Disability

Disability Rights Organizations Remind Community to Clear Sidewalks for Pedestrians

FARGO, N.D. — As we all try to continue getting through this winter, disability rights organizations are reminding homeowners to keep their sidewalks clear for everyone. Accessibility specialists say keeping snow off the sidewalks is especially important for people with disabilities because it’s forcing them to walk in the streets. They say the city has done a great job cleaning up…

Inspired by Miss Minnesota Contestant with Down Syndrome

Mikayla Holmgren made history in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant

FARGO, ND — Mikayla Holmgren made history as the first woman with Down syndrome to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant. One West Fargo family not only has a connection to the pageant world, but what it’s like to have a daughter with Down syndrome. “When I saw her on stage looking so poised and so radiant and so…

Sanford Health HealthCare Accessories Hosts Costume Contest for Kids

Parents said this is a great way to celebrate Halloween without facing the usual negative stigmas

FARGO, ND — Several monsters, characters and superheroes competed in a costume contest for physically challenged children. The annual Halloween Costume Party at Sanford Health HealthCare Accessories was attended by hundreds of families. Kids marched in a costume parade, enjoyed snacks and spent time surrounded by people who understand their disability. A mother told us when she takes her son…

Local Athletes Prep for FargoMania

TNT Kid's Fitness and Gymnastics trains individuals with disabilities for competition

FARGO, ND — Several area athletes are prepping for FargoMania. It’s an adapted fitness competition for individuals with disabilities. Disability is not synonymous with inability. That’s what trainers at TNT Kid’s Fitness and Gymnastics are hoping to teach their athletes coping with physical or mental handicaps. “There’s a lot of misconception, a lot of stereotypes that surround a lot of…

Annual Track Meet for the Disabled Gives Family Hope

HOPE Inc. gives kids and adults with mobility challenges an opportunity to compete in 19 different activities all year round

MOORHEAD, Minn. — It all started with two parents who wanted more for their disabled child. “If we’re feeling this sense of dread because our kids have nothing to do, there must be other people out there,” said Adair Grommesh, Executive Director of HOPE, Inc. Now it’s turned into a program which expands to more than 140 families. “It just…

Cass County Sheriff with President Trump as He Signs Laws Aimed at Supporting Law Enforcement

President Trump said he wants to help those, especially in law enforcement and the military, who have taken it upon themselves to protect us

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Health Matters: Recognizing the Signs of a Stroke

In the United States, strokes are the number one cause of long term disability

HEALTH MATTERS — Every four minutes, somebody in the United States dies from a stroke. Experts say people may not know what it looks like to experience the nation’s fifth highest cause of death. In the United States, strokes are the number one cause of long term disability. There are many people who live a normal life after experiencing a stroke. That’s…

CCRI Searching for Positive People who Want to Make a Difference

The organization helps people with disabilities live life to the fullest

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Are you looking for a job that gives back? Creative Care for Reaching Independence in Moorhead is looking for positive people to join its team. The organization helps people with disabilities live life to the fullest. There are positions with a variety of hours available, and for all different sorts of experience. You must have your own…

Charity Sled Hockey Tournament Helps to Get People Back on their Feet

Kids and adults with physical disabilities competed in a sled hockey tournament

FARGO, N.D. — Disabled adults and kids in Fargo still have a way to hit the ice rinks and play hockey. Six teams competed in a sled hockey tournament at Angels Arena. Hope Inc. specializes in improving the lives of children and adults with mobility challenges. Teams were set up based on their age range. It’s one of many ways…

Those with Limited Mobility at Risk from Snow Covered Walkways

A fine isn't the only risk you face by not shoveling

Snow covered sidewalks can be an annoyance for everyone but for those with physical disabilities they can be dangerous. “You pretty much have to have bare pavement or you’re going to be at risk of getting stuck,” said Executive Director of the Freedom Resource Center,  Nate Aalgaard. Aalgaard is wheelchair bound and winter can be an especially tough time. “There’s…