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Articles Tagged: Disabilty

Paralyzed at her bachelorette party, bride to marry Friday

Published: July 18, 2011 | Category: News

She’ll wear the same dress at the ceremony one year after tragic accident

RALEIGH, N.C. — A year after she was paralyzed in poolside horseplay at her bachelorette party, Rachelle Friedman knows one thing she would change about her life before the injury.

“I wish we had danced together more because I love dancing so much, and we didn’t do it enough,” she says of her soon-to-be husband. “Looking back, I would have done it every night.”

Friedman will finally make it down the aisle on Friday, marrying the man who has waited with her to exchange vows since the accident. She is wearing the same gown she chose for the first ceremony but with her father pushing her wheelchair down the aisle instead of walking her down it, arm in arm. Continue Reading »

disABILITY Information and Resources

Published: June 15, 2009 | Category: Links

disABILITY Information and Resources

Jim Lubin’s disABILITY Information and Resources Pages. One of the largest collections of resources for all types of disabilities. The pages provided here are meant to serve as a resource to provide useful information and guidance for all people dealing with disabilities. This site is an encyclopedia of links that provide information concerning disability products, research, organizations, events, and politics. Also includes links to chat rooms, databases, and resources not on the Web.

RERC on Wheelchair Transportation Safety

Published: June 15, 2009 | Category: Links
RERC on Wheelchair Transportation Safety, University of Pittsburgh

RERC on Wheelchair Transportation Safety

RERC on Wheelchair Transportation Safety, University of Pittsburgh. Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Wheelchair Transportation Safety

Experimental Surgery For Paralyzed Kids

Published: June 9, 2009 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

BACKGROUND: A new surgery is helping patients who have suffered a spinal cord injury or were born with spina bifida regain control of their bladder and bowel function.

Spina bifida is a serious birth defect that occurs when the tissue around the spinal cord doesn”t close properly. The spinal cord pushes through the opening, damaging nerve ends. It affects two out of every 1,000 births.

After birth, surgeons close the opening but scar tissue is left behind, which can cause neurological problems. As kids grow, they must have a detethering procedure to trim away the scar tissue. Continue Reading »

Are disabled teachers getting a raw deal?

Published: June 4, 2009 | Category: News

Riccardo Paffetti was left paralysed after a sledging accident but six months later he is teaching again. Other disabled teachers aren’t so fortunate.

It is the weekly PE lesson for years three and four at Cobden Primary School at Farnley in inner-city Leeds. But today’s session is special because, after a six-month absence, their class teacher, Riccardo Paffetti, is back with the eight- and nine-year-olds, organising a game of short cricket. Only last time he was able to run in and show them all how to bowl. Now he is doing it from a wheelchair. Continue Reading »

Spinal Network – The Total Wheelchair Resource Book

Published: May 14, 2009 | Category: Information

The 4th edition of New Mobility magazine’s Spinal Network: The Total Wheelchair Resource Book, the definitive resource for anyone who uses a wheelchair is now available.

This 400-page guide provides information on health, adaptive sports and recreation, accessible travel, disability rights, relationships and sexuality, fertility and parenting, adaptive technology, spinal cord research and much more. Continue Reading »

People with disabilities can still have that drive

Published: April 4, 2009 | Category: News

For most people, driving is a symbol of independence and freedom. It’s also often necessary for work and for obtaining the necessities of life. It helps maintain our ability to socialize or take a long-anticipated vacation.

Unfortunately, an illness or injury can sometimes make it difficult for drivers to return to the road. Fortunately, there are people who can help. Continue Reading »

Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act Signed by President Obama as Part of Omnibus Public Land Bill

Published: March 30, 2009 | Category: News

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation expresses appreciation to Congressional co-sponsors for passing first legislation specific to the paralysis community

SHORT HILLS, N.J., March 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, the national, non-profit organization dedicated to finding cures and treatments for spinal cord injuries and improving the lives of people living with paralysis, applauds President Obama for signing the Omnibus Public Lands Bill. Passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on March 25 and the U.S. Senate on January 15, Title XIV of the Bill contains the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act. The Act was named for the late Christopher Reeve and his wife Dana, whose courage and grace in the face of adversity, coupled with their extraordinary activism, were an inspiration to millions around the world. Continue Reading »

Ms. Wheelchair Virginia Pageant 2009

Published: March 28, 2009 | Category: Videos

mswheelchairvirginiapageantContestants gathered from all over the state for a very special pageant in the Valley Saturday. It’s the 2009-2010 Ms. Wheelchair Virginia pageant.

The event was held at Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center in Fishersville to celebrate the accomplishments of Virginians with disabilities.

Contestants say it’s a great way to get together for a good time, while inspiring and motivating others. Continue Reading »

Understanding disabilities brings Travis Roy to Reading middle schools

Published: March 17, 2009 | Category: News

g13c19cf369e87286f60f6173ad005b8da28e2f2538f132On Wednesday, March 18, the Understanding Disabilities program will present Travis Roy as a speaker for the Coolidge and Parker Middle Schools. Roy is the Boston University hockey player who, 11 seconds into his first collegiate hockey game in the fall of 1995, was in an accident that cracked his fourth and fifth cervical vertebra, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down.

Roy returned to Boston University less than a year after his accident and graduated four years later with a degree in public relations. In 1997, with the help of sportswriter E.M. Swift, he wrote his autobiography titled “Eleven Seconds,” which tells the story of his accident and rehabilitation. His book was recently updated and is currently in its sixth printing. Continue Reading »