September 2014 Table of Contents


Before Disaster Strikes

Evacuating during an emergency presents special challenges if you use a wheelchair, but these preparation steps will help you be ready to go if the time comes.

Moving Meditation

The ancient Chinese art of tai chi continues to grow as a strong part of a health and wellness program for people with SCI/D.

Influence & Promise

From medical treatments to accessibility, these people have affected some of the biggest and most historic changes in the history of SCI/D.

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A Real Solution

Since April’s revelations of access problems within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system, many have rushed to pronounce a solution: Overhaul leadership, hire more staff, reduce the size of the system or eliminate the system completely and establish a model similar to Medicare, among others.

Joe Romagnano

We lost one of the great men of our organization earlier this summer. I came to know him well and learned from him. Joe Romagnano left us June 20.

Wholly Unacceptable

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) had some strong words for a House committee over the ongoing situation in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system.

PVA Encouraged

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) says it’s reassured about the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA).

A Global ADA

Calling it the “Global application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),” Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is asking for the immediate ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) Treaty.

Legislative Update

An update on bills that are of importance to veterans and working their way through Congress. Visit to find the latest information on where these bills stand in Congress.

The Pros of Probiotics

Not all bacteria is bad. Keep your good bacteria levels up to reap health benefits.

Think It & Do It

The development of brain-controlled robotics can help users with paralysis perform everyday tasks using only their minds.

Rolling in Little Rock

Little Rock, Ark., may not be the first place that comes to mind when looking for a fall travel stop, but this southern city is a wheelchair-accessible and very affordable destination.

Combined Care

Shepherd Center (Atlanta) and Craig Hospital (Denver) are forming an alliance to create a larger reach and higher quality of care to brain- and spinal-cord-injured patients.

Walking Approval

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved marketing of the first exoskeleton for people with lower body paralysis because of spinal-cord injury (SCI): ReWalk.

VA Claim Action

The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) announced in July that it had completed its one-millionth disability claim in fiscal year 2014, reducing the disability claims backlog by more than 55% since its peak in March 2013.

Canyon Wheels

Accessible Grand Canyon made possible through a new guide.

The Truth

I’ve discovered the truth: Everyone ages.

Green is Good

Keith Green cleaned up at the 53rd annual American Wheelchair Bowling Association National Championships.

Gender Parity

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Sir Phillip Craven thinks future Paralympic Games need more women.

Final 2014 Clinic

Looking to learn how to handcycle?

The Power of One

One click, one call, one text — one life. One small act can make a difference in the life of a veteran or service member in crisis.

A Full Life

The question I receive most is, “how can I be so happy all the time?”

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