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We have received many questions at the Paralysis Resource Center about the ABLE Act and what it means for people with paralysis today.Here are the facts: The President signed the ABLE Act into law in December of 2014. The law allows people with disabilities to establish tax-preferred savings accounts to save for qualified disability-related ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jul 3, 2015 9:00 AM EDT
A message from Eric LeGrand: I can't believe another successful A Walk to Believe has come and gone. It seems just like yesterday my family, friends, and community came together to host the inaugural event, unaware that it would grow into a community tradition. Now five years later, A Walk to Believe has become a tristate affair that unites walkers ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jul 2, 2015 8:30 AM EDT
My name is TJ Griffin, and I am the peer mentor program coordinator for the Reeve Foundation Peer & Family Support Program . When I was a senior at Trinity high school, I broke my neck playing high school football. Growing up in a suburb of Dallas/Fort Worth football was everything, so I guess you could say I went out in style. After I was paralyzed, I knew ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jul 1, 2015 12:56 PM EDT
Approximately a quarter of a million Americans live with spinal cord injuries and an additional 4 to 5 million people in this country are affected by paralysis of the extremities. For many, obtaining reliable information about paralysis, and gaining access to opportunities that increase independence, self-confidence, and the ability to ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jul 1, 2015 9:42 AM EDT
The Reeve Foundation is holding Caregiver Day seminars on August 2, 2015 at the Abilities Expo Houston in the Workshop area of the show floor in the NRG Center (formerly Reliant Center) in Houston, TX. Presentations are free to attend, however Abilities Expo Houston free registration is required. " Coaching for Caregivers: How to Reach Out Before You ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jul 1, 2015 9:30 AM EDT
It seems there is some falling going on. Fellow blogger Allen Rucker's Before the Fall blog and now I have my After the Fall blog! So when last we connected I had only moments ago tumbled and I attempted to close my last blog with a trace of suspense recounting that all was well with my world and then my world turned upside down in a matter of seconds when I ... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis Jun 30, 2015 1:16 PM EDT
Want to make your life a little greener? Start with a garden.We have great adaptive gardening tips for people living with paralysis featured in the Reeve Health Minute series.   For most people, a few simple adaptive practices can make gardening from a chair practical, easy, and highly enjoyable. Take a look at our gardening videos and see if this is the ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jun 30, 2015 12:59 PM EDT
Dr. Dan began his family therapist practice in 1969 after receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees at Temple University. In 1979, Dan was in a near fatal automobile accident which left him paralyzed from the chest down. Through personal and professional experience, Dan has learned that our greatest suffering is alienation and loneliness. That ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jun 29, 2015 8:30 AM EDT
On June 1, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted a new proposed regulation updating standards for Medicaid services delivered through managed care. At almost 600 pages long, it is the most comprehensive update to the regulation of managed care in Medicaid since 2002. It provides enhanced federal oversight of ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jun 26, 2015 9:00 AM EDT
Last February, FTL Moda pushed fashion boundaries and challenged disability stereotypes in its finale show at New York Fashion Week. Partnering with Models of Diversity , they featured models with disabilities -- creating an important new standard of fashion, where forward-thinking and ever-changing notions of beauty not only apply to the ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jun 23, 2015 2:10 PM EDT
Disasters are a common occurrence worldwide, and no region or state can be assured that something unexpected will not threaten property, health and lives with no, or minimal, warning. Whether earthquakes in Nepal, typhoons in Southeast Asia or floods in the American South, we seem to be experiencing disasters unlike anything that has occurred in the ... more...
Posted by Michael Collins on Life After Paralysis Jun 22, 2015 5:01 PM EDT
I fell the week before last, and it scared the bejesus out of me. I was sitting on the edge of a swimming pool, drying out, when suddenly my upper torso fell straight back and hit the limestone pavement behind it with a thud. My neck jerked back, but only grazed the pavement. My back hit squarely with nothing to break the fall. I was stunned but maintained ... more...
