July 2003 Table of Contents


Special-needs Trusts

A look at one of many planning options now available to secure the financial future of people with disabilities.

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Aggravation and frustrations, give and take, bewilderment and enlightenment are all part of living and serving in another culture. Interested in volunteering abroad? At the end of this article, there's a WEB-EXCLUSIVE list of helpful resources and Web sites!

Special Section: PVA Convention 2003

From the magic of wheelchair-accessible Graceland to family fun at the Memphis Zoo, visitors discover a wealth of history and activities in Memphis: Home of the Blues (and of PVAs 2003 Annual Meeting and Convention). Memphis will also host PVAs large slate of candidates, each with a vision for the organization that involves Moving Forward.

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Also in this issue:

Reasons & Remarks:

Too often the good die young. Editor Cliff Crase reflects on a recent loss: eminent physician's assistant, energetic volunteer, and fun-loving friend Janice Fincher.

A Closer Look:

A new external continence device can help you enjoy an active life and end your worries about urine-control problems. Here's a firsthand report on its effectiveness, as well as a list of sources for information on other incontinence products.

Diagnosis: MS:

These tips and resources can help you be ready when disaster strikes. For more information on disaster preparedness, click here .

Healing Options:

Studies show that directing a pulsed-electromagnetic field to an area of injury soon after SCI protects neurons, promotes regeneration, and minimizes lost function. This article by S. Laurance Johnston, Ph.D., and James Kelly offers an in-depth look at the Diapulse, a device that applies this type of electromagnetic therapy.

Living Well:

Spirituality and health—is there a link? Craig Hospital's John Pipe explores the topic, defining "spirit," "spiritual," and "spirituality" and looking at the relationship between discipline and health. There's also a list of relevant resources.

Mobility & More:

A look at wheelchair power-assist devices—from a layman's perspective. There's also news about an innovative mobility-consultant program introduced by Vantage Mobility, Inc.; a single-arm van lift offered by Ricon; and a wheelchair-propulsion study aimed at finding out more about the causes—and prevention—of overuse injuries.

Money Talks:

In his July column, investment advisor Dan Jones offers tips on finding the right tool to meet your special needs not covered by Medicare and Medicaid.

Travel Tips:

Hot springs: Are they really healing—or harmful? Here's one traveler's report. In her monthly column, Carol Randall also offers information about vacation destinations in the Shanandoah Valley's Blue Ridge Mountains, the small nation of Belize, British Columbia (Canada), Las Vegas, and the state of Washington. There's also news about the recently revised guidelines for transportation of service animals on airlines, as well as a source for accessible timeshares.

Fish Tales:

Big fish led to big prizes at two recent tournaments: the CITGO BASS Federation Championship and the Texas Roundup (the first stop on this year's PVA National Bass Tour, A BASS Sanctioned Event).

On the Job:

Sending out résumés? Here's how to get noticed! In the June issue you'll also learn 11 common (and costly) career mistakes and read about job opportunities with NASA and a potential career in gunsmithing.

People in the News:

Up close and personal with four guys who have made the most—and then some—of their disabilities: Pete Morelli, Urban Miyares, Jerry Hymel, and Ralph Smith.

Sports & Recreation:

The Union aviation hand control, made specifically for Cessna aircraft, has helped many pilots with disabilities earn their licenses. In this issue you'll also learn which network was appointed host broadcaster for the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games and who is the new associate director of sports and recreation for the Paralyzed Veterans of America. There's also a report on the Challenged America Racing Team that will sail in the Transpacific Yacht Race (Los Angeles to Honolulu).


HUD has launched an education and outreach program to help create more barrier-free housing. The program educates building and design professionals about the Fair Housing Act's accessibility provisions. Access Fairhousing First through a link in www.pva.org. Under "Living with SCI," go to "Architecture," then click on "Standards and Design."

General Counsel:

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently issued an important decision affecting paralyzed veterans: A veteran disabled as a result of VA medical care is entitled to the same housing benefits as a vet disabled during military service. Read about it in the July 2003 issue.

Health & Fitness:

The diet wars have taken the country by storm. What's a person to do? PVA's Veterans Benefits Department offers some straight talk about a confusing subject.

News Beat:

The latest on the Muscular Dystrophy Association's three new videos, a man who's racing (literally) to raise funds for SCI research and outreach, good reviews for a PVA member's debut novel, AARP's recently released "Report to the Nation on Independent Living and Disability," the redesign of the National Organization on Disability's Web site, and a call for artists with disabilities to participate in a juried exhibit (download entry forms from www.vsarts.org/gallery/callsforart/vw/index.html).

And Finally...:

How do you see yourself—and how do others see you? Marty Ball has some words of wisdom about "escaping the box."

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