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

Published: November 1, 2017 | Category: News | 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. Continue Reading »

The house that love built: Kurt Drysdale Comes Home

Published: August 1, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

A young man rendered a quadriplegic by a freak footy accident now has a house designed to meet his every need thanks to the generosity of friends, the community, and the audience of A Current Affair.

Kurt Drysdale was just 20 when he injured his spine in a wayward tackle during a weekend rugby league match.

He was left unable to breathe on his own and without most of his movement, and faced spending the rest of his life in hospital or care.

However, his family was determined to bring him home. Continue Reading »

Apple Accessibility — Designed for everyone

Published: May 16, 2017 | Category: Featured Information | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Designed for Todd S.

Todd is the CEO of a technology consulting company and a prominent member of the quadriplegic community. With Siri, Switch Control, and the Home app, he can open his front door, adjust the lights in his house, and queue up a party playlist. Continue Reading »

Do acute SCI patients see better outcomes if undergoing surgery within 1st 4 hours?

Published: September 1, 2016 | Category: Answers | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

TCRM-108856-F02Researches in Germany studied whether time of surgery impacted neurological outcomes for patients with acute spinal cord injury, according to Journal of Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management.

Specifically, they analyzed 51 spinal cord injury patients, aged an average of 43.4 years. The patients had acute spinal fractures from C2 to L3 or nonosseous lesions. Continue Reading »

Finding the ‘Wright Stuff’ to Press Onward

Published: April 16, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

The Wright Stuff by Victor J. Wright and David RutherfordLos Angeles (PRWEB) Spinal injuries affect approximately 276,000 Americans with varying degrees of longevity and quality of life. For Victor J. Wright, his young age and athletic build aided him in beating the odds.

As a 15-year-old high school football player, Wright suffered a spinal cord injury during a botched play that paralyzed him from the neck down. In his new memoir “The Wright Stuff,” penned by David Rutherford, Wright describes his struggles and successes after becoming a quadriplegic. Continue Reading »

Chris Ackerman’s First Ride In 12 Years With Robbie Maddison

Published: April 9, 2015 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury:

Freestyle motocross legend Robbie Maddison’s close friend Chris Ackerman suffered a freestyle accident in 2003 at Dumont Dunes that potentially could have taken his life. Continue Reading »

Joel Sardi: My Spinal Cord Injury…

Published: March 23, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , , , ,

joel-royal_talbot-smallThe loss of hand function is one of the most devastating consequences of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) because of its severe impact on the everyday activities of daily living. Melbourne University Researcher Professor Mary Galea and Ms Natasha van Zyl, one of three specialist surgeons in the Upper Limb Program at Austin Health, supported by the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR), are carrying out pioneering research in support of nerve transfer surgery for SCI patients in Victoria. The surgery involves plugging surplus live nerves into nerves that no longer work to reactivate muscles and restore movement in patients’ hands. One of the patients going through the surgery is Joel Sardi. Continue Reading »

Former surfer, now quadriplegic’s advice: Never give up

Published: January 17, 2015 | Category: Information | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

ronheagy_184ALBANY, Ore. — Ron Heagy Jr. of Millersburg, Ore., used to think he had problems.

He was 17, 6-foot-2, and could bench-press 300 pounds. He was going to be a fullback for Oregon State University. He had plans for spring break that didn’t include dragging his little brother along on a surfing trip.

But here he was, stuck with a 13-year-old, so mad he shrugged off his mother’s request for a hug goodbye.

March 17, 1980. A perfect, pristine morning, the day before his 18th birthday. Heagy left his brother snoozing on the sand and headed out for what looked like the perfect wave. Continue Reading »

Aspen teen battles back from catastrophic accident

Published: December 28, 2014 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , , , ,

DENVER — Craig Hospital is known around the world for helping patients recover from spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. They have treated more than 30,000 patients since 1956. We are honored to share some of their patients stories. Stories of Hope. Continue Reading »

Laboratory Breakthrough Offers Promise for Spinal Cord Injury Patients to Breathe on Their Own Again

Published: November 17, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Case Western Reserve University School of MedicineCase Western Reserve Researcher Presents Findings that Could Free Patients from Ventilators – Even Years after Injury

Case Western Reserve researchers have developed a procedure that restores function to muscles involved in the control of breathing – even when they have been paralyzed for more than a year. The breakthrough offers hope that one day patients with severe spinal cord injuries will be able to breathe again without the assistance of a ventilator. Continue Reading »