June 2011 Table of Contents
When it comes to manual-wheelchair frame materials, the choice should rest with users and therapists.
For 25 years, "miracles" have taken place on a mountainside, where veterans with disabilities can find a whole new world of possibilities.
How can programs encourage undergraduates to enter the assistive-technology field?
An annual seminar in the nation's capital traditionally has raised awareness of issues and educated attendees about the challenges facing veterans and people with disabilities.
Gary Waldfogel is hands-on dad who is very involved in teaching his sons about life.
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Also in this issue:
VA Needs Help
PVA has represented veterans with catastrophic SCI/D, working to ensure their medical, economic, and social needs are met.
It’s My Opinion…
Some problems regarding VA's healthcare program for veterans with SCI need addressing, Andy Rooney style!
You Said It...
- The contact information for Amateur Radio is corrected.
- A reader's wife and a PVA national service officer provide strong advocacy.
Around the House
Charles Schwab, Architect, AIA
Stairlifts can help make your entire home accessible.
Congress Avoids Shutdown
As the federal government began distributing instructions to agencies on how to conduct a shutdown, a tentative agreement on funding was reached.
Congress directed EEOC to revise its regulations to conform to changes made by the act.
The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity reviewed the performance of the VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Education program.
Approximately 1 million households that include nonelderly people with disabilities had worst-case needs.
Employment of people with disabilities gets boost from President Obama's executive order.
An alliance agreement to increase federal hiring of people with disabilities signed
The Springboard Employment Center is an electronic means for connecting qualified people with disabilities and employers who are looking for qualified candidates.
Injured and disabled workers and their families can find resources, support, and guidance through the National Association of Injured & Disabled Workers.
Travel in Style
Folding travel wheelchairs suit a wide range of budgets and preferences.
Vantage Mobility International (VMI), a Phoenix-based manufacturer and distributor of wheelchairaccessible full-size and minivan conversions, has launched its Fiorella Platform Lift.
Since Mike Rodriguez received his Ford F150 pickup truck outfitted with a wheelchair lift, hand controls, and power transfer device, he’s felt nothing but freedom.
A Gallup survey shows that employers need to create programs for family caregivers as well as for noncaregivers.
Service to Veterans
How does the American Legion differ from the Paralyzed Veterans of America?
Why do women with physical disabilities have fewer clinical breast exams and mammograms than their able-bodied counterparts? And what is being done about it?
Progesterone: “Friend” of the Spinal Cord?
Is the hormone progesterone really a "friend" of the spinal cord?
Nearly 40% of female veterans surveyed by The American Legion about VA healthcare were dissatisfied with the screening process for military sexual trauma (MST).
Bladder Cancer and SCI
Survivors of spinal-cord injury are at great risk for developing bladder cancer.
Some people believe that since Dad is a wheelchair user he can’t be an awesome father. However, I believe that because he is in a wheelchair he is an awesome father! He’s taught me some valuable things I may not have learned otherwise.
Are reservists and National Guard members eligible for VA benefits?
The Gift of Accessibility
MobilityWorks gives a Dodge conversion van to bride-to-be Juliana Ramos.
The PVA Educational Scholarship Program is accepting applications for the 2011-2012 school year.
VA offers help avoiding foreclosures.
Nancy Starnes is elected Access Board chair.
The Department of Defense is searching for veterans eligible for disability retirement.
FEMA and the National Disability Rights Network are collaborating on emergency management for people with disabilities.
A medical scale has been designed to accommodate wheelchairs.
Technology Fosters Independence
Environmental control units (ECUs) enable people with limited mobility to control basic daily functions with touch, voice, eye, or other body movements.
Hank Torres, who is quadriplegic, uses assistive technology to set a world record for fastest hands-free typing.
In August 1994, PN ran a story about California police officer Glenn McIntyre. The patrolman was 23 years old when, in 1985, a drunken driver hit him, breaking his back in 17 places, as well as his ribs, hip, and knee.
While starting and running one company might be more than enough for many people, and at 90 most of us are more apt to spend time relaxing and observing, Landsberger splits his time between Florida and New Jersey while he works three days a week at the two companies he founded.
“Fishing” for New Strategies to Improve Recovery
Certain people spontaneously recover some degree of movement and sensation after SCI.
Silver Dollar Shooting
Competition is tough at the Florida Gulf Coast PVA Harry Plymire Memorial Trapshoot.
Great Britain dominated the first International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Shooting World Cup event of the year in Szczecin, Poland, in March 2011, winning four out of seven events.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement.
Mid-America PVA holds the "Sooner Shootout" Billiards Tournament.
The London Paralympic Games will be an awe-inspiring and spectacular showcase of sport, according to IPC president.
A universal-access picnic table will be good for wheelchair users
Retired U.S. Marine Corps corporal is said to be the first quad to handcycle coast to coast.
The Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., is a good place for wheelchair users.
Wilderness Inquiry offers ultimate adventures for people with disabilities.
K-9s for Veterans was created to provide dogs to disabled veterans, help the vets overcome their invisible disabilities, and inform the public of the need for service dogs.