Family Planning: Disability Support

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People with disability have sexual needs, and rights to marry and make informed decisions about having children. They have the right to make their own informed choices on family planning methods. To help make the right choice, there are disability support groups that give accurate, adequate, and accessible information about sexual health, reproduction and family planning.  Family planning allows couples to attain their desired number of children and the right spacing and timing of their births. Limiting pregnancies can impact the health of the mother and the wellbeing of the child. This can be achieved through the use of contraceptive methods.

Contraception is also called birth control or family planning. There are many types of contraception methods, not all method is 100% effective.  You will need to find what method works for you.

Contraceptive Barriers:
Male condom – also called rubber is the most effective way to reduce the risk of contracting sexually transmissible infection during sex.
Female condom – this is an alternative to male condom.
Diaphragms – this is a barrier that fits inside the vagina and covers the cervix to stop the sperm from fertilising the egg.

Daily Contraceptive Pills:
Combined pill – this pill is made from two synthetic hormones that help prevent pregnancy.
The Mini pill – this pill is made from only one hormone progestogen.

Emergency Contraception:
Morning after Pill – is best taken ideally within 24 hours of having unprotected sex.

Long Acting Reversible Contraception:
Contraceptive Implants – slowly release hormones into the body over time.
Contraceptive Injection – contains a hormone that is similar to progesterone.
Intrauterine Device – this is a small device that is put into the uterus to prevent pregnancy.

Other Contraceptive Methods:
Natural Family Planning – uses physical changes that occur during menstrual cycle to avoid having sex and reduce the risk of pregnancy.
Tubal Ligation (Sterilisation) – this is a permanent method of contraception for women who do not want to have children in the future.
Vasectomy – is an operation done to men to block the tubes in the groin that carry sperm.
NuvaRing – vaginal ring that works similar to oral contraceptive pill to prevent pregnancy

People with disability should have the same choices regarding reproductive health and family planning. Here’s a list of disability support groups that give information on sexual health and reproductive health choices for people with disabilities.

Family Planning NSW
Family Planning NSW State Office
328-336 Liverpool Road Ashfield NSW 2131
Tel: 02 8752 4300
Family Planning NSW provides clinical services, health promotion and education and trainings at their clinics. They have a range of disability resources to help people with intellectual disability, teachers, clinicians, disability workers, and parents and carers. The easy to read resources are illustrated to ensure people with intellectual disability can understand them. FPNSW also provides specialist training for doctors, nurses, teachers, community workers and other professionals.

Family Planning Victoria
Tel: 03 9257 0100
Box Hill Clinic:  01 Whitehorse Rd (PO Box 1377) Box Hill, 3128
Action Centre: Level 1, 94 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, 3000
Family Planning Victoria focuses on reproductive and sexual health care, education and advocacy. They work on improving the reproductive and sexual health and wellbeing of everyone in Victoria including people with disability. They work on strengthening the primary care and community-based service system to help people make decisions about their sexual and reproductive wellbeing.

True Org Relationship & Reproductive Health
Brisbane: Building 1230 Lutwyche Road Windsor QLD 4030
Tel: 07 3250 0200
True provides relationships and sexuality education services specifically for people with a disability. They have packages developed to meet the needs of young people and adults with a disability. They use visual resources and interactive activities to help individuals understand bodies, enjoy healthy relationships and be safe. They also offer group education sessions for people with disability and a consulting service for schools and organisations.

South Eastern CASA (Centre Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence)
Family Planning Victoria Inc
Box Hill: 901 Whitehorse, Road Box Hill 3128
Tel: (03) 9257 0100
City: 277 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000
Phone: (03) 9654 4766 Freecall: 1800 013 952
Family Planning Victoria provides statewide service staffed with professionals who work directly with people with disabilities. They provide counselling and educational services in the area of Human Relations, Sexuality and Sexual Health for people with disabilities, parents, carers and families, teachers and other disability services workers.

Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT
Level One, 28 University Avenue, Canberra, ACT, 2601
Tel: 02 6247 3077
Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT is a strong health promotion charity that delivers sexual and reproductive health services to Canberra community. They have a comprehensive specialist library and resource centre containing books, info sheets & pamphlets. They also have teaching kits, videos and other information on sexuality and reproductive health topics.

 

Healthcare Professionals Working with the Disabled

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The disabled community takes on a lot of challenges on a regular day to day basis. With that being said, they are not left alone to tend to themselves as many healthcare professionals have been working hand in hand with the disabled to improve their way of life. In addition, modern age and technology has also helped paved the way introducing new innovations on how physical treatments are explored. Let us look at these treatments people with disabilities are receiving as well as their importance to their quality of life.

