April 2006 Table of Contents


Opening Doors to Assisted Living

The Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL) targets barriers to housing options for people with disabilities.

Self-employed: Starting a Business

Competition takes place every day, in every community in America, and around the world. Thousands vie for the top spot, winners are revered, and losers are forgotten. The contest is fierce. This is the Business Olympics. Do you want to work for the gold?

Breathing Easier

A publication gets to the bottom of how best to manage breathing troubles following spinal-cord injury.

2006 PVA Awareness Week: Better Than Ever

For 60 years, PVA has been making a difference in the disability community. An important nationwide event tells all, up close and personal—and perhaps right in your own backyard.

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Reasons & Remarks

Editor Cliff Crase reminisces about Mexico's lure of the 50s, 60s, and 70s—warm climate, friendly folks, accessible housing, and affordable attendant care—as seen through the pages of PN as well as a new book that vividly describes the era and life South of the Border.

Healing Options

In Part 2 of his series on agressive physical rehab, columnist S. Laurance Johnston, Ph.D., summarizes two additional programs and the results they've shown.

Living Well

Getting regular physical checkups could very well help you stay healthy. Here's how to plan for those pesky—but necessary—appointments and how to get the most out of them.

Travel Tips

Columnist Carol Randall shares the scoop on some great escapes, including the Colorado mountains, Britain and Ireland, Spain, and Holland.

Veteran Advisor

How TSGLI helps veterans who receive catastrophic disabilities achieve financial security.


The latest news includes: PN in the Post, the upcoming presentation of an American Library book award, a Washington-state fund-raiser to benefit paralyzed veterans, and a move to improve theater access for people with disabilities.

People in the News

Highlighting two people whose lives make a difference: Arlette Houghton and George T. Gentry Jr.

Sports and Recreation

Bits and blurbs from the world of wheelchair sports and rec, including a sailing award, a recreation program funded by Wal-Mart, help for hunters, an ice-fishing derby (brrr!), a table-tennis opportunity, and Paralympic TV. If you like wheelchair sports and recreation, you'll love our sister publication, SPORTS N SPOKES.

PVA President's Message

In recognition of PVA Awareness Week (April 9-15), Paralyzed Veterans of America President Randy L. Pleva Sr. shares his take on what makes an organization—and PVA in particular—shine.

And Finally...

Guest columnist Jim Trusty lauds Challenge Air, a Dallas-based volunteer organization that specializes in giving children of all ages and abilities the chance to see the world from a different view—out of the window of a small airplane.

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