October 2014 Table of Contents


The Art of Mouth

Creativity knows no bounds for these amazing artists who create beautiful drawings and paintings using only their mouth.

A Mammography Handicap

Breast Cancer Awareness Month reminds women the importance of an annual mammogram, but for women in wheelchairs, it’s not always an easy screening.

Spreading Knowledge

Financial support from the PVA Education Foundation once again helps multiple programs assist everyone with SCI/D.

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PAVE The Way

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and Paving Access for Veteran Employment is helping veterans with SCI find jobs.

Shake Things Up

With the mess the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been embroiled in the last few months, we’re finally coming to some sort of direction on what’s going to be done about it.

Ask VetQ

Members of Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) and other vets can now tweet questions and get answers about their benefits.

PVA Encouraged by Agreement

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) says it’s heartened by the compromised “Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014” (HR 3230) signed into law by President Barack Obama on Aug. 7.

Care for the Caregivers

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Associate Executive Director of Veterans Benefits Sherman Gillums Jr. is working to help others understand the difficulties of military caregivers.

Get Fired Up

A look at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games opening ceremonies.

An Electrical Bypass

For the first time ever, a paralyzed man is moving his fingers and hand with his own thoughts thanks to an innovative partnership between The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Battelle Memorial Institute.

A Fresh Start

The disabled life has become more and more the norm for me, but there are still memories from a previous life purging their way out of me.

Back to School

The 2014–15 school year started a few months ago and there are 25 students working on college degrees right now thanks to some help from Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA).

Stem Cell Scandal

After a five-month investigation by the Riken Center for Developmental Biology of two stress-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP) cell studies in the journal Nature, the papers were retracted in early July.

A New Look for New York

The new Accessibility Icon grown from a grassroots effort in Boston has made its way into legislation in New York.

Breaking Ground

Indego, a robotic walking assistance device, is in its finally stages of testing and expects to gain Food and Drug Administration approval soon.

Reduced UTIs

Trials with a new urinary management system at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta have cut the occurrence of catheter-associated urinary tract infections in patients with spinal-cord injury in half since last October.

Seeing the Spinal Cord

Researchers from the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science have found a way to conclusively measure neural signaling in the spinal cords of humans.

Seeing the Spinal Cord

Researchers from the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science have found a way to conclusively measure neural signaling in the spinal cords of humans.

Mobility Reviews

A new website is creating a community for people looking for the best in mobility and accessibility.

Honoring Courage

The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial will be dedicated this month.

An Apple for Health

This installment of Tech Talk is most appropriate for iPhone owners, or people thinking about buying one, because it’s about a new health app in Apple’s iOS 8 operating system.

Sauer Headed to Hall of Fame

Coming off leading the United States sledge hockey team to its second straight Paralympic Games gold medal, coach Jeff Sauer will receive a major honor.

Big Day at NVWG

Kenneth Matthews had one event-filled birthday.

Three Tight Shoots

Bill Palmer squeaked out the Northwest Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Handgun Competition title by the slimmest of margins.

Get Pumping!

The weather is slowly getting cooler across the country and it’s a great time of year to take advantage of Paralyzed Veterans of America’s (PVA) final adaptive handcycling clinic of the year, Oct. 4, in Dallas.

Game On!

Wheelchair lacrosse at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games 2014.

Burial Benefits

New burial regulations and other death benefits for veterans and their family members aren’t happy subjects to discuss.

A “Gross Conceptual Error” in Care

Veterans with SCI need more than physical care, more counseling should be given to treat PTSD.

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