Nowadays, one will not be finding any shortage of physical treatments especially when they look for them over the internet. Therapy is one of the more popular treatment approaches the disabled community has been receiving for quite some time. It should be noted however, that therapy falls under a vast and expansive categories along with their respective focus and functions. To help better understand the types of therapies that are available for the disabled community, it is vital for them to find a trusted as well as reliable treatment centers to help them to completely overcome the challenges of their disabilities.

Therapy in general is defined as the attempted remediation of a health problem, usually following a diagnosis. Since health problems differ from patient to patient, the need to provide options with regards to their treatment has become of utmost importance. It is good to hear that we are experiencing quite a number of medical therapy types which also includes traditional as well as alternative medicine. A few of the noteworthy examples include the likes of acupressure, acupuncture, biotherapy, cell therapy, chiropractic therapy, cold compression therapy, cryotherapy, electromagnetic therapy, electron therapy, heat therapy, herbal therapy and many more which is available on a regular day to day basis in the present.

Alternative forms of treatment have also received its fair share of the spotlight making it quite popular to a huge number of individuals in the present. Osteopathy for instance, is known to be as a branch of medical practice that tends to focus on treating medical disorders through the manipulation and massage of the bones, joints, and muscles. Its drug free and non invasive method of treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework is the reason why it has grown on popularity. As a result, this particular method of treatment has received a positive feedback and reception with the disabled community. In fact, you will find quite a number of disability friendly osteopaths in the present that offers this method of treatment that is available for their patients to use at any given time when the need calls for them to do so. This is made possible with several osteopathic clinics now integrating their services over the internet allowing for easy access and reach to their clients. As a result, just about anyone will be able to setup an appointment and schedule with the help of their healthcare providers.

Just like any form of treatment, it is important for patients to seek the advice of healthcare professionals before applying the latest therapy innovations found today. This is to ensure that everything will go as planned while at the same time avoid or lessen the likelihood of complications and health risks from ever happening. Work with these healthcare professionals today!

Chiropractic Services for the Disabled and the Needy

Chiropractors are described as health care professionals who specialise on diagnosis and medication of neuromuscular disorders. One of their primary goals is to ease pain and improve their patient’s functionality. Moreover, chiropractors instruct their patients on how they can take care of themselves through regular exercise, ergonomics and physiotherapy.

Ultimately, the goal of all medical practitioners is to provide unparalleled services the best way possible. That being said, around 10.2 million people with disabilities in the United States had a hard time accessing health care services, including chiropractic services, in 2013. Nevertheless, chiropractors like those in Straight Forward Clinics, are doing the best they can in order to provide chiropractic services to the disabled in Australia. 

Chiropractic and the Disabled

Persons with disabilities (PWDs) are the primary customers of chiropractic clinics. In fact, a research by the Kessler Institute showed that 23 percent of people suffering from spinal cord injury (SCI) and chronic pain had consulted chiropractors. For instance, a patient who was paralysed due to a car accident has been undergoing chiropractic therapy at least once a month. The procedure involves chiropractic adjustments and mobilisation on the pelvis and the lower extremities.

Chiropractic services can also accommodate shoulder and rib injuries of those who are on wheelchairs. These injuries are mostly because of too much use of the shoulders and arms due to repeated transfer to and from the wheelchair. When not dealt with immediately, these injuries may result to serious shoulder issues. What chiropractics do to patients suffering from this is assuage the pain and enforce strengthening exercises coupled with spine adjustments.

People who spend a lot of time on their wheelchairs are also susceptible to neck and back pains, which are caused by bad posture. Chiropractors help restore muscle balance and re-establish the movements in the spine that are restrained as a result of muscle imbalance. In addition, patients are taught how to maintain good posture when slumped on a wheelchair to avert recurring neck and back pains.

For the paralysed that has an active lifestyle, chiropractors employ stretching and strengthening regimen. This treatment will aid the patient in building a strong upper body to make up for being incapable of balancing themselves when using their legs and lower-back muscles.

The Importance of Being Correctly Diagnosed

Being diagnosed with a certain condition means that your treatment program will then follow the prescribed path for that particular illness or disorder. Which is why it is vital that adults and children are correctly diagnosed in the first place. Auditory Processing Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are two very different conditions, but they are both relatively new medical problems and thus suffer from a lack of clear community understanding as to their natures. Both complaints affect children disproportionately when compared to the number of recognised adult cases. Doctors have had difficulty in coming to terms with these modern ailments and could well be accused of dragging the chain to some degree.

