This is where the staff of the Reeve Foundation is sharing up-to-the-minute information and putting some context around the news affecting the spinal cord injury and paralysis community. Not to mention insight into what's going on here at the Foundation.
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Think back to your college days. Did your university or college offer any classes on assistive technology? I know mine didn't! In it's sixth season, have a look at a course being offered at Stanford University in California.
Perspectives in Assistive Technology is aimed to "explore the broad spectrum of issues surrounding the design, development, and use of technology that benefits people with disabilities and seniors."Read More
Can YOU promote positive change and challenge misconceptions about disability employment? Show us! The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) is launching a nationwide “What can YOU do?” Video Contest to promote the talent and skills that people with disabilities bring to America’s workforce and economy. This is your opportunity to produce a video that illustrates that at work, it’s what people CAN do that matters.Read More
Here is a new column from Saralee Perel:
"Where have you been?" a neighbor named Stacy said.
"Where have you been?" my neighbor, Robert, asked.
I was riding my three-wheeler bike down our road. The bike is made specifically for people like me with an SCI. "Well," I said to the dozen or so neighborhood folks who asked me the same question. "I took time off to be depressed."Read More
This comes to us from disability advocate and friend of the Foundation, Lauren DeBruicker in regards to something that has been in the news a lot lately, accessible taxis. Read on:
Dear friends in Philadelphia’s wheelchair-using community,
In order to make taxicabs in all parts of Philadelphia more accessible to people with disabilities, the Philadelphia Parking Authority announced on Friday that it is seeking to amend local taxi regulations to require that 300 of Philadelphia’s taxis be wheelchair-accessible by the end of this year, and that 100% of Philadelphia’s taxis be accessible by 2016. Currently, there are only 2 accessible cabs in operating in Philadelphia.Read More
We are always thankful for the kind community members who want to help us carry out our mission. This comes from producer, David Zimmerman, about a new film, Beyond the Chair. The screening of the film was a huge success! Below is a note from David:
The Premiere of an incredible Documentary happened on December 13, 2011 at the Laemmle Music Hall Theatre in Beverly Hills . That film is BEYOND THE CHAIR.Read More
The Center for Brain & Spinal Cord Repair at The Ohio State University and The National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) announce a 3 week-long comprehensive hands-on training program in experimental spinal cord injury (SCI). Read More
19-year-old Jared Coppola had faith all along in his favorite NFL team, the New England Patriots, who are on their way to Super Bowl XLVI. Once, a football-player himself, Jared is now living with a spinal cord injury from a football injury in September 2009. Aside from his favorite team, Jared also has faith in himself.
Now part of the Reeve Foundation's NeuroRecovery Network (NRN)
at Boston Medical Center, Jared continues to persevere.
Having been at the NRN since June 2010, Coppola has come a long way. "When I first started, I might have been able to stand, but wasn't able to take any steps by myself. Now I can do the six minute test, I walk 329 feet by myself with a walker in six minutes." (Pictured.)Read More
Artists and writers living with spinal cord injuries, this is for you!
Long time Quality of Life grantee, Vermont Studio Center, has announced four four Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Fellowships for month-long studio residencies for artists and writers with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI).Read More
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has launched TSA Cares, a toll-free helpline to provide information and assistance to passengers with disabilities and medical conditions and their families before they fly. Read More
Our friends at shopautoweek.com
are great in providing us resources and some of the latest news and trends in mobility for drivers living with disabilities.
Spring break is just around the corner. Are you thinking of maybe taking a road trip with friends? Have a look at Renting a wheelchair-accessible van on a family vacation
which outlines the story of one mom's experience renting an accessible van for her daughter and family.Read More
Three-months pregnant and just three days after her 18th birthday, Chyna Young was shot and severely injured. Living with paralysis from the neck down, Young gave birth to daughter, Jada, in October, and she is now using her daughter as inspiration.
"I just want to play with Jada," she said. "I'm so happy when I see her."
A bullet slammed into her neck that night in June, ending Young's plans to become a nurse. Instead, she is learning to be a mother, her baby a gift in the midst of loss.Read More
A snowmobiling accident didn't keep 33-year-old Grant Korgan, living with paralysis since 2010, from getting back in the snow and doing the unthinkable. Korgan traveled 75 miles in sub-zero temperatures to the South Pole!
"Although my body has been broken, my spirit never will be. I am unbreakable!" Korgan, 33, of Incline Village, said in a statement posted on the crew's Web site.Read More
While stores will take care of the teddy bears, chocolates, and flowers this Valentine's Day, the Reeve Foundation wants to offer some beautiful Valentine's Day e-cards. Cupid... I mean the Reeve Foundation... is asking our community members with a love for art to provide some of their work to feature on these cards. Read More