Published: October 10, 2017 | Category:News | Spinal Cord Injury:Paraplegia
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. Continue Reading »
Jai’s life nearly ended after a dip in the ocean resulted in a high-level spinal injury. He explains how he’s carved out a great life for himself and why he has no use for pick-up lines. Continue Reading »
Half a century in a wheelchair – it’s not a milestone celebrated often, if at all.
But Peter Kuprijanow is not your average person.
Hailing from Killara, Mr Kuprijanow and his friends were the talk of the town in 1966 when they came to the rescue of a family whose car had crashed into the Kiewa River – one person tragically died, but an elderly couple and two children were saved.
A year later, the young man was again in everyone’s thoughts, after he broke his neck at that same spot. Continue Reading »
ON A summer day in 1985, Bruce Stark got up, went to work and became a quadriplegic. Bruce, who is president of the Sunshine Coast’s first independent disability services organization, 121 Care, gives an insight into what it is like to face the challenge of living with an acquired disability.
I WAS working as a plumber at Dalby and fell through a galvanised iron roof.
I was 23 at the time.
When I first woke up in hospital, I was wondering what the hell was going on. Continue Reading »
After becoming paralysed at the age of 22, Gilbert Tan thought his life was over. But perseverance and dedication saw him become a world-renowned artist who paints with the brush in his mouth.
SINGAPORE: Gilbert Tan was just 22 years old when a regular visit to a swimming pool ended life as he knew it.
He remembers what happened vividly. The year was 1983, and it was just five days before National Day. Then an architectural draftsman at Hitachi, he was with his colleagues at Delta Sports Complex in Redhill. Continue Reading »
SINCE a life-changing accident five years ago, wheelchair user Will Clark, from Grasmere, has become a charity volunteer, taken up sailing and ski-karting and addressed an international spinal injuries conference. Recently elected as a county councillor, he decided his next challenge would be to conquer Snowdon.
Latrigg, above Keswick, isn’t a particularly high or challenging Lake District fell but it became a symbol of what might be possible for Will Clark. Continue Reading »
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!Continue Reading »