Thursday, December 27, 2012

Mild Brain Cooling Following Traumatic Brain Injury Helps Prevent Future Epileptic Seizures

A recent study reported in this month's Annals of Neurology shows that mild cooling of the head after a traumatic brain injury virtually eliminates the occurrence of future epileptic seizures. The study was done by a multi-institutional research team consisting of doctors from around the country. While epilepsy can result from genetics, it can often occur as a result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Friday, December 21, 2012

Organization Spotlight: Tetra Society of North America

The Tetra Society of North America solves everyday problems faced by people with disabilities. Engineers volunteer their time and effort to the society in order to improve the day-to-day lives of people with disabilities. Watch the following video to see some examples of their work:



Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Caregiver "Scholarship" Application

The folks over at lovelikethislife.com have set up a "scholarship" application, which allows for the spouse of an individual with a disability to apply to receive 4 nights at a hotel to get re-energized. If this is something that you or your spouse may be interested in, fill out the application at the following link:

Caregiver Application

Monday, December 10, 2012

U.S. Senate Fails to Approve Disabilities Treaty

The U.S. Senate recently failed to approve a treaty set forth by the United Nations that would call for treatment of people with disabilities around the world to be similar to the way Americans with disabilities are treated under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Two-thirds approval was required to approve the treaty, which came up a few votes short.

All Democrats in the Senate voted to approve the treaty as did eight Republicans. Making matters worse, former Senator Bob Dole, a disabled veteran and wheelchair user was on hand to support the treaty. He received re-assurances from many Republicans that they would vote to approve the treaty. Once he left the Senate floor so voting could commence, those same Republicans whispered "NO" votes. Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas spoke in favor of the treaty at a press conference with Senator John McCain in May, and subsequently voted "NO". Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi voted "YES" at the beginning of the voting and changed his vote to "NO" later in the voting. The reasoning used by those who voted "NO" is that this treaty would somehow affect U.S. sovereignty and the U.N. treaty would somehow trump state laws regarding the treatment of children with disabilities. The failure to approve this treaty is an unfortunate setback in the expansion of rights for people with disabilities worldwide.

Monday, December 3, 2012

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today is the United Nations' International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year's theme is "removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all". This is an especially important theme considering that many of the estimated 1 billion people living with a disability worldwide live in developing countries lacking in accessibility and inclusiveness.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Parents with Disabilities: Fighting to Keep Their Kids

Recently, the National Council on Disability issued a 445 page report entitled: "Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children". The report states that 6.1 million children in the U.S. have parents with disabilities. Those parents are far more likely to lose custody of their children than able-bodied parents in the U.S.

Monday, November 26, 2012

DriveMode by AT&T: Combating Distracted Driving

Thousands of people sustain disabilities annually as a result of distracted driving. Using a cell phone while driving is one of the most common and dangerous, forms of distracted driving. In order to curb the use of cell phones while driving, and thereby limit the amount of disabilities caused by distracted driving, AT&T has an app called DriveMode, check it out:



Monday, November 12, 2012

Many U.S. Troops Return Home With Traumatic Brain Injuries and PTSD

As Americans remember the sacrifices made by U.S. soldiers today, it is important to remember that many of those soldiers return home with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and PTSD. TBIs and PTSD are the hallmark of injuries caused by the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. While PTSD was already known to be suffered by soldiers in prior wars, such as the Vietnam War, the recent wars have brought TBIs to the forefront of American medicine and the American conscience.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Tammy Duckworth Wins Seat in U.S. House of Representatives

Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran who lost both of her legs and a part of her right arm in Iraq, won her bid to represent Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to being elected to the U.S. House, Duckworth was appointed the head of the Department of Veteran Affairs by President Barack Obama. She defeated a controversial, tea party candidate named Joe Walsh.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

It's Election Day: Vote for the Best "Wheelchair Costumes" from Halloween


VOTING IS NOW OPEN!  Vote for your favorite costumer from 11/5-11/11, and we'll announce the winners on 11/12.  1st place $250, 2nd place $150, 3rd place $100. See the complete rules below for all the details. Good luck!!

VOTE HERE

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Cancer Does Not Make an Exception for People with Disabilties

Joni Tada, 63, became a quadriplegic at the age of 17 due to a diving accident. Besides her focus on her day to day life, she was always medically focus on issues related to her quadriplegia. Thus, she decided to forego a mammogram for 9 years.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Ice Sledge Hockey

With record lows reaching much of the United States yesterday, it seems like an appropriate time to highlight the sport of Ice Sledge Hockey. This sport is popular in the Winter Paralympics, but is unknown to many. Check out the video and keep an eye out for an Ice Sledge Hockey team or club in your city...

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Bring Zack Back Home: A Kenyan Wheels Across Africa to Build a Rehab Center for Africans with Spinal Cord Injuries

Zachary Kimotho lost the use of his legs in 2004 after being shot by a gunman in an attempted car-jacking. He is now wheeling across Africa in order to raise money to build a rehab center for Africans with Spinal Cord Injuries. If he raises enough money, his trip will end and he will be able to go home. If not, he is prepared to continue his 18 month journey all the way to Cape Town, South Africa to raise awareness for the cause.

