Anastasia Martynova

Founder and President, Your Sunshine

Free Motivational Speaker in Washington D.C.

  • Following Your Dreams Despite Challenges

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Motivational

    As of 2012, over 38.4 million Americans, were living with a disability, according to the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium. The discrimination towards individuals with disabilities still continues to negatively affect the opportunities and lives of people with disabilities. Treating disabled individuals differently can give them a negative attitude towards others and life itself. MORE >

    It is important that we try to understand how disability discrimination is affecting other individual's lives in a negative way. No one should be excluded from activities because they have a "disability.” Anastasia Martynova is proof that nothing should stop someone from reaching their goals in life.
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  • Why Should We Become More Active?

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Health & Fitness

    It is known that physical activities are an essential part of having a satisfactory quality of life. Activities encourage forming social interactions, enhance self-worth, and strengthen biological functions. This is especially true for children with special needs. Even further, according to the U.S Department of Health & Human Services, the benefits of physical activities for persons with disabilities are immeasurable: ranging from improving psychological issues such as anxiety and depression, improving joint pain and swelling discomforts, and decreasing the chance of getting colon cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure (Persons with Disabilities). MORE >

    Nonetheless, there are some barriers to engaging in physical activities. According to a scholarly study, factors include " child's lack of interest (43%), lack of developmentally appropriate programs (33%), too many behavioral problems (32%), and parents' lack of time (29%)"(Yazdani et al., 2013). However, the study concluded that it all boils down to the parental physical activity and lifestyle, which reflects on how much their child would contribute in physical activities regardless of the barriers (Yazdani et al., 2013). Activities that includes both the parent and the child are ideal. The child would have the emotional support they need and a role model to follow. Ultimately resulting in a healthy and happy life.
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