THE STORY: Hi! I’m Britt Martin, co-founder and executive director of SPINALpedia. My dad was paralyzed in a car accident when I was 12 years old. I made this video to share why SPINALpedia needs to exist. Continue Reading »
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If you’re a person who uses a wheelchair, it can be a challenge trying to decide what costume to wear for an upcoming Halloween party. But, if you spend some time online, you’ll find plenty of Halloween costumes that you can make yourself without spending a lot of money. Whether the costume is for an adult or a child in a wheelchair, there are a lot of creative suggestions to be considered. Here are some ideas for costumes that involve a wheelchair. In addition, here are several websites with costume suggestions including the materials needed and the steps to follow to successfully create a look that will make you the talk of the party. Continue Reading »
Rutgers’ Wise Young and Army Capt. Boyd Melson fight to bring clinical trials to the United States
What would one of the world’s leading researchers in spinal cord injury and a professional boxer have in common? Under normal circumstances not much.
But Wise Young, a Rutgers neuroscience professor who is searching for a cure for spinal cord injury, and Boyd Melson, a West Point graduate and Army captain who is dedicating his life and boxing prize money to help make this dream happen, are two men on the same mission. Continue Reading »
Ever since my injury three years ago I have been determined to show the world that people with disabilities can be just as happy, independent and productive as those without disabilities. But is it possible that showing such positivity could mask our daily hardships to the point that the urgency for a cure is diminished?
Don’t get me wrong, it’s important that society knows that we are more able than most would imagine. But sometimes it feels like that is the only message we’re getting out. What about the desire for a cure? Continue Reading »
Alabama and other states are slow to join federal programs aimed at getting young people care they need at home
Paul Boyd has two lives.
In one life, Boyd is a graduate student in counseling at the University of Montevallo, a small liberal-arts school about 30 minutes from where he lives. After class he sometimes sits on the porch of a coffee shop talking with a group of locals and college students.
In his other life, the 37-year-old Boyd is a resident of Chandler Health and Rehab, a nursing home in Alabaster, Ala. He drives the hallways in his sip-and-puff wheelchair, chatting with older residents like Thelma, who clutches a plastic baby doll to her chest. Continue Reading »
Life has thrown a lot at Coquitlam’s Jessica Kruger.
At 15 years old she suffered a work-place accident resulting in a broken neck and spinal cord injury leaving her wheelchair bound.
She once believed her injury took away all hopes of her being considered “beautiful,” let alone any chance of living a normal life, and forget about being an athlete or – crazier yet – a model.
But she has. Against all odds, Kruger, 21, is the new face of Lise Watier’s “Something Sweet” perfume, beating out nearly 400 other contestants all scratching and crawling for the same contract. Continue Reading »
You’re 17, and the most pressing concerns in your life are binge-drinking, prom, and being your parents’ worst nightmare. The so-called “real world” is incomprehensible to you, and you’re still proud of that freshly printed piece of plastic in your wallet called a “driver’s license.” Doesn’t 17 seem far away? That’s because, for most of us, it is. Senior year, college, jobs, and attendant emotional baggage have come and gone since then. But 17 is how old Jesse Billauer was when he lost the use of his legs. He was just a kid. Continue Reading »
Logan Seelye doesn’t like to use the word paralyzed. After suffering a life-changing injury nearly 10 years ago at a summer football camp, the 26-year-old Spanaway resident has heard enough about what he might never do again.
Logan Seelye doesn’t like to use the word paralyzed.
After suffering a life-changing injury nearly 10 years ago at a summer football camp, the 26-year-old Spanaway resident has heard enough about what he might never do again.
He cares more about what he can do — and strive to do.
“Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it,” Seelye said. Continue Reading »
The possibility of using a patient’s skin to generate healthy new heart, liver or nerve cells has moved a step closer after a breakthrough by US scientists.
Using the cloning technique which produced Dolly the Sheep in 1996, researchers were able for the first time to turn human skin cells into “embryonic” stem cells, which can grow into any type of tissue in the body. Continue Reading »
This world of ours is full of barriers and limitations for individuals with disabilities; especially, those who are in power wheelchairs. But, one limitation that should not be accepted is the difficulty of airline transportation for the disabled.
The current standard for air travel for those in power wheelchairs is exhausting, dangerous, many times embarrassing and utterly unacceptable. It is also a process that has the opportunity of improving and eventually being fixed; Ben Trockman’s idea for a solution is included on his blog, which is attached below.
Such a change would knock down the current barriers of airline travel for the over three and a half million Americans who are currently wheelchair users. Everyone, absolutely everyone, should have the opportunity to travel the world by air; sign the petition if you agree. Continue Reading »