August 2004 Table of Contents


Animal Research: Separating Fact
From Myth

For the thousands of people who sustain acute spinal-cord injuries each year, animal research is bringing them greater hope than ever before.

Gaining Access
to the Outdoors

When constructing accessible paths, walks, or gardens in your yard, many factors come into play.

Success Story: Jim Mullen

The courage Jim Mullen exemplified on patrol is nothing compared to the resolve he shows every day since becoming paralyzed.

It's Not a Perfect World (Part 2)

Free parking—or meters? Washington, D.C., and other cities wrestle with this issue.

Moments to Remember

Although the World War II Memorial's completion took almost two decades, its dedication and accompanying festivities were worth the wait.

Improving Lives, Building Futures

Service to the disability community? Paralyzed Veterans of America Awareness Week 2004 shows how it's done.

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Reasons & Remarks

"One of my most ardent ambitions for years," says PN Editor Cliff Crase, "was to someday tour one of the most intriguing and technically advanced airplanes in the world—Air Force One." On June 16, Crase not only got his much-desired tour of Air Force One but also participated in a round-table interview with President George W. Bush, joining six other members of the media from the military coalition and veterans service organizations, along with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony Principi.

Travel Tips

This month's Travel Tips answers the question, "Can air carriers refuse to serve a qualified person with a disability?" Columnist Carol Randall also tells readers about scooter tours in the Washington (D.C.) area, a Santa Fe B&B, an accommodating taxi-van service on the island of Aruba, and an accessible rental vacation home in the heart of the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.

Healing Options

Columnist S. Laurance Johnston, Ph.D., reports on his attendance (and presentation) at the 5th International Symposium on Experimental Spinal Cord Repair and Regeneration. Lectures covered such topics as neuromonitoring, rerouted nerves, radiation, neurorehabilitation, and macrophage therapy.

Diagnosis MS

Even though fatigue is common in MS, MS may not be the reason—or the only reason—you are tired. Many factors can cause or contribute to fatigue; this article (Part 1 of a two-part series) discusses some of them.

Money Talks

Columnist Dan Jones advises readers of the wisdom of a periodic "financial checkup" and offers some questions you might ask yourself to determine your need to make some healthy changes—or maintain the status quo.

Sexuality and SCI

In the last several years, there has been increased attention to the problems of obesity and excessive weight gain in the American population. Men with spinal-cord injury (SCI) who are overweight have significant issues in maintaining good, positive health. In this month's column, Dr. Stanley Ducharme reviews the detrimental relationship that exists between weight and sexual functioning.

On the Job

Personal assistance services in the workplace may make it possible for a person with a disability to perform job functions. In this month's On the Job, share in some real-life examples of workplace accommodations. There's also an article describing how innovative assistive technologies are revolutionizing the workplace for people with disabilities, and the answer to a disabled reader's question about where to get information and financial assitance to start his own business.

Living Well

At home, you are responsible for your medicine cabinet! This month's Living Well explores common mistakes people make with their medications and explains some of the differences—and possible interactions—between over-the-counter and prescription drugs, including pain relievers and fever reducers.


Firsthand accounts of two wild adventures: a turkey shoot and a pig hunt.

Mobility & More

Reports on the Spirit of Mobility Tour, which demonstrated throughout the Southwest that today's mobility devices are not symbols of disability but tools of independence, and a power wheelchair that won an award recognizing it as a top innovation in its part of the country.

Fish Tales

Two bass-fishing tournaments are highlighted this month: Illinois's Land of Lincoln Bass Tournament (which kicked off the 2004 PVA National Bass Tour, a BASS-Sanctioned Event) and the NEPVA Bass Tournament.

Sports & Recreation

A variety of events and activities are spotlighted this month: Oklahoma's End of Year shoot in the PVA National Trapshoot Circuit, an Arizona shoot sponsored by the Glock Sport Shooting Foundation, a charity yacht-sailing regatta that raised more than $4,000 for Challenged America, the 4th Annual Jana Hunsaker Memorial Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, the induction of veteran wheelchair-athlete Stefan Florescu into the Lincoln Park (Mich.) Sports Hall of Fame, the 21st Annual Colorado Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp, and the introduction of new facilities at Shake-A-Leg Miami.

Computer Corner

Here's the latest on the updated SwitchXS from AssistiveWare/Niemeijer Consult, which may provide complete access to Max OS X and all standard Mac applications for people with limited manual dexterity. There's also a report on a recent donation of 19 pieces of computer equipment for use at a free NYC computer clinic.


Find out which applications were recently awarded SCI education-project grants by the PVA Education Foundation. This month's Newsbeat also reports NBC-TV's recent appointment of a full-time executive to oversee its diversity casting program, and brings readers the latest news from the National Organization on Disability.

PVA President's Message

In July 1946, the four pages comprising the first issue of The Paraplegia News were published by spinal-cord-injury patients in the Bronx (N.Y.) VA Hospital. Included in that first magazine was a call to organize. On February 7, 1947, delegates from seven groups met at the Hines VA Hospital to form a national organization. Now all those far-sighted veterans who founded the Paralyzed Veterans of America are gone. On June 11, the last surviving founder, Kenneth Seaquist, passed away in Florida from complications of pulmonary disease. PVA President Joseph L. Fox Sr. remembers Seaquist and his contributions to this great organization.

And Finally...

"Oh boy! I think I hit a nerve with the last rehab article ('The Real Rehab,' And Finally?, May 2004)," says columnist Marty Ball. "But the good news is that people are thinking again!" Find out what Ball has to say this month in his article, "Rehab: Part 2."

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