Sports and Recreation

Last updated: May 26, 2016

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  • All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Tips (.pdf) [Not currently available—being updated for sale.] The United Spinal Association offers a free publication about using all-terrain vehicles. All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are among the most popular recreational vehicles in the nation today, but along with popularity comes increased risk and sometimes carelessness. Don't spoil the fun—get a copy of this timely list of safety reminders today.
  • Armchair World: Handicapped-Accessible Tours fishing, kayaking, white-water rafting…
  • Boating Safety Tips (.pdf) [Not currently available—being updated for sale.] The United Spinal Association offers a free publication about boating. An afternoon on the water in an open boat is one of summer’s most alluring pastimes. Keep all your sailors and yourself safe and dry with this informative compilation of common-sense rules for mariners of all ages.
  • Canadian Olympic Committee
  • Canadian Paralympic Committee
  • Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association
  • Disabled Sailing
  • International Paralympic Committee
  • International Tennis Federation's Wheelchair Tennis
  • International Wheelchair Basketball Federation
  • Masters Athletes by Sheila Kealey, a health promotion consultant, writer, and athlete. She covers the new and active way of growing old in America. No longer are people settling for shuffleboard. Or mall walking. Or deep knee bends. They are running track, playing baseball – yes, hardball! – and even surfing well into their 60s and beyond. You’ll get updates on current health and wellness topics, the latest nutrition research, healthy recipes, and nutrition strategies for optimal health and athletic performance.
  • Motorcycle Safety Tips (.pdf) [Not currently available—being updated for sale.] The United Spinal Association has a publication about using motorcycles. "Born to be wild" may be an anthem for a generation of motorcycles enthusiasts but the accident rates are a sobering reminder that there's more to riding than the romance of the open road. Make that inner "Easy Rider" a "Safer Rider" with this valuable list of statistics and safety tips.
  • National Wheelchair Basketball Association
  • Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association [Canada]
  • Personal Watercraft Safety Tips (.pdf) [Not currently available—being updated for sale.] The United Spinal Association has a publication about personal watercraft. Rules and safety tips for using a personal watercraft.
  • Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH International)
  • Snowmobile Safety Tips (.pdf) [Not currently available—being updated for sale.] The United Spinal Association offers a free publication about using snowmobiles. The lure of a pristine, snow-covered mountainside is irresistible for snowmobile aficionados and to make sure you get back to the lodge safely, check out this handy review of do's and don'ts for this fast-growing winter sport.
  • Special Olympics
  • Special Olympics Maryland
  • Spokes 'n Motion services include the distribution of equipment, sports program advice, and instructional services for the disabled community. Equipment and services now cover skiing, water sports, wheelchairs, cycling, travel, adventure sports, and acccessibility products.
  • TAASC The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition
  • U CAn Do Wheelchair-height pinball machine
  • USA Tennis Association's Special Populations Program: Adaptive Tennis The game of tennis can be adapted to accommodate any age, environment, condition or disability. The charge of USTA Adaptive Tennis is to promote and develop recreational tennis opportunities for individuals with varying abilities and circumstances through inclusion, knowledge and support. The USTA continues to support programming for individuals with physical, developmental and situational challenges.
  • USA Tennis Wheelchair
  • Wheelchair Dancing BBC TV Competition Program The new show is to be called "Dancing on Wheels", which will involve celebrities being paired with wheelchair users in a dance competition.
  • Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Products

Spasmodic Torticollis / Dystonia

Last updated: March 2, 2015

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  • Action for Dystonia, Diagnosis, Education & Research (ADDER) A.D.D.E.R. was formed in 1999 out of the North East branch of The Dystonia Society, which had been running since it was started ten years previously. The name A.D.D.E.R., which stands for Action for Dystonia, Diagnosis, Education and Research, was dreamt up by John Whitaker, our own Outreach Dystonia Nurse Practitioner, because A.D.D.E.R. is a snake which suddenly strikes out of the blue, which is a bit like dystonia. One minute you are fine and the next you have this irritating and annoying muscle spasm, in your neck or face or wherever, which will not go away. Dystonia is a rare neurological movement disorder which causes involuntary and prolonged muscle contractions. Dystonia can appear in any muscle group in the body and can be extremely painful and debilitating. [United Kingdom]
  • Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) Since 1976, the DMRF has grown from a small family-based foundation into a dynamic membership-driven organization led by a Board of Directors and network of volunteers with personal connections to dystonia. Because dystonia hits so close to home for our directors and volunteers, the DMRF leadership is motivated by an unrelenting drive to find a cure and an unwavering commitment to serving people affected by dystonia.
  • MedlinePlus: Dystonia MedlinePlus is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dystonia is a movement disorder that causes involuntary contractions of your muscles. These contractions result in twisting and repetitive movements. Sometimes they are painful. Dystonia can affect just one muscle, a group of muscles or all of your muscles. Symptoms can include tremors, voice problems or a dragging foot. Symptoms often start in childhood. They can also start in the late teens or early adulthood. Some cases worsen over time. Others are mild.
  • National Spasmodic Torticollis Association Inc. (NSTA) The mission of the National Spasmodic Torticollis Association is to support the needs and well being of affected individuals and families; to promote awareness and education; to advance research for more treatments and ultimately a cure.
  • Spasmodic Torticollis / Dystonia Inc. ST/Dystonia was incorporated in 1989, becoming a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization in 1990 and has been dedicated to helping people with Spasmodic Torticollis (ST) ever since. In this site, you will find the testimonials of others who have been helped; you will find the many benefits we offer you; you will find our “Treatment Center” offering you the major treatments available for you. Just a few years ago not much was available. The advances have been fairly dramatic, however, in what can help you today. It's no longer just oral meds but there is now botox, myobloc, the Selective Denervation Surgery and, coming along fast, the Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Operation. And we're here to help advise you of these various treatments.
  • Spasmodic Torticollis Recovery Clinic, Inc. S.T.R.C. provides natural, non-medical, individualized education and therapy for people suffering with Spasmodic Torticollis/Cervical Dystonia globally (ST/CD).
  • The Dystonia Society The Dystonia Society was established in 1983 by a small group of people affected by dystonia, with the support of the late Professor David Marsden. The Society was established to promote the welfare of people who are affected by any form of the neurological movement disorder known as dystonia. The Society aims to do this by promoting awareness of the disorder, by supporting research and by undertaking welfare initiatives. It does this on a national level and through its network of local support groups. [United Kingdom]

