January 2004 Table of Contents


Paradise Found!

Any time of year, but especially in the winter months, a relaxing visit to Hawaii is a dream come true—even when you're using sticks and wheels.

Celebration of Talent — and Life

The 2003 National veterans Creative Arts Festival—the time to show off originality and artistry.


Was Don Dawkins's injury going to be a chapter in his life—or the whole book?

50 Years of Honor

Every Veterans Day is special, but this year's observance, marking a half century of recognitions, was especially notable.

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Reasons & Remarks

There's definitely something about Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery that just can't be put into words. It makes you feel quiet, reverent, patriotic—and proud. This year, the Paralyzed Veterans of America added to those feelings by honoring three special guests: Iraq War veterans Johnnie Williams, Ken Dixon, and Jason Wittling.

Diagnosis: MS

How can you find balance between being overly aggressive and being an assertive self-advocate? In this month's column (Part 1 of a two-part series), Vicki Hinson-Smith, who has MS, offers some helpful tips on how to stick up for yourself.

Living Well

Disability advocates have had a mantra for some time: "People aren't handicapped; environments are." The elimination of environmental barriers is a cause worth fighting for. In this month's Living Well column, Craig Hospital Research Supervisor C. A. Brooks discusses the kinds of barriers people with SCI experience—and what to expect in the future.

Mobility & More

According to columnist Marty Ball, adapting to the new world we live in after spinal-cord injury takes a lot of compromise and creative thinking. This month, Ball offers some "Tools for a New World." There are also reports on a new Web-based tool developed by General Motors to allow people with disabilities and their caregivers to more easily identify the GM vehicle that can best handle their specific needs, and a new mirror system from Allview Mirrors Corp. designed to help people with disabilities continue to drive safely and comfortably.

Travel Tips

This month, columnist Carol Randall announces ANC Rental Corporation's agreement to provide accessible shuttle buses at airports across the country where they own the Alamo and National Rent-A-Car businesses. She also spotlights two accessible inns: the historic Sinclair Inn in Vermont, and Brewery Gulch Inn, just south of Mendocino, Calif. And if you have a yen to sit front-row-center at Kennedy Space Center—an all-encompassing window into NASA's world—you'll be interested to read about accessiblity improvements that allow everyone to experience all the facility has to offer.

Fish Tales

More than 200 anglers hit the boats and shoreline at Clarks Hill Lake, near Augusta, Ga., for the Southeastern PVA Bass Tournament. In this month's issue, find out who pulled in the big fish. There's also news about a tournament in New England that is free for all anglersdisabled or able-bodied. If you like wheelchair sports and recreation, you'll love our sister publication, SPORTS N SPOKES (click here).

Money Talks

Having trouble paying all your SCI-related expenses? There's an organization that may be able to help! The National transplant Assistance Fund offers social and emotional support, assists communities in raising funds for uninsured medically related expenses, helps families determine their fund-raising networks, and provides educational materials, information, and referrals. Read more about NTAF in this month's issue.

News Beat

Verizon's Center for customers With Disabilities opened recently in Oxnard, Calif.—the company's first West Coast facility. Read about it in this month's issue, along with news about a North Carolina college that facilitates study abroad for its students with disabilities, a no-hands umbrella, and a Festival of Human Abilities.

On the Job

An accountant at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, Mark Denton hasn't let his disability prevent him from doing an award-winning job?even after multiple surgeries confined him to bed. Read his inspiring story in this month's issue.

Sports & Recreation

Shooting (air rifle and air pistol) champs, a multiple-marathon winner, a Spirit Award recipient, a rockcrawler (with the help of his custom Jeep Cherokee), Veterans Games supporters, and a New Mexico elk hunt—you can read about them all in this month's issue. If you like wheelchair sports and recreation, you'll love our sister publication, SPORTS ’N SPOKES (click here).


You may be familiar with home catalog books where prospective homeowners may look at a variety of floor-plan ideas, purchase the one they want, and modify it to make it accessible. Charles Schwab Architects has published a floor-plan catalog book of homes that are already accessible! For information about Universal Design Smart Homes for the 21st Century, click here.

Research & Education

Depending on the course of their symptoms, people with MS may have questions bout whether to continue working and how to plan wisely for their financial future. The Paralyzed Veterans of America, the National Endowment for Financial Education, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society have collaborated on a financial guide for people with MS. For more information about Adapting: Financial Planning for a Life with Multiple Sclerosis, call 888-860-7244 (toll-free).

And Finally...

This month's last-page editorial focuses on a startling problem: There is currently no available roadside assistance for power wheelchairs and scooters.

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