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About cgraves34

Media Specialist for the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) through Administration for Community Living (ACL) under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

It takes a village: Kinship Care Month

Generally speaking, a child with or without disabilities may be raised by one or both parents. However, there may be life circumstances such as the death of one or both parents, or if one or both parents are either financially, … Continue reading

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On a Scale of 1 to 10, #PainCounts

In 2001, the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) and other pain related organizations declared September National Pain Awareness Month. Pain is a part of life and something most people experience, and can range from mild, like a headache or overtaxed … Continue reading

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Family Caregiver Grief: Transitioning back into life after the loss of your loved one/care receiver

In a previous blog post on family caregiver grief, we discussed coping with the loss of your loved one and/or care receiver. Moving through the grief process, it is common for family caregivers to feel adrift as they try to … Continue reading

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Family Caregiver Grief: Coping with the loss of your loved one/care receiver

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, about 43.5 million caregivers provide unpaid care to an adult or child in the US every year. Being a primary caregiver to a family member or spouse can be extremely time consuming, and … Continue reading

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Grateful for Family Caregivers: 10 tips for Family Caregivers During the Holidays

November is National Family Caregivers Month (NFCM). There is no better time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country on Thanksgiving and throughout the holidays. Approximately 1 in 5 Americans are family caregivers including children, spouses, partners, and … Continue reading

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Bringing Visibility to Invisible Disabilities

This week is Invisible Disabilities Week and we’re honoring the #VisibleCourage of those living with invisible or hidden disabilities in the community. Continue reading

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Self-care for People with Seasonal Affective Disorder

‘Tis the season for all things autumn – pumpkins, fall foliage, and cooler days and colder nights with fewer daylight hours. It also a time of year where individuals living in the northern United States may notice changes in their … Continue reading

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Come Together During Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and the week of September 5-11 is National Suicide Prevention Week. Suicide is a major public health concern and a leading cause of death in the United States (https://www.cdc.gov/suicide/facts/index.html). It is also preventable. The … Continue reading

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Breaking the Stigma: Mental Health in Athletics

Professional athletes are opening up about mental health, and it’s making a difference. Tennis player Naomi Osaka, football players (NFL) Brandon Marshall and Aaron Rodgers, and four-time gold winning Olympic gymnast Simone Biles are just a few of the professional … Continue reading

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Are face masks policies covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

COVID-19 has changed life as we know in many ways. Safety measures such as social distancing, stay at home orders, and the wearing of face masks or cloth face coverings are now part of our daily lives. The Centers for … Continue reading

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