April 2012 Table of Contents


A Nightmare of a Problem

When apnea disrupts your sleep cycle, the results can be disastrous. Research has suggested the risk might be greater for people with spinal-cord injury.

Oh, Canada!

The Canadian Atlantic coast offers plenty of stunning scenery and incredible wildlife in several accessible settings.

Explore South America

A trip to Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay provides stunning beauty, unrivaled wildlife, accessibility and affordability.

Friend & Foe

Friendship and competition helped take Nick Taylor and David Wagner to the top of the wheelchair-tennis world.

Funding Hope & Promise

More than $1 million in grants will help further SCI/D research.

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Virtual Seating

Virtual Seating Coach project can ease use of power-seat functions.

SCI & Fitness

People with SCI must be especially vigilant in maintaining good fitness.

How Safe Is Your Home? (Part 1)

Tips to help you make your home a truly independent-living area.

Accessible Smartphones

Help is available for smartphone users who have disabilities.

Rerouting for Hand Function

Life-enhancing function may result from nerve transfers after spinal-cord injury.

Improved Aisle Chair

Students' project looks at improving safety and comfort for air travelers with mobility-related disabilities.

Ride the Rails

Travel by train lets you see the countryside, but if you have a mobility disability, be sure to make plans well in advance.

Australia Alert

Procedures and level of assistance vary among Australia's domestic air carriers.

Nail That Job Interview

Communication involves more than speaking and writing. How you look and act also help you make a good impression.

Soft Skills

A new program helps younger workers, including those with disabilities, develop their communication skills.

Warriors to Workforce

Internship helps prepare vets to become federal contracting specialists.

Vet Business

The National Veteran Small Business Conference will help veterans who own small businesses or are looking for work.

From Rancher to Caregiver

Jose Lopez left a ranch in Mexico to take care of a paralyzed veteran, and traveled extensively as a result.

Self-healing for Spinal Cord Injuries

Book encourages readers to break through old mindsets.

Life After SCI

This resource is a guide for dealing with the major challenges after injury.

Walking After SCI

This therapy promotes recovery by activating the neuromuscular system below the injury level.

Standing Frame Option

Swing-Away Front is designed to make assisted transfers easier.

Cutting Board

Cutting board helps people who can use only one hand.

Better Sleep for Urostomy Patients

New product works with most night bags

Barrett-Jackson Car Auction Brings Major Donation

Funds will support veterans.

VA Departments Are on Facebook

VA Departments are now on Facebook.

Spinal Cord App

Free app provides access to clinical practice guidelines and a self-help guide.

Connecting Online

New website connects people with spinal-cord injury.

Insurance for Veterans

Increased coverage offered for some vets.

Grants for Adaptive Sports Equipment

Athletes have better equipment, thanks to Kelly Brush Foundation.

Eric Hollen is USA Shooting Paralympic Athlete of the Year for the second straight time.

Eric Hollen's trophy case is getting a big crowded

St. Louis Hosts Golden Age Games

Finishing touches underway for May 31–June 5 event.

Get Physical!

Community organizations get financial help from VA.

Paralympics Online

New website will keep everyone up to date and close to the action.

Change for the Better

Changes are taking place on PN's pages as well as in VA healthcare delivery.

PVA Awareness

During the month of April, America learns all about the Paralyzed Veterans of America's good works.

VA Relaxes Rules for Undiagnosed Illnesses

There is good news for veterans with undiagnosed illness from Persian Gulf service.

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