Oftentimes, people who primarily depend upon wheelchairs for their mobility spend their day sitting in the wheelchair and their nights lying in bed. Our long bones require two forces in order to be healthy: weight bearing against gravity and muscle pull.
Without these forces, our bones weaken and can eventually fracture easily during simple daily activities. Standing improves breathing, digestion, and spinal alignment. Standing helps to prevent circulation issues, obesity, skin breakdown, and idiopathic bone fractures. Standing allows people to be on eye-level during social interactions.
Everybody – adult or child - needs to stand on their feet part of every day. There are simply no exceptions to this rule. With some people, this requires assistance, special equipment and/or additional motivators. Sometimes, when people with IDD move from school to their adult life, this part of their daily routine is lost. We must all work together to restore safe and healthy standing and physical activity to everyone’s daily routines. Before beginning a new activity, always check with the primary care provider on the team.
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Accessibility features of public and private spaces ensure that people with disabilities can fully participate in life activities. Researchers at RTC: Rural have been studying accessibility in the context of events and other community settings to see how people with disabilities are included in all the activities a community has to offer.
While the need for hospitals, grocery stores and schools to be accessible is widely recognized, we don’t always consider the accessibility of the places in which people recreate. Participation isn’t just limited to the basic necessities of daily life such as medical visits and shopping. Opportunities for socialization and outdoor recreation are just as important.
Read the recent news post on the RTC: Rural website.