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Yearly Archives: 2018

Out of tragedy, a man finds his true calling

Published: December 27, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Antonio Davis said his life was headed in the wrong direction when he was shot at close range and nearly killed 24 years ago. What he didn’t know was that his life was about to take an extraordinary turn with purpose. Though paralyzed from the chest down, he became an accomplished painter.

“I’m just creating. I’m just freeing my mind and what comes out is my true emotions,” Davis told CBS News correspondent DeMarco Morgan. “It’s a passion. It’s an obsession. I love it that much. And I hope it shows in the work.”

How I fell in love with my wheelchair – Tim Rushby-Smith

Published: December 25, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Don’t ever call me ‘wheelchair bound’. My wheelchair doesn’t bind me – it liberates me!

The wheelchair represents many different things, depending on the beholder’s personal experience. Many is the time I have been acutely aware that my wheelchair makes me the living embodiment of that blue symbol that adorns bathrooms and parking spaces.

I hadn’t really given wheelchairs much thought myself, until 13 years ago when I fell from a tree and sustained a spinal cord injury (SCI), causing instant and permanent paraplegia.

Voice-operated Camera for Journalist in Need

Published: December 23, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

This journalist needed a voice-operated camera, but there was ‘nothing’ on the market. So he made her one

As a trapeze performer, Carolyn Pioro made flying and flipping through the air look easy. Movement, she once said, was her life.

That changed forever in September 2005. Pioro was training for a performance with a Toronto-based circus when a mid-air flip went terribly wrong. She fell 40 feet, landed badly in the safety net and severed her spinal cord.

Eddie – the dog paralyzed after being struck by two cars – is getting...

Published: December 20, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Eddie the dog is getting a spiffy new wheelchair.

Angela Parker, owner of the husky-German shepherd who was paralyzed in September after being struck by two cars, said a man contacted her after The Sun Times published a story about Eddie with an offer to donate a mobility cart.

The cart will fit three-year-old Eddie, she said, and is expected to be delivered this weekend.

How a Man With Tetraplegia Plays Gran Turismo Sport with His Mouth

Published: December 19, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Injured in a motorcycle accident, Alvaro Blanco is now able to play video games with something called a Quadstick.

After a motorcycle accident injured his spinal cord, Alvaro Blanco was no longer able to use his hands and feet to control his favorite racing game — but that wasn’t about to stop him from playing. Now, Alvaro uses a special controller known as a Quadstick to play GT Sport using only his mouth.

Half Access – Making Live Music Accessible

Published: December 16, 2018
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Half Access is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to making live music accessible. Our database provides accessibility info on venues to help prepare disabled folks on what to expect before arriving at a show, and will be used by us to work with venues on improving accessibility in their spaces.

Paralyzed People Control the Robot Waiters at a Japanese Cafe

Published: December 12, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

In a win-win outcome for patients with spinal cord injuries and Japanese startup tech company Ory Lab, robotic waiters are working full shifts, allowing spinal cord injury sufferers to work by proxy.

Technological innovations, whether nano-sized or full-scale, have been offering a range of surprising capabilities that offer improvements in quality of life or life expectancy.

In fewer areas, the impact has been more dramatic than with people suffering from various spinal cord injuries.

Quadriplegic artist, Frank Espinosa defies odds, uses mouth to paint

Published: December 11, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

WHITTIER, Calif. (KABC) — Artist Frank Espinosa helps to bring his paintings to life uses extraordinary skill, but unlike other artists, the Whittier man uses his mouth to create each one of his pieces.

“I was shot and paralyzed when I was 18,” said Espinosa.

The shooting left Espinosa a quadriplegic. The 46-year-old says he began sketching to keep busy. Three years ago, a family friend recommend that he send some of his pieces to the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists.

Scientist found genes to promote spinal cord regeneration

Published: December 10, 2018

Humans can regenerate their peripheral nerves (PNS), but the regenerative ability does not extend to the central nervous system (CNS). So, what changed? Previously, the focus had been on identifying the cellular and molecular contributors that differentiate this regenerative ability in CNS vs. PNS. But now there seems to be a shift towards recognizing the underlying genetic makeup differences between the two.

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified some of the critical steps taken by peripheral nerves – those in the arms and legs – as they regenerate.

Enabling a Quadriplegic to Race Cars

Published: December 7, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Arrow gave a team twelve months to create a quadriplegic-compatible racing car – it took them five

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Arrow Electronics gave its semi-autonomous motorcar (SAM) design team a little under a year to enable a quadriplegic to drive a race car. As a practical matter, they did it in less than five months.

The essence of every engineering challenge is the tension between goals and constraints — invent, improve, add (and so on) versus money, time, personnel, tools, etc. It’s not that unusual to have to account for the traits of potential users, but it’s the rare project in which user traits so completely dominate all other variables, including those having to do with hardware, software, and resource.

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