Monday, June 19, 2017

Heavenly Home: Doing the "Wright" Thing

Based in Cocoa, Heavenly Home Health Aid is a faith-based agency that provides caregiving services to people with developmental disabilities and Medicaid HCBS waivers in Brevard County. The services help clients have a sense of independence and remain in their home. Megan McLaughlin Wright and her husband Jason cofounded Heavenly Home five years ago. Some caregivers are available for 24-hour service, and if needed, clients can reach Heavenly Home at the after-hours emergency line. Always looking for new caregivers, Heavenly Home was featured in an article in the June 16 issue of Hometown News. For more information, go to http://www.heavenlyhomehealthaid.com/.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Amputee Resource Guide

The Amputee Resource Guide is a new Facebook page that was created to share information for amputees. The page contains a link to a North Carolina travel guide for people with disabilities (https://amputeeresourceguide.com/access-north-carolina-travel-guide/). (I went to North Carolina for a few days in March; please refer to my March 8 post "My Time in Durham, North Carolina" for details.) More resources will be added to the Guide as time goes on. The Amputee Resource Guide Facebook page is located at https://www.facebook.com/AmpResGuide/.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

diversAbility Job Fair to Be Held June 13

In partnership with Vocational Rehabilitation, CareerSource Brevard's Palm Bay office is hosting the diversAbility Job Fair from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 13. This event, a member of the Florida Unique Abilities company (www.floridauniqueabilities.org), is open to people with special needs. Employers such as Brevard Achievement Center, Goodwill, and Veterans Assembled Electronics will be participating in diversAbility. Job fair attendees should bring copies of their resume and dress in a professional manner. For more information, call CareerSource Brevard at (321) 504-7600 or go to https://careersourcebrevard.com/event/diversability-job-fair-palm-bay.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

"Field"ing a Traumatic Brain Injury

Jennifer Miller Field is a motivational speaker who once aspired to compete as an equestrian at the Olympics. When she was 17, Field was in a nearly fatal car accident that caused her to be in a coma and unable to walk, talk, and eat on her own due to brain damage. With help from her mother as well as treatments and therapies, she took ten years to regain her physical independence and graduate from college as recounted in their book From Blue Ribbon to Code Blue. Field established the J Field Foundation, which provides funds to people with physical and mental handicaps for alternative therapies not covered by insurance. Field briefly described her life in a letter in the May/June issue of the magazine Angels on Earth. For more information about this inspirational woman, go to http://jenniferfield.org/.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Rolling with Izzy Wheels

Isabel and Ailbhe Keane, sisters from Dublin, Ireland, co-founded Izzy Wheels, a company that sells wheelchair spoke guards. The spoke guards, which are designed by various artists, are strapped onto the wheels as a decorative piece. Isabel uses a wheelchair because she has spina bifida and is paralyzed from the waist down. Accepting international orders, Izzy Wheels has received four awards, including Accenture's Leaders of Tomorrow Award 2017. To browse their shop, go to https://www.izzywheels.com/.

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Isabel Keane with a wheelchair spoke guard
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Spotlight: Goats of Anarchy

Formerly an event planner, Leanne Lauricella founded Goats of Anarchy (GOA), a nonprofit that rehabilitates baby goats with special needs on a farm in New Jersey. A few of the goats use small wheelchairs for their hind legs while others have prosthetic legs. Some goats have health problems for which surgery is necessary. GOA, which has appeared on TV shows and in publications, was voted the winner of the People's Voice Webby Award for the Animal Social Media category in 2016 and 2017. For more information (including how to donate) and a dose of cuteness, go to http://goatsofanarchy.com.

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The Goats of Anarchy Farm
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Monday, May 15, 2017

Stellar Transport Strives to Live Up to Its Name

Stellar Transport is a non-emergency medical transportation company based in Melbourne, Florida. For a fee, Stellar drives people to doctor's appointments, the hospital for ongoing medical treatments, and other locations as needed. Passengers also have a long distance option if they must travel more than 150 miles. Stellar's vehicles are wheelchair accessible and have room for a stretcher. If passengers need assistance, EMT-certified drivers help them get out of their homes and into their doctor's office or other destination. For more information, go to https://www.stellartransport.com/.

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