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Sabrina Cohen Foundation to open accessible beach in Florida

Published: June 28, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Sabrina Cohen Foundation accessible beachOn July 2, the Sabrina Cohen Foundation will be opening an accessible beach to the public, funded by grants from the Craig H. Nielsen Foundation and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for all citizens of Miami Beach to come and enjoy. Sabrina Cohen, CEO & Founder, created the Foundation in 2006 a few years after sustaining a C3-5 level injury in a car accident at the age of 14. Originally she focused on funding research and educating the public, but then saw the array of needs she could help fill with her organization.

“Recognizing a need for quality-of-life initiatives, in 2012, I expanded the mission of my organization to include more adaptive fitness and recreational opportunities for our disabled community, realizing that a lot could be done to meet an unmet need of helping people stay both mentally and physically strong,” Sabrina said. Continue Reading »

ParaPerks

Published: June 28, 2016 | Category: Links

ParaPerks is a mobile application provided to users with all types of mobility impairments that allows them to rate and review visited locations! Continue Reading »

Welcome to the hectic lifestyle of IndyCar team owner and quadriplegic Sam Schmidt

Published: June 25, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

sam-schmidt-lifestyleIt was two days after the Indianapolis 500 when Sam Schmidt answered his cellphone and was asked if he finally was home, home being Henderson and Lake Las Vegas.

No, he said. He was at a Taco Bell heading for that weekend’s IndyCar doubleheader in Detroit. He said he hadn’t been home in like forever, that of the next 33 nights or whatever, he would sleep in his own bed only four times.

That sounded like a crazy schedule, I said. Maybe I should write a story about his hectic lifestyle. Continue Reading »

Woman With Quadriplegia Urges Hollywood To Be More Hopeful

Published: June 25, 2016 | Category: Featured News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

This story contains spoilers for the film “Me Before You.”

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Wisconsin woman is getting a lot of attention for a blog post she wrote criticizing Hollywood’s portrayal of people who are paralyzed. Continue Reading »

BraunAbility® and Permobil Announce Joint Research and Development Venture

Published: June 22, 2016 | Category: News

braunability-and-permobilThe two global leaders in wheelchair and wheelchair accessible vehicle production announce collaboration to integrate mobility technology for individuals with physical disabilities.

Winamac, IN (PRWEB) June 22, 2016 – BraunAbility®, the leading global manufacturer of accessible vehicles, and Permobil, the worldwide leader in power and manual wheelchairs, as well as seating and positioning products, have announced a joint research and development venture to improve the interface between wheelchairs and wheelchair accessible vehicles. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed Veterans of America Releases Statement Calling for Air Carrier Access Act Improvements

Published: June 22, 2016 | Category: News

pva-logoWASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwired – June 22, 2016) – Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) today released a statement highlighting the need for improvements to the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). The ACAA, which prohibits disability-based discrimination against passengers with disabilities in air travel, was signed into law 30 years ago.

Paralyzed Veterans’ Executive Director Sherman Gillums, Jr. stated the following: Continue Reading »

A Guide To Spinal Cord Injury

Published: June 22, 2016 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

This video was done as part of a project for one of Sam’s classes in nursing school. The people interviewed are very near and dear to our hearts and we hope that once you hear their stories they will have stolen a little piece of your heart as well. Continue Reading »

Teens with spinal injuries bolster recovery with decade-long friendship

Published: June 15, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

grace-morgan-kennedy-kriegerA rehabilitation gym at the Kennedy Krieger Institute was once a play space for Morgan Dunnigan and Grace Meek.

Despite the seriousness of their spinal cord injuries, the girls, then 6 and 7, squirted water at their doctors and visitors with syringes. They “raced” during balancing exercises. They even had Grace’s father’s toenails painted.

So it’s no wonder that returning to the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute for a week 10 years later was a little like reuniting at summer camp. Continue Reading »

The Apple Watch Will Soon Track Fitness for Wheelchair Users

Published: June 13, 2016 | Category: Featured News

apple-wheelchair-users-appFitness trackers routinely measure physical activity such as running and cycling and encourage people to stand up and walk around throughout the day. But if you’re in a wheelchair, you’re out of luck.

Apple wants to change that with an upcoming Apple Watch feature announced Monday. Instead of standing breaks, people in wheelchairs will be prompted to wheel or spin their chairs around regularly. Apple will also start tracking distance, speed and calories burned during wheelchair use, just as it does for walking or running. Continue Reading »

World’s First Child-Sized Exoskeleton Aims To Improve Quality Of Life Of Kids With Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Published: June 13, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

A research team in Spain has developed the world’s first exoskeleton prototype to help disabled children learn how to walk and sustain mobility. Continue Reading »