June 2009 Table of Contents
Can you do without electricity, gas, water, or telephone service? Having a plan helps ensure safety and comfort during difficult times.
Knowing when and where to seek assistance is an important milestone in life.
The skiing is a blast, but the people are most important at this life-changing and fun winter event.
"Rollin' on the River" takes on a whole new meaning next month in Spokane, site of the 29th National Veterans Wheelchair Games.
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Also in this issue:
PVA President's Message
Older vets, many of whom are reluctant to talk about their experiences, should be thanked because without their actions we would not enjoy the freedoms we have today.
Reasons & Remarks Redivivus
Let's remember our World War II veterans and rededicate ourselves to ensuring the sacrifices they made for us is not forgotten.
Easing Spinal-cord Pain
Research is aimed at developing treatments for pain.
Laser Therapy’s Influence
Recent studies advance the belief that laser therapy provides increased function in patients with quadriplegia.
Checklist for Mobility Devices
Guidelines help people in selecting correct mobility devices.
Broken leg proves to be a minor inconvenience on the road to discovering the accessibility of the City of Portland.
Access Through Architecture
High school students discuss how their projects address the needs of people with disabilities in vying for awards in two national competitions.
Discovery of ALS6 gene provides direction in creating new treatments and finding a cure for MS.
Simply requesting an additional sport chair without the proper development may only result in denials and long appeals.
Where and How to Get Care
An understanding of the differences of an SCI center, an SCI support clinic, and a community based outpatient clinic will help in deciding where and how to seek care.
People in the News
Jennifer Scott is a kinesiology master's degree candidate, speaker on disability and women's issues, athlete, and volunteer. Also: Dierdre McVoy and Sam Morris.
Example of the problems encountered by patient and caregiver show the anguish and frustration repeated every day across our country.
A Closer Look
Ten disability organizations in the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area to benefit as the Disability Empowerment Center of Arizona opens. (The exterior of the building is featured on this month's cover.)
Just for Women
Baylor College of Medicine's Center for Research on Women with Disabilities (CROWD) is now online. CROWD official: "The Internet...will be a major liberating force for people with disabilities, especially women who experience serious social isolation."
Wheelchair Transportation: Safety Trends
Over the past 20 years, great progress has been made to improve wheelchair transportation safety.
What started out as a 1972 Super Beetle and a 1958 Harley became a beautiful machine.
Sports and Recreation
Sailboat has adaptive seating, is designed to resist tipping, and is guided by battery-operated joystick. Also: Idaho event seeks women wheelchair racers.
Phil Paquette earns pro-level Nitro bass boat as member of Marine USA's Pro Staff Team.
On the Job
Department of Labor issues information on program to help unemployed Americans upgrade their skills and get back to work.
Great Plains PVA receives award from Omaha Mayor's Commission for the chapter's work in support of persons with disabilities.
Who Are You?
Author hopes people accept him simply as he is: an individual with a disability who has it under control and is dealing with it.