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Israeli Traveller Conquers Heaphy Track in Wheelchair

Published: January 14, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Arnon Amit in New Zealand thumbArnon Amit from Israel arrived in Karamea at the top of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand on January 2, 2015, after successfully negotiating the Heaphy Track in a wheelchair.

The Heaphy Track is one of New Zealand’s nine “Great Walks” and the only one on which mountain biking is permitted (from May 1 to September 30). The track is approximately 80 kilometers long and traverses the Kahurangi National Park at the top of the South Island. Most people walk, ride or now roll, the Heaphy Track from Collingwood in Golden Bay through to Karamea on the West Coast. Continue Reading »

Murray’s Problem

Published: December 14, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Murray Blackmore-Murray’s ProblemChapter One – Scientist and Son

Murray Blackmore stood at the lectern and tried to take in the dark conference room, the men and women in wheelchairs waiting for him to wrest a little hope from science. But in his preoccupied state, the room was a blur and hope a struggle.The 39-year-old researcher took a deep breath.

An assistant professor at Marquette University, Blackmore had looked forward to addressing the symposium on spinal cord research in Boston. Work filled his daylight hours; interrupted his dreams at night. Often he would wake at 2 or 3 in the morning, pitched from sleep into the scientific puzzles of a broken spinal cord. Ideas in the midnight hours seldom bore fruit, but his mind churned through them just the same. Continue Reading »

Sesame Touch-Free Phone – Indiegogo Video

Published: November 8, 2014

They’re using the wonderful Indiegogo platform to offer pre-orders of the world’s first touch free phone, aimed for people with disabilities. Continue Reading »

Wheelchair no handicap for Mets fan calendar model Amanda Perla

Published: October 24, 2014

Amanda Perla-01Twenty-five-year-old Perla, who broke her neck in a car accident seven years ago, was the top vote getter among the 100 or so entries to appear in ‘The 7 Line’ calendar,’ an annual promotional pinup featuring attractive young women wearing Mets-inpired clothing.

Amanda Perla thought for sure her wheelchair would be an issue.

Sure, she was wearing a bright blue Mets cap and a bright blue shirt and was flashing a smile perfect enough for a toothpaste ad. Continue Reading »

‘I am standing out and it feels beautiful': ‘Raw Beauty Project’ empowers disabled women

Published: October 8, 2014

raw-beauty-Wendy CrawfordWhen she was 19, Wendy Crawford’s life as a model changed forever, after a car accident left her a quadriplegic. Thirty years later, she’s not only posing in front of the camera, but empowering other women with disabilities to discover their own Raw Beauty.

The co-creator of The Raw Beauty Project NYC told TODAY.com that after her accident — she was hit by a drunk driver — she initially remained optimistic that she could have a future in modeling with a disability, but was disappointed that the industry wasn’t as receptive to the idea. Continue Reading »

National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month 2014

Published: September 2, 2014

September is National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness MonthU.S. Senate Resolution 533 designates September 2014 as National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month.

“…every 48 minutes a person will become paralyzed, underscoring the urgent need to develop new neuroprotection, pharmacological, and regeneration treatments to reduce, prevent, and reverse paralysis…”

U.S. Senate Recognizes September As “National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month” – Designation Builds Support for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis… Continue Reading »

PETITION: Wheelchair Access On Commercial Airlines

Published: September 1, 2014

add-your-namePlease push the Federal Aviation Association to require airlines to provide designated wheelchair accessible spaces on every commercial aircraft, which will allow passengers to remain safely seated in their personal wheelchairs.

ADD YOUR NAME

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Pool Wheelchairs Go Down Teamboat Springs at Disney Water Parks

Published: July 25, 2014

Wheelchairs at Disney Water Parks. 2jpgWalt Disney World ® Water Parks make getting around in a wheelchair even easier. Thanks to mobile wheelchair lifts, Blizzard Beach’s Gondola at the Chairlift, and even the ability to take the wheelchair with you on a ride, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon ® and Disney’s Blizzard Beach ® let guests actually ride some of their famed rides and attractions with your wheelchair! Continue Reading »

Zina Hermez – My book, Not Without God: A Story of Survival has been published!

Published: July 12, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Zina HermezWhat started out a dream has now become reality. I began writing Not Without God a couple of years ago, and I wrote sporadically in the beginning. As both of my parents battled serious illnesses I realized (yet again) how precious life is—and how our time is short. My book describes how I healed from near-fatal injuries as a result of an accident that left me paralyzed at sixteen. While crossing the street to get to my friend’s bus stop, I was hit by a car. It’s a miracle from the Lord that I’m alive and able to walk. Continue Reading »

Stem-cell advances may quell ethics debate

Published: June 22, 2014

Robert WaddellRobert Waddell says he’s glad the stem cells that healed him came from “a guy who was 50 years old” and not a human embryo.

As a Catholic, Waddell opposes the destruction of embryos and didn’t want to rely on embryonic stem cells to cure his kidney disease. But he avoided this moral dilemma by getting bone marrow stem cells from a friend who donated a kidney as part of a University of Louisville study.

“It has nothing to do with embryonic stem cells,” said Waddell, a 47-year-old father of four. “That made it a lot easier.” Continue Reading »