Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Tag: volunteer

Quadriplegic Man’s passion for paddling helps other disabled people adjust

Published: March 5, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

We take so much for granted, but there are those around us who make us feel comfortable with the world no matter what it may throw at you.

I believe that thought popped into my head the very first time I met Andy Janicky, and it certainly was confirmed after a long conversation with him recently about his nonprofit, Wheels to Water.

Record-breaking wheelchair team pulls plane at Heathrow to help disabled flying charity

Published: February 7, 2019

UK charity Aerobility has joined forces with British Airways and Heathrow Airport Ltd to set a new record for the Heaviest aircraft pulled over 100m by a wheelchair team.

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.

Modified wheelchair that climbed Snowdon crowned at Remap awards

Published: July 6, 2018

A modified wheelchair pieced together so that a campaigner could use it to climb Mount Snowdon is one of the winning pieces of equipment at the Remap awards, which took place recently.

The “Snowdon Push” is a fund-raising challenge organized by Back Up Trust – a charity that supports people with a spinal cord injury.

Teams of between 10 and 16 people aim to conquer Mount Snowdon, which at over 3,500 ft is the highest mountain in England and Wales.

Wheelchair no barrier for rescue worker

Published: September 26, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury:

‘There are no words to describe the things I’ve seen,’ says photographer

Being confined to a wheelchair Being a wheelchair user with a spinal cord injury didn’t stop one determined Michoacán man from contributing to the rescue efforts in Mexico City after last week’s big earthquake.

Twenty-six-year-old Eduardo Zárate traveled to the capital after he heard that one of his friends was missing in the Del Valle neighborhood, one of the worst affected parts of the city.

Life goes on after acquired disability

Published: September 12, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

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.

Working or volunteering after a Spinal Cord Injury

Published: March 20, 2017

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.

Back-Up Trust

Published: January 22, 2017
Back-Up Trust

We are here to inspire independence in anyone affected by spinal cord injury and to encourage everyone to get the most from their lives. We work with people of all ages, from young children to the elderly, whatever the motivation or background.

Back Up relies on a vital family of volunteers, mentors and skilled professionals, who provide unrivaled support and enthusiasm for our work and who help us deliver services that rebuild confidence and self-belief.

We help people realize their ambitions and overcome prejudice, creating the opportunity to transform lives.

Control a computer with your tongue

Published: May 23, 2016

Emma-Mogus-tongue-mouseNew device would let severely paralyzed people surf the Web

PHOENIX, Ariz. — A new tongue-controlled computer mouse would allow someone with no working arms or legs to use a computer. With such a device, people with even severe physical handicaps might navigate cyberspace. The new mouse system was unveiled last week by its designer, a Canadian teen.

More than 250,000 Americans alone have spinal cord injuries, according to experts at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Some 118,000 of these people are quadriplegic (Quah-drah-PLEE-jik), meaning both of their arms and legs are paralyzed. For these individuals, using a computer poses a big challenge. Some researchers have invented ways for such people to control a computer using brain waves or the movements of their eyes. But now, Emma Mogus has come up with an easier way for many such patients to control a computer: using their tongue.

Pathway Study accepting potential Spinal Cord Injury volunteers for trial

Published: March 13, 2016

THE PATHWAY STUDY HAS CLOSED ENROLLMENT AS OF MAY 31 2016!

Pathway StudyResearchers are currently evaluating the potential of stem cell transplantation as a treatment for many neurological disorders, including spinal cord injury (SCI). Stem cells are unique from other cells in the body:

  • Stem cells can self-renew (make copies of themselves)
  • Stem cells can respond to signals within the body and become specialized (this is known as differentiation)

Studying stem cell transplantation for SCI may help us learn if stem cells can help either replace or repair spinal cord cells that were damaged by injury which may in turn improve spinal cord function.

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