Articles Tagged: Independence
MERIDIAN, Miss. — A little more than 30 years ago, as an 11th grader, Evan Edwards broke his neck during a tackle in a football game. A C4-5 quadriplegic, the eastern Mississippi man cannot move his lower body, wrists or hands.
He eats by moving special utensils tucked into his wrist brace with his shoulder and elbow. His Mississippi State University cup — representing his alma mater — hooks onto his arm so he can drink from the extra-long straw. A pointer on the end of his brace acts like a finger, pushing the buttons that unlock his van and activate his voice-command environmental controls. Continue Reading »
November 13, 2016 | Category: News
| Spinal Cord Injury: C-5
CHARLES Brice always planned on a career above the clouds — he just imagined it would involve flying planes, not drones.
Mr Brice, 26, was training to become a professional pilot before a motorbike crash in 2010 shattered his spinal cord, leaving him a quadriplegic.
But six years on, the St Morris resident is again taking to the skies, launching a business that uses drones to shoot photos and videos. Continue Reading »
A milestone in autonomous vehicle adoption was recently reached in Nevada, when the state presented the first restricted autonomous vehicle driver’s license to Sam Schmidt. Schmidt is a former Indy racecar driver who was paralyzed in a crash in 2000, rendering him a quadriplegic.
The license pairs with a specially designed semi-autonomous motorcar (SAM) developed by Arrow Electronics. The car is a modified 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray equipped with specialized control systems that allow Schmidt to drive. Continue Reading »
I’m Not Broken
Twenty-something Samantha McCormick wakes up in the hospital to learn she has a spinal cord injury from a car accident, and she’s paralyzed from the waist down. It doesn’t take her long to begin to master the new physical challenges in her life. But she’s haunted by the blurred lines between dreams and a fractured reality full of broken memories of the accident. Brian Haines is the physical therapist assigned to Sam to help her regain her independence and sense of self. He’s devoted to his task, but his commitment to working with Sam eventually transitions from dedication to something more personal. Sam is thrilled and flattered by the attention. Yet, all the while she can’t help but think she might be missing important memories and pieces of information, and she worries her new life is little more than a fragile house of cards. Continue Reading »
This week, hundreds of able-bodied people in Austin, Texas, will spend the day in a wheelchair to raise awareness of the accessibility issues people who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices face on a daily basis.
The initiative, known as Archer’s Challenge, was started by 20-year-old Archer Hadley, who has cerebral palsy. Archer’s Challenge began in 2015, after Hadley was frustrated by the lack of automatic doors at his school. Continue Reading »
Quadriplegics can do more on their own with the Sesame Enable app that uses head gestures to control Internet of Things (IoT) devices
Christopher Reeve is famous as Superman in movies. As the man of steel with amazing superpowers, he was unbeatable.
In real life, though, a bad fall from his horse left Reeve a quadriplegic. How suddenly life changes. One day you’re a hero with superpowers. The next day you’ve lost control of your body. Continue Reading »
The movement of limbs comes so fluidly and effortlessly for many of us that it is easy to take for granted. But those who work in the VCU Health Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation know from firsthand observation that the independence that comes with mobility is a gift. That is why a VCU Health rehabilitation specialist and a technology expert teamed up to create an innovative device that gives patients with tetraplegia the ability to use a laptop with just their eyes.
Tetraplegia indicates paralysis of all four limbs or of the entire body below the neck. To accommodate patients with tetraplegia, the VCU team designed a mobile cart with an extendable arm that holds a laptop. Continue Reading »
March 10, 2016 | Category: News
State-of-the-Art Device Allows Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury to Stand and Walk; Regulatory Clearances in USA and Europe Pave the Way for Commercialization
CLEVELAND, March 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Parker Hannifin Corporation (NYSE: PH), the global leader in motion and control technologies, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given clearance to market and sell the Indego® exoskeleton for clinical and personal use in the United States. The company intends to commercially launch the device in the United States in the coming months. Continue Reading »
February 5, 2016 | Category: News
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is on board with changing the handicapped parking symbol on signs throughout the state.
Jonathan Slifka, the governor’s liaison to the disability community, said he made Malloy aware of the “Change the Sign. Change the Attitude” campaign spearheaded by the Arc of Farmington Valley, also known as FAVARH.
If the General Assembly adopts the legislation, which still has a long way to go to becoming law, the new logo would replace the current stick figure in a wheelchair with a sleeker wheelchair design that represents a person tilted forward and on the move. Continue Reading »
February 2, 2016 | Category: Links
Center for Neuro Recovery is the nation’s leading functional movement exercise facility with the most state-of-the-art researched-backed equipment to date. Center for Neuro Recovery’s® Comprehensive Activity-based Strength Training (C.A.S.T.®) program helps individuals reach maximum levels of functionality, independence, and regain as much lost capability as possible through repetitive, activity-based strength training. Based in South Florida, Center for Neuro Recovery is the only facility in the State of Florida to offer robotic-assisted gait strength training and functional pattern movement exercises to the public. Center for Neuro Recovery takes individuals with spinal cord injury, stroke and other neurological disorders through a post-rehabilitation functional movement exercise strength and conditioning training program. Continue Reading »