Monthly Archives: May 2008
Book looks at family challenges
Spinal cord injury (SCI) affects an estimated 12,000 people each year, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center. But the challenges of returning to a healthy, productive life can significantly impact the family unit, as well. Dr. Michelle J. Alpert and Saul Wisnia explore those issues in a new book titled, “Spinal Cord Injury and the Family: A New Guide.”
“People [who are paralyzed] worry about the losses, and are often not capable of understanding that life can go on and be fulfilling,” Alpert said. “It is such a devastating, catastrophic event. But once you can learn to manage the changes in the body, you can live a life.”
Several University of Guelph leaders will be spending June 4 in wheelchairs to help raise awareness of the upcoming Wheels in Motion event and the challenges faced by people living with spinal cord injury and other physical disabilities.
President Alastair Summerlee, who is the honorary chair of the sixth annual Wheels in Motion being held June 8, has spent a day in a wheelchair for the past several years to draw attention to the event. This year, he will be joined by Joanne Shoveller, vice-president (alumni affairs and development); Brenda Whiteside, associate vice-president (student affairs); Mike Emes, dean of the College of Biological Science; and Robin Begin, director of Campus Community Police. Summerlee will also spend Wednesday, June 4, in a wheelchair.
Pictures of Spinal Cord Injury Support Group of South Florida
National Spinal Cord Injury Association to be Honored at Abilities Expo
ROCKVILLE, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nominations for the 2008 Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Hall of Fame are now being accepted. Anyone is eligible to nominate candidates in any one or more of 17 available categories. Nominations will be vetted and confirmed for completeness and accuracy, and then NSCIA members choose the 2008 Hall of Fame Inductees in each category through an online voting process. Finalists will be reviewed by a the Hall of Fame Selection Committee before the final inductees are announced at the 4th annual SCI Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala this fall in New Orleans.
Formed by NSCIA in 2005, the SCI Hall of Fame was created to celebrate and honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to quality of life and advancements toward a better future for all individuals with spinal cord injury.
Located in the heart of Puget Sound,NextStepsNW is the Northwest’s only paralysis recovery center gearedtowards regaining movement in those paralyzed due to illness, injury,disease or other neurological disorders.
Our mission is to maximizehealth, wellness, and qualityof life for individualswith paralysis through anintensive exercise recoverytherapy program.
Every other weekday morning, a patient named Joe swims in the 12th-floor pool of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Having sustained a C6-C7 spinal cord injury, Joe is unable to use his fingers and has limited movement in his arms and triceps. In order to swim, he needs a special pair of goggles that accommodate the lack of dexterity in his fingers. A one-of-a-kind model, the Tap-Tight Goggles are equipped with an overhead strap and ratchets that allow Joe to adjust the straps easily using the palms of his hands.
Four freshmen enrolled in the Engineering Design and Communication course sequence in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences developed Joe’s goggles. The goggles are just one example of dozens of prototype technologies created by students in partnership with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago each year.
As freshmen, all engineering students are required to take the two-quarter, two-credit sequence, in which they work in teams of four to take on real-world design problems presented to them by individuals, nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs and companies.
Editor’s note: Paralysis after a spinal cord injury brings wrenching decisions: Do you accept it as permanent and adapt, or do you refuse to resign yourself? John and Marci Pou took the latter course after his accident, embarking on an arduous quest for Rehabilitation, recounted in a three-part serial narrative. Part I tells how the couple chose to gamble on a different kind of therapy. First of three parts.
It was only a chair, but it had become his purgatory.
Each day that John Pou spent in the wheelchair, his spirit seemed to die a little more. It was a perpetual reminder of the calamity that had brought him and Marci, even the kids, to this place.
Hollenstein uses his front and rear tires, swirling bright and sometimes hot colored paint in patterns, lines or circles. There is a rhythm, a sort ofsyncopation in color. Once he lays down a tone, even just a smallpatch, he stops to hose off the tires, lets the first paint dry thenadds a new layer. A single painting may take several weeks to complete,and may have as many as 50 layers of paint.
There is no cure for a spinal cord injury, but much headway has been made in clinical research that could lead to one. Other therapies have helped to restore some function in spinal cord injured patients. A look at some efforts:
Cell-based therapies hold the potential for replacing cells and restoring function lost to disease or injury. Among those being developed to help treat spinal cord injuries:
Devyn Bisson, 15, suffers a spinal cord injury, gears up the courage to surf again.
HUNTINGTON BEACH She doesn’t remember the man’s name or much more about him. Just that he approached her and asked for donations as she worked at Becker Surfboards.
And how that changed everything.
On that summer day in 2007, Devyn Bisson was the kind of 15-year-old that we want all 15-year-olds to be – bright, athletic, enthusiastic, a bundle of bounce. She was intrigued by what this man was saying.