The video below displays the conditions in which Kenyans with Spinal Cord Injuries live. Terrain is rough and much of the country is inaccessible. The video also displays the importance of adding a Spinal Cord Injury rehab facility in Kenya.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Stanford Study of Technology Needs for People with Paralysis

Check out the link below for a Stanford School of Medicine online study for people with paralysis. The study is attempting to find out what technology is most important for people with paralysis and what movement and control is necessary to restore.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wheelchair Basketball app for iPads

An app is available on the iPad, through Tactic3D, that may be useful for the thousands of wheelchair basketball players and coaches worldwide. The app allows the user to draw up a play and then watch the play in action. The figures in action are wheelchair basketball players, which allows for a more realistic, useful depiction of the play than displaying it with non-wheelchair using basketball players. Check out the video below to see how it works:

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

How to Deal with a Child's Concussion

The effects of concussions have recently become a major talking point for mainstream media in the U.S. This is mainly because of the issues many current and former NFL football players have experienced as a result of concussions during their football careers. The attention concussions have received because of those athletes has subsequently brought to light the effects of concussions on young people. For a step by step guide on how to deal with a child's concussion, check out the following link:

http://bismarcktribune.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/how-to-deal-with-a-child-s-concussion/article_365b921e-0269-11e2-b7ee-001a4bcf887a.html?comment_form=true

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Parking Mobility- app for People with Spinal Cord Injuries

For those of you using an iPhone 4, you should be aware of some of the great apps available to help people with disabilities. One of those apps is "Parking Mobility". It was recently rated as one of the best apps of 2012, for people with spinal cord injuries, by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Check the demonstration of this app in the video below...

Monday, September 17, 2012

U.S. Department of Justice Slams Florida for Placing Kids with Disabilities in Nursing Homes

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice sent out a 22 page letter slamming the State of Florida for placing many children with disabilities in nursing homes in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The letter came after an investigation by the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, which found that many children with disabilities in Florida are separated from their family for years and placed in nursing homes.

The children that are placed in nursing homes are considered medically complex or medically fragile and often require substantial medical care in order to survive daily. Some of the children have cerebral palsy or traumatic brain injuries. At many of the nursing home facilities, these children are in the same patient population as the elderly and often only leave the facility for medical care.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Power Assist Technology

Several friends of mine have recently begun using "power assisting add-ons" on their wheelchairs. The power assisting technology takes some of the strain off of the wheelchair user's hands, arms and shoulders by assiting with some power via lithium batteries. This helps limit the wear and tear on the manual wheelchair user over the course of their life. Something like this may be beneficial for you or a family member...



Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Allstate Files Suit Against Florida Brain Injury Hospital

Recently, DisabilityInsight.com posted an article regarding alleged abuse at the Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation (FINR). Allstate has subsequently filed suit against FINR for $7.6 million in unnecessary medical services.

The suit alleges that FINR falsified medical records in order to recieve millions from Allstate while failing to provide care for its patients and merely "warehousing" them. The insurance money received by FINR was as a result of the many patients the facility houses from Michigan, a state in which no-fault coverage for auto accidents does not have a cap.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Music is found to be beneficial for those with brain injuries

A recent study of those with brain injuries and a control group without brain injuries shows that the brain responds positively to familiar music. After listening to their favorite songs, chosen by family members, people with brain injuries were more likely to get their name right and had overall better cognitive function than when they listened to random music. A positive response was also seen in the cognitive abilities of the control group after listening to their favorite songs.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Relay4Equality: Must See Video by Sightsavers About Paralympians and Global Poverty

Relay4Equality is a can't miss video produced by Sightsavers, an organization dedicated to combatting blindness in developing countries. Check it out:


Sightsavers has asked that anyone inspired by this video share it on the internet. Thus, the constant sharing of the video around the globe will create a "Relay4Equality".

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Ralph Braun Featured on CNN

Ralph Braun, founder of The Braun Corporation, a corporation that makes vehicles accessible for people with disabilities worldwide, was recently featured on CNN. Check it out:

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/health/2012/08/21/hf-ralph-braun-overcoming-disability.cnn

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Meet USA Wheelchair Basketball Captain Paul Schulte

We have recently introduced you to several sports that will be taking place in the upcoming 2012 Paralympics in London. Now, we'd like you to meet one of the athletes who will be competing in the Paralympics. Get to know Paul Schulte of the U.S. Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

2012 Paralympics: Wheelchair Rugby

At the London 2012 Paralympics, one of the most popular sports with fans will undoubtedly be wheelchair rugby. The sport is played by quadriplegics and is often called Quad Rugby. It was popularized in the movie "Murderball" recently. Check it out for yourself:

Monday, August 13, 2012

Record Number of Tickets Already Sold for 2012 Paralympics

2.1 million tickets have already been sold for the 2012 Paralympics in London, surpassing the previous record of 1.8 million sold at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, with three weeks to go before the start of this year's Paralympics. On top of the millions of people that will be attending the Paralympics, it is expected that millions more will be watching on TV.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

London 2012 Paralympics: Football 5-a-side

Next up on the list of Paralympic Sports: Football: 5-a-side. The sport is football, or soccer here in the States, for individuals with visual impairments. Check out the video below to get introduced to this sport before the 2012 Paralympics in London:

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

London 2012 Paralympics: Paralympic Rowing

DisabilityInsight.com continues getting you ready for the 2012 Paralympics in London by introducing Paralympic Rowing:

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

FDA APPROVES THE USE OF STEM CELLS IN HUMAN TRIALS OF INDIVIDUALS WITH SPINAL CORD INJURIES

FDA GIVES MIAMI PROJECT TO CURE PARALYSIS GREEN LIGHT TO BEGIN HUMAN TRIAL
Study Represents New Hope for Treating Spinal Cord Injury 

The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has received permission from the Food and Drug Administration to begin a revolutionary Phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate the safety of transplanting human Schwann cells to treat patients with recent spinal cord injuries.

