May 2003 Table of Contents
Are you ready for a vacation? Whether you're thinking of traveling abroad or staying in the good old U.S.A., these two articles—Carol Randall's "Thailand: Trip of a Lifetime" and Robert R. Peters's "Las Vegas: My Money Is as Green as Yours"—will have you calling your travel agent and packing your bags.
The "Promised Land" of restored function is no longer a mere vision hovering on the horizon.
Lake Havasu, Ariz.: Where people "get away"—but the fish don't!
Veterans who stay on the sidelines have little chance of advancing their interests with Congress. PVA is doing something about that.
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Also in this issue:
Reasons & Remarks:
Editor Cliff Crase recounts the events surrounding his recent TIA (transient ischemic attack, or minor stroke)—an unanticipated experience that can sneak up on anyone, at any time, anywhere, regardless of age and physical condition.
What's an "electronic aid to daily living"—and where can you get one? This month's column describes various environmental control devices and the adaptive (depending on your capabilities) input options. There's also a list of resources for information and purchase.
The U.S. Supreme Court has called off oral arguments in Medical Board of California vs. Hason—a case that could have been used to shield states from lawsuits under ADA's Title II. Read about it in this issue, along with news about the creation of a National Housing Trust Fund that would help create rental units and homes affordable to people with low incomes, and the settlement of an Air Carrier Access Act complaint filed in 2000 against American Airlines.
Around the House:
Transfer or roll-in? Built-in shower seat or movable chair? And where do the shower head and controls go? Here are some options and ideas to make your shower more wheeler friendly.
Total sleep time may stay the same or even increase a little with aging, but our sense of feeling rested and refreshed after sleep diminishes with age. Here are some tips to help you get the most from your night's rest, and some information about two medical conditions that can affect your sleep.
Mobility & More:
TV and film star Tim Allen promised his niece, who has CP and uses a wheelchair for mobility, that he would help design and build a chair that would help her get around more easily, regardless of terrain. With a little help from his friends, he made good on that promise. There's also news in this issue about availability of an improved all-terrain power chair from Innovation in Motion, and FDA approval for the marketing of three ultralight titanium wheelchairs by TiLite.
The cost of a college education has steadily increased over the years. Here's news about some state-sponsored college savings plans that help families save and invest for college tuition, room and board, and other related expenses.
People with MS can increase their endurance just as anyone else can. Here are some specific options, including exercising in water, using free weights and weight machines, yoga, balance programs, gentle martial arts, and adaptive sports. There's also a list of resources for group instruction in a variety of sports and exercise activities modified for people with MS and other disabilities.
Read about a $2 million allocation that establishes and funds a National Spina Bifida Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. And find out who President Bush appointed to new four-year terms on the U.S. Access Board.
Sexuality & SCI:
Cybersex has become a reality. Are there benefits—and risks—for you? Clinical psychologist Dr. Stanley Ducharme offers some frank talk about this timely (and touchy) issue.
A new system allows veterans with SCI/D to obtain quality healthcare from experienced providers anywhere in the country. In this issue, you?ll read about the Veterans Health Administration's "SCI Hub and Spokes" system of care and preview the program's referral guidelines.
On the Job:
After an appreciative employee's nomination, Sears Leominster (Mass.) is chosen as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Central New England Chapter's 2002 MS Employer of the Year.
People in the News:
A California couple has filled their lives—and their home—with the chatter of 22 adopted sons, all of whom have disabilities. And a former male model who became quadriplegic in an unusual way now heads a nonprofit foundation that supports research of SCI and neurological disorders.
Sports & Recreation:
In this issue, there’s a report on Pacific Coast rugby (which also includes teams from the Southwest), and news about four paraplegic athletes who made bobsledding history in this sport’s first program for people with disabilities. (If you like wheelchair sports and recreation, you’ll love our sister publication, SPORTS ’N SPOKES. click here)
Where do your vacation fantasies take you? To an historic Elizabethan manor house in the UK? On top of (or below!) Hawaii's pristine Pacific waters? On a South African safari? Or to the breathtaking beauty of Georgia?s southern Appalachians? Read this month?s Travel Tips, and learn how to make one—or all!—of those fantasies become reality.
Many veterans have risked their lives during service and at best come back in wheelchairs. Flag-waving and jingoistic bumper stickers play a role in supporting our morale, but a somber note also needs to sound.