February 2004 Table of Contents

 

Searching for a Cure

At the Center for Neuroscience and Regeneration Research, basic—yet complex—questions have captivated researchers' interest for the past two decades.

Decent Exposure

Information "spots" raise awareness about their creators as well as issues confronting the disability community.

COVER STORY:
A Great Escape

Love nature and getting off the beaten track? Wilderness Inquiry adventures may be just your style.

Adjudications & Appeals

When VA denies your benefits claim, what can you do? Web exclusive: Full glossary of all the terms you need to know relating to adjudications and appeals.

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Reasons & Remarks

There goes PVA General Counsel Lawrence B. Hagel—and here comes the Honorable Judge Lawrence B. Hagel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). Editor Cliff Crase highlights legal-eagle Hagel's career, including 14 years with the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Diagnosis: MS

Part 2 of this two-part series by Vicki Hinson-Smith offers advice on finding a balance between being overly aggressive and being an assertive self-advocate when you experience doctor-patient conflicts. (For information on Part 1, click here.)

Healing Options

In this month's column, Dr. Larry Johnston reports on a new SCI neuroscience center in Michigan that has the right vision for the future: restoring function via an open-minded integration of the divergent pieces of the puzzle that exist throughout the world.

Living Well

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 17 million people in the United States have diabetes. Another 5.9 million individuals are at risk to develop the disease. As a person with SCI, what are your chances of developing this deadly disease? Find out in this month's issue.

Mobility & More

Remarks columnist Marty Ball, "I can't even count the times I have seen someone using a poorly fitted or completely inappropriate wheelchair." When you're out shopping for a new wheelchair, where do you go—and how can you be sure you're seeing the right chair for you?

Money Talks

Columnist Dan Jones offers some keys to developing a partnership with a financial advisor that likely will provide the best possible combination of service and long-term results.

Sexuality & SCI

Columnist Stanley H. Ducharme, Ph.D., reports on the debuts of impotence drugs Levitra and Cialis, explains how they differ from Viagra, and tells readers what all this means for men with spinal-cord injury.

Travel Tips

Need (accessible) transportation while in the Big Apple? Want to take a fully accessible cruise? How about a tour of France's most popular destinations—with your disability in mind? Columnist Carol Randall tells you how to make these travel dreams (and more!) come true.

News Beat

Where does your candidate stand on disability issues? Find out by linking from the National Organization on Disability Web site (www.nod.org) to official campaign sites. This is only one of the many press releases highlighted in this month's News Beat. You'll also find out how to participate in a study on pain, as well as in the first Paralyzed Veterans of America-sponsored legal-writing competition for law students.

On the Job

The Pentagon Federal Credit Union is seeking a marketing researcher to recommend, design, and analyze projects for marketing campaigns and strategic designs. E-mail your rsum (no zip files, please) to Employme@PenFed.org. This month's On the Job also profiles an Alabama wheeler who enjoys the perks of employment.

Sports & Recreation

Read about a joint-effort dove hunt in Georgia, results of the second stop on the PVA Trapshoot Circuit, and "the one that got away" at a Fishing Has No Boundaries event in Arizona. (If you like wheelchair sports & recreation, you'll love our sister publication, SPORTS ’N SPOKES!)

Government Relations

Starting January 1, 2004, all U.S. and foreign air carriers covered by the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) rules are required to begin recording and categorizing the written disability-related complaints they receive during calendar year 2004 for submission to DOT by January 25, 2005. Complaints alleging discriminatory treatment by air-carrier personnel (e.g., pilots, flight attendants, gate agents, or check-in counter personnel) should be directed to the Department of Transportation’s Aviation Consumer Protection Division. This office’s Web site provides complaint forms for consumers to download and print (Complaints alleging discriminatory treatment by air-carrier personnel (e.g., pilots, flight attendants, gate agents, or check-in counter personnel) should be directed to DOT’s Aviation Consumer Protection Division. This office’s Web site provides complaint forms for consumers to download and print (http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov/problems.htm). The division accepts complaints via e-mail at airconsumer@ost.dot.gov.

And Finally...

Lori Crockett's article recaps some of the problems plaguing van-accessible parking. State and local governments around the country have enacted code changes to enhance their regulations, but many agree that the more serious issue is the improper use and inappropriate distribution of vehicle placards.



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