September 2003 Table of Contents


One For All

The universal-design concept is catching on—many times from necessity, but often because it just makes sense.

Germ Warfare

According to a happy, healthy bacteriophobe, good habits can defeat urinary-tract infections.

In It Together

Energy, spirit, and common threads highlight the 23rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

Movin' With The Times

A four-day, comprehensive program focuses on medical and healthcare issues and quality service.

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Reasons & Remarks

The 2003 version of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games attracted participants of all shapes, sizes, and ages—from teenagers to octogenarians. The common denominator? Everyone competed in wheelchairs, which also came in all shapes and sizes. As Editor Cliff Crase prowled the Games, he found astounding mystery as well as impressive mastery.

Computer Corner

Are you limited to typing with one hand, one finger, or any other single body part? In this month's column, Susan LeHew offers some alternative hardware solutions that may help you achieve greater functionality.

Diagnosis: MS

Part 1 of a two-part series includes excerpts of stories by people dealing with MS's impact in their daily lives, submitted as part of the National Family Caregivers Association's "Family Caregiver Story Project," which will result in a database resource for individuals and organizations seeking information about caregiving.

Just For Women

When most women hear the word "hormones," we think of things like estrogen and testosterone, our monthly cycle, or menopause. But "hormones" also includes many other active changes in our bodies—changes women with spinal-cord injuries (SCIs) need to be particularly aware of. This month's column discusses three major areas of hormonal changes that women with SCI may experience and, in some cases, can influence: osteoporosis, lipid (cholesterol) metabolism, and development of diabetes.

Mobility & More

Why is it that those of us with disabilities are seen as passive people who can and will be pushed around when vital issues arise? This month, columnist Marty Ball discusses the impact on people with disabilities of the proposed Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act of 2003—and how you can make your voice heard.

Money Talks

Managing a concentrated stock position is a crucial part of wealth management—and also a complex one. If you have a concentrated wealth position, you may want to consider several philanthropic strategies that can address concentration issues, provide an additional payment stream, and reduce your tax liability while benefiting the charities of your choice.

Travel Tips

The U.S. Department of Transportation is calling on all disability organizations to promote its toll-free hotline that offers information about the rights of people with disabilities: 800-778-4838 (voice) / 800-455-9880 (TTY). In this month's column, Carol Randall also offers news about an African safari and a harborside getaway, a warning for oxygen users who cruise with Holland America, a van-rental special in Florida, a guide to Santa Cruz County (Calif.), and a new line of luggage that may be easier to manage in crowded airports.

Living Well

As a wheeler, your shoulders, elbows, wrists, and hands are important. Here are some tips on how to take care of them.

News Beat

Is your community eligible for the $25,000 prize in this year's Accessible America competition? Find out in this issue, where you'll also read about the dedication celebration for the National World War II Memorial, a new evacuation plan that takes into account people with disabilities, a training resource for personal assistants and caregivers, and a device that alerts store staff of customers needing special assistance.

Fish Tales

More than 200 anglers converged on the Potomac River near Washington, D.C., for the tenth annual Butch Ward Memorial Bass Tournament, the third stop on the 2003 PVA Bass Tour, a BASS-Sanctioned Event. Read a full report in this month's issue.

Sports & Recreation

Reports on the final leg of the 2003 PVA National Trapshoot Circuit (to view photos of the event, see September 2003 SPORTS ’N SPOKES), the winner of the 2003 National Disability Sports Alliance Championship for Riders With a Disability, a documentary on the Challenged America team of sailors with disabilities in this year's 42nd Transpac ocean race, Shake-A-Leg's 2003 Wall Street and Corporate Challenge Cup (12-meter yachts), and Chicago's first wheelchair-softball field.

Research & Education

PVA's SCI Education and Training Foundation has funded two continuing projects for a total of $56,553: Dr. Laurance Johnston's work through his Web site ( to provide information on alternative SCI therapies, and Richard Holicky's book-in-progress that will serve as a self-help guide showing the newly injured how others have successfully dealt with SCI.

And Finally...

How one man's surprising discovery turned his life around. His paralysis wasn't his only "disability"—and that knowledge taught him a lot about himself and his own potential.

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