An overview on how obesity is particularly present in the special needs community “We feel that the healthy weight issue for people with disabilities is every bit as serious as it is in the general population. There’s an epidemic, an endemic of unheal..
A short collection of stories from parents who are working with their children to work towards healthy weight. Alex is a 12 year old boy with autism who seemed to be a typically developing child until about age 4, when, his mother says, “He kind of fell..
An overview of risk factors that help explain the epidemic of obesity within the special needs community. “There are so many factors that have to be dealt with, particularly when you get into the more severe level of disability where there are physical,..
California is ranked lowest in the nation on health care for children with special health care needs (CSHCN) according to a report released November 17, 2010 by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. One in seven children in California..
With the holidays fast approaching, AbilityPath’s parent nonprofit organization, Community Gatepath welcomed chefs from Stanford University’s Dining Department to help young adults with disabilities and their families kick-off healthy eating habits. ..
Information in this article was made available from a guide for parents and dental providers of children with special needs developed by the Oklahoma Dental Foundation in partnership with several funders. The entire guide is available for download at: O..
Toolkit, resources and links to help encourage healthy habits Obesity: Special Needs Resources » (download the entire report) AbilityPath.org provides a variety of resources for parents, teachers and professionals to help their children find balance and ..
How many times have you heard yourself say, “You have to eat your fruits and vegetables so you can grow to be big and strong?” Too many times to count? Many parents can relate to the topic of picky eaters. Parents of a child with autism often have a..
Five spheres of influence that can positively affect a child’s weight “It’s not just a matter of the individual making the right choices. We need public policies that support physical activity programs for people with disabilities. We need more inve..
A further investigation of the impact obesity has on the growth and development of children with special needs. “Childhood obesity, because it tends to track into adulthood and is itself a risk factor for the most prevalent chronic diseases, may represe..