The Importance of Being Correctly Diagnosed

Sophisticated medicine for children, which treats behavioural problems is a relatively new phenomenon. Until quite recently, young people were left to their own devices and their treatment not taken seriously until they had reached adulthood. Paediatricians were, in the main, a slightly neglected body of medical practitioners who did not capture the imagination of the general public. As western communities have become more and more wealthy greater attention has begun to be focused on younger members of our populations.

A parent driven movement for the medical recognition of conditions like ADHD and Auditory Processing Disorder became more and more strident in its demands for airtime. Parents with kids who were not conforming to behavioural standards wanted answers and they wanted pharmaceutical solutions to the problem. ADHD testing, started to become more prevalent in America, the United Kingdom and Australia. People wanted their children diagnosed with medically recognised conditions. Doctors were asking themselves and their colleagues, had these conditions always existed unrecognised or were they a brand new phenomenon, and if so what has caused them?

Are these modern ailments occurring in response or reaction to our rapidly changing worlds in the west? Are they related to diet, the vastly increased prevalence of fast foods, fats and sugars? Is the inability to focus being exacerbated by the demands of a highly conceptual digital age? Has the classroom become too intellectually demanding for many of our children? Is the sedentary behaviour and lack of exercise damaging the health of our children? Is it pollution, bad medicines, or are electro-magnetic energy affecting brainwaves? Is there just too much information floating around us in the biosphere and are some of us struggling to process it? Lots of questions that need to be asked, and, hopefully, answered. Until then, the importance of correct diagnosis and treatment of these conditions remains a priority at the coalface.

Compensation for the Disabled

Compensation law can rectify some of the inequalities in our world. For too long, the vulnerable within our societies have been exploited by avaristic parties taking advantage of their position. The disabled among us have often been institutionalised and their labour has been used by ‘so called’ charitable organisations for very little remuneration or nothing at all.  Do gooders thought that these people were lucky to have something to do and the idea that they should be paid a reasonable wage was never entertained. Spurious companies and individuals then took further advantage of this situation to make substantial profits from reduced costs of production.

Compensation for the Disabled

Now, things are different and charities running sheltered workshops and the like must pay their workers the minimum wage, as established by the Fair Work Commission. The union movement campaigned strongly for these changes and the recognition of disabled workers to earn a reasonable standard of living. Whether you feel that you are doing someone a favour by getting them a job, you still have to pay them the going wage. Disabled people are not lesser human beings; they are merely different in their capabilities at certain occupations.

Compensation lawyers can act for disabled individuals who consider that they are not being properly renumerated by their employers. According to a recent report from the Australian Human Rights Commission there is still much discrimination in the workplace against individuals with a disability. Australians with a disability are twice as likely to be unemployed as those without. The Commission received more than three and half thousand discrimination complaints from individuals with a disability and a third of those were linked to employment. Attitudes in the community take a long time to change, despite evidence supporting the economic benefits of employing an individual with a disability.

A study of a Walgreens model finding, showed that employees with a disability had low turnover rates and were less likely to get injured in the workplace. Employers need to learn to look past the disability and see the person. It is time that business started to grow up and embody positive cultural attitudes. Business is always carping on about too much government interference, and the Liberal National Party has a platform of small government and free enterprise, but if business is not socially inclusive, then, it cannot be left alone to just do its things in the marketplace. Government in Australia will continue to have an important role, whilst outdated attitudes and business practices remain.

The Silence Is Deafening: Disabled Hearing

There is an old saying, ‘you don’t know what you truly have until you lose it.’ Often, this is employed in discussions about broken hearts and busted relationships, but what about hearing loss? We live in a world defined by how we sense it. The five senses are utilised to process the information all around us. What we see, smell, hear, touch and taste is registered within our brains, if we are lucky enough to have all those senses working for us. What about when one or more of these senses fail us or never worked in the first place?

The Silence Is Deafening: Disabled Hearing

It has been said that whole worlds close when something like our sight or hearing shuts down for good. If we have known the universe of colour, shape and form and darkness descends in finality, it must be wholly devastating. Likewise, if we have known the joys of sound, song, voice and melody and silence seals us up, it must be incredibly alienating. Hearing loss disables those afflicted with it like a physical injury. The known world becomes unknown and the familiar suddenly becomes strange and unfamiliar. In many ways we identify more with our senses than anything else, as all our thoughts have been as a result of processed sensory information.

