CALGARY — Paralyzed Humboldt Broncos player Ryan Straschnitzki is on his hands and knees trying a skill he hasn‘t had to practise for 18 years — how to crawl.
Straschnitzki, with the assistance of two physiotherapists, is being shown how to keep himself upright on his arms and how to move his legs forward, a few inches at a time.
Recently I was at my desk writing to Tommy, a 17-year-old boy who just broke his neck body surfing off the Jersey shore. He’s now a quadriplegic. He will live the rest of his life in a wheelchair without use of his hands or legs. When it comes to life-altering injuries, quadriplegia is catastrophic.
Halfway through my letter describing several hurdles Tommy should expect in rehab, I stopped. I felt utterly overwhelmed, thinking of all that lies ahead for him. I’ve been there. And even though half a century has passed, I can still taste the anguish. Hot, silent tears began streaming, and I choked out a prayer, Oh God, how will Tommy do it? How will he ever make it? Have mercy; help him find you!
Cape Town – After losing the use of his limbs 14 years ago, Brenton Swartz could have given up on life.
He was shot, leaving him paralysed from the neck down. But the quadriplegic, who studied architecture at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, refused to let life get him down.
Swartz is now an accomplished mouth artist, and used his skill of painting with his mouth to inspire severely disabled children in light of Disability Awareness Month, next month.
Our lab mission is to INSPIRE (integrate sensorimotor plasticity and interventions to promote recovery) persons with neurologic injury to regain function.
We are an interdisciplinary team of engineers, physiologists, neuroscientists, and clinicians that share a common mission: to study plasticity-inducing therapies directed at enhancing sensorimotor recovery in persons with catastrophic injury to their brain and/or spinal cord.
Martyn Ashton wants to inspire others
In 2013, stunt cyclist Martyn Ashton, a former world champion mountain biker, crashed during a cycling event and was left paralyzed from the waist down.
Rollin’ Wear Inc. makes and sells adaptive clothing that gives its customers the opportunity to express their personal style while wearing clothing that allows for comfort and eliminates the negative health outcomes wearing non-adaptive denim creates. Our company was started out of the need for a stylish alternative to today’s adaptive apparel companies.
Beyond clothing, Rollin’ Wear seeks to empower individuals to live life to the fullest and embrace the lifestyle of Rollin’. By promoting our mission: EXCEED. INSPIRE. ROLL., it is the company’s goal to grow the culture of acceptance for individuals using the assistance of a wheelchair.