March 2012 Table of Contents


Take a Seat

Getting tickets for the big game or concert shouldn't be a hassle for wheelchair users. New rules are helping to ease the pain.

Let's Get Physical

Physical activity is strong option in treating people with SCI who have depression.

The Eyes Have It

Communication can mean letting the eyes have control.

Pacific Rim Promise

This conference is working to ensure people with disabilities reach their full potential.

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Exercise to Reduce Pain?

Fitness may play a part in easing the discomfort level of neuropathic pain.

Bring Extraordinary Into 2012

Writing a book brings introspection regarding life's goals.

Lean on Me

A caregiving "buddy" can relate to what you are going through.

FDA Cautions About Stem Cell Claims

FDA cautions consumers about stem cell treatments they are considering..

TSA Checklist

These disability-related items can go through Security checkpoints.

Better Benefits

New VA ruling will help veterans who have ALS.


Clinical test results for olesoxime disappoint.

Congress Approves Funds for ALS Research

Two ALS organizations receive a $12 million boost.

ALS Website

Clinical trial database locates trials and specialists.

Sally Ann Holmes, MD

Houston physician goes beyond the call of duty to serve SCI veterans in her community.

Holly Koester

U.S. Army veteran looks forward to the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Richmond.

Website for Vets Health information

Get health news, information, and latest research of concern to veterans.

Slam Dunk

Wheelchairs Can Jump! offers history of wheelchair basketball.

Combat to Career

GI Bill site is one-stop shop for educational resources for veterans.

Standing Entertainment

Book & iPad Holder puts things where you want them.

Buckle Up

Stabilizer takes the hassle out of hip belts for wheelchair users.

Grab It!

Serving utensil aids people with limited hand dexterity.

A Helping Hand

Gas-pumping assistance in Florida could set a standard for the entire nation.

Marine Mobility

Gifts from groups such as the Semper Fi Fund and BraunAbility helped a Marine receive the gift of driving mobility.

Not Equal

During the December 16, 2011, broadcast of the Fox Business show “Stossel,” host John Stossel highlighted the many differences between power wheelchairs and scooters and discussed Medicare funding for these two technologies.

Social Security Disability Benefits

It's important to know the Social Security disability benefits that are available to you.

ODEP's 10-year Anniversary

Office of Disability Employment Policy celebrates a decade of opening doors to employment opportunities.

Employer Resources

Online tools help employers incorporate people with disabilities into their work force.

Customs & Border Jobs

Federal agency opens up more jobs for people with disabilities.

Government Hiring

Website aids disabled vets looking to work for the federal government.

Safety Videos for Cruise Ships

Training videos instruct crew on how to best assist guests with physical disabilities.

Vet Helping Vets

L1 Enterprises receives a government contract to provide medical supplies to VA facilities.

Rolling VA

VA rolls out 20 more Mobile Vet Centers.

Website provides accessibility information.

Wonder what's accessible near you? This website provides the information.

Award for Professionalism

PVA recognizes members who exhibit truly professional traits.

Helping Wounded Warriors

New resource, Warrior Transition Leader Medical Rehabilitation Handbook, describes best practices for the care and rehabilitation of wounded warriors.

Wing-Shooting Paradise

Two wheelchair users fly alone to Argentina to hunt doves, proof that their independence is not completely gone. As for the hunting, each bagged 400 during just one outing. But bring a shoulder pad and gloves if you want to do the same!

"Varmint" Shoot

Nevada trapshoot will include pistol and rifle events.

Five Minutes Is Not Enough

When testifying before the Joint Committees for Veterans Affairs, PVA needs more time to express the issues and concerns.

A Shameful Episode

Will the conflict in the Gulf be a repeat of the long war in Vietnam regarding the American pullout?

New ALS Ruling

VA amended its scheduled disability rating by revising the criterion to provide an evaluation of 100% for any veteran with service-connected ALS.

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