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Articles Tagged: Recreation

Kite-driven buggy to aid people with disabilities

Published: July 22, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

epac0723buggy1Since sustaining a severe spinal cord injury in 2011, Skye Parker has been looking for ways to experience the outdoors again in a way that is actually appealing to him.

As a former kite surfer and somebody interested in things of that nature, this has manifested itself in the form of the Spider Crab, a kite buggy he designed to be used by people with disabilities.

Parker has spent the past year designing and refining this vehicle and is currently fundraising to build it. Continue Reading »

Man’s idea for big wheels lets him hit the sand rolling

Published: April 13, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

The Sand RiderVIRGINIA BEACH Bill Fertig struggled with beach vacations for years. A motorcycle wreck 14 years ago left him a paraplegic. On a trip to Nags Head one summer, Fertig relied on a cumbersome wheelchair that even the strongest member of his family could barely push through the sand.

Fertig stayed back at the house so he wouldn’t be a burden while everyone played near the water.

Frustration fueled his desire to invent a new, lightweight, manageable sand wheelchair. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic returns to ski slopes after decade

Published: March 19, 2014 | Category: Featured Videos | Spinal Cord Injury:

A decade after a ski accident left him paralyzed from the neck down, Kenny Salvini, 33, took to the slopes again this month. Continue Reading »

Ocean City family offering athletes with spinal cord injuries a place to swim

Published: October 10, 2013 | Category: News

place spinal cord injuries to swimOCEAN CITY — For some of the swimmers, like Angel Mullin, they hadn’t been in the water since before their injuries. But Bruckner Chase, his wife and his sister-in-law weren’t about to let that stop them. Their swimming program for athletes with spinal cord injuries has helped several athletes like Mullin feel comfortable not only in the pool, but in the open water, too.

“I kind of had my life in a wheelchair,” Mullin said. “You get limited.

“I try to do a lot of things in my life. When stuff is not accessible, you’re not able to enjoy those things. This is like exploring the world in ways that I never really did even before my accident.” Continue Reading »

Paralytic jumper an inspiration to the disabled

Published: September 21, 2013 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

SIBU: Barely a day in Sibu, Canadian BASE jumper Lonnie Bissonnette has become an instant inspiration to people here, particularly the disabled.

Lonnie, 48, paralysed from the shoulder down, is the first and only paraplegic in the world doing the BASE jump. Continue Reading »

Wounded veterans hit the beach

Published: September 3, 2013 | Category: News

Geoff Krill Hit the BeachInjured warriors catch a wave — and support

HAMPTON BEACH — As a cheering, whistling and hooting crowd watched intently, Greg Major, 49, went surfing for the first time Friday.

It took the help of four volunteers at Hampton’s North Beach to lift Major out of his camouflaged wheelchair that was outfitted with tank-like treads to navigate the beach, and more than a dozen others to help him get safely on the surfboard and catch some waves.

But he did it, thrilling the Hit the Beach volunteers and onlookers by riding more than a few waves into shore Continue Reading »

Utah’s TRAILS program expands outdoor activities for people with spinal cord injuries

Published: August 1, 2013 | Category: News

SALT LAKE CITY — Once he realized the sailboat was not going to sink, Danny Salazar took a deep breath and set about exploring East Canyon Reservoir.

Salazar’s fear of the water is understandable considering that even wearing a life jacket probably wouldn’t prevent him from drowning if the boat capsized.

Salazar can’t move his arms and legs, and he has a hard time breathing on his own. But the 29-year-old can blow and suck air through his mouth just enough to control a modified Mirage Tandem Island sailboat built by Hobie. Continue Reading »

Sip & Puff Accessible Fishing

Published: February 3, 2012 | Category: Videos

Automated fishing system for quadriplegics. Continue Reading »

Disabled diver wants others to give it a try

Published: April 8, 2011 | Category: News

It was a profound experience for Diane Morrell, the first time she donned mask and scuba tanks to delve under the surface of the water.

For someone who uses a wheelchair to get around, like Morrell does, diving offers, an incredible feeling of freedom.

Where you are in the water, thats under your control, and thats something people with disabilities dont often have control over, their own environment, said Morrell, who uses a wheelchair to get around. Continue Reading »

Skydiving

Published: February 23, 2011 | Category: Featured Videos

Skydiving seems like the last thing a person with a spinal cord injury should be doing, but we love to see people who defy expectations. Do you have a disability and want to jump out of a plane? No reason to let that wheelchair stop you. Continue Reading »