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Can Animals Experience PTSD Like Humans Do?

Posted by Ask Emily on August 12, 2018 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Some of you may have seen and/or followed the story recently out of Seattle, Washington where an Orca Whale Calf died and its mother carried it for over two weeks before letting go. This story caught the attention of millions around the world for a varity of reasons. PTSD can happen in many different circumstances and impact people in many different ways, but how many of us have really thought about PTSD in Animals? Until watching this Orca with her calf, I personally had never given that idea much thought, but it makes total sense now tat I have been following the story since it started in Seattle. It was sad and puzzling listening to the researchers and people following this mother and her deceased baby and how they were so eager to, "do something", but they didn't know what to do. This has really got me thinking about PTSD and Mental Health and what a human mother goes through during the grieving process after loosing her baby vs. what an animal goes through after loosing her baby. When a human mother looses a baby, when she is ready to, she can verbally express what she is going through.  When an animal mother experiences this, she can express it in her own time and in her own way to other animals, but the way she might display it to humans, humans might have a hard time understanding. When a human see's an animal carrying its deceased baby especially when it has been weeks since the babies passing, their immediate response is, "What do we need to do?". Some human mother's who have experienced this might say, "Let the poor mother grieve in her own way and in her own time." Another piece to this is that animals can't be medicated like human's can, so they might have a more difficult time dealing with the situation and who are we to put a time limit on something like that if we can't relate to what they are experiencing. The more I think about what to write in this post, the more sympathy I have for human's who experience PTSD.  We need to be showing more patience and compassion.  It is not necessarily our job to understand, but to show compassion to those who are personally experiencing PTSD.  Even if the person who is trying to help has experienced their own PTSD, no PTSD is exactly the same.  As long as we make sure that the person knows that they are safe, are cared about and they are not alone, that could be better than anything else that anyone else tries to offer the person and the same thing can and should be said for animals. As long as we observe the situation to ensure the safety of all involved, we shoud only intervene if there is a true and definite safety threat, but as for what was happening with the Orca, she was not harming anyone by her actions, she was simply trying to show that she was grieving the loss and there should be nothing wrong with that.


Posted by Hope 4 Disabilities on August 8, 2018 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (1)

Exercising regularly not only improves health and prevents diseases like type 2 diabetes and cancer, it has also been proved that regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. This means your heart and lung health improves through exercise and in turn, the immediate and long-term effects both have a giant and positive impact on the quality of your life. Keeping fit and healthy and exercising regularly can be a hard enough task for people as is, however, it can be even harder for disabled people who have limited mobility.

Limited mobility or disability doesn’t mean it is impossible for the disabled person to exercise. There are tons of specific exercises and techniques out there which focus on different parts of the body. You can either ask a doctor or a fitness professional familiar with your disability while choosing which exercise is the best for you, or you can make that choice yourself depending on your personal understanding on what part of your body you need to work on the most.

Here is a list of exercises which can be done at home without any equipment. Before starting exercising, it is best to relax your mind and your body. One way you can do both is Progressive Muscular Relaxation (PMR). For complete body PMR, sit or lie down in a comfortable position and take five deep breaths. Feel free to create relaxing imagery in your mind when you’re inhaling, like you’re breathing fresh morning air in your favorite park, or getting direct help and breathing freely using a breathing machine. Tense and release your feet, legs, buttocks, stomach, hands, arms, neck, and face, one by one. Continue this to the count of five while keeping your eyes closed and breathing deeply.


If you have some control over your lower body, perch yourself at the front edge of a chair and place your feet flat on the ground, behind your knees. Lean your upper body slightly forward and try to push yourself up using your legs into a standing position. If you can’t do it without the support of your arms, try placing your hands on your knees and then pushing yourself up. Once you’re in a standing position, slowly and carefully lower yourself back on the seat till you return to the position you started in. If your legs are too weak for this setting, use a grab rail or shelf to pull yourself up while putting as much force through your legs as physically possible for you.


You’ll need a lightweight resistance band for this one. Choose a resistance which will allow you to have 40 to 50 per set repetitions and perform resistance exercises at a fast pace. Perform 2 to 3 sets and take minute long breaks between sets per exercise. You can start off by wrapping your resistance band under your chair, couch, or bed. Perform tricep extensions,bicep curls, front and side shoulder raise, and shoulder press exercises. You can also wrap the band around your chair to perform a chest press. Wrap the band around a pole or support and pull using your hand to work on your back muscles.


Make a fist, imagine a target, and start swinging to raise your heart rate and burn excess calories. Watch videos on boxing online to figure out posture and technique. Think of the boxing legends and if you want, imagine yourself as one while you swing at your mobile punching bag or at thin air. Ask a friend to help you out if you don’t want to be boxing alone or purchase an interactive boxing or physical exercise related gaming system like PlayStation, Xbox, or Nintendo. Punching thin air can burn upto 390 calories per hour.


Turn on some of your favorite upbeat music. Sit comfortably wherever you want, and now start moving. There are no limitations to dance moves but you can also look up videos for moves which you can easily do and are very effective. Wiggle your body, especially your hips and make figure eights. Move your arms and legs and feet. Use Frisbee rings or hula-hoops around your wrists. Make them move in circles as you rotate your wrists. Do this while making figure eights with your hips. All of these movements will get your heart rate up and you’ll be able to strengthen your body to move and get around better.


