July 2004 Table of Contents


The Promise of Research

Medical breakthroughs don't happen overnight. VA researchers continue to seek a cure and improved care for people with spinal-cord injury.

Rebuilding Lower Manhattan

New York City's visitors and residents will find accessibility is a high—and award-winning—priority.

It's NOT a Perfect World

Securing accessible parking, then ensuring its rightful use, is—like many issues for people with disabilities—an ongoing advocacy effort.

Advocate for Care

PVA Medical Services leads the way in monitoring care for veterans with spinal-cord injury/disease.

Special Section: PVA Convention 2004

Two articles introduce readers to this year's Convention CityAlbuquerque, N.M.and the candidates for PVA national office.

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Reasons & Remarks

Well, here it is! The July 2004 issue has a brand-new appearance from cover to cover. The new PN is sporting a more contemporary look with all the latest news and views keeping our readers up to date and informed about disability issues in an easier-to-read format. The makeover took lots of perseverance and a skilled but patient staff. Your comments and criticisms are welcome…but be gentle….

Around the House

This month's columnist, Carol Peredo Lopez, A.I.A., responds to a reader who needs a small portable ramp to access a patio with a 5-inch step.

Diagnosis MS

Getting overheated in hot weather is not one of summer's pleasures. Most people with MS—80-85% in many studies—suffer from unusual heat intolerance. However, becoming overheated saps energy whether or not a person has MS. Two of the most common heat-related symptoms are weakness (with its effect on mobility) and blurred vision.This month's columnist, David W. E. Smith, offers readers four ways to stay cool and beat those summertime blues.

Money Talks

It is nicer today than yesterday. Nicer, that is, to invest in certain types of investments. And all because the new tax law has reduced the tax you pay on qualified dividend distributions. Columnist Dan Jones talks about the kinds of changes in your investment strategy that can make a big difference—and advises readers to get good counsel from a financial adviser or tax preparer.

Travel Tips

Columnist Carol Randall tells readers about a barrier-free vacation home in Eagle River, Wis., a nonprofit association that provides tourism and access information in Argentina, a group of barrier-free villas on Lanzarote (one of the Canary Islands), a Costa Rican travel agency offering packages to travelers with disabilities, a Georgia mountain hideaway, and wheelchair-accessible chalets in Jasper, Alberta, Canada.

Computer Corner

Born without arms and just partial legs, Terry Haffner describes himself as a "middle-aged-plus dog learning new tricks"—including computer skills that are opening up his world.

Living Well

No matter what our physical or cognitive abilities, just about everyone wants to be independent. In the world of disability, we use the word a lot. Columnist C. A. Brooks suggests six fairly simple strategies that may help you move toward your own version of independence.

Mobility & More

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) has begun delivery of its prescription aid that can elevate users to eye level, climb stairs and curbs, and traverse grass, gravel, sand, and other forms of uneven terrain. This month readers can also learn about a driver who makes his vehicles work for him, a new aid that minimizes the reach for your seat-belt, and what's new in studies of wheelers and shoulder pain.

On the Job

In this month's On the Job you'll learn what Web sites to check out if you're interested in finding a job with the government, as well as how to make temp agencies work with—and for—you. There's also a story about the Cane Man, whose motto is, "Walk with a smile?and walk with style."


The latest news releases on a variety of topics: a restaurant that offered free meals to veterans on Veterans Day; the winner of this year's Medical Design Excellence Award, the Welcome Back Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Golden Tennis Shoe Award; a school-to-work transition program offered by the National Organization on Disability; the passing of an advocate; and a congressional bill supporting an adult-assistance program for people with disabilities.

PVA President's Message

Thanks to the talents and dedication of its members, over the years the Paralyzed Veterans of America has hit many “home runs,” not the least of which is the PVA Awareness Week (PAW) celebration. During this time, residents in cities across the nation are introduced to or reminded of PVA’s many activities and services to benefit the disability community. President Joseph L. Fox Sr. reminds readers how PVA is making a difference. To learn more about PVA, click here.

Veteran Advisor

Dewayne Standifer answers a reader's question about how to restore DIC entitlement (yes—it can be done!).

And Finally...

Greg Hudgins offers his sincere respect and heartfelt thanks to the VA hospital where his father's last days were spent in dignity and with the best of care.

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