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From father to quadriplegic: How rehab gave me my life back

Published: May 18, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

AFTER the accident the first thing I wanted to do was tell everybody I was going to walk again.

Just days after Christmas in 2014, I fell off the balcony of my Sydney northern beaches home. Our lives turned upside down in an instant.

With my wife Jo by my side, I was rushed to Royal North Shore Hospital where it was confirmed that I had suffered a broken neck and crushed spinal cord as a result of the fall.

I suddenly became a C4 incomplete quadriplegic — a condition that left me with limited use of my legs and left arm, and paralysis of my right arm. Continue Reading »

Apple Accessibility — Designed for everyone

Published: May 16, 2017 | Category: Featured Information | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Designed for Todd S.

Todd is the CEO of a technology consulting company and a prominent member of the quadriplegic community. With Siri, Switch Control, and the Home app, he can open his front door, adjust the lights in his house, and queue up a party playlist. Continue Reading »

A ‘freak’ accident sidelines lifelong athlete with severe spinal cord injury

Published: May 13, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Some people have natural athletic abilities, and Quebec-born Erin Saari, is one of them. Continue Reading »

Schmidt, Andretti trade barbs on eve of semi-autonomous car showdown

Published: May 12, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — They stared each other down with seemingly serious intentions, two racers sounding like boxers as they engaged in playful trash talk and measured each other.

“Just take it easy on me,” said Sam Schmidt, the quadriplegic in a wheelchair.

“Just take it easy on me,” said Mario Andretti, the 77-year-old Hall of Fame legend with 52 career Indy car wins, including the 1969 Indianapolis 500. “We might not be friends after tomorrow.” Continue Reading »

The key numbers from a record-breaking Wings for Life World Run

Published: May 11, 2017 | Category: News

The fourth Wings for Life World Run was another record-breaking edition – with 155,288 registered participants raising a huge 6.8 million euros for spinal cord research. The global movement saw 27 course records smashed as participants of all levels, from fun runners to elite champions, set off at 11:00 UTC, running side-by-side and via the App across 111 locations in 58 countries around the planet.

Their target? To race – in glorious weather, searing heat or freezing cold, depending on the location – and for as long as possible outrun the moving finish lines that are the Catcher Cars, driven by the likes of Formula One legend David Coulthard in the UK and Carlos Sainz in Spain.

Here are some of the key numbers from an unforgettable day of racing… Continue Reading »

United Spinal’s “Roll on Capitol Hill” to Advocate for Policies that Strengthen Health and Independence for Wheelchair Users

Published: May 9, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Richard Bagby of Richmond, Virginia to Represent Disability Community

NEW YORK, May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — United Spinal Association’s 6th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill, June 11-14 in Washington, D.C., will host Richard Bagby, former collegiate athlete and deputy director of the organization’s Virginia chapter, along with other prominent disability advocates to speak directly with legislators on issues that affect the independence and quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D).

Bagby will be attending Roll on Capitol Hill to urge his state representatives to support legislation that helps people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D) become productive members of society. Continue Reading »

Stunning photographs show an abseiling instructor mother plunging off a cliff in her wheelchair with her eight-year-old son for the first time since becoming a quadriplegic

Published: May 8, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

The incredible moment a former abseiling instructor who lost the use of her legs in 2013 after a ‘simple operation on a bulging disc’ was able to dangle off the side of a cliff in her wheelchair has been caught on camera.

Stunning images show Sarah Jane Staszak, 43, with her son Hamish exploring Australia’s scenic Blue Mountains National Park.

The abseiling experience was part of a project by The heART Project which included a full photo shoot highlighting the excitement of the day. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic man gaining independence after vision surgery

Published: May 7, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

It took a week for them to discover Marshall Burningham was wearing contacts.

The 30-year-old man has worn contacts or glasses most of his life. But after a November fall left him a quadriplegic, glasses were his only option as Marshall moved from Salt Lake City to Lake Shore to live with his parents, Kim and Cindy, as he navigates through his new world.

“The idea of other people putting contacts on me freaked me out,” Marshall said. Continue Reading »

The Adventures of Frank and Mustard

Published: May 3, 2017 | Category: Links

FrankandMustard.com

The Adventures of Frank and Mustard is a children’s book that was inspired by Simon Calcavecchia’s experiences of living with quadriplegia.

The reason we created this book is to express Simon’s life experiences in a creative way to both adults and children. The work inspires optimism and strength for life’s obstacles. We hope that in sharing these stories, children will see that they have the choice to see challenges as opportunities for growth. These books will emphasize the power to create love, joy and laughter in response to life’s events. Continue Reading »

Realising There Is Life After Spinal Cord Injury Inspired Me To Help Others

Published: May 2, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

As I put down the phone, I really felt for my new mentee Laura and what she was going through. When you have a spinal cord injury, people assume that it just means you can’t walk, but there’s so much more to it than that. That first time we spoke, Laura told me that she hadn’t had any specialist rehabilitation, any wheelchair training, or advice on how to use a catheter. She was lost.

And yet, I felt shockingly reminded of myself while I was talking to her. I too was a young mother when I was involved in a car crash in 1990 that left me permanently paralysed from the waist down. Continue Reading »