August 2011 Table of Contents
Sex is one of the toughest topics for anyone to discuss.
Whether you're a competitive athlete or just trying to fight couch potato syndrome, having a place to work out or stay active is essential.
Auto racing and scuba diving: two sports that seem entirely different from the other yet are solo activities that can't be done alone.
Face-to-face training challenges and prepares service officers for a difficult job.
The PVA Education Foundation awards eight new grants to help boost quality of life.
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Proposed budget cuts could affect VA healthcare.
PVA Publications looks forward to receiving feedback about the redesigned PN website.
You Said It...
Readers’ letters discuss the oldest quad, service dogs, reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) following injury, Mexico PVA, and environmental control units (ECUs).
Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (UTIs) are reportedly the most common hospital-acquired infections in U.S. hospitals today.
Common problems, tests for them, and possible treatments.
Around the House
Charles Schwab, Architect, AIA
Get “smart”: Universal design in kitchens includes appliances that rock, and energy and water-saving features. And the good thing is, the designs work for everyone.
Testosterone—the “masculine” hormone—has benefits for women as well as men.
Research study aims to improve the hiring and retention of veterans by businesses nationwide.
New Voc Rehab Office Opens
PVA opens a new vocational rehabilitation office.
The Apostle Islands, in Lake Superior, offer something for everyone.
ADA Nationwide Roadside Assistance provides 24-hour help for wheelchair travelers.
A new website is making it easier to find the lowdown about wheelchair-accessible travel around the world.
A "beginner’s guide" to Improved Pension benefit.
The Braun Corporation completes safety testing of its wheelchair-accessible vans.
Thepumpguide.com is a free site listing Michigan gas stations that assist with fueling.
Phoenix van-conversion company redesigns the 2011 Honda Odyssey.
Trucks are easy to modify for active people.
With epidural electrical stimulation of Rob Summers' lower spinal cord, he can direct movement of his hips, knees, ankles, and toes.
Pool is the perfect sport for many people with disabilities.
The Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi has the opportunity to change Russian society forever.
New research is helping improve brain-machine interfaces with the addition of touch.
The National ADA Symposium offers a wealth of information for people with disabilities.
Maddak, Inc.’s new catalog showcases a full line of home healthcare products.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is providing special disaster assistance to many veterans with VA-guaranteed home loans.
Generosity by race driver Richard Petty and Food City supermarkets supports PVA’s Mission: ABLE program.
Family caregivers begin training in VA program.
Ron Ryals wins the Open competition at the PVA Land of Lincoln bass tournament.
Power Chair Accessory
Empty your leg bag without assistance.
Kolbe offers a variety of universal design window and door products.
Hands-free weather protection
A personal bodyguard bag for people with disabilities.
Local, national, and international events and activities for people with disabilities.
Despite years of training and playing bit parts, most actors with disabilities remain invisible in Hollywood.