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For the past 27 years I have considered myself a champion for the wonder of mobility. Beginning with the day when I found myself unable to move on a snowy ski slope, all of my efforts have been directed at getting off my back and getting moving again. My recent blog expressing gratitude for what a succession of wheelchairs has done for me in that regard was the ... more...
Posted by Michael Collins on Life After Paralysis Apr 21, 2015 5:12 PM EDT
On April 18th, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation held its 5th annual Wine Tasting Event at the chic City Winery located in the West Village. During the event, attendees tasted from a selection of 5 different types of wine while mingling, bidding for luxurious prizes from different donators such as linebacker Carl Banks, and enjoying  the ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Apr 21, 2015 3:44 PM EDT
Reeve Foundation supporters are literally changing lives every day, giving hope to those who were told nothing could be done for them after sustaining a spinal cord injury. That's why we're am asking you to take the next step today and become a Reeve Foundation advocate by making your tax-deductible gift online now . Your gift will immediately ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Apr 20, 2015 1:03 PM EDT
Stock trading company, BTIG, is scheduled to have its 13th annual BTIG Commissions for Charity Day on Tuesday, April 28th. Eric Legrand will be participating in the event again this year. With celebrities working alongside the firm’s employees, stock traders team up with some of their favorite stars as they raise funds for meaningful causes. ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Apr 20, 2015 9:00 AM EDT
Would you be interested in becoming a certified Reeve Foundation Peer Mentor at the upcoming training in Springfield, Massachusetts? The Reeve Foundation has scheduled a one-day peer mentor training in conjunction with Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital on May 18, 2015 at their facility. This is the only training we have scheduled in the Springfield ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Apr 17, 2015 1:06 PM EDT
This Saturday, April 18th, marks the 3rd anniversary of the Administration for Community Living (ACL). The Reeve Foundation is thrilled to have joined forces with ACL last year and is proud of all that has been accomplished thus far. Together, we have helped to provide support and education and substantial resources to ensure independent living ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Apr 17, 2015 8:30 AM EDT
In 2005, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation introduced a grassroots program called Team Reeve to leverage the power of people coming together to raise support and funds for cutting-edge research and quality of life efforts. But every team needs a voice to rally the troops -- a leader who could unite, educate and empower others to join the Reeve ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Apr 16, 2015 6:06 AM EDT
Sometimes Facebook is not just a colossal waste of brain cells. It can be downright thought provoking. A friend and colleague, David Radcliff, a real Facebookian and in his off-line hours, a talented young screenwriter and journalist, posted an illuminating FB entry the other day about disability. David has CP and is very astute about what many young ... more...
Posted by ARucker on Life After Paralysis Apr 15, 2015 4:21 PM EDT
We have been talking to you over the past couple of weeks about Medicare Therapy Caps and how it was CRITICAL to secure an extension so that the paralysis community can continue to have access to outpatient rehabilitation services. Well, you spoke and Congress listened! Late last night, the Senate passed H.R. 2, the "Medicare Access and CHIP ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Apr 15, 2015 3:58 PM EDT
Team Reeve runners Jerome Vinulan and Sharyar Aziz completed the Boston marathon on April 20th!  Sharyar finished with a time of 3 hours and 13minutes, and Jerome finished with a time  of 5 hours and 30 minutes! Jerome Vinulan  dedicated his 26.2 mile run to his son, Justin, who sustained a spinal cord injury in 2011 ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Apr 13, 2015 2:22 PM EDT
A New Jersey mother has created a fashion line of adjustable clothes for children living with disabilities. Mindy Scheier of Livingston, N.J., a fashion designer by trade, began modifying her son Oliver clothes when he said that he wanted to look like is friends in school. Oliver has a rare form of muscular dystrophy and has to wear leg braces, ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Apr 10, 2015 3:02 PM EDT
The Reeve Foundation is holding a Caregiver Day on May 2, 2015 at the Abilities Expo NY Metro at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center. Presentations are free to attend, however Abilities Expo NY Metro free registration is required. " Coaching for Caregivers: How to Reach Out Before You Burn Out ” is a presentation that will outline the concepts around ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Apr 7, 2015 10:45 AM EDT
It took only a short while after my spinal cord injury before I came to realize that the most defining feature of my newfound disability would be my means of transportation. I instantly went from being identified as "that tall guy with dark hair and blue eyes" to my newfound persona as "that guy in the wheelchair." Whenever I entered ... more...
Posted by Michael Collins on Life After Paralysis Apr 3, 2015 4:55 PM EDT
Urgent Call to Action -- Support Rehabilitation Research at the NIH! On March 19, 2015, Congressman and Senators from both side of the aisle introduced legislation focused on building greater intersection within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the goal of better coordination across Institutes and Centers to streamline ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Apr 2, 2015 1:39 PM EDT
This March marked another successful ReelAbilities Film Festival opening in New York City. Now in its seventh year, the festival is building momentum as the largest film festival showcasing individuals with disabilities in the country. Dedicated to increasing awareness of the stories and artistic expressions of people with differing ... more...
