October 2005 Table of Contents


Teaching by Example

The elimination of bias language and action has improved, but there's still a long way to go.

Believe ... Protect ... Reach Out

November highlights family caregiversand a new campaign.

Tomorrow's Jobs—Today

National Disability Employment Awareness Month celebrates progress—and highlights challenges.

How do you decide whether to participate in the new Medicare Part D program?

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Reasons & Remarks

Editor Cliff Crase recalls Ernest Chavez—"one of PVA's most unforgettable characters." (Another recently deceased friend of PVA, Dr. Gene Gary Gruver, is remembered elsewhere in this issue in a stirring tribute by Cheryl M. Chanaud, Ph.D.)

A Closer Look

Contributor Herb Drill offers tips on finding and equipping the right vehicle—one that can comfortably accommodate you and your wheelchair.

Access Through Architecture

With the help of the right environmental control unit, you can easily, effectively, and automatically control your home environment

Computer Corner

There's a new mouse in the house: a hands-free unit often worn on the user's head. Read about it in this issue, along with an article about a man who uses his head (and computer technology) to create works of art.

Diagnosis MS

In Part 2 of a series on spasticity, contributors Nancy J. Holland, Ed.D., and Serena Stockwell share with readers how involuntary muscle stiffness or spasms can be controlled.

Fish Tales

Read about how one angler's dream came true at the 4th PVA Bass Tour's Grand National Championship. There's also an explanation of the BASS Federation's new "cut" format for the organization's national championship event.

Healing Options

Columnist S. Laurance Johnston, Ph.D., reports on a transplantation symposium held in July in Tocha, Portugal, and updates readers on the potential of oscillating field stimulation to minimize neurological damage after acute SCI.

Living Well

In an article adapted from his book, Taking Care of Yourself While Providing Care—A Guide for Those Who Assist and Care for Their Spouses, Children, Parents, and Other Loved Ones Who Have Spinal Cord Injuries, author Richard Holicky offers some tips on how caregivers can—and should—care for themselves.

Mobility and More

This issue's cover story includes a testimonial from a young woman who says she finally feels like she "fits in"—thanks to her iBOT Mobility System. The device's features and improvements are detailed in the article. There's also news about durable, lightweight plastic wheelchairs now available through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Money Talks

Columnist Dan Jones, who is vice president/investments at Raymond James & Associates (Bala Cynwyd, Penn.) offers a potpourri of rules and ideas important for year-end planning that can help you when tax time rolls around.


Briefs and blurbs highlight: a U.S. Air Force pilot (who happens to be an amputee) is honored, the announcement of Disability Mentoring Day (October 19), free wheelchair-repair services at Virginia and Maryland expos, the crowning of a new Ms. Wheelchair America, the awarding of the George Bush Medal to NOD founder and president emeritus Alan A. Reich, a Web site that helps wheelers see where they are going before they get there, the awarding of the Universal Accessible Transportation Award to Maureen McCloskey, and a comprehensive guide and related Web site to ensure federal-government workplace emergency plans address the needs of people with disabilities.

People in the News

A stirring tribute to the recently deceased Dr. Gene Gary Gruver?a former member of PVA's Spinal Cord Research Foundation and a frequent contributor to this magazine?written by colleague and friend Cheryl M. Chanaud, Ph.D.

Research Update

An interview with Scott Falci, M.D., chief neurosurgical consultant at Craig Hospital (Colorado) describes his pioneering work in the first "Transplantation of Embryonic Nerve Cells for Spinal Cord Injury" project at Craig. There are also reports on a robotics conference at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and recent funding for a Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation grant.

Travel Tips

Columnist Carol Randall shares information about accessible transport in Paris, a "walking" tour of Chicago that accommodates visitors with disabilities, and the recently released research-study findings that confirm an increase in travel by people with disabilities.

Sports and Recreation

The RIC Cubs won the 19th National Wheelchair Softball Tournament! Read about that event, the funding of hunting blinds in Pennsylvania, dates for the remaining events on the 9th PVA National Trapshoot Circuit, Wilderness Inquiry's "mission of adventure," a Fantasy Football contest that promises the lucky winner a trip for two to the Super Bowl, and a water-sports festival enjoyed by wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. (If you like wheelchair sports and recreation, you'll love our sister publication, SPORTS ’N SPOKES!)

Veteran Advisor

What are the guidelines for obtaining VA medical care and disability benefits? Contributor William Pack explains.

Weight Matters

In this tenth in a series of articles adapted from the EatRight Home-Based Weight Management Program for Individuals With Spinal Cord Injury, contributor Phillip Klebine, M.A., shows how stress effects your weight. He also offers six steps to effective problem-solving—skills that not only reduce stress but also are useful in preventing secondary medical complications.

PVA President's Message

"It's not about how fast or slow someone is or which team won or lost. Just being there already makes the participants winners," affirms Paralyzed Veterans of America National President Randy L. Pleva Sr. in his column saluting participants and volunteers at the 2005 National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

And Finally...

In an excerpt from Multiple SclerosisSelf-Helpa Patient's View, author Ed Lash speaks out on the value of humor.

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