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Theatrical group fosters public awareness on disabilities

Published: March 19, 2007

Close your eyes and enter a room, you hear a director yell out to a cast, “Move stage left, move forward, 5, 6, 7,8…!” You swear that you are at a rehearsal for the Chorus Line at the Repertory Theater, but when you open your eyes, what you imagined is different. The ensemble is the DisAbilty Project, which encompasses both disabled and able-bodied actors. The project exudes raw talent, creates a theatrical vision through word and movement and changes your perspective on life forever.

With like ambitions, Joan Lipkin, artistic director of That Uppity Theatre, and Fran Cohen, an Occupational Therapist both co-founded the DisAbility Project in 1996.

Paralyzed Veteran Wins $1.7 Million Landmark Veterans Affairs Claim- With Advocacy from Paralyzed Veterans...

Published: March 19, 2007

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A 76-year-old veteran of the Korean War and Hurricane Katrina has been granted a $1.7 million claim by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) — thanks to the can-do and caring advocacy of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans).

“This is great news for the veteran concerned and, perhaps, for thousands of other veterans like him,” said Randy L. Pleva, Sr., national president of Paralyzed Veterans. “This win is also a great example of strong partnership in action: Paralyzed Veterans helping service members and veterans make their cases to the powers-that-be — and the good folks at the Department of Veterans Affairs listening and doing something about it,” Pleva said.

Focus on Independence Gives Sight to Quadriplegics

Published: March 19, 2007

“For the quadriplegic patient, glasses can be a constant source of aggravation,” said Dr. Maloney.

[ClickPress, Tue Mar 20 2007] Two well known U.S. Refractive Surgeons have teamed up to launch Focus On Independence in which eye surgeons provide free LASIK or vision correction surgery for quadriplegics. Robert K. Maloney of Los Angeles and Daniel Durrie of Kansas City have enlisted up to 40 surgeons around the country in the program which is intended for patients over the age of 18 who have suffered spinal cord injury and have lost the use of their hands and/or arms, making it difficult or impossible to take off their glasses or contacts without assistance.