Monday, October 14, 2019

Hugo Award News

Man reading against brick wall
Man reading against brick wall

Submitted by Virtual Ability member Linn Darkwatch

August 18th : 'Uncanny Magazine' wins Hugo Award in Semi-Prozine category, making Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, editor of the magazine's special "Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction" issue, the first Deaf-Blind ever person to win a Hugo award.

The actual issue of Uncanny Magazine in question may be found at

Also published by Uncanny Magazine was the recent issue, "Disabled People Destroy Fantasy," which can be found at

Saturday, October 5, 2019

TIP - Check out the US Access Board YouTube channel

The US Access Board is a federal agency charged with developing guidelines and standards about accessibility that will allow people with disabilities access to the built environment, public transportation, information technology, and medical diagnostic equipment. They deal both with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and the ABA (Architectural Barriers Act).

Last year, they set up a YouTube channel as part of their information dissemination strategy. You can find it here:

What will you find in this collection of videos?

A welcome by Executive Director David Capozzi, who explains the mission of the Access Board:

An explanation of what the Access Board does:

An overhead animation of how toilet stalls are to be designed to be accessible from wheelchairs:

A video about the ADA and ABA requirements for parking and passenger loading zones:

There are several other topics as well. You may want to subscribe to receive updates when new material is added.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

TIP - Which cuts of meat are the leanest?

Lean meat kebabs

Protein is an important and necessary part of our daily diet, and much of it comes from meat (unless we are vegetarians). Meat protein comes mainly from the muscles of mammals, birds and fish. Unfortunately, animal muscles also contain fat, so to avoid eating too much fat, it is important to choose the leanest possible cuts of meat.

The leanest beef choices are chuck, round, sirloin and tenderloin. The leanest cuts of pork are loin chops and tenderloin. The white breast meat of chicken and turkey is the leanest choice, without the skin.

Of course, the style of preparation also impacts the fat content of a meat dish. And don’t forget portion size. Limit a serving of meat to 3 ounces, which will look about the size of a deck of cards.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

TIP - Schedule to develop new habits

When we want to achieve a healthier lifestyle, this usually means establishing new habits, which is not an instantaneous thing to do. Habits become habitual through purposeful repetition. The best way to establish a new activity as a habit is to consciously schedule it into your daily routine.

Need to exercise more regularly? Schedule two days a week to meet your buddy at the gym and put it in your weekly calendar app. Should you be stretching a few minutes every hour you are at your computer? Set an online alarm. Have you been putting off sending thank you notes? Commit to writing one every day before breakfast.

Want to walk for 15 minutes after lunch? Put that in your daily planner. Trying to add meditation to your stress reduction strategies? Tell your family that the first 15 minutes after you arrive home from work are your time to shut the door to your room and sit quietly. Do dirty dishes tend to piled up in the sink? Remind yourself to wash them after each meal before returning to other activities.

Having a set schedule for the new activity gives you a sense of control over that aspect of your new, improved lifestyle.