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Wrightsville Beach, NC – Named as one of the World’s 20 Best Surf Towns by National Geographic, Wrightsville Beach is a small surf town of 2,000 with a big heart for special needs kids and adults.
Jesse Billauer, founder of Life Rolls On, flanked by supporters and
professional surfers Kelly Slater and Rob Machado in CA
Kicking off the town’s 2013 schedule of special needs surf camps on May 18 is the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s Life Rolls On for people with spinal cord injuries. Camp registration is free.
This is one of the most inspiring public beach events of the year attracting dozens of participants and hundreds of volunteers including pro surfers Cory Lopez and Garrett McNamara, and Jesse Billauer, founder of Life Rolls On.
Kevin Murphy of Ocean Cure is the local director of the only North Carolina event hosted in six coastal towns from California to Florida, New Jersey and Virginia.
Rachelle Chapman, a Knightdale, North Carolina woman paralyzed from the neck down by an accident at her bachelorette party, will be one of the Wrightsville participants. Chapman’s appearance is featured by Roxy.
Life Rolls On is one of many custom curriculum camps directed by Ocean Cure. Others uplift Wounded Warriors, breast cancer and HIV patients, the visually impaired, gang task force outreach and more. Because of the sensitive nature of these special groups, some camps are not posted on the schedule.
IndoJax Surf Charities, a nonprofit led by Jack Viorel, commits resources to surf camps including the hearing impaired, Burmese refugees, Wounded Warriors, and his most popular Wrightsville Beach event – the fifth annual Visually Impaired Surf Camp July 15-19.
“People travel from all over the country to attend our special camps,” Viorel says. The Visually Impaired Surf Camp is the most popular.
Beneficiaries of other IndoJax special camps include the Boys and Girls Club, children with juvenile diabetes, children from Belarus, an annual camp for orphan girls in India, in addition to outreach for children and families living with autism.
Families with children with autism will want to register for Surfers Healing August 19 stop in Wrightsville Beach, one of only 14 locations on the 2013 U.S. and Canadian tour. Founded in California by professional surfer Izzy Paskowitz for his son, Isaiah, who was diagnosed with autism, Izzy discovered the positive impact that surfing had on his son, and now shares this unique therapy with other children diagnosed with autism.
In September IndoJax will team up with Coastal Therapeutic Riding Program to offer a unique Surf/Horse Camp now in its second year. Held on the West Coast in Half Moon Bay, California and on the East Coast in Wrightsville Beach, the Surf/Horse Camp is inspired by Rupert Isaacson’s quest to find treatment for his son’s autism chronicled in the autobiography “The Horse Boy: A Father’s Quest to Heal His Son.”
Special Diet and Lodging
For special menu and lodging needs contact Blockade Runner Beach Resort, a long-time supporter of charitable surf camps at Wrightsville Beach. Call Jason St. Clair at (910) 256-2251 or visit www.blockade-runner.com
Surf Camp Photos
Wrightsville Beach Surf Camp Calendar
May 18: Life Rolls On (Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation)
IndoJax Surf Charities
May 28-30: Boys and Girls Club
June 15: Burmese Refugees Surf Camp
June 24-27: Children from Belarus
July 8-11: Juvenile Diabetes
July 15-19: Visually Impaired
Aug 5-8: Clara Eppes Memorial Surf Camp for the Hearing Impaired
Aug. 19: Surfers Healing
Aug. 20-22: Autism Camp
Aug. TBA: Cystic Fibrosis
Sept. TBA: Surf/Horse Camp with Coastal Therapeutic Riding Program and The Horse Boy Foundation
Indo Jax Surf Charities
Jack Viorel (910) 274-3565
Kevin Murphy (910) 431-0594
Surfers Healing, Wrightsville Beach
John Pike (910) 791-8240
Blockade Runner Beach Resort
Jason St. Clair (910) 256-2251
FCC Adopts New Rule on Emergency Information and Video Equipment
On April 8, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) adopted rules on emergency information and video equipment requirements for emergency information and video description. These new rules require emergency information that appears visually during a non-news program to also be provided audibly on a secondary audio stream. The rule will be effective two years from the date of its publication, but the Weather Channel has an additional six months to comply. For more information, visit:
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By Guest Blogger Bryan Greene, General Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Happy Fair Housing Month! This year, we celebrate the 45th anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act. This would be a happier occasion if we could announce that we had eradicated unlawful housing discrimination. We can at least take this time to acknowledge the progress we have made.
In today’s blog, I would like to bring to your attention mortgage lending practices which the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has alleged unlawfully discriminate against borrowers with disabilities, and the relief we have obtained for such borrowers.
Watch this video of a television show called “What Would You Do?”
Miss Wheelchair Tennessee is in a grocery store in New York City, see the reactions of all the customers.
Great examples of both what to do and what not to do!
Dear Young People (ages 7-18) and
Audio Description Enthusiasts!
AMERICAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND-AUDIO DESCRIPTION PROJECT
and the DESCRIBED AND CAPTIONED MEDIA PROGRAM
announce the FIFTH ANNUAL YOUNG DESCRIBED FILM CRITIC Contest
A “Listening Is Learning” Initiative
Kids love movies. If you’re a young person who can’t see or can’t see well, audio description provides access to all the visual images of the movies that your sighted peers enjoy.
Some films in movie theaters and certain DVDs have description available; many of those DVDs and the older VHS tapes with description can be borrowed at public libraries or state libraries for the blind.
The YOUNG DESCRIBED FILM CRITIC Contest wants you to experience these films and the description soundtracks and tell us about them!
Young people with a visual impairment have a chance to win prizes for themselves AND recognition for their schools. And–a chance to hold the awesome title: Young Described Film Critic of the Year!
All you need to do for a chance to win is to write, type or record your own film review of any described movie. Keep it short: 250 words maximum.
There are three age categories: Sophomore (ages 7 to 10), Junior (ages 11 to 14), and Senior (ages 15 to 18). You can enter as many times as you like!
The top nominees in each age category will be invited to an Awards Ceremony at the American Council of the Blind 2013 convention in Columbus, OH during the week of July 10. Special guest award presenters will be in attendance and while the prizes are still to be determined, we know you won’t be disappointed!
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: Friday, June 14, 2013
How to Enter:
- Enter On-Line at:
- Send us your written entry in regular or large print or Braille via email or postal mail (submissions from outside the United States are fine) to:
Just send your review to:
ACB-Young Described Film Critic
2200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 650,
Arlington, VA 22201 USA
phone: 202 467-5083
You will need to include these details:
Which age category?
Sophomore (ages 7 to 10), Junior (ages 11 to 14), or Senior (ages 15 to 18).
Name of school and class:
School address and phone number:
Don’t forget to attach your review!
TIP: For “Top Tips for Writing the Ultimate Film Review,” visit:
Director, Audio Description Project
American Council of the Blind
email@example.com — 202 467-5083