Paraplegic dad turns his wheelchair adventures with his six-year-old daughter into a children’s book
Paraplegic man who thought he would never be a dad turns his wheelchair adventures with his six-year-old daughter into a children’s book
A man who thought he’d never have kids has chronicled the adventures he and his daughter have in his wheelchair, to give hope to parents with disabilities.
When Glen Dick, 47, from Chalfont, Pennsylvania was paralysed after suffering a spinal cord injury in 1995, he thought his dreams of becoming a father were over.
But in 2010, five years after getting hitched to his wife Monica, 35, the delighted couple welcomed their first child Elaina.
Locomotor training is helping Emmalie, who was unable to walk after suffering a spinal cord injury, take steps, sit up on her own and improve her range of motion. Andrea Behrman, PhD, professor in the UofL Department of Neurosurgery, researches locomotor training in children at UofL.
“It turns out the spinal cord is really really smart. And it may be as smart as the brain,” Behrman said. “The brain gets information, listens to it, reads it, responds, integrates it and generates an outcome. When (the researchers) found that out, they said ‘I wonder if anybody can use this information in rehabilitating people with spinal cord injuries?’ And the answer is yes.”
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A research team in Spain has developed the world’s first exoskeleton prototype to help disabled children learn how to walk and sustain mobility.
Donna Lowich lives with quadriplegia, so interacting with her grandchildren does not come easy. Until she was given Adaptoys, which opened up the world of play between her and her family. VPC
As each of her children grew inside her womb, Joni Vanderwoude felt nothing — not the fluttering first kicks in the beginning, not the bulging of her belly as it stretched to the size of a basketball, not the piercing contractions of labor that usually signal it’s time.
A car accident 16 years ago left Vanderwoude paralyzed from the neck down, unable to walk, cough or even scratch her own nose without someone to do what her own body could not. But Vanderwoude, of DeMotte, Ind., has never dwelled on the limitations of being a person with quadriplegia. Two years after the accident, she married her high school sweetheart. Four years after that they began trying to have children — a medical possibility for most women who suffer from spinal cord injury, despite what people might assume.
Now, children of all abilities can wear Tommy Hilfiger clothing.
A nonprofit organization called Runway of Dreams worked with the brand to launch an adaptive version of select styles from its children’s line, which will be on sale starting Tuesday.
Mindy Scheier, a fashion designer, founded Runway of Dreams to work with the fashion industry and adapt mainstream clothing for people with different abilities. She started the organization after her son Oliver, 11, who has a rare form of muscular dystrophy, asked her to buy him a pair of jeans.
Here is a list of positive things that can come from the experience.
Having a spinal cord injury affects everyone in the family. People who are newly injured often fear being unable to be a good parent.
Though being a parent with a spinal cord injury is challenging, there are some positive things that can result for you and your child.
Magic Wheelchair designs and builds epic costumes that incorporate the child’s wheelchair and theme of choice
Ryan Weimer has been making elaborate Halloween costumes for his own kids since 2008. Last year, he decided to start Magic Wheelchair so that other disabled children could enjoy similarly intricate costumes.
Weimer has three children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a condition that confines them to wheelchairs.
When Madison was first diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, her doctor didn’t know a whole lot about the genetic condition.