Spatial relationships are as defined by sound as they are by sight. What is in the distance tells us just that by the distant sounds and what is nearby is much louder and more immediate. If all those audible signals are removed, then the universe is flattened out and everything becomes equally outside of us. Hearing loss affects all our relationships. If it is gradual, then those around us can often become annoyed at our failure to acknowledge what is communicated. Our nearest and dearest want to be heard and it is painful for them when they become cut off from their loved one who no longer can hear them.

More general relationships are equally disturbed and the inability to hear renders that person a non-person, in many ways. Disability, as we know, in all its forms cuts adrift the individual with the disability from the rest of his or her community. They are different, they do not share the same kind of humanity as their able bodied neighbours. This is rubbish, of course, but the general community behave in this manner toward their disabled brethren. Hearing loss is a profound disability and the silence is deafening.

Master Locksmith Access Key For The Disabled

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People with disabilities get a few perks that are exclusive to them. One item in particular is the Master Locksmiths Access Key which also known as (MLAK). MLAK is shared to enables people with disabilities to grant them 24/7 access to a plethora of public facilities. Let us consider how these keys shared as well as how people with disabilities will be able to get one for their own today.

First off, before we explain how these keys are given let us look at why there is a need to provide these keys to specific individuals. People with disabilities go through a lot of hurdles and challenges on regular day to day basis. To make this much easier on their end, Business Members of the Association of Australia has devised providing these individuals the Master Locksmiths Access Key in an effort to help increase to these facilities. This in turn allows people with disabilities the ability to open all toilets, playgrounds and other related facilities which are fitted with this specially designed lock. The same can also be said with regards to some elevators at railway stations across Australia with them slowly integrating their locks to this particular system.

It should be noted that these public facilities oftentimes become inaccessible during after hours. The reason behind this is to reduce the overall likelihood of reduce vandalism while at the same time keep facilities clean and ready for the next day. As a result, it can be quite problematic especially for people with disabilities to find an accessible public toilet during such time. It is good to hear however that the Master Locksmiths Access Key was able to provide a timely and effective solution making it relatively easier to grant access to public facilities at any given time when the need calls for one to do so. So how do you get it?

Business Members of the Association provides MLAK key that are available for purchase. With that being said, before you decide to get one for your own, a confirmation that you are eligible for such features needs to be taken into consideration beforehand. People with disability are required to have a written authority from a doctor, a disability organization, community health centre as well as the owner or management of a building with an accessible toilet on site. Once confirmed individuals who are eligible will be given the MLAK key they can use at their own accord.

The Master Locksmiths Access Key is made possible with the help of an innovative Master Key Systems. With its help, people are able to devise new ways on how to centralize the overall lock mechanic of different establishments. This is the reason why in the present, most of the doors can be opened with only one key in hand, most notably the Master Locksmiths Access Key.

People with disabilities need all the help they can get and it is good to hear that they are receiving a number of great features and benefits today. The Master Locksmiths Access Key is one of the many handy items they are provided with which saves them a great deal of time and resources when looking for the nearest public facilities especially since they have the key to open them when the need calls for them to do so. Learn more about the MLAK key today.

Disability Values: Running in the Wrong Direction?

Are people with disabilities judged according to able bodied standards? Is Paralympics an example of a principle running in the wrong direction?

Every four years, the Summer Paralympics is being held almost concurrent with the Olympic Games. The primary goal of this sporting event for the disabled is to foster the concepts on health and human rights for differently-abled athletes. That being said, there are people, mostly person with disabilities (PWDs), who think that the Paralympics is a ‘mockery of equality’ and is just a mere sideshow for the upcoming Olympics.

Paralympics and Disability Politics

Disability politics is the core of calls to bring about amendments on policies or changes on customaries that still result to oppression on the part of PWDs. Even if the Paralympic Movement aims to reshape the weak notion on disabled athletes and people with impairment in general, the Paralympics somewhat presents a different context. For instance, the sporting event conveys a message that incapacitated athletes, even when racing as fast as able-bodied athletes such as Oscar Pistorius used to do, are passive and powerless, but nevertheless plucky. Moreover, the Paralympics gives a wrong impression of empowerment; that PWDs have to rely on able-bodied people who will unshackle them from their plight.

Moreover, there are people who feel that the Paralympics is a gross misrepresentation of the actual experiences of a disabled person. Even though the Games show a sanguine perspective, it does not include the verisimilitude of PWDs: their pain and sufferings. It also promotes the wrong sense of inclusion; that you need to have the appropriate impairment for you to belong to the competition’s classifications.

Inspiration from Disabilities?

Reality check: a lot of people are inspired with PWDs achieving things or bringing glory in spite of their impediments. We actually laud them for getting the better of their impairments and regard them as ‘special’. However, little do we know that most of them are irked of being objectified and being the source of ‘inspiration porn’. That being said, we can still learn a lot of things from them; that we can still have true happiness regardless of the existence of extremities,  that we don’t have to lose sleep over trivial matters, that flaws and imperfections aren’t always a bad thing, and that we should enjoy each day as if it were our last.

Poverty and the Disabled: The Greatest Disability

According to Center for American Progress, “disability is both a cause and consequence of poverty.” Poverty and disability goes hand in hand. When a person becomes disabled, he/she may lose his/her job, incur extra expenditures, face impediments in education or skills development, and so on. Moreover, a person’s disability can be a result of poverty and limited access to the government’s health programs.

In a recent statistics report from the U.S. Census Bureau, the poverty rate for Americans with disabilities is 34.5 percent compared to 12.2 percent of those who are not incapacitated. Unfortunately, unless a disabled person is financially supported by his/her family, he/she may find himself/herself in struggle street. In Australia, government disability pensions are rarely enough to survive on, especially as cities in the country become ever-more expensive. That’s why more and more persons with disabilities (PWDs) rely on loans for people in desperate circumstances.

Disability in Worldwide Scale

These statistics from the World Report on Disability will give us a picture of the situation of PWDs:

  • At least a billion people in the world or around 15% of the entire population are living with disabilities
  • 2.2 percent of the world’s population are in serious functional adversities
  • Almost 80% of PWDs are in low-income countries
  • Merely 41.7 percent of women with disabilities have reached primary school
  • HIV/AIDS is more common in PWDs, but a big number of them don’t hace access to HIV/AIDS services

Reasons Why PWDs are Shackled to Poverty

  • Limited Learning Opportunities

Ideally, a person can break free from poverty through education. Your wage depends on your educational attainment; the higher it is, the higher is your salary. Usually, low-income households are the ones who are susceptible to having a family member with congenital learning difficulties or disabilities. These people, who usually live in areas with high poverty rates, suffer from underfunded learning institutions. This problem should be the foremost priority of the country’s future political parties.

  • Discrimination at Work

In the US, even if there is a law that regards PWDs as members of the protected social class, they still get discriminated at work. Some companies prefer employing non-disabled applicants rather than PWDs, even if they are more qualified for the job.

  • Albeism

Albeism is described as the “discrimination in favour of able-bodied people.” Some people feel that they are better than those who have disabilities. This social attitude is the primary reason why PWDs are the first victims of social inequality.

2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio De Janeiro

As of this writing, there are at least 86 days to go before the Paralympic Games. Around 4,300 athletes from 176 countries are vying for 528 sporting events, which will be held in 21 venues spread across Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On estimate, the Paralympics will be watched by more than 1.5 million people worldwide.

The 15th Summer Paralympics in Rio is an event full of firsts – first country in Latin America to host the Paralympic Games, first sporting events for the recently included sports (paracanoe, paratriathlon), and the first Summer Paralympics to take place during the host city’s winter season.

In busting myths about disabilities, the Summer Paralympic Games are being held once every four years. The event will also bolster the International Olympic Committee’s campaign on supporting the Olympic and Paralympic movements. In fact, the United Kingdom’s Channel 4, Australia’s the Seven Network, and the United States’ NBC will cover the event to reach more audience and raise awareness since this event aims to change the perception of many people to those who have disabilities.

Special Olympics versus Paralympics

Special Olympics and Paralympics are different, thus cannot be used interchangeably. Although both are centred on sport for athletes with disabilities, there are three elements that set them apart. These are the athletes, sporting philosophy and structure.

Athletes

The Special Olympics is participated by athletes with intellectual disabilities aged 8 and above. The disabilities can either be a cognitive delay, intellectual disability or developmental disability. On the other hand, the Paralympics is for athletes who are/have amputees, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, visually impaired, spinal injuries and Les Autres. There also has no age restriction in Paralympic Games. Athletes who join the Paralympic Games go through intensive trainings, which are quite similar to the preparations of Olympic athletes.

Sporting Philosophy

While Special Olympics aims to help all athletes to realise their potentials without meeting certain standards, Paralympics has set criteria and requirements where athletes undergo a rigorous qualification process.

Structure

Special Olympics is an international organisation for athletes with certain disabilities that focuses on establishing a worldwide network of athletes who enter sport competitions while instituting a community that is dedicated in promoting inclusion and acceptance for all people. The global movement has a head office in Washington D.C. in which 170 countries field athletes in 32 Olympics-type sports. On the contrary, the International Paralympic Committee spearheads the Paralympic Games where each member countries have a National Governing Organisation that implements rules and regulations similar to the Olympics.