely on the web to find information, shop, and entertain themselves. While many of these resources offer courses for those with special needs, this is not a list of exclusively autism-friendly programming. Amazing list of resources. Sleep: A Guide for People with Physical Disabilities Sleep is a superpower. Getting enough sleep gives you more energy, improves mood, and boosts your immune system. In a nutshell, it makes you healthier and puts you in a better headspace. However, people with physical disabilities tend to suffer from sleep problems and disturbances. For the physically disabled, sleep deprivation can also evolve into narcolepsy, daytime sleepiness, and sleep apnea. Read more, including a helpful guide… Identify Butterflies Identify Butterflies, thanks to Florida Museum. Only includes butterflies found in the Museum’s Butterfly Rainforest exhibit. It is not intended to cover all species worldwide. Some species look...

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Prone vs Supine

PRONE: recumbent/lying face-down, fr/Latin pro-nus, leaning forward. Also apt, likely. SUPINE: recumbent/lying on one’s back These words are fun to use. I like to think of lying prone on an inflated raft that has a place to see through…and I’m floating in Hanauma Bay watching beautiful sea creatures. Of course I have sun block. My husband, Jack, used to lie prone all the time when he was working under one of the sinks in our house of that of many others. He loved helping people. My daughter is a massage therapist. She usually has her patients start in a prone position. About halfway through the session, she has them lie in a supine position (except she doesn’t use that word because no one would understand). She just tells them to turn over. When you say “supine,” think “spine.” You lie on your spine when you go to sleep. Usually. That’s called a supine position. These days, people are more prone to say “Lie face up” or “Lie face...