June 2020 - Summertime Resources

Disability Resource Library Newsletter

COVID-19 is affecting our Disability Resource Library services. We have suspended loans until further notice. You can still request items and we will fulfill your requests when loans resume. If you have an active loan, you are welcome to keep it until the loan program resumes. If you have a critical need, please contact us.

June 2020 - Summertime Resources

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This month's Disability Resource Library newsletter focuses on summertime, exploring, and learning new things. After a few months of being quarantined indoors, we are all more than ready to get outside and explore some of the wonders West Virginia has to offer! In addition, we've added several online resources for you to check out indoors.

Take a look at a few of the resources our Disability Resource Library provides and, as always, please feel free to reach out to Roger May, the Media Resource Specialist for the Center for Excellence in Disabilities, via email at roger.may@hsc.wvu.edu or by phone at 304-205-6434.

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Arrangements for borrowing or returning resources during this COVID period can be made by calling 304-205-6434.
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Online Resource: Special Olympics

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Special Olympics maintains a wonderful website full of resources with fun and engaging activities to stay fit and healthy. This is especially important while spending so much time indoors due to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic.

Online Resource: Sports Abilities

Sports Abilities is a resource for people with physical disabilities to find recreational, advocacy, support, and adaptive sporting activities throughout the United States. They have calendars for every state and 26 different activities ranging from team sports to social gatherings. Sports Abilities aims to be an online location for people to visit to see all that is happening will help increase program participation, promote awareness, and help improve people's lives.

Online Resource: Move United

Move United's mission is to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, competition, recreation, high performance sport and educational programs.

As we all navigate the new and constantly shifting landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic, Move United is focusing efforts around providing its member network with continued support.

Online Resource: A Guide to Accessible Recreation in West Virginia

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West Virginia is fortunate to have many accessible locations where everyone including children, older adults and individuals with disabilities can have fun! By encouraging sites across the state to complete and return surveys, based on Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG), information was collected to give both residents and visitors a tool to help identify recreation sites that can accommodate a wide range of needs. Sites in 52 of 55 counties responded to the survey and are included in this Guide. In addition to site listings, the Guide includes other information on travel in West Virginia, such as public and commercial transportation providers, medical equipment and supply vendors, 24-hour emergency care centers and dialysis centers. Access the 102-page PDF here.

Online Resource: Healthy Children by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

As COVID-19 continues to spread, children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), may be at increased risk for complications. This includes children with chronic conditions, disabilities, and those with medically complex conditions. In addition, school and business closings may affect the availability of therapies and supports for these children. The impact is unknown but may be significant and long lasting. See more of what Healthy Children has to offer here.

Navigation Tips - Talking to Children about COVID-19

"Even if children and teens don't appear to be following the virus news carefully, it is likely that they are absorbing the information and stress from adults. They are hearing about it from friends and making their own inferences about what it all means. Rather than leave this education up to siblings, the media, or friends, you play an important role in helping children and teens better understand what's happening and help them manage their own related worries or anxiety." Read more from this article by Erin Walsh, M.A. and David Walsh, Ph.D. in Psychology Today here.

A Child's Champion

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This month's Child's Champion is Lloyd W. (Wayne) Crook II of Beckley, West Virginia. Wayne is the Shady Spring High School assistant wrestling coach and summer weight lifting instructor. He is the father of four children, has worked as a volunteer wrestling coach from 2015-2019, and now serves as the assistant wresting coach from 2019 to present.

"My son starting wrestling when he was four, but after an infection left him with brain damage at the age of 13, he lost his memory of wrestling moves," Wayne said. "After his medical team released him to do sports again, I wanted to help him be the best he could be. During my journey with my son, I realized the joy it brought me to help and mentor teenagers, " he added. "Helping kids not only become great wrestlers, but to succeed at life and seeing them grow into outstanding young adults has brought me true pleasure," Wayne shared.

Wayne has coached several state qualifiers, finishers, a State Games of America Champion, and a National Athlete of the year. When asked about a particular quote that inspires him, he shared "Can't Never Could" and "Train your mind first and the rest falls in place." Please help us congratulate Wayne Crook as June's Child's Champion. Thanks, Wayne!

Do you know someone you'd like to nominate to be featured as a Child's Champion in our monthly newsletter? Please let us know! Contact Roger May, the Media Resource Specialist for the Center for Excellence in Disabilities, via email at roger.may@hsc.wvu.edu or by phone at 304-205-6434.