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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Spinal Cord Basics

Published: July 27, 2014

Some people have no idea as to what the spinal cord does and why we even have one.

Injured as undergrad, college teacher learns to cope

Published: July 26, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Bob Bell Quadreplegic ProfessorST. CLOUD, Minn. — Pensacola, Fla., is more than 1,100 miles from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., but Robert Bell found himself feeling right at home as soon as he visited the Minnesota campus.

The university turned out to be the site of a life-changing event: While an undergraduate student, Bell was accidentally paralyzed while roughhousing with another young man.

Bell became the third St. John’s student to graduate in a wheelchair.

Pool Wheelchairs Go Down Teamboat Springs at Disney Water Parks

Published: July 25, 2014

Wheelchairs at Disney Water Parks. 2jpgWalt Disney World ® Water Parks make getting around in a wheelchair even easier. Thanks to mobile wheelchair lifts, Blizzard Beach’s Gondola at the Chairlift, and even the ability to take the wheelchair with you on a ride, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon ® and Disney’s Blizzard Beach ® let guests actually ride some of their famed rides and attractions with your wheelchair!

How a quadriplegic ex-wrestler reached Gold in League of Legends

Published: July 25, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

league of legends carl headerA week before he was due to compete in a wrestling tournament in Korea, 17-year-old Carl-Akira Fujinami took a dive into a shallow wave in Australia and hit sand, hard.

19-year-old Carl doesn’t wrestle. Damage to his spine means he has lost full use of his limbs. But he does rank Gold in League of Legends.

An infrared camera sits on top of Carl’s monitor. By putting a reflective sticker on his face, he can reflect the infrared rays back into the camera’s sensor. His head handles movement to a high degree of accuracy, and any pause will activate a click. That’s the mouse.

InvoTek receives $175,000 grant for ‘handcycling’ project

Published: July 22, 2014

Grant Will Fund Development of Quad Rider – A Gear and Braking Device that Helps People with Disabilities Operate a Handcycle Safely

Alma, Ark. – July 22, 2014 – InvoTek, Inc., a research and development company in Alma, Arkansas, recently received a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health.  The grant will fund the development of technology to enable thousands of people with high level spinal cord injury the opportunity to enjoy the health benefits of handcycling.

Paralympian Jen French Announced as Conquer Paralysis Now’s First Champion

Published: July 22, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Conquer Paralysis NowFrench joins the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation’s effort to cure paralysis in next decade.

St. Petersburg, FL (PRWEB) July 22, 2014 – Joining Conquer Paralysis Now as its first champion in the movement to cure paralysis in the next decade is Paralympic silver medalist and quadriplegic Jennifer French.

As a result of a snowboarding accident, French became a quadriplegic from a spinal cord injury in 1998. Now, she has joined a new effort to help find a cure for paralysis.

Kite-driven buggy to aid people with disabilities

Published: July 22, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

epac0723buggy1Since sustaining a severe spinal cord injury in 2011, Skye Parker has been looking for ways to experience the outdoors again in a way that is actually appealing to him.

As a former kite surfer and somebody interested in things of that nature, this has manifested itself in the form of the Spider Crab, a kite buggy he designed to be used by people with disabilities.

Parker has spent the past year designing and refining this vehicle and is currently fundraising to build it.

Physio Spinal Cord

Published: July 21, 2014

High school Physiology class lecture on structure and function of the spinal cord.

Patients with spinal cord injuries learning to walk again

Published: July 16, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Collin HumphreyLOUISVILLE, Ky. —Two men who were told they’d never walk again are defying odds with help from Frazier Rehab.

Frazier Rehab is making their mobility possible through its research and special equipment and many institutes are following suit.

Both of the men were in serious car accidents that left them with fractured spinal cords.

One man lost feeling from the chest down.

But now, not only does he have sensation back — he’s also regained his independence.

Quadriplegic Perry Cross on why he travels to India as a ‘stem cell tourist’...

Published: July 16, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Perry Cross a C2 quadriplegicPERRY Cross was just 19 when he suffered a devastating neck injury that should have killed him.

Doctors told his family he had months to live, and if he survived beyond that the best he could hope for as a quadriplegic was just 10 years.

Now almost 20 years later, Mr Cross is still cheating death after a rugby accident that left him unable to walk, talk, eat, move his head or even breathe without the help of a respirator.

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