Found mainly in the peripheral nervous system, Schwann cells are essential to sending appropriate electrical signals through the nervous system, and Miami Project scientists and supporters believe they are key to finding cures for paralysis. In what will be the only FDA-approved cell therapy-based clinical trial for sub-acute spinal cord injury in the United States, investigators plan to transplant a patient’s own Schwann cells at the injury site in the hope of ascertaining safety that will allow further trials to proceed.

Friday, July 27, 2012

London 2012 Paralympics: Judo

The Paralympics are about a month away. DisabilityInsight.com continues its Paralympics primer, by introducing you to Paralympic Judo. The sport is participated in by visually impaired individuals. Check it out:

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Allegations of Abuse of People with Brain Injuries at Florida Facility

Recently, Bloomberg has shed light on a disturbing pattern of abuse of patients with brain injuries at the Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation (FINR). As a result, videos and statements of patients who have experienced abuse over several years at FINR, have recently come to the public's attention causing charges of abuse to be filed by local authorities. Now, more than ever, it is important to check up on family members in any long-term healthcare facility.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Successful Entrepreneur with Disabilities: Ralph Braun

Recently, DisabilityInsight.com ran an article about the Ralph Braun Foundation and its efforts in assisting people with disabilities to afford modified vehicles. The man behind that organization, Ralph Braun, started The Braun Corporation several decades ago in Indiana.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sherl Morden: Advocate for People with Brain Injuries

2012 has been a banner year for Sherl Morden, President of Second Chance of NW Florida. She devotes much of her life to helping individuals with brain injuries achieve independence and a better life. Last month, Sherl was honored for her efforts by the Brain Injury Association of Florida. Sherl was the recipient of The Valiant Heart Award, which is is given annually to an individual who "has shown strength, courage, and leadership-not just when confronting their own personal challenges as a survivor, family member or caregiver-it is also when in reaching out to others they offer a rare compassion."

Earlier this year, Sherl was selected as the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Public Citizen of the Year for her work helping people with brain injuries. The following video explains more about her award from NASW...



Thursday, July 19, 2012

London 2012 Paralympics: Athletics

In the Paralympics, track and field events are called "Athletics". There are over 96 track and 70 field events in the Paralympics. The video below gives you a brief preview of what you can expect to see during "Athletics" at the 2012 Paralympics in London...

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ralph Braun Foundation: Helping People with Disabilities Afford Modified Vehicles

If you have tried and tried to save up money for a modified vehicle, but have been unable to afford one, the Ralph Braun Foundation may be the solution to your problem. From July 15th until midnight on September 15th, applications will be accepted for grants to individuals who need help purchasing a modified vehicle. Grant recipients will receive $5,000.00 towards the purchase of a modified vehicle.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Boccia

Another day, another paralympic sport you may not have heard of, look for Boccia at the 2012 Paralympics in London...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sitting Volleyball

Another day, another sport to check out in the London 2012 Paralympics, Sitting Volleyball...

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Wheelchair Tennis

DisabilityInsight.com's quest to bring you paralympic sports continues with Wheelchair Tennis. Look for it at the 2012 London Paralympics...

Monday, July 2, 2012

Independent Does Not Mean Impolite

By: Victoria Beck

Be independent.

As we grow up with, or learn to live with disabilities, we hear this admonition frequently. And we absorb it. Thankfully, some reality is slowly sneaking past the slogan masters. We are beginning to hear that it is acceptable to be interdependent.

That’s a relief – and it is also reality. In today’s world, and maybe throughout time, everyone – with or without a disability – is, or has been dependent on someone. Probably several someones. Very few of us grow our own food, make our own clothes or build our own homes. Someone else created the Internet, built our computers, assembled our vehicles. And someone else may have mowed our lawn, cleaned our floors or prepared our meals.

Other people answer our questions, provide information, and give us advice and direction. Still others listen as we sort out our days and our lives.

I would need a very powerful calculator to total up the number of people who assist me on any given day.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Wheelchair Fencing

Disability Insight continues it's quest to get you ready for the London 2012 Summer Paralympics. Today's sport: Wheelchair Fencing...

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Scanner Used to Detect Brain Bleeds Being Tested by U.S. Military

The U.S. military has been testing a device called the Infrascanner which is designed to quickly detect brain bleeds using infrared light. The portable device is able to be used on the battlefield and is designed to prevent deaths from "walk and die syndrome".

Monday, June 25, 2012

United Spinal to Host Webinar on the State of Accessible Taxis

On July 24, 2012 from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, United Spinal Association will host a webinar discussing the state of accessible taxis in the U.S. The webinar will focus on the benefits of having accessible taxis in major cities and how improvements in accessibility can be accomplished.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Goalball

Goalball is a unique paralympic sport for the visually impaired. Check it out:


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ivy League and Big Ten Combine to Start Concussion Study

This week the Ivy League and the Big Ten announced that they will be collaborating on a concussion study involving athletes from both conferences. The athletes, a combined 17, 500 of them, will have to volunteer to be evaluated by neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, and others.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

LESSONS OF MY LIFE - THE BEACH

By: Victoria Beck

I’m not sure we worshipped the beach, but that’s where we were on Sunday mornings. We traveled from South Miami to South Miami Beach. If I was lucky, I got the middle seat of the three-seat station wagon all to myself - and I could stretch out and read during the hour long trek to the ocean. I remember reading Cheaper By the Dozen during those trips.

