January 2009 Table of Contents


A Powerful Partnership

Nerve repair. Pain research. MS remission. The Yale Center for Neuroscience and Regeneration Research celebrates the opening of a new state-of-the-art wing, and 20 years of advancing research.

A Wave of New Construction

Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder Center design is on the move!

Painting, Singing, Dancing—Wheelchairs and All

More than 3,100 veterans entered the program through their local VA medical centers. Of those, approximately 130—the top winners in art, music, dance, drama, and creative writing—were invited to this annual event.

Lifetime Help

Are you recently injured or well beyond initial rehabilitation? You can still benefit from PT and OT services!

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Also in this issue:

PVA President's Message

We demand that the price that was paid for freedom be paid back to those who gave their blood, limbs, and minds.

Reasons & Remarks Redivivus

We must be proactive to make sure that veterans' and healthcare issues are addressed in a timely and effective manner.

Travel Tips

Capital city of Montenegro shows limited accessibility; tips offered to get around the "roadblocks" and to make the trip by air more comfortable.

Research Update

Workshop looks at current clinical ultrasound practices and new initiatives in early phases of research.

ALS Awareness

Registry of people with Lou Gehrig's Disease expected to help in determining why veterans are at a much greater risk of ALS than the general population.

Q & A

Jana Stump Shelfer is Team USA Paralympic basketball champion and works weekdays on a talk-radio program.

Computer Corner

Tips offered on flossing devices, water bottles, and monitors for blood pressure and glucose.

On the Job

Study shows that the low employment rate of people with disabilities is the result of labor-market barriers. Also: Awards presented, alliance formed, and best jobs listed.

Living Well

Popular wrinkle remover is also used to treat secondary complications associated with spinal-cord injury.

People in the News

PVA awards 12 scholarships for 2008-2009 school year, and a generous donation from a PVA member results in two additional scholarships.

Mobility and More

Clark Smith designs and builds accessible three-wheel motorcycle.

Money Talks

Changes in market conditions means you should look at, and possibly change, the allocations in your investment portfolio.

A Closer Look

Ceremonies across the U.S. honor our nation's veterans; children express their appreciation in pictures and words in PVA poster and essay contests.

Sports and Recreation

Indoor wheelchair soccer winners are crowned. Also: Fishing for disabled military personnel and vets are introduced to indoor archery.

At Your Service!

Monkeys offer a chance for independence and hope to people with severe disabilities.

It Will Never Happen to Me!

Set up an emergency plan in case of disaster.

Information Center

DVD chronicles group's (some disabled) trek through Himalayas. Also: A booklet on interacting with people who have disabilities, a book on life lessons, a video on dealing with quadriplegia, and a book of essays on adjusting to injury.

And Finally...

Early Acute Management in Adults with Spinal Cord Injury: A Clinical Practice Guideline for Health-Care Professionals addresses the first 72 hours postinjury.

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