July 2010 Table of Contents
The debate continues: Has the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) really helped?
These candidates for PVA national office want to provide direction as the organization tackles another year of issues for veterans...and the entire disability community.
From history buffs to PVA convention-goers, visitors to Providence, R.I., find the spirit that spawned the city is still alive.
Denver has something for everyone: outdoor activities, indoor shopping, nearby skiing, multitudes of sports action, and much more. Now, it adds to that list by hosting the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.
Civic access is a basic civil right, and the doors to government programs, services, and activities must be open for individuals with disabilities.
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PVA has launched a new initiative, Mission: ABLE, which addresses three issues—care, benefits, and employment.
Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it ~ George Santayana
Gas pumping and handicap-parking are widely abused. The new Minneapolis VAMC is a great facility.
Respiratory disorders are the leading cause of death in people with spinal-cord injury (SCI).
Women who use wheelchairs for mobility can get the clothes they need and like. A Web site offers tips.
Piano man Johnny Caldwell has always wanted a player piano.
Flying Wheels Travel celebrates its 40th anniversary.
Need a ride? One Arlington, VA., cab company is ready to safely transport you around town.
Wilderness Inquiry's trips appeal to people of all ages and abilities.
New accessible resort in Thailand
The earthquake in Haiti caused such widespread destruction that it will take years to rebuild. But that rebuilding needs to include principles of universal design so the community is friendlier to people with disabilities.
How to choose an ultra-lightweight wheelchair that fits your body, living environment, and lifestyle.
This blog provides insightful articles, stories, and news briefs about wheelchair vans, adaptive equipment, and other topics that pertain to the vehicle-modification industry.
Tampa parking facility adds accessible spaces.
Yale University and PVA recently celebrated more than two decades of the Yale Center for Neuroscience and Regeneration.
The goal was to increase the number of people with disabilities, including veterans, in federal government jobs.
The Department of Veterans Affairs(VA is establishing new partnerships with five of the country’s finest nursing schools in order to strengthen its nurse corps.
What happens when caregivers become ill or burned out? Who takes over then?
All about Windows 7's accessibility, from the perspective of a C5-6 quadriplegic.
Foremost of concerns it addresses are the caregiver issues faced by the newest generation of severely injured servicemembers.
A grant from the PVA Education Foundation helped Dr. Meade develop Health Mechanics—self-management programs specifically for people with spinal-cord injury(SCI).
People with health issues or disabilities quickly learn that healthcare costs will be a major part of their budgets. Ideas on how to get control of your spending and your budget.
Krystal Monteros now wearing the crown.
Ms. Heumann will receive the 2010 Medtronic National Courage Award Courage Center.
What is "individual unemployability," and what criteria does the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) use to grant service-connected IU compensation?
Highlights of the 24th Annual U.S. Open Bass tournament, in Tavares, Fla.
The PVA Bass Tour consists of six two-day tournaments, which are held at various locations around the country.
2011 National Veterans Wheelchair Games needs volunteers.
Shooting is a skill, like any other, that can be learned and perfected. But elite-level athletes have to have a fire in their belly that keeps them going when things get rough.
Three recent tournaments gave bowlers the opportunity to “strike” it rich in Florida and Virginia.
Twenty-five shooters participated
Seventeen players paid the tournament entry fee for the chance to compete for a prize pool of $4,000.
Rise and Shine is the dramatic story of Simon Lewis and his recovery from a terrible car accident.
Monthly SCI Forum video presentations
This is the all-in-one place to learn about the benefits to which you or a family member might be entitled.
Brian Johnston likes to share ideas that promote independence, and does so by producing the IDEA (Innovator of Disability Equipment and Adaptations, Inc.) catalog.
“Growing into Adulthood with a Spinal Cord Injury” is available for viewing as streaming video.
Video that offers step-by-step guidance in safe and simple techniques of touch and massage.
The Safety Flag for most manual or power wheelchairs.
Do you have strength, dexterity, or flexibility limitations?
<©> Suzanne Mintz
This is a good legislative year for family caregivers, and it's only half over. Passage of the Caregiver and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2009 provides benefits for family caregivers of wounded warriors. However, the newly passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has provisions that are beneficial to caregiving families whose members receive care outside the VA system.