We had to leave fairly early in the morning, because my dad and younger sister were redheads, with very fair skin. We always left the beach before noon, just as the crowds were arriving.

The first stop was always Royal Castle, for donuts. This was long before the drive thru restaurant was on every corner - my dad took down our orders on a scrap of paper, went Inside, and we waited. Sometimes it took more than a few minutes to get everyone’s preferences noted correctly. I always got jelly filled donuts or cinnamon twists. Dad always got the traditional powdered sugar coated. My sisters changed their orders every week, creating the delay. Dad always forgot to get extra napkins.

When we finally reached the beach, everyone piled out and helped carry the blankets, umbrella, towels, snorkels, beach buckets and toys. Apparently, for others, the beach requires a lot of paraphenalia. It slowed down the walk to the water, which was extremely annoying. All I needed was the ocean itself.

South Beach was not a trendy spot back then. The streets were lined with old hotels and rooming houses.  The beach was home for elderly Jewish men and women, many of them from New York. Mom said we were a curiosity - not just the only children on the beach - the only Gentiles.

Miami Beach sand is tan and soft - it squishes and moves with you - not very easy to navigate through on crutches. So I would push down with my shoulders, arms and wrists as hard as I could - every step seemed unsure - I couldn’t find anything solid - getting to the water’s edge was hard work - but I don’t ever remember falling.

Monday, June 18, 2012

"Push Girls": A New Reality Show About the Daily Lives of Four Women with Spinal Cord Injuries

"Push Girls" is a new show on Sundance Channels which follows four women with spinal cord injuries as they go through their daily lives. This is a show that's worth checking out if you can. Below is a preview of the program which started on June 4th...


Friday, June 15, 2012

Traumatic Brain Injury App Now Available

A new app for iPhones and iPads is now available. The app is designed to help teach those who want to learn more about the complex subject of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI's). As more students and health care practitioners are using mobile devices these days, this new app will allow for constant immersion by doctors into the world of TBI. The app was created by Brazilian doctors and previews of the screens can be seen below...



Wednesday, June 13, 2012

United Spinal to "Roll on Capitol Hill"

On June 25-26, United Spinal's "Roll on Capitol Hill" will take place in Washington, D.C. to bring the need for better access to health care and wheelchairs that directly impact the health of people with disabilities. United Spinal views recent funding cutbacks, proposed changes to Medicaid and Medicare which limit the ability of people with disabilities to get the appropriate wheelchair or therapy for their needs, and new managed care programs as a threat to equal rights for people with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Wheelchair Lacrosse: The Next Big Thing?


Lacrosse is one of the fastest, if not the fastest, growing sport in the United States. Recently, wheelchair lacrosse has caught on in some major cities throughout the country. With modified rules, wheelchair users are able to participate in this fast growing, physical sport. Disability Insight predicts this sport to become the paraplegics' equivalent to quad rugby: a sport more physical than basketball that requires some special equipment.

The video below shows wheelchair lacrosse in action (don't mind the Christmas music):

Monday, June 11, 2012

Stony Brook Plans to Build Spinal Cord Injury Rehab Facility

Stony Book's School of Health Technology and Management is working with Los Angeles-based NextStep Fitness to build the organization’s first fitness and wellness facility in New York for people with paralysis and spinal cord injuries.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Blood Test For Concussions Being Researched

Dr. Linda Papa, of Orlando Regional Medical Center, has been performing research to determine if it is possible to create a blood test for concussions. Her research has shown that individuals who sustain a concussion, a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury or MTBI, end up having higher levels of certain proteins in their blood than those who have sustained no injury at all or those who have sustained an injury such as a broken bone. The more severe the brain injury, the greater number of these proteins are found in the blood.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Scientists Make Paralyzed Rats Run Again

A recent study published in Science highlights research performed by Swiss scientists in which rats were paralyzed and subsequently able to learn to walk and run again. The scientists were able to shift the way that the brain sent messages to the spinal cord, in the subject rats, by a process called neural reinvention.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Beach Friendly Wheelchairs


It's the first day of June and for many Americans that means going to the beach with their families. Most beaches are not wheelchair-friendly, causing most wheelchair users to have problems getting through soft sand. An increasingly growing number of beach-friendly wheelchairs have found their way to the market. Although the wheelchairs have a high price tag, for those that are able to afford these wheelchairs, the beach has become much easier to enjoy. Recently, the National Spinal Cord Injury Association did a breakdown of several beach-friendly wheelchairs.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Help Purchasing Modified Vehicles and Adaptive Equipment

Many people with disabilities, and their family members, are aware that there are now many different makes of modified vehicles on the road. Most of these individuals are also aware of the high cost of modified vehicles. What many people do not know is that several automakers have programs in place to help individuals acquire modified vehicles.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Fred’s Tips: How to Make Your Front Door Accessible Inexpensively

