June 2005 Table of Contents


COVER STORY: Wheelin' the World

Do your homework, plan for the unexpected, pack your bags, and enjoy! Whether you travel domestically or internationally, the world is yours to explore.

Get the Picture?

A determined wheelchair user capturing photographs is indeed an artist in his or her own accomplishment.

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Reasons & Remarks

While many long-overdue human-rights issues are seeing their day in court as a result of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), PN Editor Cliff Crase notes that thanks to a few mean-spirited whackos, sometimes ADA runs amok.

A Closer Look

Independence and opportunity begin with reliable transportation to work, job-training centers, medical services, and other basics of life. Here are some real-life examples of what a difference a good transportation system can make.

Caregiver Connection

Family caregivers play a significant role in ensuring their loved ones' safety as they interact with healthcare providers. This month, columnist Suzanne Mintz offers five simple practices caregivers can follow to help prevent medication mishaps.

Computer Corner

With a professional AT evaluation by a qualified computer-access specialist, you can avoid "buyer's remorse" when it comes to your computer purchase.

Diagnosis MS

In Part 2 of this series on alternative MS therapies, columnist Virginia S. Foster helps readers learn how to look before they leap, and separate fact from fiction.

Fish Tales

The fishing has been great—according to these reports on the Texas PVA Bass Tournament and a sportfishing adventure on Alaska's Kenai River. And if you're looking for fishing aids, we'll tell you where to find them.

Healing Options

In this first article in a two-part series, columnist S. Laurance Johnston, Ph.D., sheds some light on the role of sunlight and vitamin D in healing, bone health, and overall well-being.


A double-duty deer hunt pared down the local deer population?and landed his first buck ever for Anthony Alegre, a U.S. Marine wounded in Iraq.

Living Well

Initial results of a research study in Colorado show surgery may slow down or even stop neurological loss due to some complications following SCI. Columnist C. A. Brooks discusses such a surgical technique in her article, "Spinal-cord Cysts and Tethering."

Mobility and More

Contributor Marty Ball talks about his recent trip to Washington, D.C., to discuss legislative changes that could help people with disabilities more easily obtain the right mobility equipment. There's also a look back at a contest held 40 years ago to find a chair that would help wheelers move around in an industrial building, and a report on the dangers of using an electric-powered wheelchair in reverse mode.

Money Talks

Columnist Dan Jones explains the characteristics of a special needs trust and why you might want to consider setting one up now.


News, news, and more news: Reports on inductees into the National Spinal Cord Injury Association's Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame, the passing of a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and Medal of Honor Society volunteer, winners of the Paralyzed Veterans of America's (PVA's) second annual legal writing competition, Telly Awards received by PVA for excellence in video achievement, a gala event celebrating and recognizing the accomplishments of people who have overcome physical obstacles to inspire others, a wheeler's Coach of the Year honor, and a new president for the National Organization on Disability.

On the Hill

From our nation's Capitol: Reports on Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare funding, a confirmation hearing for a new VA under secretary of health, and the introduction of a bill that will incorporate minimal accessibility elements for people with disabilities into new federally assisted housing.

On the Job

Looking for a job? One FREE service pairs workers with disabilities with jobs in the hospitality industry, and another connects skilled job candidates with employers looking for quality employees. And if you just need a little inspiration, we'll give you the scoop on a new book about disabled women's working experiences.

Research Update

Columnist Marybeth Leongini writes about the background and progress of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)—an organization committed to improving lives through assistive technology.

Sports and Recreation

A busy basketball season winds down with a plethora of exciting events, all recapped in this month's issue. (For a look at the winning teams in each championship, click here.) There's also a report on the 19th National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, Ernst Van Dyk's record fifth consecutive win at the Boston Marathon®, some upcoming golf workshops for duffers with disabilities, an air-rifle championship, and what's on the horizon for the Torino (Italy) 2006 Paralympic Winter Games.

Weight Matters

This sixth article in a 12-part series on weight management describes the health benefits of phsical activity—and lists five steps you can take to become more active.

PVA President's Message

Taking a look at what the future holds for the Paralyzed Veterans of America, National President Randy L. Pleva Sr., says, "It is time to take the gloves off, and if you think we are going to just put our heads in the sand and 'it will go away,' then you are dreaming."

And Finally...

According to contributor John Chiesa, "Falling down a full flight of stairs backward, at high speed, in a wheelchair isn't nearly as much fun as it sounds!"

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