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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A set of coaching brothers, two QBs that have never have been to the big game, retirements and tattoos... there are just so many story lines flooding the news in the days leading up to Super Bowl XLVII this coming Sunday. But one story that hasn't received as much attention is that of Mr. OJ Brigance.
Last week I was watching post-game coverage of the AFC and NFC championship games and this man in a wheelchair, unable to speak or move anything but his eyes and lips, was featured during the Baltimore Ravens post-game win celebration. I questioned "ALS?"
After a quick Google search I learned that was OJ Brigance, former NFL player and member of the Raven's 2004 Super Bowl champion team, and yes, he is living with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.Read More
Here's a wonderful video, made by high school kids in Alabama, about handicapped parking problems:Read More
The Settlement in the Medicare Improvement Standard case, Jimmo v. Sebelius, was approved on January 24, 2013 during a scheduled fairness hearing, marking a critical step forward for thousands of beneficiaries nationwide.Read More
This published originally by the Associated Press is a hard-pressed topic for our community.
Breaking new ground, the U.S. Education Department is telling schools they must include students with disabilities in sports programs or provide equal alternative options. The directive, reminiscent of the Title IX expansion of athletic opportunities for women, could bring sweeping changes to school budgets and locker rooms for years to come.Read More
If you live in the South Florida area, you're going to want to be at this event, One Split Second. Feb. 2 from 8-11pm, photographer Alan Roth and musician Ed Kowalczyk will be part of evening's festivities all to benefit the Reeve Foundation. You might be wondering the significance of the name of the event, well here's some more background:Read More
"Often people view my situation as tragic, but the last decade has been a continuing process of growth, both physically and personally. I want people to believe they can craft their own destiny. The mind is a powerful thing and with determination you create opportunities where others see misfortune." - Erica Coulston Read More
Friend of the Foundation, ESPN's Roy Firestone, shared this post and the very cool video with us:Read More
Through the Looking Glass
and its National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families are pleased to announce new scholarships specifically for high school seniors or college students who have parents with disabilities
. A total of fifteen $1000 scholarships will be given out Fall 2013. These scholarships are part of Through the Looking Glass’ National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families. There are separate eligibility requirements for high school seniors and for college students:Read More
, running from May 28th – June 1st 2013 is a five-day, four-night overnight summer camp that provides youth ages 8-18 with a physical disability with an opportunity to become involved in sport and recreation activities, make friends and most of all have fun. Activities on offer include: tennis, soccer, basketball, archery, kayaking, climbing, bowling, swimming and much much more! All activities are adapted for the needs of all physical disabilities. Youth eligible for camp must have a physical impairment such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, amputation, spinal cord injury, visual impairment, blindness, muscular dystrophy or other related disabilities.Read More
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Be healthier.. do something you’ve never done before.. exercise more.. ride a bike cross country..? Wait. What was that last one? Yes, ride a bicycle across the whole United States. Okay, so not a New Year’s resolution for one of our Team Reeve All-Star athletes but he sure did this, and so can you! Here’s the story…Read More
Since 1984, the VSA International Young Soloists Program has identified talented musicians who have a disability. The VSA International Young Soloists Competition annually selects up to four outstanding musicians from the United States and the international arena, and supports and encourages them in their pursuit of a career.
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation's Peer & Family Support (PFSP) program is recruiting peer mentors in New Orleans for a mentor training on Jan. 22nd.
These people need your votes! For a few weeks now we have been asking community members to tell us how winning a power wheelchair from the contest’s sponsor, Tilt-A-Rack, will improve their quality of life. We have received so many great entries, truly everyone deserves to win. But it is not up to us to determine the winner, it is up to you and your votes!
Our friends over at Magee Rehab Hospital in Philadelphia, PA put out a wonderful publication (pictured here) called "Can Do!"
A recent edition talks about the work they are doing with the "Ekso
" -- one of those exoskeleton suits you wear that allows you to walk. They also have a nice piece about the Reeve Foundation's NeuroRecovery Network
Have a look. It's a pretty cool delivery system for the magazine too.
Here's a very sweet email I get just before Christmas from Kip Flanders:
I wrote a poem about Dana Reeve upon her death. I was moved to do so, as I watched her life unfold after Christoper's accident and death. I have had a number of people read it and received many suggestions to donate it to this organization. I would like to know if the Foundation would like to review it, and if deisred, possibly keep it for publication.Read More