What happens when someone is newly paralyzed and is about to return home after being in the hospital for quite some time? While the individual has changed drastically, it is likely that their home has not. Fred Sandberg is going to share his insights, based on 34 years of experience as T-8/T-9 paraplegic, adaptive equipment and home modification expert, in a recurring feature on Disability Insight. Fred’s feature is designed to allow newly injured individuals and their families to learn cost-effective ways of making their home accessible.
By: Fred Sandberg:
The patient gets out of the hospital and back to their home and there is a 4 or 5 inch step up to get into the front door of the house; now what do they do? First, we will look at cost and having it done as fast as possible, with the presumption that the front door is already wide enough for a wheelchair user to get through the door.
Hopefully, before the patient gets home somebody has either built a ramp or bought a ramp for them, considering that the patient has probably been in the hospital for several weeks. Custom made aluminum ramps save wheelchair users money in the long run as they will not have to go through the ramp purchasing process twice. Custom made aluminum ramps are generally the best option for a Florida-like climate because they are held down by two screws mounted at the base and can be removed in case of a severe storm or hurricane. Aluminum ramps are also lighter and less expensive than stainless ramps. Thinner gauge aluminum is used to carry less weight and heavier gauge aluminum is used to carry more weight. If the wheelchair and its user combine to be extremely heavy, then its important that heavier gauge aluminum is used. If the wheelchair user has a high budget for the purchase of a ramp and would like a stainless steel ramp, that's also an option used by some, albeit a much more expensive option than an aluminum ramp.

The rule of thumb is for every inch of height you go up you have to go out one foot. So a four inch step would require a four (4) foot ramp. The ramp should be made out of at least ¾” plywood with the proper supports. It can be made fast and cheap.  But importantly, whoever makes the ramp should know what they are doing. The surface of the ramp should have a non-skid material. If the wheelchair user is in an electric wheelchair then the ¾” plywood must be doubled for added strength and support.
The newly paralyzed individual is no longer a patient and is now a wheelchair user, so he or she must now be able to shut the front door and any other door in the house that they are using. How is he or she going to be able to do this? It is doubtful that his or her family is going to put a nice handle and drill a hole into an expensive front door. If it’s a rental home then the family likely cannot drill a hole into the front door and put a handle on it. In addition, if a handle is placed on the door, it needs to be placed as close to the inside of the house as possible.  

Friday, May 25, 2012

Teenager Longboarding the Length of Utah to Raise Money for Friend with a Spinal Cord Injury



A 15-year-old Utah boy named Ben Smith is longboarding (a version of skateboarding) the entire length of Utah during his summer vacation to raise money and awareness for the needs of his friend, Gates Hunsaker, who was paralyzed in a snowboarding accident last year.
Hunsaker has now progressed in his recovery to the point that he would be able to drive a modified vehicle. Smith is hoping to raise enough money to allow Hunsaker to be outfitted with a modified vehicle with hand controls. At the same time, Smith is also bringing awareness to the needs of individuals with spinal cord injuries.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

U.S. House Passes Expansion Initiative for TBI and PTSD Treatment

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bipartisan amendment to expedite new and novel treatments to veterans and active-duty soldiers who have sustained Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) or are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Alabama's TJ Atchison Spinal Cord Injury Research Program Bill is Passed by the Alabama Legislature

A few months ago, Disability Insight ran a story about a proposed Alabama law designed to provide money for spinal cord injury research. On the last day of Alabama's 2012 legislative session, the bill passed and the TJ Atchison Spinal Cord Injury Research Program was established.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Brain Injury Survivor and Author Graduates From College

Eileen Rudnick sustained a traumatic brain injury as the result of a severe car accident in the fall of 2000. Subsequently, Eileen has continued therapy since the date of the accident and has achieved an incredible amount post-injury, even referring to her crash as "my rebirth".

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Nerve Transfer Surgery Allows Quadriplegic to Use His Fingers Again

Doctors recently used "Nerve Transfer Surgery" to allow a 71-year-old quadriplegic to make use of his fingers once again. The surgery takes nerves that are used to bend the elbows and rerouting them towards the hand, by attaching these working nerves to the non-working nerves in the individual's hand, so the individual can make use of his or her fingers. While it takes some time for the individual's brain to figure out what is going on with his or her nerves, eventually the brain grasps what has happened and the new nerves are used to bend the fingers.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Stephen Sullivan, Former Mayor of Vancouver and Quadriplegic, on the New Ways People with Disabilities are Viewed

Stephen Sullivan is remembered by most as the mayor of Vancouver who held the Olympic flag at the closing ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics. However, those that have heard of Stephen Sullivan and those who have not, likely do not know his back story.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Study Shows Wheelchairs Breaking Down More Often

According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, more frequent wheelchair breakdowns are causing people with spinal cord injuries to be left stranded causing health and safety concerns. Researchers have found that Medicare and Medicaid may be partially to blame.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Bucs Sign Eric LeGrand, Paralyzed While Playing College Football

Eric LeGrand was a standout football player for Rutgers who was paralyzed due to a hit he sustained in a football game against Army in 2010. One year after his injury, he lead the Rutgers football team onto the field, but he always remained a motivational, integral part of the Rutgers program. After this past college football season, Rutgers coach Greg Schiano was named the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Claire Lomas, Paralyzed from an Accident, Completes London Marathon

Claire Lomas was paralyzed from the waist down in a horse riding accident in 2007. She has been unable to walk for the past five years. Yet she entered the London Marathon with the hopes of completing the 26.2 mile race while walking in a $75,000 bionic suit. The suit has motion sensors which detect when she is losing her balance and help her to correct her balance.