Posted by ARucker on Life After Paralysis Jun 22, 2015 4:35 PM EDT
Since the last live chat with Nurse Linda, she has posted topics about: - SCI & the respiratory system - SCI & understanding neuroplasticity - Bacterial vs. Viral Infections - Plus answered many questions posted by other community members Make sure to tune in for the next Ask a Nurse live webchat on Wednesday, June 24th at 3:00 pm ET. Sign up here! In our ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jun 22, 2015 8:30 AM EDT
We are excited to report that last month 20 US Senators under the leadership of Lindsay Graham (R-SC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Jerry Moran (R-KS), formed a new Congressional Caucus to support the National Institutes of Health . Members of Congress often form an official caucus to show affinity and support for an idea or group. The NIH Caucus shows ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jun 19, 2015 12:16 PM EDT
Celebrating 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act From our friends at the Administration for Community Living (ACL): Please join us for a celebration of two historic victories for inclusion and community living. Monday, June 22, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Headquarters, Hubert. H. Humphrey ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jun 17, 2015 11:04 AM EDT
The Paralysis Resource Center’s own Donna Valente, the Director of Quality of Life Grants, has published her first book entitled Bits of Me . It contains a collection of poetry inspired by the journey of her life and includes a short story dedicated to her friend Carrie who passed away from complications from living with a spinal cord ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jun 17, 2015 10:26 AM EDT
Remember when the economy took a tumble; people were cutting back on shopping, luxuries and vacations, the extra stuff it was the Great Recession of 2007-2010? Do you remember how families and single folks came up with the idea of a stay-at-home-vacation , a Staycation , creating leisure activities at home or close to home and slept in their own beds at ... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis Jun 16, 2015 12:55 PM EDT
Candace Cable believes that there were 4 elements that came together in 1975 that gave her, community, purpose, wellness and joy after her spinal cord injury at the age of 21. They were family, counseling, disabled students service’s office at Long Beach State University and adaptive sports. Adapting Life with Candace Cable , demonstrates ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jun 15, 2015 1:02 PM EDT
We woke up that morning like we always do. But who knew that by bedtime, we'd be living what felt like someone else's life? Drew, my husband, was coming home from the gym when, out of nowhere, a car recklessly ran through an intersection and hit him head-on. In an instant, our life changed forever. The doctors said the paralysis would be permanent. ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jun 12, 2015 12:13 PM EDT
Todd A. Johnston , Program Coordinator (formerly Northeast Regional Coordinator) for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s Peer & Family Support Program (PFSP) , shares his story of living with a spinal cord injury and what he has done to improve the quality of life for those living with paralysis.  On July 23, 1983, while Todd was ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jun 11, 2015 3:07 PM EDT
Aaron Baker has always been one to defy the odds, and has been for the past sixteen years.Since he sustained a C5 spinal cord injury in 1999 on a motocross track, Aaron has been working to regain movement over time through training and physical therapy. Now he is taking his movement to the next level with his film Coming to My Senses: A Journey to Reclaim ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jun 11, 2015 2:47 PM EDT
We've heard from many of you in our community about your frustrations traveling with Amtrak. Here is an update and we will keep you informed of the work by the National Disability Rights Network to enforce ADA standards. On June 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a letter finding that Amtrak, the National Railroad Passenger ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jun 11, 2015 2:28 PM EDT
From our friends at the White House : This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a landmark civil rights law that promises equal access and equal opportunity -- regardless of ability. It secures each person's right to an independent life, and it enables our country and our economy to benefit from the talents and ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jun 9, 2015 4:36 PM EDT
We would like to offer you the opportunity to become a Reeve certified peer mentor with the Reeve Foundation Peer & Family Support Program . Our peer mentors help people living with paralysis and their family members/caregivers by offering them support, guidance and information. more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jun 8, 2015 5:08 PM EDT
BLUE HAWK Cooperative named the Reeve Foundation as the recipient of the BLUE HAWK Gives Back charitable initiative at the BLUE HAWK Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida this spring. BLUE HAWK was created to maximize the strength of independent heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) distributors throughout the ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jun 8, 2015 2:39 PM EDT
When it comes to dependency , those of us who are paralyzed provide the ultimate examples of the negative impacts of having to count on multiple layers of people and systems for our very independence, and perhaps survival. The fact that we must deal with this on a daily basis does not make it any easier to accept. It simply means that every day has the ... more...
Posted by Michael Collins on Life After Paralysis Jun 4, 2015 10:50 PM EDT
I discovered information on how fruits and vegetables can assist in healing, curbing addiction and how food synergy can increase the affect in a really good way. Just knowing that eating more fruits and vegetables in their most natural form improves my mental health has me feeling more powerful already and excited about moving toward optimal mental ... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis Jun 2, 2015 1:54 PM EDT
The 5th Annual A Walk to Believe is taking place on Sunday June 7th at High Point Solutions Stadium at Rutgers University in New Jersey. For the past three years , sixteen-year-old Remy Stern has been the event's top fundraiser -- last year raising $12,000 alone . Remy is a very active Team LeGrand member and dedicated supporter of Eric LeGrand . We ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose May 29, 2015 2:09 PM EDT
Shortly after Christopher Reeve was injured, his wife, Dana spoke about the challenges and stress inherent to caregiving in an interview with Gary Barg.She explained, “you can deal with stress in little ways, you can give yourself little getaways, and it doesn’t always have to cost money. It’s really a gift you have to give ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose May 29, 2015 1:04 PM EDT
I have only been in this paralysis business for just short of twenty years, but I -- and people much smarter -- have come to believe that the most effective way to help others in the same predicament is through personal stories. I'm sure there are many other valid approaches -- prayer, meditation, medication, therapy -- but what I walk away with and ... more...
Posted by ARucker on Life After Paralysis May 28, 2015 2:01 PM EDT

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