July 2005 Table of Contents


New Class Act

What sets Millennium Park apart is its exemplary accessibility. As a result, the project director is this year's Barrier-Free America Award winner.

Mission: Possible!

For national service officers, going that one extra step and asking the right questions often results in success.

Bound for Bass

The more I learned about the PVA Bass Tour, a BASS Sanctioned Event, the more I wanted to be a part of it.

SPECIAL SECTION: Heading to the Heartland

Omaha hosts this year's PVA convention. Learn about the cityand the candidates who will be running for office in this premier veterans organization.

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Reasons & Remarks

Editor Cliff Crase highlights the controversy surrounding the hit film Million Dollar Baby and, along with PVA Vice President Jonathan Mitchell, wonders how the story might have differed if the main character, Maggie, had been a veteran with access to all the resources available to SCI vets today?

A Closer Look

Columnist Ann Santos shows readers that at 15, the Americans With Disabilities Act has opened lots of eyes, improved many lives, bears a few battle scars, and is still standing strong as the best chance to make America a better place to live.

Around the House

Part 3 of columnist Suzanne Mintz's renovation diary describes the design process. The goal: a house that would accommodate her husband's current as well as future disabilities.

Diagnosis MS

This month's columnist, Diane O'Connell, describes and explains "pseudoexacerbation"?the whopper of a term used to describe symptoms that feel exactly like an MS attack, but aren't.


A wheeler from Michigan shares his experiences as the first wheelchair user ever to participate in a Nimrod Safaris (Namibia, Africa) adventure.

Just for Women

Women with disabilities, like many other women, often overlook themselves, taking care of others first and putting their own needs on hold. Here are five health habits all women—including those with SCI—should follow.

Living Well

In part three of a series on antibiotics and how they apply to SCI, Ann Adair, R.N., M.S.N., M.P.H., M.Ed., discusses infections and antibiotics—and offers some tips on how to get the most from your prescriptions.

Mobility and More

Contributor Marty Ball reminds readers to share information about their state-of-the-art mobility devices with the curious—it could make a lasting difference in someone's life. There's also information about a new commercial wheelchair lift, and an adaptor kit that turns your manual chair into a power chair (available at this time to manufacturers only).

Money Talks

Columnist Dan Jones notes that while every spousal financial relationship is unique, it is important for couples to share information about wills, trusts, group benefits, and life insurance if either partner has been disabled or married before.


Bits and blurbs on: the passing of long-time PVAer Thomas Duncan, presentation of $50,000 check for an SCI research project, building-code notes, an award presentation to PVAer Jack Michaels, the development of a field guide for first responders in emergency situations, the 50th anniversary celebration of the Mountain States chapter of PVA, a National Theater Workshop pilot program for disabled combat veterans, and a resource for living independently in Los Angeles.

On the Hill

The latest news from our nation's capital: the nomination of a new under secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs, PVA's input on a bill to provide additional funds to support military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, PVA's testimony on long-term-care services for the nation's veterans, a recent congressional hearing on long-term care and Medicaid, and a letter circulating in Congress urging modification of Medicare's "in the home" restrictions on mobility devices.

On the Job

Looking for an entry-level employee? We'll show you where to find a FREE database summarizing qualifications of college students looking for jobs in the public and private sectors. This month you'll also find a report on last fall's Annual Disability Mentoring Day, grant initiatives that are studying customized employment strategies for job seekers, and an online newsletter with brief articles on initiatives, activities, and programs of the U.S. government's Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Research Update

A collaborative, "state-of-the-science" workshop provides education and training in clinical trials, assistive technology, vocational rehabilitation, biomarkers, and basic science fundamental to the successful treatment of people with traumatic brain injury.

Sports and Recreation

Results and reports on the 2005 U.S. Quad Rugby Association National Championship Tournament, the upcoming Wheelchair Sports USA Track & Field Championships, and the U.S. Olympic Committee's new initiative—the USOC Paralympic Military Program. If you like wheelchair sports and recreation, you'll love our sister publication, SPORTS ’N SPOKES. Click here for a preview.

Travel Tips

According to columnist Carol Randall, exploring Alaska aboard the MV Sea Wolf guarantees wheelers a view of Alaska not possible while traveling aboard the larger, more industrial cruise ships. She also announces publication of a new travel guide for people with disabilities.

Veteran Advisor

This month's columnist, Tammie Latterell, answers your questions about property-tax exemptions for disabled veterans.

Weight Matters

In this seventh of a 12-part series on weight management for people with SCI, this month's columnist, Suzanne Henson, M.S., R.D., shares what savvy supermarket shoppers know about reading—and interpreting—food labels, as well as how to shop smart.

PVA President's Message

Looking ahead to PVA's Annual Convention, President Randy L. Pleva Sr. notes, "No matter how prepared you are or how much material you look over, making the decisions that will affect our organization for years is a big responsibility."

And Finally...

Guest columnist Richard Miller shares his views on disability and the evolution of anger.

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