November 2000 Table of Contents


What Makes a Hero?

George Lang has interviewed quite a few Medal of Honor recipients. He says they are humble and don't think of themselves as heroes. He could be describing himself. In 1971, Lang was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for valor in Vietnam.

Now a researcher for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, Lang receives numerous invitations to speak at various organizations. This is his story.

Portrait of a Park

Located 50 miles south of Erie, in northwest Pennsylvania/northeast Ohio, Pymatuning State Park has a beautiful 18-mile lake with equal accessibility at every point on its shores. This article also describes ducks who "walk on the fish," gives some history of the park, provides contact information, and tells how Pennsylvania is trying to make its parks accessible.

Mobility and More

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Enhancing Wellness in the New Millennium

This year's meeting of three groups of spinal-cord-injury specialists—physicians (the American Paraplegia Society [APS]), nurses (the American Association of SCI Nurses [AASCIN]), and psychologists and social workers (the American Association of SCI Psychologists and Social Workers [AASCIPSW])—looked at ways to project SCI care boldly into the new century.

Saints Be Praised

The 24th National Wheelchair Softball Tournament took place August 18-20 in Chicagoland, the birthplace of 16-inch softball more than a century ago. Read about the exciting battle between cross-town rivals St. Paul Rolling Thunder and the St. Paul Saints. Did the Thunder manage to keep their championships status?

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Healing Options

Amid sensational mystique, Edgar Cayce had uncanny insights that have had astonishing validity for many ailments and disorders. Are the things he said really medicine or just plain luck? What did he offer people with SCI/D?

News Beat

Thirty high-school juniors and seniors with disabilities from through Wisconsin gathered at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on August 6-11 for the First Annual Youth Leadership Forum.
...Web columnist and radio talk-show host Greg Smith is on a mission to promote true disability awareness to the African-American community.
...Paws With A Cause trains service, hearing, and seizure-response dogs. Recently, however, the demand for service dogs increased to the point that another training facility was needed.
...Jesse Brown is named the Disabled American Veterans Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year for 2000.

Reasons & Remarks

Learn about the patriotism associated with the $1 bill.

Sports & Recreation

Ken Carter goes on a fishing trip to remember. Also: Going into the final event on the 2000 PVA National Trapshoot circuit, the race for Top Gun was tight. Who wound up in the lead?

Travel Tips

Welcome, H.O.M.E. (House of Modification Examples) was formed to improve the quality of life for people with physical disabilities. This bed and breakfast gives visitors the chance to experiment with different adaptive household devices or fixtures.
...Hertz made a $60-million investment to make it easier for people with disabilities to get from airports to Hertz locations for rental car pick-up and drop-off. Will it help?
...How choosing your destination can determine hotel accessibility.

PVA in Action

President's Message: Veterans Day is not just another holiday. November 11 should be a reverent day for everyone.
...Go to and register at PVA's exciting new auction site.

And Finally...

The Mobility Project has brought hope, dignity, and independence to individuals with disabilities to many places in the world. What can you do to help?

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