January 2014 Blog Posts (34)

Complimentary Post Adoption Services Available through Special Kids Special Families

Making the decision to make a child a part of your family, taking them into your home and caring for them through adoption is a very rewarding and challenging process.  Some children face a variety of physical and emotional special needs and disabilities. Parents need information…


Added by Special Kids Special Families on January 31, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

SMHS Updates Security Plan in Effort to be Prepared

Colorado and the nation were shocked in April 1999 when Columbine High School came under attack from armed gunmen. Since then, the scenario has become all too familiar. And although St. Mary’s High School has not had any such problems, the school is implementing an updated security plan in an effort to be as prepared as possible.


Since the beginning of the school year, Dominic Luppino, dean of students, has been working with Larry Borland, retired chief of security for…


Added by St. Mary's High School on January 31, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Getting fit and healthy as a family

Parents who are interested in increasing physical activity for the whole family can take two steps that will make a difference: turn off the TV and play. To reduce the risk of overweight and obesity among children and adults, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends reducing…


Added by El Paso County Public Health on January 30, 2014 at 4:02pm — No Comments

U.S. Marine Master Gunnery Sergeant Chooses the Classroom over Retirement

    United States Marines, Master Gunnery Sergeant (Ret.) Victor Garcia has made the choice to, “proudly serve again”. With the current drawdown and many military personnel are being asked to retire early, the decision can be challenging. Some are saying no, because they have said that they just do not know what…


Added by Kimberly Yochem-Hiebert on January 30, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Beyond PTSD: Student-Faculty Research Leads to Book

When two professors and 10 Colorado College students went to Fort Carson to interview soldiers back from a second hard tour in Iraq in 2008, they focused on how stigma tied to unseen wounds such as PTSD might be preventing soldiers from seeking help. When it turned out that numerous soldiers from the same…


Added by Leslie Weddell on January 29, 2014 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Shadow Days Give Middle Schoolers a Chance to Experience a Day at SMHS

Starting high school can be a scary time in a teen’s life. It usually means a larger campus, new teachers, and often new friends. But students considering St. Mary’s High School have a chance to see the school in action during Shadow Days.


Early each calendar year Ambassadors help St. Mary’s play host to seventh- and eighth-grades students who are considering SMHS for their high school career. For Shadow Days, each St. Mary’s Ambassador is assigned a visiting student. During…


Added by St. Mary's High School on January 29, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Media’s Power to Positively Change Society

Media’s Power to Positively Change Society

By Cindy Powell


What do print media, broadcast media and the internet have in common? They possess the ability to educate the public about using language that is accepted by people who have disabilities and their allies.

Because many people are unaware, they might unknowingly express insensitivity toward our nation’s largest minority group: 56.7 million Americans…


Added by Cindy Powell on January 28, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Barrier Free Health Care

People with disabilities are less likely to receive routine preventative health care than persons who do not have disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that health care providers provide accessible services to patients who disclose disabilities. Therefore health care professionals would benefit from training in serving individuals with disabilities throughout all health care facility public areas:


  • Cafeteria
  • Emergency…

Added by Cindy Powell on January 28, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Common ADA Violations

Though the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) passed on July 26, 1990, many employers, state and local government agencies and private businesses remain unaware of their compliance obligations. Also, almost 24 years after the ADA became law, many people with disabilities are not aware of specific protections against discrimination.

Five common ADA violations are mentioned below.

  • Insufficient facility access
  • No assistance with pumping…

Added by Cindy Powell on January 28, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

ADA Amendments Act

On July 26, 1990, when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) overwhelmingly passed both Houses of Congress, the ADA's definition of "disability" was:

1)     An impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities,

2)     A record of such an impairment, or

3)     Being regarded as having such an impairment.

Contrary to Congress’ intent to be inclusive, the U.S. Supreme Court narrowed the ADA definition of “disability” for over…


Added by Cindy Powell on January 28, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Access America

The 56.7 million Americans with disabilities comprise the US’s largest minority group. I in 6 people will acquire a disability during their lifetime.


