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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It is always nice hearing from past Quality of Life Grants recipients. Recently, the Miracle League of Manasota in Sarasota, Florida received a $5,000 grant earlier this year in the first cycle of 2012. They emailed us some most fabulous photos and descriptions of the work they have done with the grant. Just seeing them makes me want to hop on a plane to Florida to see it in person!
Turner Classic Movies will dedicate the month of October to exploring the ways people with disabilities have been portrayed in film. On behalf of Inclusion in the Arts, Lawrence Carter-Long will join TCM host Ben Mankiewicz for The Projected Image: A History of Disability in Film
The special month-long exploration will air Tuesdays in October, beginning Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. (ET)
. In a first for TCM, all films will be presented with both closed captioning and audio description (via secondary audio) for audience members with auditory and visual disabilities.Read More
New in the PRC Library…
It’s Not All in Your Head: Anxiety, Depression, Mood Swings, and Multiple Sclerosis
. By Patricia Farrell, PhD New York: DemosHealth www.demoshealth.com Read More
When Jaci Rann Cohen speaks of her extraordinary mother, Sheila Rann, the emotion and passion in her voice, her eyes, her words suspend time. The conversation is transported to snapshots of an incredibly full life cruelly cut short by a spinal cord injury that left Sheila paralyzed from the neck down in her final too few years. A beautiful ballerina, worldly writer and generous grandmother, Sheila captivated all who met her. Jaci is her mother’s daughter, inspired by images and ideas, bringing energy and enthusiasm to every room she enters. She is the spark of a light that shines brightly on the lives of others, on causes that matter and on missions that make a needed difference. She is an advocate and a leader, a giver and a doer, a champion and a friend.Read More
On Friday, October 5th, enjoy a Neil Young Tribute Concert at Crest Theatre in Delray Beach, FL to benefit the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation in support of the Alan T. Brown Reeve Foundation Power of We Campaign. Featuring talented local singer-guitarist, Jason Colannino. Tickets just $25, available in advance. Visit http://delraycenterforthearts.org/ for tickets and further information.Read More
This is from Neurology Reviews:
Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and cognitive impairment may benefit from increasing their cognitive reserve and from rehabilitation techniques such as self-generated learning, spaced learning, and spaced retrieval, researchers reported at the Fourth Cooperative Meeting of the Consortium of MS Centers and Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in MS.Read More
Driving to work this morning I saw my very first Halloween store of the season. Yes! By no means am I a fan of rushing any holiday, but my favorite holiday since I was a kid dressing up in my old dance costumes has always been Halloween. You've heard of the phrase "Christmas in July" so why not have "Halloween in September?" Hey, it's not that far off! Read More
Get out your SmartPhones and devices, the 2012 Guide to the Best Apps for Individuals Living with Paralysis is here! The list is constructed from a wide range of apps and includes those that were specifically created for wheelchair users as well as apps that might just improve the quality of life for anyone including people living with paralysis.Read More
Over the weekend, my parents told the story to family friends of a medical condition I had when I was four-years-old. At that moment I felt I was reliving it all over again; it was by far the scariest time of my life, and though I was so young, I still have the most vivid memories of it.
I could only imagine how Eric LeGrand, former Rutgers University football player injured on the gridiron, felt when he had to write his new book, BELIEVE, My Faith and the Tackle That Changed My Life, in which he does exactly that, recalling his spinal cord injury which happened almost two-years-ago (October 16, 2010) all over again. (BELIEVE doesn’t come out until September 25th, what would have also been Christopher Reeve’s 60th birthday, but I had the pleasure of reading it in advance.) Detail for detail, step for step, and the moments before and after, the minutes, hours, and days that surrounded his life-changing tackle, he recalls it all on paper in his biography. Read More
From CNN Health:
As the sun rose over France on August 13, 2011, Knut Olstad was looking forward to continuing his bicycle journey along the Tour de France route. But by the end of the day, the vacation had taken a terrible turn that would change his life.
The 46-year-old financial consultant from Norway doesn't remember much about the accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. He was shown pictures of himself lying on the ground with a broken back after being catapulted from his bike while trying to avoid a collision with a car.Read More
We always see interesting content coming out of the Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System. Here is the lastest video:Read More
In a 2009 study published by the Reeve Foundation, it was determined that out of the nearly 1.3 million Americans living with spinal cord injuries, 57,000 of those were due to being victims of violence. A recent
Washington Post article outlines the prevalence of men in wheelchair in D.C. due to gun violence. Here's part of the piece:Read More
Intensive, activity-based rehabilitation therapy can lead to significant functional improvements in patients with spinal cord injuries. New research, based on studies from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network (NRN)
, shows that recovery of walking and balance can occur even years after injury in people with incomplete spinal cord injury who participate in locomotor training
. Read More
Help Washington State provide mentors and create programs for those affected by SCI. The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and the Spinal Cord Injury Association of Washington are co-hosting the 2nd annual Walk & Roll fundraiser Saturday October 6, 2012 around Greenlake in Seattle. Read More