The London Marathon started 16 days ago. Each day, Claire Lomas would walk between 1-2.5 miles then she would start the next day at the exact same spot which she ended the day before. She raised well over $100,000 for spinal cord injury research by completing the London Marathon. Because she was unable to finish the London Marathon in one day she was not awarded a medal for completing the race. When word got out that she did not receive a medal, several runners gave her their own medals and she was awarded a trophy from Virgin, one of the race's sponsors.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ralph Braun Honored by the White House for Improving Accessible Transportation Options for People with Disabilities

Ralph Braun, founder of the Braun Corporation, was recently honored by the White House as a "Champion of Change" for his work in creating better transportation options for people with disabilities. Over the 40 year history of the Braun Corporation, improvements in accessible transportation for people with disabilities has allowed thousands of individuals the chance to live, work, and travel throughout the world in ways that were thought to be impossible prior to Ralph Braun's creation of the Braun Corporation.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Estrogen Hormone May Limit Inflammation and Damage Due to Traumatic Brain Injuries

With roughly 1.7 million people suffering TBIs annually around the globe, researchers are constantly looking at ways to improve the treatment options for people with TBIs. Recently, evidence of a potential new treatment was presented during Experimental Biology 2012.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

FacingDisability: A New Way for Families to Cope with Spinal Cord Injury



A spinal cord injury impacts the entire family.  It can seems like no understands their new situation or the road of recovery that lies ahead.  That is why the Hill Foundation of Chicago created FacingDisability.com, a new website designed to connect families suddenly facing spinal cord injuries with others who’ve been there before them.

It contains over 1,000 videos drawn from interviews of people with SCI, their families, caregivers and experts.  People with spinal cord injuries, their parents, spouses, siblings, children and friends were asked the same 48 spinal cord injury questions, and only the best answers are posted on the site.  Questions include: “What was your greatest fear at first?” “Where did you get the best financial help and information?” “How has the injury affected your family relationships?” and “How do you see your future?”  Here’s what a few interviewees had to say.

Nick, who became quadriplegic at age 17, said, “People need to understand that having a spinal cord injury is not by any means the end of the world. It may seem like it might when you first wake up in the hospital and try to grasp the concept of a spinal-cord injury, especially when there's limited exposure that you have prior to the injury, but there's definitely a light at the end of the tunnel. There's definitely hope, there's definitely potential and possibilities. There's ever-day progress with laws, and technology and acceptance in society. So, it's definitely not the end of the road. It's just the start.”

Mary Ellen, whose daughter became quadriplegic at age 15, was surprised about how normal her life has become. “To a large extent, we're in many respects to where we were before the accident, and I never in the early years thought for a moment that we would reach that point. Certainly, we have to do things differently; family vacations are different and there are some things we can do, some things we can't do. But we're still able to pretty much do all the things as a family we did before. And instead of her disability being front and center, it's become sort of a sideline.”

Monday, April 30, 2012

Yoga is the Latest Therapy for TBIs

More and more, non-traditional techniques are being used to treat traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Recently, soldiers who sustained TBIs in Iraq or Afghanistan have started doing yoga to help improve the after-effects of their TBIs. Doctors and therapists have found that the war zone conditions in which these soldiers received their TBIs only adds to the stress and irritability of the soldiers. Yoga allows these soldiers to relax and improve their mindset.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Gettysburg College's Cory Weissman Helping Others Who Have Experienced Strokes

Earlier this year, DisabilityInsight.com highlighted the story of Cory Weissman, a basketball player at Gettysburg College who suffered a stroke at the beginning of his college career. After the stroke, he beat the odds, after significant rehab, and made it back to the court for one emotional pair of free throws. He made the second of two free throws and ended his college career with one point. The story was picked up by media around the country. Cory has know made it a point to help other young people in his situation achieve more than themselves or their doctors believe they can achieve following a stroke.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

More Potential Improvements to Gas Pump Access for People with Disabilities

Today, at 3:00 PM, in Tallahassee, FL, Leon County commissioners will be discussing an ordinance that would require gas stations throughout the county to assist people with disabilities who require help pumping their gas. The meeting will be on the 5th floor of the Leon County Courthouse, and if the ordinance is approved, a public hearing on the matter will be held on June 12. The proposed ordinance would require decals to be placed on gas pumps with a phone number for the gas station so that the clerks inside could be made aware that someone with a disability needs help pumping their gas.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

People with Spinal Cord Injuries Participating in Cycle to the Sea

From April 26-28, the Adaptive Sports and Adventures Programs at Carolinas Rehabilitation Center will have its 13th Annual Cycle to the Sea. Cycle to the Sea is a 180-mile bike ride from Charlotte to North Myrtle Beach. Many people with disabilities will be participating using hand bikes. Hand bikes allow many people with disabilities to participate in cycling via their hands and arms rather than their legs.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Boston Students With Learning Disabilities Getting Job Training

The Riverview School in Boston has staffed multiple businesses with students with learning disabilities and job coaches. Receiving job experience and training helps these students work in the real world upon graduating from the Riverview School.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Brain Injury Association of Florida Keeps Its Funding

Recently, DisabilityInsight.com asked its readers to contact politicians in Tallahassee, Florida to inform them to keep funding for the Brain Injury Association of Florida, as its funding was on the chopping block this year. Luckily, with a substantial amount of grassroots emails and letters to Florida Governor Rick Scott and other politicians, BIAF was able to keep its funding this year to help provide resources to individuals with brain injuries all over Florida in the upcoming year.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Frontier Airlines Fined for Violating Disability Laws