Posted by DanGriffin on Daily Dose Apr 2, 2015 1:32 PM EDT
Join us for our Live Better series presented by the Reeve Foundation Paralysis CommunityJoin us for our Live Better series presented by the Reeve Foundation Paralysis Community. Adapting Life with Candace Cable Wednesday, April 8, 2015 3:00 PM ET In Candace's monthly webcasts, she addresses current topics that affect individuals living with ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Apr 2, 2015 12:32 PM EDT
We have been talking to you  over the past couple of weeks about Medicare Therapy Caps and how it was CRITICAL to secure an extension so that the paralysis community can continue to get access to outpatient rehabilitation services. Well, you spoke and the House listened! Great news: The House of Representatives passed H.R. 2, the " Medicare Access ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Apr 2, 2015 11:53 AM EDT
Access to certain wheelchairs and wheelchair accessory systems are at risk. Contact your Member of Congress today to let them know of this issue and ask them to sign onto a letter opposing this change! Background : In late 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) issued a report detailing how it will use information from the Medicare ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Apr 2, 2015 10:05 AM EDT
Thousands with disabilities experience their possibilities at Abilities Expo. Admission is free! The Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center will be at the 2015 Abilities Expo New York Metro May 1-3, 2015 at New Jersey Convention & Expo Center, where we would like to introduce you to all the great complementary services that the Reeve Foundation ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Apr 2, 2015 9:00 AM EDT
From our friends at the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and Aaron Bishop, Commissioner, Administration for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. As Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month draws to a close, it is important that we take time to reflect on the values embodied within the Developmental Disabilities Assistance ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Apr 1, 2015 5:05 PM EDT
Traveling by aircraft these days’ means dealing with a variety of people when traveling from the curb or car park to boarding the aircraft. If that person has a disability there is a very good chance that the people that are encountered along the way, may or may not understand that are laws that protect and guarantee certain accessibility rights. ... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis Mar 31, 2015 11:33 PM EDT
Chinese scientists report that they fixed a completely cut spinal cord in lab animals. That is the gist of a spinal cord injury regeneration research publication in the open-access journal PLOS-One that caught my attention this week. “ Tissue-Engineered Regeneration of Completely Transected Spinal Cord Using Induced Neural Stem Cells and ... more...
Posted by Sam Maddox on Spinal Cord Injury Research Mar 31, 2015 7:24 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 Mar 31, 2015 3:18 PM EDT
On March 28th, Scott Remington held the 16th Annual Spinal Cord Research Benefit Celebration.Remington, a former Adirondack logger, sustained a spinal cord injury in 1999 when a massive tree branch collapsed on top of him. Since then, he has been an advocate for raising awareness as well as fundraising to find cures for spinal cord injury.  Over ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Mar 31, 2015 2:28 PM EDT
Spring is a time of change and rebirth. As we finally move out of the winter slump, I'm energized to start thinking about summer and kick off the 5th annual A Walk to Believe: One Step Closer with Team LeGrand . This year's event, scheduled for June 7, 2015, will be the biggest year yet and marks an important milestone -- nearly five years since ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Mar 30, 2015 6:23 PM EDT
My lovely wife turned seventy last weekend and I have six months to go until that fateful day, but I like to get the jump on things so I'm already acting seventy. What does that mean? I'm still working on that answer, but it doesn't seem that my paralysis plays any bigger a role in my aging than it did when I was fifty or sixty. Sure, I can't ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Life After Paralysis Mar 30, 2015 4:06 PM EDT
Free online discussion! Call in and chat live with Dr. Dan Gottlieb, our online community's resident psychologist. Register here.   Wednesday, April 1, 2015 3PM ET Gratitude for the springtime because most of us thought it would never come. Gratitude for those in our lives who we love and who love us. Gratitude for our caregivers.  Gratitude ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Mar 30, 2015 9:00 AM EDT
We are currently recruiting for Team Reeve All Stars San Diego, and we want YOU to be part of it!  Run in the world famous Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon & Half Marathon as part of Team Reeve! This year features an all new 5K run on Saturday, May 30th and a half marathon and full marathon on Sunday, May 31st. Amazing bands will be playing music ... more...
Posted by achambers21 on Daily Dose Mar 27, 2015 1:06 PM EDT
Advocacy is a powerful thing. Yet taking part in the act is sometimes as simple as telling your own story. Recently, MedPac ,  voiced support for "site-neutral" payment. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is a nonpartisan legislative branch agency that provides the U.S. Congress with analysis and policy advice on the ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Life After Paralysis Mar 24, 2015 3:50 PM EDT
The first few months after my spinal cord injury were similar to being lost in a fog at night. Like many of my peers, I was suddenly paralyzed and adrift in a world that I had never expected. There were pains originating from areas I could not identify, and itches in places that my inert hands could not scratch. With my neck immobilized to prevent further ... more...
Posted by Michael Collins on Life After Paralysis Mar 24, 2015 1:42 PM EDT

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