The longer we live, the more likely we will acquire a disability, requiring products and services that fulfill age-related changes: cognition, hearing, mobility and vision. By 2030, 71.5 million Baby Boomers will be over 65, possessing half of America's discretionary income and 3/4 of our nation's assets.




Added by Cindy Powell on January 28, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Colorado Springs Medal Of Honor Recipients

Did you know there are 2 Medal of Honor recipients attributed to Colorado Springs by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society (www.cmohs.org)? MOH are attributed to the city where the recipient entered military service.

The new Veterans Affairs clinic off Fillmore Street will be named after one of our MOH recipients, PFC Floyd Lindstrom, a WWII Veteran. His heroic actions and citation were covered by the Gazette last year.

Not mentioned was…


Added by Bunny Blaha on January 27, 2014 at 9:03pm — No Comments

How to Get Free Colorado Disabled Veteran License Plates

In Colorado, Veterans who have a 50% or more service-connected disability rating can get free Disabled Veteran license plates. I'm offering some helpful hints to, hopefully, save other Veterans some of the delay, hassle, frustration and expense I incurred trying to get my plates. (I had to pay a small fee to extend the grace period on my old plates because following the directions on the CO Department of Revenue/Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website resulted in a process which should take…


Added by Bunny Blaha on January 27, 2014 at 7:50pm — No Comments

Web Access for People with Disabilities

Web Access for People with Disabilities

By Cindy Powell


Computer technology has significantly altered how people acquire and disseminate knowledge and information. Like poorly designed buildings preventing some people with mobility disabilities from entering, poorly designed websites can create barriers for individuals with limited or no reading skills.


It is imperative that web…


Added by Cindy Powell on January 27, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Waking Up America: The Power of Positive Sleeping

Students who were told they got a good night’s sleep – even if they didn’t – performed better on tests measuring their attention and memory skills than those who thought they slept poorly, according to a study by CC graduate Christina Draganich ’12 and Colorado College Psychology Professor…


Added by Leslie Weddell on January 27, 2014 at 4:13pm — No Comments

Catholic Schools Week Celebrates Catholic Education

Catholic Schools Week is a celebration of what makes Catholic education special. The theme of the week this year is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.” And the St. Mary’s High School community will be celebrating all that makes it a vibrant, holy place.


“To celebrate Catholic Schools Week at St. Mary’s we always seek ways to celebrate the students, parents, and the teachers,” said Michael Dillon, theology department chair.




Added by St. Mary's High School on January 27, 2014 at 10:03am — No Comments

Discover Goodwill Announces 2014 Board Officers and New Members

Discover Goodwill’s 2014 Board of Directors and Foundation Board representatives include both new and familiar faces. Chris Odell, Lamina Systems, is serving his first term as Board of Directors chair and Peter Maiurro, El Pomar Foundation, is newly elected as the board’s chair-elect. Sue Mulvihill, civic leader, is serving her second term as Foundation Board chair, and Ginna Morgan, Virginia S. Morgan, Esq., is serving her second term as chair-elect.

Newly elected members of…


Added by Bradd Hafer on January 27, 2014 at 8:37am — No Comments

Patsy's all in on Orange and Blue!

Orange and blue rock candy. Orange and blue lollipops. Orange and blue giant jawbreakers. Orange and blue salt water taffy. Orange and blue jellybeans. And... orange and blue popcorn!

Patsy's Candies won't be for sale at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ when the Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks…


Added by David Sckolnik on January 23, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

SMHS Students Participate in Rocky Mountain March for Life

Each year those with pro-life beliefs gather on Martin Luther King Jr. Day for the Rocky Mountain March for Life. And this year several St. Mary’s High School students will join the march as part of the SMHS Students for Life Club.


The event is planned by Father Bill Carmody, director of the Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs’s Respect for Life office. The march is held in remembrance of the Roe v. Wade decision handed down by the Supreme Court on Jan. 22, 1973. Carmody…


Added by St. Mary's High School on January 23, 2014 at 4:16pm — No Comments


Please join us in celebrating our latest partnership

with Family Life Services.…


Added by Kelly Jackson on January 22, 2014 at 3:02pm — No Comments

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