Frontier Airlines was fined $50,000.00 by the U.S. Department of Transportation recently for violating the Air Carrier Access Act. Complaints were filed against Frontier Airlines by a quadriplegic who is unable to sit upright without support and restraint.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

More Nurses Trained to Treat PTSD and TBI

An estimated 300,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from traumatic brain injury, PTSD or other mental health problems due to combat, according to the White House. To combat this issue, the White House has implemented a plan to improve health care for troops and their families. As a result, 150 nursing organizations and 500 nursing schools will now educate nurses on combat injuries like PTSD and TBI.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Wisconsin Governor Signs Concussion Law

Wisconsin has joined a growing number of states in passing a youth sports concussion law. The law requires that athletes under age 19 be taken out of practices or games if they sustain a concussion. The athletes will be required to obtain clearance from a trained medical professional in order to return to the field.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Save the Brain Injury Association of Florida!

If you have a brain injury, if you care for someone with a brain injury, if you care about the 210,00 Floridians with brain injury we need you now!

The Governor's Staff has recommended Brain Injury Association of Florida's funding in the budget to be vetoed. We must stand together to let Governor Scott know that brain injury is an important issue in Florida and BIAF is important to Floridians with brain injuries!

For the past 27 years the Brain Injury Association of Florida has helped people with traumatic brain injury and now we need your help in return.  We have until Tuesday, April 10th to make our voices heard.  Your phone call or e-mail to the governor's staff is critical to ensure that our funding remains in the budget.  Please follow the link below to a simple one page site that explains who to call and email and what you can say to help!

http://www.speakupfortbi.org/

Brain Injury Association of Florida
1637 Metropolitan Blvd.
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
rledbetter@biaf.org

Friday, April 6, 2012

High School Students in Georgia Learn About Disabilities by Playing Wheelchair Basketball

Recently, two clubs at a high school in Gainesville, Georgia put on a wheelchair basketball exhibition amongst able-bodied students in order to raise awareness of disabilities. The students found the sport to be far more difficult than it looks, requiring more hand-eye coordination than many expected, due to having to move the chair and still play basketball. The students were able to use wheelchairs donated by Blaze Sports, a non profit organization that promotes sports for people with disabilities.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

NCAA Provides Funding to UCLA Brain Injury Research Center

UCLA and the NCAA are teaming up to tackle the problem of head injuries in college sports. The UCLA Brain Injury Research Center will be spearheading a group of doctors around the country in working on fixing the problems of brain injuries in college sports.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Blind Judo Competitor: Early 2020 Paralympic Hopeful

12-year-old judo competitor Justin Wack has been blind since birth, but that has not stopped him from competing at a high level in judo as he recently competed in the international judo championships with other children his age. The only adaptive rule change that he receives is that both he and his opponent are required to keep contact at all times while other judo matches typically start with the opponents separated from one another.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Brain Injury Survivor to Raise Awareness by Running Across Canada

Troy Adams, 24-year-old brain injury survivor, will be running across Canada in order to raise awareness about brain injuries. As he makes stops in different towns across Canada, he will tell his story about how a brain injury from an auto accident at age 16 changed his life. He has established Troy's Run Foundation in order to provide financial support to brain injury associations in Canada.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Florida Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center Creates Legal Guide

The Florida Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center (FSCIRC) has created: "A Guide to Selecting an Attorney for Florida Spinal Cord Injury Cases" in partnership with Michael K. Beck, Esq., creator of disabilityinsight.com. The guide was created by people with spinal cord injuries and family members of people with spinal cord injuries in order to give an insider's look at how to pick an attorney in a spinal cord injury case.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Chicago's Improved Taxis for People with Disabilities

The number of wheelchair accessible cabs in Chicago has risen by 50% since the beginning of the year. Chicago has added 47 new wheelchair accessible vehicles to its taxi fleet. In order to offset the cost of such vehicles, the city has determined to allow the its new wheelchair accessible taxis to remain on the streets for five years instead of the typically mandatory four year period.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Proposed Alabama Law to Provide Money for Spinal Cord Injury Research

 A bill that has recently passed the Alabama Senate called the T.J. Atchison Spinal Cord Injury Act would require drivers violating Alabama's traffic laws to pay an additional $1, $5, or $10 on top of their ticket for spinal cord injury research at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Florida Charter Schools Failing to Serve Students with Disabilities

In the U.S., charter schools are publicly funded and privately run. Thus, charter schools are required to follow federal laws prohibiting discrimination against students with disabilities. Increasingly, charter schools are failing to follow federal anti-discrimination laws designed to protect the rights of students with disabilities.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Five Year Old with Cerebral Palsy Banned from Using Walker at School

Kingwood, Texas- Lakey Roberts, a five year old girl with cerebral palsy, was recently banned from bringing her walker to school. She cannot walk without the assistance of the walker. She recently fell while using her walker and the school deemed the walker to be unsafe to have at school. She had been using her walker school for almost two years. Her mother, Kristi, filmed Kings Manor Elementary School's director of special education, Gary Lemley, explaining to her why her daughter can no longer bring her walker to school.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Brain Injury Awareness Month: Alabama Head Injury Foundation

