When it comes to participating in the work force, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are often pushed off into a slow lane of repetitive, dull jobs that underestimate their abilities and don't address their needs for meaningful work. When Special Ed Teacher Tiffany Exeter moved to Denver, Colorado, she understood what the IDD community was looking for and tackled the challenge by opening two fun and cool special needs accessible businesses.
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OG Sports is OGTV's brand new series all about the inspirational sports stories you love to hear. Veteran Sports anchor Scott Stanford will interview unique and uplifting sports heroes and members of organizations who, in their own way, are trying to change the world for the better through sports.
In this episode, Scott talks to Jefferey Wall, the Founder of Golden Age Karate in Dayton, Ohio. Jefferey started karate at seven to try something different and it became a lifelong passion. Inspired by a visit with his Grandma, and wanting to help his community, he reached out to a senior group to share his fitness and martial arts skills and they became devoted to it!
Callie Olson is an 8-year-old Girl Scout with a giving and loving spirit. She worked extremely hard to sell 2,000 boxes of girl scout cookies to win the grand prize MacBook; what's even better is the fact that she won it for her uncle with MS!
This little girl dreamed of one day dancing. Unfortunately, she suffers from cerebral palsy, making this dream more difficult to fulfill than others. In spite of it all, she is able to overcome the obstacles and defeat the odds. Meet Meg Worrick, the 13-year old dancer.
Meg first knew she wanted to become a dancer when she attended one of her little sister's dance recitals. She was filled with an overwhelming emotion of sadness, seeing her sister up on the stage, wishing she could be up there dancing too. With the unconditional support from her parents, dance studio, and dance instructor, this dream became a reality.
** We honor National Poetry Day with this story about a poet and survivor, Shanelle Gabriel **
"Rock out...live your life....live your art!" This was Brooklyn, New York native Shanelle Gabriel's response to her diagnosis of Lupus, an autoimmune disease where your body's immune system, that usually fights infections, attacks healthy tissue instead.
Shanelle first noticed something was off when her fingers turned blue and hurt in the cold and she could not seem to shake the feeling of fatigue no matter how well she slept. After being diagnosed in 2004, Shanelle decided that her health would not be something that would limit her success.
ARGH!@%*?! ... COVID-19 or Not, We All Need To Manage Stress
Are you feeling stressed lately? Are recent events making you want to tear your hair out in frustration? Join the CROWD. But, here's some advice that just might help. May seem simple and obvious, but have you tried it??
1. Stay Positive
A positive attitude can help you feel less stressed by events in your life! A positive attitude does not mean completely ignoring anything negative, but being optimistic about the future.
2. Practice Relaxation Techniques
Yoga and meditation are well-known to help practitioners feel much more relaxed. If not, simply take a walk outside and observe nature as a way to feel a sense of calm. Consider giving any of them a try.
3. Eat Healthy Meals
A well-balanced diet helps your body fight off stress, so make sure to eat healthy meals! Lower your intake of simple carbohydrates and eat more whole grains, for example. And eating well, doesn't mean going on a diet necessarily; it means eating healthy foods.
4. Be Assertive (Without Being Aggressive)
Assert your beliefs and ideas to others without anger or a nasty attitude. Do not, however, be too passive, either. Find a balance between the two extremes that will allow you to get your ideas across in a way that does not create stress for yourself and others. The goal is to express yourself respectfully and never feel demeaned.
5. Come to Peace With Being Unable to Control Most Events
Not all events in your life can be influenced by your actions. Understanding that your plans can be derailed through no fault of your own may actually help reduce stress. Take charge of what you can but recognize your limitations and deal with it accordingly.
6. Exercise Often
Remember: A healthy body means a body that fights off stress more easily, so exercise regularly! It doesn't matter what your exercise is. You can run, you can do pushups, you can bike ride but whatever it is... Get into a routine!
7. Manage Your Time Properly
Schedule yourself so that you get work done as efficiently as possible. If you are a list maker, make one and try to check off all the items you can. The better you schedule your work, the less stressed you will be.
8. Leave Time For Relaxation
Have time in your schedule for hobbies or anything else you enjoy doing. If you never give yourself time to unwind, your life might be nothing but stress-inducing work! And if you don't have anything in particular to do every day, then just Veg Out, Chill Out, or Space Out... as long as you time to relax.
9. Have Limits and Refuse Anything That Would Be Too Stressful
If a task seems like too much for you, and you have a real choice, turn it down! Too much work will create a high level of stress for you, and the final result of any work you take on will likely end up being worse.
10. Limit Your Alcohol And Avoid Drugs
While alcohol might be able to dampen the responses of the stress hormone known as cortisol, it can also lengthen those responses. Alcohol addiction is also tied to cortisol's pleasure-reducing, habit-formation encouraging effects. Drinking alcohol also stresses out your body in and of itself.[i] Similar effects result from drug abuse,
11. Get a Decent Amount of Sleep
Make sure to have a healthy sleep schedule so that you can recover from stressful situations you have encountered over the period of a given day. In addition, being tired during the day can lead to stressful situations.
12. Spend Time With People Whose Company You Enjoy
Hanging out with friends and family you like spending time with is a great way to relieve stress! Make plans every now and then to do something with some people you know! Whether via Zoom, Skype or however you can, reach out to family and friends. You will feel the camaraderie, the relief in knowing you are not the only one felling as you do... and the love.
13. If Necessary, Don't Hesitate To See A Professional
If all else fails, talk to a psychologist or other mental health doctor about whatever it is that is stressing you out. You are not alone in your feelings and should not be fearful or shy about reaching out. These people can teach you other ways to manage stress.
For more information about dealing with Stress During COVID-19, please visit the CDC
For more on Health & Wellness and positivity, click HERE.
Reported and edited by OGTV Intern Jared Butowsky.
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