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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).

Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month, was established in 1948 by Mental Health America (formerly National Association for Mental Health) to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illness, living with these conditions, and strategies for maintaining mental health and wellness. … Continue reading

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ConnectionsRx – A New Individualized Support Program from the TU Collaborative

Staying connected, maintaining social networks, and participating in the community while practicing physical distancing and following stay-at-home orders can be challenging.  To support individuals with lived experience in serious mental illness, the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Community … Continue reading

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Staying Connected: Maintaining your social networks while remaining physically distant

We are living through an unprecedented time. The world has not experienced a global pandemic to this extent since the influenza pandemic in 1918 (also referred to as the Spanish flu). Federal, state, and local guidelines specify that we should … Continue reading

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Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19): Reliable Information from Federal and State Resources

During December 2019, a new type of respiratory disease (human coronavirus) first appeared in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Since that time, coronavirus disease 2019 also known as COVID-19 has spread to approximately 104 countries (territories/areas) including the United States. According … Continue reading

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Hitting the Road for the Holidays? Plan Ahead for a Less Stressful Trip

According to the American Automobile Association, otherwise known as AAA, over 55 million travelers are taking to the roads and the skies this Thanksgiving holiday, among them approximately 12.6 percent (almost 7 million) travelers with disabilities (https://newsroom.aaa.com/tag/thanksgiving-travel-forecast).  The majority of … Continue reading

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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Domestic violence or intimate partner violence affects millions of men and women across all races, ethnicities, cultures, or religious affiliations each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Intimate … Continue reading

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Is there a difference between independent living and assisted living?

We often refer our patrons to centers for independent living when they are looking for services and supports in their community, which is often met with, “But I’m not looking for a nursing home—I don’t need that kind of help—that’s … Continue reading

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Focus on Public Health:  Importance of health screenings for people with disabilities

The first week of April was National Public Health Week, and the American Public Health Association (APHA) and its various partners came together to celebrate and advocate for public health.  This year’s overarching theme was “Creating the Healthiest Nation 2030:  … Continue reading

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Occupational Therapy Month:  The Role of OT

April is Occupational Therapy Month.  Occupational therapy (OT) is a client-centered health profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations).  Occupational therapists use a … Continue reading

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Living with MS:  Whatever it Takes

March is Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Education and Awareness Month.  And in honor of the awareness month and week the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) launched a year-long campaign, “Whatever it Takes,” to increase awareness of MS and the realities of … Continue reading

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