Tag: People with Disabilities
Spinal cord patients will gather to urge lawmakers to pass paralysis act
All Chaz Southard was looking for that August day in 2002 was a little respite from the heat. After chatting with a few lifeguards on a crowded Plum Island beach, the experienced surfer walked torso-deep into the Atlantic and plunged hands-first into the cool, salty sea.
A strong undertow lifted his feet, and his head struck a sandbar created by the changing tide. The collision affected his fourth cervical vertebra, bruising his spinal cord.
Yes, being paralyzed from the waist down can cause some inconveniences in daily life, but it isn’t the end of the world.
That’s the message Donnice Hildreth tries to get out in her longtime volunteer work helping others with disabilities. Hildreth, 42, runs two support groups at Tri-County Independent Living Inc. — one for fellow survivors of spinal cord injuries and the other a “cross-Disability” support group. She’s also on the board of the nonprofit organization.
“I think it’s opportunism.”
Clint Eastwood, talking to the Los Angeles Times’s Chris Lee, was referring to the National Spinal Cord Injury Association’s statement that his Million Dollar Baby “is saying ‘death is better than Disability.’ ” We’d provide a link to Lee’s story, but it’s in the current — 1/28/05 — L. A. Times Calendar section and that’s available online only to subscribers. We can’t access it.
Human trials of a technique with the potential to repair spinal cord injuries are set to start within three years, experts said today.
The work, which could help thousands of disabled people regain movement, will be carried out at University College London’s new Spinal Repair Unit.
The plans were outlined today as UCL launched a £300 million fundraising campaign to boost work across the university.
Getting a job if you’re sick or disabled can be an uphill struggle. Less than 40 percent of all disabled people in the Netherlands have a job – compared with 67 percent of able-bodied people. The figures in the Netherlands are only slightly lower than the European average, but what is particularly surprising is that there is no legislation in place here to encourage employers to take on disabled people.
Spinal cord injury didn’t stop Kent Hehr
There it was in the middle of his face, itching. And it would take Kent Hehr some six months to do what he had done millions of times before — reach up and give his nose a scratch. Relearning simple tasks and how to live a new life was all about baby steps, hard work, confronting fear and moving on.
For years Chuck Close has reduced faces into paintings and prints of shorthand data: Noses become dots and dashes, eyes dissolve into a mosaic of circles and squares. Disabled by a spinal blood clot that left him wheelchair-bound 15 years ago, he is quick to dismiss those frequent comparisons of his art to digital shorthand and eye-popping pixels.
Can a machine read a person’s mind? A medical device company is about to find out.
The company, Cyberkinetics Inc., plans to implant a tiny chip in the brains of five paralyzed people in an effort to enable them to operate a computer by thought alone.
When 40-year-old Mindy Idaspe learned she would never walk again due to a spinal cord injury in 2002, she was heartbroken. A nurse and mother, she had always focused on caring for others – how could she learn to be dependent on other people?
The answer came through the Spinal Cord Group of Collier County, a support group Idaspe formed with two other disabled friends.
Daniel Brown refuses to let paralysis depress him. In fact, says Marisol Grandón, his work has taken him in a new direction
Daniel Brown is unhappy with his wheelchair. A £2,000 bespoke titanium chair is being manufactured for him but the process takes six weeks. The temporary chair is hard to manoeuvre, clunky and, most disappointing for the Prada-clad designer, it doesn’t look cool.