Abdominal exercises go best when paired with exercises which help strengthen lower back muscles. They need the balance lower back muscles exercises provide. Start this particular exercise by lying on the floor face down, bring the tips of your fingers to your temples and spread your elbows wide. Raise your head, shoulders, and thighs up from the floor at the same time. Slowly lower yourself but prevent your arms from touching the floor to make sure you don’t relax completely.

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This guest post was written by Hassan Khan Yousafzai, he is passionate about Digital marketing. Along with educational background in Software Engineering he is bridging gap between marketing and development department.

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What is a reasonable accommodation and why is asking for a reasonable accommodation so challenging?

Posted by Ask Emily on August 5, 2018 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

A Reasonable Accommodation is a small request that a person with a medical diagnosis is forced to ask for when a public place does not already accommodate that person and their request.  Reasonable Accommodation requests, are done around the world every single day.  Some Reasonable Accommodation requests impact one person here and there while other Reasonable Accommodations impact a larger population worldwide. Reasonable Accommodations can be asked for in a housing situation if a person is renting and they need something like a ramp or bars put in the bathroom for mobility issues, or in an employment position, a person can ask for extra or longer bathroom breaks if they use a catheter or a colostomy and require more time to do their procedure. 

Another reasonable accommodation that may seem more obvious to some than to others, but it needs to be mentioned is if a person is on a public housing list and depends on a wheelchair to get around, obviously expecting them to move into a rental where the bedrooms are on the second floor and there is only stairs to get to the second floor, this is not accommodating the person with the wheelchair, so the housing authority needs to be mindful of that when offering a potential tenant in a wheelchair a reasonable accommodation by only offering them ground floor units to consider.

The latest Reasonable Accommodation that some people with medical diagnosis' are having to ask for is to have an exception made to the ban that has recently gon into affect regarding plastic straws.  The people that are trying to get this law in place are doing it to protect the environment, but have not fully considered the impact that it will have on people with disabilities who can't drink without them.  Some people's theory to this is to make the straws out of bamboo or metal, but haven't considered the dangers that those materials could cause a person who may have a diagnosis that involves Tics like Tourette's Syndrome, or someone who has some sort of Seizure Disorder and the harm that these materials could do to the inside of a person's mouth.  These materials could easily cut someone and that would be a very bad thing for the individual if it were to happen on a regular basis.  Some people might have paralysis or mobility issues and they are not able to turn their head to use a metal or bamboo straw that may be reusable, but is not bendable to get into the person's mouth.  

Wheelchair Parking Etiquette

Posted by Ask Emily on May 5, 2018 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This blog post, is probably seriously long overdue, but better late than never.  We see posts almost on a daily basis where people are violating handicapped parking privillages.  We decided to shed some light on this to help educate the public of the challenges when it comes to wheelchair parking spaces.  Every so often, we come across a post where a car has decided to squeeze in between two cars parked in designated wheelchair parking spaces either oblivious to the white lines on the space in between, or not caring that this space is not an actual parking spot.  Some people may lack the common sense to know that those lines actually serve a purpose.  It doesn't take rocket science to know that typically, the ramp in an accessible van lowers out of the sliding door on the passenger side of the van onto...you guessed it, the white striped space between the two parking spots.  If a car parks there AFTER the wheelchair has been lowered, they can't get back into their van and have to call law enforcement and then they either do a courtesy to the illegally parked car's owner and try to locate them in a reasonable amount of time, or they call a tow truck to have the car towed and then the illegally parked car's owner has to pay an impound fee to get their car back for doing something that could have easily been avoided.  Another thought to keep in mind, if you do think that space is an actual parking spot and you spot it and go racing in there in hopes to beat another driver to it, chances are that A) No one else is going to try and take that spot because they know that it is not a legal parking spot and B) if you go flying in there and the van's ramp is down and you run over it with your car that you are attempting to illegally park, you are going to have to pay the cost to repair the persons now broken ramp and they are going to have to find an alternate way home which in most cases, is easier said than done.  

Since we are on this topic, we also want to bring up a few other points.  A wheelchair parking permit or license plate is designated typically to one person, and if that person is not with you when you use it, that is also ILLEGAL and morally wrong for that matter.  In some states, you are required to carry an ID card that goes along with your parking permit or license plate that lets law enforcement or parking enforcement know who the permit actually belongs to because they are trying to crack down on people ILLEGALLY using these permits.  We have even heard of cases where people are actually breaking into cars and the only thing that they are stealing is the parking placard not knowing that it can be traced to a specific individual and it is a crime to use a placard with someone elses name on it. 

If you see someone who is illegally parked in a wheelchair parking space, call your local law enforcement and you can tell them it is not an emergency, but you would like to report their license plate and have it documented that the person appears to be illegally parked.  This way, if they are a repeat offender, they can be fined for what they are doing or if they may have accidentally forgot to hang their placard, they will get a reminder that they forgot and the fine will be dropped as long as they can show proof that they actually have a placard.  We hope by writing this post, we can actually help educate those who need to be educated or a refresher course on the do's and don't when it comes to Wheelchair Parking Etiquette.