January 2006 Table of Contents


Lift Installations
in Your Home

Looking for equipment to provide access between floor levels? Each type has advantages and disadvantages.

Positive Results

When Richard Wooten saw a need, his tenacity and creative approach resulted in trade shows like no others.

Something to Reach For

Involvement in the arts helps overcome physical and emotional challenges—and can uncover incredible talents.

Tradition of Honor

America recognizes its veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

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Reasons & Remarks

Veterans Day 2005 and its activities did much to renew Editor Cliff Crase's faith in today's youth.

A Closer Look

Thanks to NASA's research in a weightless environment, our understanding of the body's balance system has greatly improved. Their studies have become the foundation of a computer-driven technology—described in this month's column—for evaluating and treating balance problems.

Around the House

Reports on a power door opener designed specifically for residences, an Ohio ordinance eliminating architectural barriers in new-home construction financed with public funds, and a system allowing new-home buyers to customize the height, width, depth, and left and right placements of components in their homes.

Fish Tales

"The Calm Before the Storm" offers highlights of the fourth and final Regional New England PVA Bass Trail Tournament of the 2005 season. You'll also read about the a charity fishing tournament that attracted racing fans and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup drivers and celebrities.

Diagnosis MS

Part 1 of a two-part series on stress identifies the common emotional and physical signs of stress as well as ways of using your mind to cut stress down to size, using it to work for, not against, you.


Within two hours after setting out on the hunt, Ken Weas got his gator—450+ pounds of fighting reptile. Weas shares his adventure in this month's Hunts-up.

Living Well

Judith Elmore, C.R.R.N., C.C.M., cautions readers with spinal-cord injury/disease about the unique issues smoking raises with them and points them to some useful resources.

Mobility and More

Using a Hybrid III test dummy, researchers in Pittsburgh studied trunk motion in low-speed, low-impact "crash" situations. Learn what they discovered—and read about a single-fold ramp that may increase access for citizens of the United Kingdom.

Money Talks

It's a new year and time for a checkup! Financial advisor and columnist Dan Jones reminds readers, "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail."


Highlighted this month are a "Salute to Veterans" fund-raising concert n Florida, the donation of shower chairs to the Portland (Ore.) VA Medical Center, and the REHACARE International 2005 trade show.

On the Job

Career choices abound if you know what to look for?and Methodist Rehab Center (Jackson, Miss.) helps point SCI patients in the right direction. There's also information about a San Diego-based organization serving disabled veterans in business, and announcement of the Secretary of Labor's New Freedom Initiative Award recipients for 2005.

On the Hill

What's happening in our nation's capital? This month's report focuses on a Capitol Hill briefing on "Emergency Management and People With Disabilities," a Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs hearing to examine VA's plans to rebuild its infrastructure in the states affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, VA's halt of the review of 72,000 claims of veterans currently receiving disability compensation for posttraumatic stress disorder, a House Committee on Veterans' Affairs hearing to mark up three bills, and revised accessibility standards adopted by the General Services Administration.

People in the News

"Racing to Recovery" is Sam Schmidt's personal mantra. Read about this former Indy Racing League driver in this month's People in the News, where there's also a tribute to the late Skip Wilkins and an update on National Organization on Disability founder and former leader Alan Reich.

Research Update

A Michigan rehab hospital is reportedly the only Midwest facility offering a breakthrough therapy that helps neurological patients rewire their brain cells to regain movement they thought they had lost forever.

Sports and Recreation

News for the active wheeler and sports enthusiast: Reports on an award presented to Al Youakim for 60 years of dedicated volunteer service to the sport of wheelchair basketball, the availability of Murderball on DVD, National Wheelchair Basketball Association Day (hosted by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame), the 30th Marine Corps Marathon, the 26th U.S. Open National Wheelchair Tennis Championships, a Challenged America sailing day in San Diego, and a partnership between the Paralyzed Veterans of America and Kershaw Knives that will benefit PVA's Outdoor Recreation Heritage Fund. If you like wheelchair sports and recreation, you'll love our sister publication, SPORTS ’N SPOKES.

Veteran Advisor

"I am an 85-year-old World War II combat-disabled paraplegic. I am 100% service-connected for my injuries received during this war. I am wondering if my spouse will receive my monthly benefits when I pass away. If not, what benefits will she be entitled to?" PVA National Service Office Sherman Gillums Jr. answers this month's question.

PVA President's Message

"We can move mountains!" says Paralyzed Veterans of America National President Randy L. Pleva Sr., talking about the organization he serves and its direction for the new year.

And Finally...

Celebrating 60 years! Throughout 2006, PN will share highlights of the Paralyzed Veterans of America's triumphs and trials.

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