Saturday, July 11, 2020

Tag: Colorado

Man now works at same hospital that treated him after his spine injury

Published: August 3, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

A man who rehabilitated from a spinal cord injury at Craig Hospital now works there and is giving back to others.

Quadriplegic creates Boulder trail guide for people with disabilities

Published: July 15, 2018

Quadriplegic creates Boulder trail guide for people with disabilitiesBOULDER, Colo. — Exploring the many trails Boulder has to offer is how Topher Downham connects with the world around him.

“I love the connection and the solitude you get sometimes,” Downham said. “One of my favorite things is just a stream going by. That trickle, it just calms me.”

But just getting to a stream about a quarter mile down the South Boulder Creek Trail is harder for Downham than most people.

His life changed after diving into a swimming pool 20 years ago.

Hard-knock life? Performance of “Annie” by cast with disabilities adds heft, power to classic...

Published: July 25, 2017

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.

Colorado court rules fired medical marijuana patient can’t get job back

Published: June 15, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 30: Brandon Coats leaves the courthouse at the end of the hearing with his attorney Michael Evans, right. The Colorado Supreme Court listens to arguments in the the case of Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic medical marijuana patient who was fired from his job at Dish Network after testing positive for marijuana. A written decision by the court will be issued at a later date.  (Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Brandon Coats is a quadriplegic who was fired by Dish Network after failing a drug test in 2010. The company said it has a zero-tolerance drug policy.

Cannabis consumption is cause to be fired in Colorado, the state’s supreme court has ruled, despite the drug’s legal status and the appeal of a quadriplegic man who was fired for using medical marijuana.