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Yearly Archives: 2017

Specialty wheelchairs help athletes thrive

Published: November 16, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury:

TAMPA (FOX 13) – They are athletes who have faced more challenges than sports but there’s a company in Pinellas Park giving them a competitive edge with the right set of wheels.

Eye-Driven Wheelchair Gives Quadriplegics More Independence

Published: November 9, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury:

For quadriplegics, life can be extremely isolated. Those without the ability to control their arms, legs or head must rely entirely on a caregiver to move, or even turn around, their wheelchair.

One cause of quadriplegia is the neurodegenerative disease ALS, which afflicts an estimated 12,000 to 15,000 in the U.S., according to the CDC.

Because the disease is progressive, those afflicted can go from having completely normal motor control to being fully quadriplegic without the ability to talk, in the span of just a few years. Previously having the ability to move independently can make the loss of movement even more difficult for those with ALS.

Couple comes closer together by seeking paralysis cure and competing in New York City...

Published: November 5, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

This couple is in it for the long haul.

For Rob Summers, 31, and Julie Grauert, 34, the New York City Marathon was an opportunity to fund-raise for a cause near and dear to their hearts: Finding a cure for the six million Americans living with paralysis.

But as the first-time marathoners worked to get closer to a cure, they also got closer to each other.

Summers was a 20-year-old pitcher at Oregon State with dreams of playing in the Major Leagues when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in July 2006.

‘Extreme Makeover: Home’ still changing York County quadriplegic man’s life 6 years later

Published: November 3, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Every morning, Brian Keefer looks up at the framed words of encouragement covering his bedroom wall, and he smiles.

“Brian, you keep smiling because that’s what makes you so special! … Keep believing that you can fly!” one says.

“You’re my hero and inspiration,” reads another.

Those notes, written by friends and family, are Keefer’s favorite part of the room “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” built for him in 2011.

Be Thankful and Heal Faster: Author Describes Spinal Cord Injury Recovery

Published: November 2, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Research projects at UCLA and elsewhere have proven that thankfulness (gratitude) has physical, in addition to emotional, effects on people. Shelly Kerchner, who just released her book Standing Tall: The Healing Power of Gratitude is an outstanding example.

Johnstown, PA (PRWEB)November 02, 2017 – Shelly fell and fractured some vertebrae in her neck. Totally paralyzed, she heard the doctors saying “What a pretty girl. What a shame she’ll never get out of bed again.” Unfortunately, this is the experience of most newly-injured people, many of whom, though helpless, are suicidal after hearing that prognosis.

Shelly was different. Going from depressed to determined, she told herself that paralysis was not going to keep her bedridden. She immediately gave thanks that she was still alive, and that she could hear and see.

‘The Quadfather’ has a message for techies — accessibility ‘should not be an add-on’

Published: November 1, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Todd Stabelfeldt is a pretty chill dude. He lives 90 minutes from Seattle by ferry, in a home with his wife and occasionally two stepkids. He runs a consultancy for healthcare databases, but once considered becoming a comedian. He’s a dog person.

Stabelfeldt also happens to be quadriplegic. He’s been paralyzed from the neck down for more than 30 years.

And because of that, Stabelfeldt has a unique relationship with technology — not unique for him and his crew, which goes by “The Quad Squad,” but unique for many people who are able-bodied.

Accomable.com

Published: October 30, 2017
Accomable.com

Accomable is the world’s leading platform for booking accessible hotels and holiday rentals. Our mission is to enable anyone to go anywhere.

Accomable was founded in 2015, by Srin Madipalli and Martyn Sibley – two friends with Spinal Muscular Atrophy who have travelled all over the world. Frustrated by the difficulty of finding accessible places to stay and reliable information, Accomable was launched to make it easier for everyone to travel, regardless of disability.

Today, we list 1,100 properties in more than 60 countries, all of which have step free access, high quality photos and detailed information on a whole range of accessibility adaptations.

‘It’s all about adapting’: How a wheelchair user made his house accessible

Published: October 30, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Thomas Rogers’s house has a lowered kitchen counter, wide hallways, and a elevator

When it comes to what he can and can’t do in his house, compared with an able-bodied person, Thomas Rogers says the only difference is that he can’t reach the top of his closet.

“That’s about it!” he said.

Rogers has made his house in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s into an entirely accessible living space.

UBC researcher prescribes specific exercise dosage for those with spinal cord injury

Published: October 28, 2017

For decades, the main message to keep the general population healthy was for everyone to get active.

In fact, the World Health Organization laid out specific guidelines (150 minutes of cardiovascular exercise each week) on how much physical activity was required for people to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

However, UBC Okanagan researcher Kathleen Martin Ginis says while the recommendations were well-meaning, a particular group of people was excluded.

After car crash, man with quadriplegia shares his story with students

Published: October 26, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury:

ABINGDON, Va. — Chris Skinner’s life changed forever on June 10, 2000.

It was a hot summer night, and Skinner was in the passenger side of a car, leaving a wedding reception and riding to another party just two miles down the road. Beers popped open as Skinner and his friends listened to “Crash Into Me” by the Dave Matthews Band. Skinner took his seat belt off to stick his head out the window.

On the very last turn before getting to the house, the driver was going 55 mph, even though there was a yellow caution sign that said 35 mph.