Sunday, February 22, 2015

Quality of Life

Quality of life is not something that the average person thinks about on a day to day basis. And that is probably because we are all living decently ‘good’ quality lives. When someone is faced with a crippling disability, whether it be physical or mental, quality of life is valued much higher. A lot of the time people that can’t express their feelings and emotions can be somber in the lifestyles that they’re living. And this is why I think that the adaptive sports programs that are popping up nationwide are critical in providing a sense of normality and happiness in the lives of disabled people everywhere. To be able to tackle the issue of determining and improving peoples quality of life we need to look at this issue for a variety of different lenses or ‘screens’ to solve this completely.

“Psychology sees human behavior as reflecting the cognitive constructs individuals develop to organize their mental activity. Psychologists also study inherent mental mechanisms, both genetic predisposition and individual differences.” (Repko, p. 151)
Looks at the human behavior and what they are thinking. Useful to knowing how they are feeling and how things can be better or worse for the individual.
Psych illuminates the issues that people have personally and interpersonally with fitting in with the general public.
“Social reality that includes the range and nature of the relationships that exist between people in any given society” (Repko p. 151)
Our culture has caused us to view them differently and exclude people with disabilities from many different aspects of normal daily life
The number of things that people are excluded from, and what we have to offer them outside of the norm.
“Sees individual cultures as organic integrated wholes with their own internal logic and culture as the set of symbols, rituals, and beliefs through which a society gives meaning to daily life.” (Repko p.151)
We as a society have given meaning to things in life that are seen as important.
We are the ones who make things important so we can change that within our culture to make for a better life.
“Believe that any historical period cannot be adequately appreciated without understanding the trends and developments leading up to it” (Repko, 151). 
We need to look at what we have done in the past to improve, as well as what has changed since the first instances of disability occurred in our population.
Illuminates how far we have come over time, but also how horrible things were in the past. We need to learn from our mistakes to make for a better future.

Adaptive sports were invented by someone who was definitely exercising critical pluralism in an interdisciplinary context. We would never have adaptive sports if it weren’t for the integration of different fields to create a happy learning environment. And I can’t tell you how much these adaptive sports improve quality of life. It gives them hope and something to look forward to. Not to mention the pure enjoyment that is experienced and written all over their faces when they do something like scale a mountain. A goal that, for a blind person, may have been impossible in the past. These experiences are so important to the people that get to enjoy them, we need to think outside of the box to continue to improve life quality and make our world a better more welcoming place.

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  1. Great! Make sure you cite your pictures (hyperlink to the original link or use a caption to add the URL or photo credit). Some of the illuminated ideas feel a little confusing or vague, but mostly this chart is really nicely done, and it does suggest that adaptive sports programs would benefit from interdisciplinary planning and assessment, for sure. Surprised you don't have more physical therapy-related or medical related disciplines on the list though?

  2. This was great to read! I have had only insight into the doom and gloom version of this ongoing debate on the "Quantity vs Quality debate" with patient studies, so it was nice to see a happier note with adaptive sports playing a role to improve the quality of life for disabled patients. I also liked how you linked critical pluralism with adaptive sports.

  3. Loved the idea of the blog!!! I can totally see where Robin is coming from with the PT discipline, that was the obvious thing to say. I really dug deep into the topic and pulled some "nonconventional" ideas!

  4. Quality of life is very important, especially to people with mental and physical disabilities. For these people with these disabilities, there are more and more programs being built so they can have a good life like sports programs. Being in the sports world, I love seeing this! I actually just went to a game at Plymouth High School that was an integrated game between kids in high school with mental and physical disabilities with kids without and it was one of the most amazing experiences and very fun to watch!