As part of the Provider Engagement Team here at MediSked I often get to visit our Provider Partners onsite as well as occasionally attend Provider Partner-hosted conferences. This year, I was fortunate enough to attend the 2018 Rooted in Advocacy Conference, hosted by The Arc of North Carolina. It was a truly incredible weekend where everyone had a seat at the table and an opportunity to share their voices and some awesome dance moves!Read More
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Advocacy is the foundation upon which the disability community has grown into a powerhouse. The future of the movement depends on the many advocates across the country who are engaging on the local, state, and national levels to protect the rights of people with disabilities and support their inclusion in the community.
The Arc of North Carolina uses MediSked products for data tracking in their service delivery. The chapter is also an advocacy leader in the state, and we have long admired their strong commitment to their advocacy work. So we reached out to Melinda Plue, Director of Advocacy and Chapter Development at The Arc of North Carolina, to share some of the advocacy efforts the state chapter and its 23 member chapters have made this year.
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall and every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. Following a fall, many individuals see a decrease in their quality of life due to limitations from their injuries. Along with being a major public health issue, falls come with a heavy financial burden. According to the CDC, the total cost of fall injuries in 2014 was $31 billion.Read More
Last night I attended a talk by Mohammed Saad, an accomplished app creator, photographer, and social activist from Saudi Arabi who is blind. The turning point in Saad’s life was when he got fed up with people, especially family members, limiting him because of his disability. Saad created an Arabic app for the iPhone, MANHAL, that offers audio lessons on a range of topics for the blind. He also created Sightful Fingertips, an audio station where he manages sound engineering and music audio mixing. Among his other talents, Saad teaches courses to other blind individuals on cooking, photography, sound editing, and mastering accessible technology through the iPad and iPhone. Saad commands a large global following on Twitter which he uses to dispel negative stereotypes about people with disabilities, connect with people throughout the world, and even teach some of his courses.Read More