Robinette Tilley is the boss. The fact that she rides a wheelchair now instead of a motorcycle hasn’t changed that.
Tilley was in her customary spot, sitting behind her husband, Don, on his Harley-Davidson when the motorcycle crashed on Aug. 29, 2014 near Mile Post 394 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Buncombe County. Don, 78, was killed in the wreck.
A shattered right arm, broken neck and pelvis, and seriously damaged spinal cord sent Robinette to six different hospitals in six months. Doctors told Tilley’s family she would never return home.
While employers battle the “war for talent,” there exists a significant population of talented, problem-solving people, who have been largely excluded from the workforce. This population, people with disabilities, comprises 1 billion people worldwide; 56 million Americans, and represents the world’s largest minority.
In honor of National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, Vocational Rehabilitation shares the story of a man who was able to return to his career with the help of assistive technology.
Winter Haven, FL (PRWEB) October 10, 2017 Watching Othedus (Theo) Harvin at work in the kitchen at Sonny’s BBQ is like watching a graceful ballet. He moves from the grill to the refrigerator to the slicer and back again in one seamless motion. He pulls a lever to stand up so he can use the slicing machine or reach into the refrigerator, and he lowers the lever to sit down at the grill and get supplies. His movements are smooth and fluid as he maneuvers his wheelchair around the kitchen.
Dr. Chris McCullough of the Morristown Medical Center uses a $20,000 dollar standing wheelchair enabling him to perform five to six surgeries a day.
The majority of spinal cord injuries are still caused by traumatic events, such as road traffic accidents or falls. Sports injuries and violence are also common causes of spinal cord injuries. A (so-called) non-traumatic injury can occur because of arthritis, inflammation, infections or disc degeneration of the spine that can cause compression and therefore damage to the spinal cord. The incidence of non-traumatic injuries is increasing, partly due to better reporting but also due to the impact of an increasingly aging population.
THIELLS, NY (News 12 Hudson Valley) – A history teacher in New York has returned to the classroom after a surfing accident left him a quadriplegic.
Getting shot six times and becoming paralyzed from the chest-down didn’t stop John “So Icey John” Sharp from becoming one of the best barbers in town.
“I got shot up being at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Sharp, 28, says, adding he wont let the circumstances prevent him from continuing his life.
Today, Sharp cuts hair from his wheelchair at Englewood’s Pro-Line Barber and Beauty. In the last seven months, he’s developed a strong client base, which he’s proud of.
Luigi Girotto has always sought out a challenge, the trademark of his active lifestyle.
As a triathlete, scuba diver, skier and full-time jewelry consultant, Girotto was always up to something, and when he felt his jewelry career had grown stagnant in his small village in Italy, he picked up and moved to New York City.
“I was 40 years old and I had a career crisis,” Girotto said. “Nothing was challenging me enough.”
WATERBORO (WGME) — A company known for its top-secret tanks is keeping its biggest and best secret for one of their own.
For the past four months employees at Howe and Howe Technologies in Waterboro have been secretly building a “Ripchair 3.0” for Tony Tulo, a salesperson at the company who is paralyzed from the chest down.
RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. —Riviera Beach Police officers are honoring the department’s newest disabled employee.