February 2012 Table of Contents


Love on Wheels

Real life isn't always pretty. But with someone by your side who understands your struggles and helps you overcome them, there is life after the "meet cute."

Beat the Winter Blues

Is it holiday depression or just sadness? Feeling "down" during the winter months is common for wheelchair users, but there are ways to improve your mood.

The Power of Support

After injury, your anger, fear, or embarrassment takes second place to your health and vitality. Put someone in your corner who will not let you fail!

London Bridge

Paralyzed Veterans of America has a great Paralympics tradition and will have a strong presence at the 2012 London Games.

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High-Intensity Help

Strength-training workouts may increase voluntary strength in people with incomplete SCI.

Improving Long-term Care

Negative perceptions of living in a long-term-care environment should change for the better.

Visualize Feeling

Body-awareness tactile imaging uses touch visualization to direct healing energy to where it's needed. Specific visualizations are relevant to spinal-cord injury.

Parking Solutions

People are doing a lot of creative enforcement of handicap-parking laws.

Hire Heroes

Legislation creates incentives for employers to hire veterans, increases vets' job training and counseling programs.

Vets' Employment Needs

Panel says veterans with disabilities have particular needs in transitioning to and retaining civilian employment.

Hi-Tech Recruiting

VA for Vets program helps veterans find careers at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Landmark MS Study

Stem-cell treatment opens new avenues.

The Yoga Connection

New DVD shows that even if you have a disability or mobility issue, you can still practice yoga.

Synthetic Promise

A synthetic molecule targeting a specific gene may decrease the severity of spinal muscular atrophy.

Android Vocabulary

People with disabilities needing some extra help with communications now have access to a multi-platform communication application for their Android products.

Portable Hygiene

Product may ease process and complication of urination for people who are bedridden.

Elevating Wheelchair

New Heights chair reportedly offers highest seat elevation as well as high performance.

Driven to Help

Football coach Marc Strohmaier gets new wheelchair-accessible van.

100 Vehicles

Thanks to Toyota, nonprofit groups get more than a dozen special vehicles for people who have mobility impairments.

Chair Award

Rodeo Tilt-in-Space wheelchair wins Medtrade Fall award.

Operation Independence

Here's how to fast-track the purchase of a mobility minivan.

Musical High Note

Musician Alex Beaton's story makes me super proud to be an American.

Blue Water, White Water

Robert Samuels' book describes his battle with Guillain–Barre syndrome.

Wheelchair Art

Original images show wheelchairs in a new light.

Simple Explanations of Disability

Picture book explores questions and concerns younger children might have about disability.

Veteran Connection

At maketheconnection.net, vets and their family members can connect with the experiences of other veterans.

Adaptive Technology

Three institutions are teaming up to discover how people with disabilities can best access information in the new world of electronic health information.

Leadership Program

Eight-week, competitive internship gives top law students from across the country an up-close look at disability advocacy in Washington, D.C.

VA Housing

Proposed housing for homeless, senior, disabled, and other at-risk veterans and their families.

Research Lab Relocates

The Human Engineering Research Laboratories is in a new facility that will enhance the mission of improving the mobility of people with disabilities.

30 Years Later...We're Still Here!

Post-Polio Health International continues to provide information and support.

Paralympic Committee Honors Randy Snow

Paralympic and Olympic medalist, ten-time U.S. Open Wheelchair Tennis champion posthumously receives prestigious Paralympic Order

Jessica Cooper Lewis Makes History

Racer is first track and field athlete to represent Bermuda at a major para-sport championship.

Paralympic Sports Clubs

The Paralympic Sport Club network now includes 145 community organizations across the United States that offer ongoing opportunities to grow access to daily physical activity.

Charity Poker Tournament

Event is fund-raiser for finding a cure for paralysis.

Warrior Games Return to Colorado

Veterans and servicemembers will head to Colorado Springs for the third annual competition.

Compensation Issue

When it comes to Combat Related Special Compensation, service officers are limited in the assistance they can provide. This information may help you understand some of the problems.

Annual Clothing Allowance Change

VA must pay an allowance to veterans who have a service-connected disability. But there are variables you should know about.

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