by Amy Saffell
Being a wheelchair user brings about many obvious challenges, but often these challenges are only obvious to chair users themselves and not the rest of society. One such challenge is that of clothing. Chair users want their clothes to be both functional and fashionable, but much of the clothing found in stores doesn’t have the desired look for someone living life sitting down, doesn’t give the wearer easy access to handle personal care needs, or includes features difficult for someone with limited hand function. While not often considered by clothing manufacturers, clothing that takes into consideration the needs of people with disabilities may soon be more widely available thanks to professors and students at the University of Missouri.
In 2011, School of Health professor Allison Kabel attended a meeting to address curriculum changes on campus. As a social scientist with a research background in the area of illness, disability, and culture, Kabel had built an interest in how disability and culture merges and had studied how people who had sustained spinal cord injuries rebuilt their lives, often making their own personal adaptations in the world around them because a product that could assist them didn’t exist.
|mobileWOMEN Contributor, Robyn Keller|
Well, I don't know about the rest of you but I have enough of winter and everything that goes with it, including heavy food!
The following recipe is light and summer-like with grape tomatoes which are always easy to find any time of year. In fact, emerging science suggests that tomatoes, which contain the antioxidant, lycopene, are one of the best cancer fighting foods. Cooking actually boosts it's antioxidant power. Not to mention, a full cup of grape or cherry tomatoes contains only 27 calories providing 1.8 grams of fiber, 6 grams of complex carbohydrates and 1 gram of protein.
So, give this recipe a try and envision warmer days soon to come!