Usability, User Interface, and Human Factors

Last updated: May 30, 2016

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  • 6 Surprising Bad Practices That Hurt Dyslexic Users Web accessibility doesn’t only extend to color blind users, but dyslexic users too. For example, justified text and double spaces after a period create rivers of space down the length of a page.
  • Body of Knowledge Glossary of Terms provided by The Usability Body of Knowledge© User Experience Professionals' Association (UXPA). The Usability Professionals' Association (UPA) has initiated a long-term project to collate a comprehensive Body of Knowledge (BoK) for the usability profession, which will provide an authoritative source of reference and define the scope of the profession.
  • Glossary of terms provided by Usability First [UK]
  • HCI Bibliography: Human-Computer Interaction Resources Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is a discipline concerned with the design, evaluation and implementation of interactive computing systems for human use and with the study of major phenomena surrounding them.
  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Bibliography: HCI Webliography Links: Accessibility Resources
  • Laboratory of Brain-Computer Interfaces an internationally renowned research institution with a research focus on brain-computer communication and dynamics of brain oscillations. We have extensive expertise in EEG recording, offline and online signal processing of brain signals and other biosignals, feature extraction, machine learning methods applied to brain patterns, and neurofeedback systems. [Austria]
  • Nielsen Norman Group (NN/g), Evidence-Based User Experience Research, Training, and Consulting
  • Online FAA Human Factors Training Anyone may go through the training. Only FAA employees get to take the final exam for a certificate of completion.
  • How Blind People "See" the Internet
  • Scientific Worksplace of the Future (SWOF) Bright, flexible research environments will characterize The Francis Crick Institute in London.
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Tutorial from the National Center on Low-Incidence Disabilities, University of Northern Colorado.
  • the National Center on Universal Design for Learning information for advocacy, implementation, and community.
  • NCLID Research Brief
    Perspectives of Effective Teachers of Students with Low-Incidence Disabilities
    from the National Center on Low-Incidence Disabilities (NCLID), University of Colorado.
  • TRACE Center at the University of Wisconsin. The Trace Research & Development Center is a part of the College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Trace Center is currently working on ways to make standard information technologies and telecommunications systems more accessible and usable by people with disabilities.
  • Universal 101: Introduction to Usability by Jakob Nielsen on January 4, 2012
  • Universal Design Education The site is designed for use by faculty members, students (of any age and stage), and user/experts. The site supports professional design education as well as professional development/continuing education and kindergarten through grade 12 education (this is the U.S. designation – we welcome design-related materials for younger students from everywhere in the world).
  • Universal Design / Disability Access – for Advanced Computational Infrastructure is a program at the Trace Research & Development Center that is part of the National Computational Science Alliance (NCSA) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Alliance is involved in the development of supercomputing systems and applications (including future Internet applications) and it is Trace's role to help ensure that they are built in a manner that makes them more accessible for people with disabilities.
  • Universal Usability Guide by Susan Horten, 2005. The Universal Usability site houses an unabridged, online version of Access by Design: A Guide to Universal Usability for Web Designers, by Sarah Horton, published in 2005 by New Riders Press. You’ll find the complete text and illustrations from the printed book here under Access by Design Online.
  • Usability.gov Usability.gov is the leading resource for user experience (UX) best practices and guidelines, serving practitioners and students in the government and private sectors. The site provides overviews of the user-centered design process and various UX disciplines. It also covers the related information on methodology and tools for making digital content more usable and useful.
    • Accessibility Resources a searchable database. The database allows you to access the guidelines associated with your area of interest and allows us to update the guidelines more easily and frequently. At present, the database houses the current guidelines published in 2006. Moving forward, we will update the database to cover current trends and topics in digital communications
  • Usability & User Experience SIG articles on "Accessibility, Ergonomics, and Special Audiences" at http://www.uuxsig.org/topics/ [Website is not reachable as of 22 April 2016.]
  • Usable Web provided links to web usability history [Started redesign in 2012. Website is not currently active as of 12May2016.]
  • Seniors as Web Users from the Nielsen Norman Group (NN/g) by JAKOB NIELSEN on May 28, 2013.
  • International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (IJHCS) The International Journal of Human-Computer Studies publishes original research over the whole spectrum of work relevant to the theory and practice of innovative interactive systems.