Magic Wheelchair is a nonprofit organization that builds custom costumes for children in wheelchairs. Our goal is to put a smile on the face of every child in a wheelchair.
Ryan and Lana Weimer, the founders of Magic Wheelchair, have five children, three of whom were born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which requires the use of wheelchairs for the entirety of their lives.
Each Halloween, Ryan made the biggest, “baddest” costumes he could for his sons, Keaton and Bryce. Once news of these costumes spread, Ryan began receiving requests from parents around the world asking if he would transform their kids’ wheelchairs into “magic”.
The Colorado-based Phamaly Theatre Company has burnished its artistic reputation by selecting shows that resonate — intellectually and emotionally — with the many facets of disability. Cast entirely with performers who live with disabilities, the shows engage questions of possibility and perseverance as well as marginalization and discrimination.
Just as vitally, they take theater seriously, they entertain. Although it has expanded its yearly offerings, the company continues to produce a winter play and a summer musical. Even a musical as non-taxing and agreeable as its current one, “Annie,” offers fresh and telling insights.
When Paul Burnett first met Kamden Houshan in kindergarten, the two boys quickly became friends. They bonded over playing superheroes and creating goofy videos. While others often focus on Kamden’s wheelchair and disability, Paul never acted like Kamden was different.
“What really contributes to their friendship is that Paul does not see Kamden as someone who has a disability. He sees him as Kamden. Because of that Kam truly is himself around him,” Yvonne Houshan, Kamden’s mom, told TODAY.
Morgan’s Inspiration Island in San Antonio, Texas, is the first of its kind.
AFTER the accident the first thing I wanted to do was tell everybody I was going to walk again.
Just days after Christmas in 2014, I fell off the balcony of my Sydney northern beaches home. Our lives turned upside down in an instant.
With my wife Jo by my side, I was rushed to Royal North Shore Hospital where it was confirmed that I had suffered a broken neck and crushed spinal cord as a result of the fall.
I suddenly became a C4 incomplete quadriplegic — a condition that left me with limited use of my legs and left arm, and paralysis of my right arm.
The incredible moment a former abseiling instructor who lost the use of her legs in 2013 after a ‘simple operation on a bulging disc’ was able to dangle off the side of a cliff in her wheelchair has been caught on camera.
Stunning images show Sarah Jane Staszak, 43, with her son Hamish exploring Australia’s scenic Blue Mountains National Park.
The abseiling experience was part of a project by The heART Project which included a full photo shoot highlighting the excitement of the day.
The Adventures of Frank and Mustard is a children’s book that was inspired by Simon Calcavecchia’s experiences of living with quadriplegia.
The reason we created this book is to express Simon’s life experiences in a creative way to both adults and children. The work inspires optimism and strength for life’s obstacles. We hope that in sharing these stories, children will see that they have the choice to see challenges as opportunities for growth. These books will emphasize the power to create love, joy and laughter in response to life’s events.
Simon Calcavecchia, 34, of Olympia, visited Evergreen Elementary School April 7 to talk to students about his books, his music and his disability.
He is the author of a children’s book series called “The Adventures of Frank and Mustard” and has also recorded a collection of hip-hop songs about his characters.
Addressing a room full of first-graders, Calcavecchia started by saying, “I want to tell you what you’re all probably curious about, which is why I am using this wheelchair.”
The internet can be a gift and a curse at the same time. It offers the potential of providing people with some very valuable information, but also allows for a lot of misconstrued and ill-informed ideas. This has created quite a large amount of confusion and that can be very dangerous for those seeking medical advice.
With the many assumptions that have been made about those who have experienced spinal cord injuries, it is extremely important that these ideas aren’t interpreted as facts. Families who are now learning to cope with SCI already have a lot to consider and do not need these false claims guiding them down the wrong path.
MAYWOOD, IL – Paralysis is just one of the many serious health problems faced by patients who suffer spinal cord injuries.
Spinal cord patients also are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease; pneumonia; life-threatening blood clots; bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction; constipation and other gastrointestinal problems; pressure ulcers; and chronic pain, according to a report published in the journal Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports.