April 2008 Table of Contents


The Great Race

Often described as the most grueling ocean race in the world, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is a challenge to all participantsespecially a crew of sailors with disabilities.

Design, Build, Testand Use

When science meets imagination to fill a need, technology for quality of life results.

SCI: The First 72 Hours

Which major issues should medical personnel be aware of during early care?

Sarah & Me: An Update (Part 2)

More than a decade after giving birth, this quad mom enjoys life more than ever, thanks to her faith and her family.

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PVA President's Message

PVA Awareness Week is a useful tool in the uphill battle to get our name out there.

Reasons & Remarks Redivivus

Like snowflakes, no two wheelchairs are exactly alike.

Living Well

People with SCI speak in terms of such things as employment, accessibility, inclusion, and discrimination.

On the Job

CD teaches youths basic job information and skills. Also: New Freedom Initiative Award nominees sought.

Five Years

Medical condition leads to life changes and a service dog named Noble.

People in the News

University of Illinois racer is one to watch at Paralympic Games in Beijing. Also: Marca Bristo is honored as a "Chicagoan of the Year."

Restaurant Accessibility

Disabled dining customers and restaurant owners do not see eye to eye on accessibility requirements.

Veteran Advisor

Vets may be eligible for annual allowance to assist with the cost of replacing clothing.

Healing Options

Kurt Hach believes his healing energy can relieve pain and, in some cases, restore appreciable function.


North Central PVAers participate in several hunting events.

Fish Tales

South Dakota fishing derby draws paralyzed veterans and others with disabilities.

Computer Corner

Keyboards, mice, buttons, and other devices may make using your computer easier and more enjoyable.

On the Hill

Actual budget request falls short of recommendations of The Independent Budget, co-authored in part by PVA.

Research Update

Shepherd Center seeking participants in determining safety and effectiveness of spasticity control drug.

Sports and Recreation

U.S. team downs France in championship game decided by penalty kicks to win the Power Soccer World Cup.


"Motivation Romania" formation is direct result of Break the Barriers' visits to that country.

Information Center

Book chronicles disabled man's struggle for productive life. Also: A video on assistive technology and another video on home adaptations and modifications after SCI.


Besides a seat cushion, seven other products are profiled.

And Finally...

PVA shocked at Department of Justice's opposition to ADA Restoration Act.

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