January 2005 Table of Contents


The Right Thing to Do

COVER STORY: Since the beginning of this nation, the uniform of the United States has stood for courage, decency, and hope. All who have worn it have won the thanks of the American people, visible especially on Veterans Day.

Productive Powers

Talented veterans show off at the 2004 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.

Decoding Accessible-design Terms

Understanding the words used in the design world can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to design for people wth disabilities.

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Reasons & Remarks

Peace, victory, and valor: Editor Cliff Crase visits Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day 2004.

A Closer Look

The worst thing about most "handicap accessible" hotels is, they aren't! But columnist Herb Drill notes that strides toward accessibility are being taken by Microtel Inns & Suites.

Diagnosis MS

No matter why you're looking for a new doctor, don't pop the question without first getting some answers—and this month's column, written by Joan Wood Moser, tells you just what questions to ask.

Healing Options

In the final segment of his series on approaches to diabetes, S. Laurance Johnston, Ph.D., notes that because people with SCI are predisposed to diabetes, they need to be especially disciplined with their dietary and lifestyle choices. His column discusses some of the traditional plant remedies in use before the development of insulin.

Living Well

If you have impaired mobility or nerve damage, you stand a chance of developing a pressure ulcer. In this month's column, Ann Adair, R.N., M.S.N., M.P.H., M.Ed., explains who's at risk and offers some tips for prevention and treatment.

Money Talks

Columnist Dan Jones tells readers, "Don't be hasty!" To avoid letting your 401(k) slip away and to preserve your hard-earned money, he offers some helpful tips on options other than withdrawal of IRA funds.

Travel Tips

What equipment can a person with a mobility impairment bring on board an aircraft? That question is answered in this month's Travel Tips, where columnist Carol Randall also informs readers about cruises in the news, medical-record portability when traveling, a travel club for campers with disabilities, (accessible) house swapping, and what the UK has done to make travel abroad more accessible.

Weight Matters

NEW COLUMN! Most weight-management programs aren't suitable for people with SCI, whose nutritional needs and physical abilities aren't likely similar to individuals in the general population. This month: Getting started on a program that will work for you, including 12 effective elements of weight management.

Around the House

Suzanne Mintz offers a first-person account of her renovation experience and informs readers of the nonprofit Experience Universal Design Project, which has built two universal-design model homes and offers helpful information to others seeking accessible design.

Computer Corner

From finding parts for wheelchairs to securely storing personal medical records, people with disabilities and their family members are a mouse click away from much-needed help. Read about this new Web site launched by University of Missouri/Columbia researchers.

Just for Women

A nationwide survey explores menopause in the 500,000 American women who have a history of polio and whose experiences differ—physiologically, physically, and psychologically—from their able-bodied peers.

Mobility and More

Here's a peek at a couple of the new mobility products unveiled at Medtrade's 2004 show. You'll also read about a recent article that featured low-cost devices or adaptations that aid independence, and the latest results of a study on pushrim dynamics in people with MS.

Research Update

A Midwest rehabilitation center becomes the first in that part of the country to participate in an international, multicenter, randomized-controlled Phase II study of ProCord, an experimental procedure for acute spinal-cord injury (SCI). Potential candidates must be very recently injured; call 313-966-8490 for more information, or e-mail Cheryl Angelelli at CAngelel@dmc.org.

Fish Tales

A report on the New England PVA Bass Tournament puts the spotlight on the big winners of this annual event.

Sports and Recreation

Sailing, camping, tennis, golf, trapshooting, hunting, billiards, and kayaking are highlighted in this month's issue. If you like wheelchair sports and recreation, you'll love our sister publication, SPORTS ’N SPOKES!


Information briefs cover Veterans Day 2004 events, a new Web site that answers questions about SCI, a search for women "roll models" (wheelchair users), a report on how cities throughout the nation are doing about including people with disabilities in emergency plans, and a company that delivers wheelchairs throughout the world.

Veteran Advisor

All too often in the course of providing care, caregivers forget about their own needs and well-being. This month, columnist Ed Rodgers tells veteran readers what Department of Veterans Affairs resources are available to help—and offers some down-to-earth advice that can help all caregivers.

PVA President's Message

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) President Randy Pleva assures readers that although 2005 is a new year for the organization, PVA still has the same goals: quality healthcare, research, veterans benefits, and civil rights.

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