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Family Fishing Event on Lady Bird Lake

Posted on: September 6th, 2012 by CORE Health Care Admin No Comments

Family fishing activities, including a catch and release catfish tank, casting lessons and shore fishing, are highlights of the Accessible Fishing for All Celebration Sept. 29 at Festival Beach on Lady Bird Lake from 9 a.m. to noon.

Sponsored by the CORE Health Foundation, the event will benefit the ADA Wheelchair Accessible Fishing Pier project on Lady Bird LaBoy in wheelchair

Environmental education activities, a silent auction, and fish themed games are also on the schedule. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Colorado River Foundation are just two of the many sponsors, vendors and other organizations that will be offering information and education. The LaRues will provide a funky mix of eminently danceable songs.

“The purpose of the Accessible Fishing for All Celebration is to highlight the abilities of individuals with special needs in the great outdoors,” said Nicole Harmon, executive director of the CORE Health Foundation. (more…)

Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime

Posted on: October 31st, 2011 by CORE Health Care Admin No Comments

Do you remember your first fishing trip? Mine was at the end of the dock at our cottage in northern Michigan. I can still see the worms glistening and wriggling in the Styrofoam cup as the sun hit them. My dad showed me how to wind them on the hook and plop the line in the person in wheelchair on a fishing pierwater. I kept my eyes glued to the bobber, ready to jerk on the bamboo pole if it dipped below the surface, signaling a fish nibble. I think I caught a sunfish about as big as my palm. I was amazed that something that small wanted to eat a slimy worm and waved to the fish when we tossed it back into the lake. I rebaited the hook and waited for something bigger to come along. I was fishing!

The CORE Health Foundation, the arm of CORE that advocates for people with disabilities and works to eliminate biases and stereotypes, wants to give people of all abilities a chance to fish. So we’re working to raise $400,000 to build a wheelchair accessible fishing pier on Lady Bird Lake (you also may know it as Town Lake) in downtown Austin, Texas. (more…)

Break the cycle of bullying

Posted on: August 30th, 2011 by CORE Health Care Admin No Comments

A new school year is here. Along with excitement about new classes and new clothes, many children feel the fear and dread of bullying – especially children with special needs. While all children can be bullied, kids with autism or Down’s syndrome or a disability from a traumatic brain injury are more likely to be bullied.Sarah Palin holdling Trig

According to, a website for parents of special needs children, up to 85 percent of children with special needs are bullied. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that in 2007 (the most recent statistics available) about 32 percent of all K-12 students reported being bullied – that’s more than one in four kids. It’s no surprise that says that children with disabilities are two to three times more likely to be bullied than their non-special needs classmates. So it seems to be the exception when a special needs child ISN’T bullied.

Bullying isn’t a new problem, but children with special needs are especially vulnerable because they often struggle with self-esteem issues and may have a lower social standing in the classroom community.

Bullying makes it more difficult to meet the special needs of these children, so parents must intervene. But know that many bullied children feel that it’s unhelpful when an adult steps in – it may bring more frequent or more severe bullying. So special needs children may be reluctant to tell their parents what’s happening. (more…)