October 2003 Table of Contents


Special Section: Employment

After more than ten years of civil-rights protections in the workplace, what impact has ADA had?

Is It Enough?

November is National Family Caregivers Month. It is a catalyst. It lights a spark. And it makes people stand up and take notice.

When Walking Fails

Personal and health-policy considerations come out of the shadows and into the light.

Back To The Future In Memphis

PVA's 57th Convention demonstrates that this organization's business is that of working for its members—and all people with disabilities.

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Reasons & Remarks

Locked 'n loaded and headed for the woods, PVA's Outdoor Sports Program is up and running—and gunning. This month, Editor Cliff Crase discusses PVA's efforts to welcome newcomers to the traditional outdoor sports (archery, target shooting, hunting, and fishing) through its participation in the National Shooting Sports Foundation's (NSSF's) nationwide program called Step Outside.

A Closer Look

Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to sleep. Columnist Jane Danielson offers ten tips that will help you avoid tossing and turning—and shares with readers the snooze-time benefits of an adjustable bed.

Diagnosis: MS

Part 2 of this two-part series discusses children, parents, other family, and friends as caregivers; offers advice on avoiding relationship burnout; emphasizes the importance of support groups; and relates the National MS Society's role in advocating expansion and support of respite-care programs and legislation.

Healing Options

With 35 million Americans visiting 60,000 chiropractors each year, chiropractic is the nation's third-largest healthcare profession, after medicine and dentistry. In Part 1 of a two-part series, S. Laurance Johnston, Ph.D., defines chiropractic and provides some background on its origins. There's also an abstract that updates the work of Dr. Shaocheng Zhang (Shanghai) with peripheral-nerve rerouting. (To read more about this procedure, click here.)

Just For Women

In an effort to provide respectful, high-quality medical services for women with physical disabilities, the Initiative for Women with Disabilities Elly and Steve Hammerman Health and Wellness Center (New York) offers acupuncture and other complementary therapies to its patients. Read how and why the program was started and the startling statistics on benefits reported in patients who have been treated and tracked.

Mobility & More

Ever wonder why today's wheelers are often inept at even the most basic mobility skills? Columnist Marty Ball offers his thoughts on the subject. In this issue there are also reports on a new FDA-approved mobility system from Independence Technology and a new wheelchair handrim from Three Rivers, work by Swiss and Spanish scientists on development of a mind-controlled wheelchair, and a study of the effects of sidewalk vibration on wheelchair-users.

Money Talks

If you are a senior and/or a person with a disability and own your home free and clear, a "reverse mortgage" may be the answer to your cash-flow problems. In this month's issue, Dan Jones discusses the possibilities—and the risks.

Travel Tips

In this month's column, Carol Randall tells readers about accessible getaways at a Vermont B&B, a French Guiana Lodge, and a Cheyenne (Wyo.) inn. There's also information about two new guidebooks for limited-mobility travelers.

Living Well

Difficulties in communicating hinder our ability to go about everyday tasks at work, at the store, at the doctor's office, and at home. In this month's column, Andrea Tannenbaum suggests some ideas and products that may help you hear—and be heard.

News Beat

To connect people with disabilities and appropriate technology, visit the AT Network's Web site at www.atnet.org, and the Alliance for Technology Access's new service, The Hub (www.ATAccess.org). And while you're at it, check out Mobility International USA's redesigned Web site (www.miusaorg).

On The Job

Bennie Patridge is an innovative musician/writer/entrepreneur who works for a large corporation by day and spends his spare time enjoying—and sharing—his music. Read his story this month, along with a report on a Harris Poll Study that rated support for the key elements of the now-13-year-old Americans With Disabilities Act.

People In The News

Meet MDA's 2004 National Personal Achievement Award winner, as well as the recipient of Shake-A-Leg-Newport's Lauren Meaney Spirit Award—two real people who have faced life's challenges head on.

Sports & Recreation

The country's first and only para to compete in a NASCAR touring series makes a pit stop on a popular TV series. Also read about a user-friendly, up-to-date guide to accessing parks and recreation areas in Minnesota; a December Virginia Department of Forestry-sponsored deer hunt for people with physical challenges; and a week-long cross-country skiing program planned for February 2004. (If you like wheelchair sports and recreation, you'll love our sister publication, SPORTS ’N SPOKES!)

Government Relations

The Second Circuit Court has issued an opinion that requires transit agencies to meet 100% of the demand for next-day paratransit services. This decision reinforces a lower-court ruling in a New York case seeking to enforce ADA requirements.

Research & Education

The Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine is close to finishing its new evidence-based clinical practice guideline (CPG) on repiratory care following spinal-cord injury. They are also working on guidelines on the preservation of upper-extremity function, and bladder management. Order professional practice guidelines and companion consumer guides from the PVA Distribution Center, 888-860-7244, or online at www.pva.org.


The Senate Health and Wellness Facility, part of Washington's U.S. Capitol complex, has recently been remodeled and is now fully accessible. Read about the project in this month's issue.

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