October 2000 Table of Contents


A Changing
of the Guard

During the first week of August, the Paralyzed Veterans of America Board of Directors convened in Minneapolis for the organization's 54th Convention and Annual Meeting. This gathering of national directors from 35 chapters, national officers, senior and support staff, regular members, spouses, extended families, and guests was a far cry from the small group of delegates from seven existing chapters who met in Hines (Ill.) VA Hospital's Vaughan Unit on February 17, 1947, for the first convention of the group then known as the Paralyzed Veterans Associations of America.

Change In Plans

Many HMOs are pulling out of Medicare+Choice. Are you affected by these nonrenewals and service-area reductions? If so, what action should you take? Do not disenroll from your HMO without learning about your rights.

You Gotta Have Art

In 1974, Jean Kennedy Smith, then ambassador to Ireland, founded Very Special Arts (VSA)?now called VSA artsan international nonprofit organization. An affiliate of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, VSA Arts offers programs in creative writing, dance, drama, music, and the visual arts through a network across the United States and in countries throughout the world.
See what others are doing with their creativity in the world of art.

On Your Own

Our society is beginning to realize that, judged by their abilities, all Americans can contribute to our nation's work force. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Read on for facts about self-employment, and get the inside story on recent legislation that may help you "take it to the bank."

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Also in this issue:

Living Well

Looking for a doctor? You need to know what you can expect of a physician, how to choose one wisely, and what's expected of you.

Mobility & More

A paraplegic gets back the thing he loves most—motorcycle riding.

News Beat

Pelswick is just like any other 13-year-old boy who uses a wheelchair—except he's a cartoon character! Also: More than 80 sessions in four tracks of interest are planned for the World Congress & Exposition on Disabilities, November 10-12 in Atlanta.

Reasons & Remarks

Accessing polling places has been difficult at times and in certain areas, but in recent years this problem has been fairly well eliminated. Are you going to vote?

Sports & Recreation

The crew of the Inventure plans to be the first to sail a specially adapted yacht around Britain?and to do so in 80 days.

Travel Tips

Enjoy ocean breezes and awesome sunsets over the Pacific Ocean at Casa De Miguel. Also: Accessible Kiwi Tours takes you almost anywhere in New Zealand you want to go.

PVA in Action

Newly elected PVA President Joseph Fox shares his plans for the coming year.

And Finally...

A veteran requests action, not words, from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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