February 2005 Table of Contents


COVER STORY: Weddings on Wheels

If a wedding is in your future, February—the month of romance—is a perfect time to start seriously thinking about details, including accessibility.

An Overview of MS

As scientists around the world discover pieces of the MS puzzle, the horizon for people with this disease is brighter now than at any other time.

Special Section: Veterans and MS

At the Department of Veterans Affairs, program building for veterans with multiple sclerosis has become a top priority.

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Reasons & Remarks

Editor Cliff Crase remembers Joseph F. Lyttle Jr.—a mountain of a man in the world of wheelchair sports and recreation who lost a long and painful battle with cancer.

A Closer Look

Contributor Scott Goetchius shares how his experiences with low-back pain led to a muscle-building and strengthening regimen on a functional-electrical-stimulation bike.

Around the House

Where and how to install grab bars.

Diagnosis MS

The National MS Society, independently and in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health, is on the cutting edge of funding research to unravel the mysteries associated with gender and autoimmune disease activity, especially in MS. This month's column highlights the ongoing progress in this area.

Healing Options

In Part 1 of a series on "mind instruction," columnist S. Laurance Johnston, Ph.D., describes this form of treatment for neurological disorders including spinal-cord injury and dysfunction.


Mike Olson and Joel Niemeyer describe their experiences on hunts for birds 'n bucks at two November events.

Living Well

Columnist C.A. Brooks notes the higher the level of injury, the greater the tendency for temperature-regulation problems. She offers a number of practical tips for staying warm and dry in winter's icy weather.

Money Talks

Columnist and financial advisor Dan Jones tells you everything you need to know about putting your affairs in order. A little planning can save a lot of future headaches.

Sexuality and SCI

Similar to what Viagra did for men, Intrinsa may ultimately have the potential to revolutionize treatment of women's sexual difficulties. What does all this mean for women with SCI? Columnist Dr. Stanley Ducharme talks about the missing data and the continuing quest.

Travel Tips

Columnist Carol Randall updates readers on accessible homes for rent in North Carolina, an accessible country farm in Germany, a Costa Rican adventure especially for wheelchair users, tourism packages to South Africa, accessible Tennessee, and a Singles Disabled Group Cruise.

Weight Matters

Columnist Suzanne Henson, M.S., R.D., writes the second in a 12-part series on the Essential Elements of Weight Management. This month's installment offers tips on assessing current eating and activity habits and making healthy food choices.

Fish Tales

The PVA Bass Tour, a BASS Sanctioned Event wrapped up the 2004 season in Georgia. Read all about it in this month's issue, along with news about electric power units that reportedly eliminate the hard work of cranking a fishing reel.

Mobility & More

Contributor Marty Ball reminds readers about the wheelchair adjustments that can allow center-of-gravity to improve your mobility. There's also news about a new power-chair-control system that connects to finger, foot, head, or hand; a power-assist pilot study completed in Pittsburgh; and an online source for answers to your questions about Vantage Mobility International stowage lift products and accessories.


Bits and blurbs covering the latest news items about and for people with disabilities.

On the Job

What can you do if your employer or supervisor discriminates against you because of your disability? Find out in this month's On the Job. There's also a profile of Victor Freedman, who became successfully self-employed when the physical challenges of his MS forced him to abandon the corporate world.

Sports and Recreation

Catch up on the latest events in trapshooting and tennis, and find out about a big donation from Wal-Mart that will facilitate accessible outdoor recreation. If you like wheelchair sports and recreation, you'll love our sister publication, SPORTS ’N SPOKES!

PVA President's Message

Paralyzed Veterans of America President Randy Pleva reminds readers it is our turn to watch and make sure America never forgets her veterans—and to let our legislators know veterans and their needs are an important priority.

Veteran Advisor

This month's question and answer deal with VA policy concerning the provision of wheelchair lifts and other automobile adaptive equipment to nonservice-connected veterans.

And Finally...

Contributor Charles Thompson talks about his latest "give-it-a-shot" opportunity. You can't succeed if you don't try!

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