August 2005 Table of Contents


COVER STORY: Grabbing the Wheel

Place your trust and faith in your doctorbut doesn't it make sense to retain control yourself instead of delegating it?

Nothing Ventured?

The SCI Summit: 2005 was no gamble. A long history of advocacy for people with SCI paved the way for a sure thing—and gains for the entire disability community.

Eyes on the Law

Although these lawyers may labor behind the scenes, their effect is far-reaching. Here's how they work for you!

For the Better

Foundation announces nine new grants that will enhance quality of life and increase knowledge about spinal-cord injury/dysfunction.

2005 PVA Awareness Week:
Celebrating a Legacy

Dedicated servicepast and presenthelps create a better tomorrow for the disability community.

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Reasons & Remarks

Editor Cliff Crase writes about those persistent pilots—the air jockeys who refuse to let a little "inconvenience" (like disability) ground them.

Access Through Architecture

PVA Architecture participates in effort to design accessible miniature golf courses.

A Closer Look

A volunteer peer-mentoring program at Mount Sinai, in New York City, offers advice, role models, and life-altering affirmation to newly injured people.

Diagnosis MS

People with a chronic disease may neglect their dental health. Do you? Contributor Aviva L. Andreen, D.D.S., discusses dental hygiene in light of the fact that healthy teeth and gums are essential for preventing infections that may cause MS symptoms to increase.

Fish Tales

Two events—the Land of Lincoln Bass Tournament and the NEPVA Congamond Lake Tournament—reel in big fish and even bigger prizes.

Healing Options

In part 2 of a series, columnist S. Laurance Johnston, Ph.D., summarizes vitamin D's healing role as it relates to people with SCI and MS.


Three hunters with disabilities reaped the benefits at a management doe hunt in the Texas hill country.

Just for Women

A new book addresses pregnancy and birth for the disabled woman, and a couple of smart ideas can make life a little easier for the mother with a disability.

Living Well

Columnist C. A. Brooks, M.S.H.A., discusses manual therapy—a nondrug treatment that may be effective in dealing with aches and pains.

Mobility and More

A report on two companies that have joined forces to better serve the growing and changing needs of mobility consumers who use full-size van conversions; a study relating to wheelchairs, impairment, and environment; and a group that offers motorcycle rides to people with disabilities.

Money Talks

Adopting a "laddered" portfolio approach allows investors to minimize the interest-rate risk associated with large, short-term, fixed-income investments. Columnist Dan Jones explains the whys and hows.


Blurbs about: noteworthy PVA chapter activities, a high-tech apartment complex in Pennsylvania that offers greater independence to people with disabilities, a funny-car driver seeking to raise awareness about PVA, an innovative exercise and training facility in Washington, and a new pediatric-focused therapeutic center in Baltimore.

On the Hill

Updates on: reintroduction of the ADA Notification Act, passage of the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2005, and the continuing funding shortfall despite passage of the Military Quality of Life and Veterans' Affairs Appropriations Act.

People in the News

Get up close and personal with Greg Smith, whose life cannot be described as "average." Although he has muscular dystrophy, he has never lost his positive attitude, adventurous spirt, or zest for life.

Research Update

Delegates gathered at the Center for Neuroscience and Regeneration Research (West Haven, Conn.) to discuss and celebrate the research progress made to date in the area of central nervous system repair after injury.

Sexuality and SCI

Noting that it's never too early after injury to introduce the topic of sexuality and relationships, columnist Stanley Ducharme, Ph.D., talks about the role of sexual counseling in the rehab process.

Sports and Recreation

Reports on recent events on the PVA National Trapshoot Circuit and at the National Veterans Golden Age Games. If you like wheelchair sports and recreation, you'll love our sister publication, SPORTS AND SPOKES. For a preview, click here.

Travel Tips

A North Carolina beach hideaway, accessible seaside apartments in Greece, or a "girls-only" ocean cruise—columnist Carol Randall will tell you where and how to make your dream vacation a reality. She also reports on a landmark court decision affecting the accessibility of foreign-flag cruise ships.

Veteran Advisor

National Service Office Jason Stephenson a reader's question about VA coverage of ambulance and emergency-room services for a nonservice-connected paraplegic veteran.

Weight Matters

In this eighth article in a series, contributor Yuying Chen, M.D., Ph.D., helps readers understand nutrition and food choices—and the effect those choices may have on health.

PVA President's Message

President Randy L. Pleva Sr. takes a look at the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the strong foundation that keeps the organization moving forward.

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