Hansen Recognized for his Outstanding Contributions to Spinal Cord Injury and Disability Awareness
TORONTO, April 29 /CNW/ – Premier Dalton McGuinty and Dr. Marie Bountrogianni, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration with responsibility for disability issues, paid tribute to Rick Hansen at a reception today at Queen’s Park celebrating Hansen’s latest project, Wheels In Motion.
WASHINGTON, Apr 14, 2004 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), a national veterans’ service and Disability rights organization, in recognizing the accessibility of the redevelopment plans for Lower Manhattan, is proud to announce that Fredric Bell, FAIA, will be the recipient of the 2004 Barrier-Free America Award. PVA introduced the Barrier-Free America Award in 2001 to recognize individual leadership in making America more accessible for all Americans.
BRECKENRIDGE – The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) has awarded the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) a $10,000 Quality of Life Grant as part of more than $713,000 it distributed to 103 organizations nationwide recently.
I finished college in May of 1990 just three years after my injury. That summer was spent trying to figure out what I was going to do. I knew I had the skills to do well in school but I had no idea of what real value I could bring to an organization. I had studied Communications and Business so there wasn’t a trade or specific skill like architecture or law I could bring to interview. I had grown up in Meadville, PA and the community hosts a great number of manufacturing companies similar to our family business but at the time that never appealed to me.
Every day more than thirty people become paralyzed from spinal cord injury (SCI) or disease. SCI generally results in one of two types of paralysis:
1. Paraplegia paralysis affecting the legs and lower part of the body;
2. Tetraplegia paralysis affecting the level below the neck and chest area, involving both the arms and legs.
The majority of people with SCI use wheelchairs for mobility, thus, they encounter many obstacles and barriers in everyday life. Among the most difficult barriers are those involving the public’s misperceptions and attitudes.
ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act
U.S. Department of Justice ADA home page.
ADA Technical Assistance Program
Consisted of a diverse array of projects to further the understanding and implementation of the Act. The program has created a vast infrastructure of resources, including numerous ADA publications and videos, materials targeted to specific audiences, training packages and an unparalleled knowledge of the ADA.
Every year, approximately 10,000 persons in the United States, typically young adults (New Mobility, 1996), seriously injure their spinal cords and become permanently paralyzed. Through advances in medical treatment, most persons survive a spinal cord injury and live two or more decades post-injury. However, researchers have only recently begun to study the long-term psychosocial implications of a spinal cord injury (Whiteneck, Charlifue, Frankel, et al., 1992). One such psychosocial implication is the person’s perceived satisfaction with the quality of his or her life following such an injury. This study examined factors associated with the life satisfaction of persons with a spinal cord injury including biological, personal, and social factors.