Different organizations across the country have worked to increase awareness about traumatic brain injuries throughout the month of March, Brain Injury Awareness Month. Recently, the Alabama Head Injury Foundation had a Mobile Traumatic Brain Injury Citizen Advocacy Training Day in which they taught brain injury survivors and their families how to use their experiences to change public policy.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Wheelchair Accessible Events: St. Patrick's Day Recap

Many wheelchair users have experienced being in large crowds at large events and having to spend much of the day watching someone's back, trying to find a parking space, an accessible bathroom, and dealing with many other obstacles. Sometimes, people with disabilities avoid large events altogether in order to avoid the annoyance. Add the hundreds of thousands of people drinking green beer to the mix, during St. Patrick's Day in Savannah, Georgia, and you have the situation Barry Helmey chooses to partake in annually.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

4th Annual Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities

The 4th annual Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities will be held at Spanish River Park in Boca Raton, Florida on Saturday, March 24, from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. The Bash is the largest free, fun-day in the U.S. for people with disabilities and is expected to attract over 2,500 people.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Woman with Spinal Cord Injury Goes Bungee Jumping

Karim Ladki sustained a C7 vertebrae fracture in 2007, eventually recovered from his injury, and started 9Lives Adventures after meeting several athletes with disabilities. 9Lives offers adrenaline fueled tours for people with disabilities.

Positive Changes for Americans with Disabilities

PBS newswoman Judy Woodruff is also the mother of a son with disabilities. Recently, she wrote an article expressing her positive feelings towards the recent enforcement of the 2010 federal guidelines which require recreational facilities to be accessible for people with disabilities. Mrs. Woodruff also explained her excitement regarding recent techonology advances that have changed the lives of many individuals with severe disabilities.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

New Device for People with Spinal Cord Injuries

For several hundred years, the wheelchair has been used by individuals with spinal cord injuries. Wheelchairs have been improved over the years, and different variations of wheelchairs are now commonly used. Modern day wheelchairs can even be standard manual chairs, sleek sport-specific manual chairs, power chairs, or essentially whatever the user requires.

However, improvements in wheelchairs have failed to fix problems with pressure sores, transferring and stress placed on the user's shoulders. The traditional wheelchair often leads to slumped over posture and eventual shoulder surgery for the user. Wheelchairs have also never been designed to allow the user to reach objects in high places in their home or to allow the user to be in a locked, standing position to help alleviate circulation problems, including pressure sores, which can lead to infections in certain cases. Wheelchairs have also never been designed to be as narrow as a standing human being, requiring wheelchair users to often have trouble navigating short aisles at stores and sometimes requiring wheelchair users to widen doors in their homes.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Brain Injury Awareness Month: Brain Injuries in the NFL

Super Bowl winning quarterback Jim McMahon, formerly of the Chicago Bears, is one of many former National Football League (NFL) players suing the league for alledgedly covering up the effects of head trauma over the course of several decades. He claims that his short term memory has practically disappeared due to his brain injuries caused by repeated head trauma.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Angels Settle Lawsuit, Forced to Improve Accessibility for People with Disabilities at Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Many people with disabilities, often wheelchair users, have experienced problems with accessibility issues at stadiums. Stadiums typically have one small area designated for people with disabilities and the area usually does not have the best seats. Also, despite only having a limited area to choose from, people with disabilities typically have to pay a competitive price for a ticket despite the fact that they could not sit higher up in the cheap seats if they wanted to do so.

Friday, March 16, 2012

UW-Whitewater Sweeps Men's and Women's NCAA Wheelchair Basketball Championships


Both the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater men's and women's wheelchair basketball teams recently won national championships. The women were able to defeat Alabama in the championship game while the men got past Illinois. This was the tenth national championship for the men's team and the first for the women.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Brain Injury Awareness Month: SmartPhone Concussion App

As many of you know, today is the start of the NCAA tournament. Like many years, the University of North Carolina (UNC) is a #1 seed in the tournament and many of you have likely picked them to win the title in your bracket. However, UNC is not only fighting to win a National Championship on the basketball court, but is also fighting to increase awareness of concussions.

Jason Mihalik, an assistant professor of Exercise and Sports Science in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, and Gerard Gioia '84 of the George Washington University School of Medicine, co-authored a smartphone app designed to allow individuals to answer a series of questions to determine if someone has recently experienced a concussion.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Brain Injury Awareness Month: Youth Concussions

Due to the efforts of brain injury advoctes and doctors, the exposure of concussions in the National Football League and brain injuries suffered by U.S. soldiers in war, public awareness of concussions has never been higher. This awareness has started to create a trickle down effect in which legislation is being passed throughout the country requiring youth athletes to be removed from sporting events and evaluated by a doctor if they are exhibiting the signs of a concussion. For example, Florida's Legislature recently sent a bill to the Governor to sign which would require the same, and also require youth athletes to be evaluated by a doctor before returning to practice or games. This is similar to Florida's legislation previously passed regarding high school athletes.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Organization Spotlight: Second Chance of NW Florida



Panama City, Florida- A few months ago I had my first chance to visit a wonderful facility called Second Chance of Northwest Florida, Inc. Second Chance is a facility that is designed to help brain injury survivors and their families achieve an improved quality of life. I found a unique facility in which brain injury survivors are given a large degree of autonomy to actually take control of the facility and make it their own. Brain injury survivors who have learned to live successfully with their injury are able to provide positive mentors for those with new brain injuries who begin attending Second Chance.

I recently had a chance to speak with the President of Second Chance of Northwest Florida, Inc., Sherl Morden, who told me, "Second Chance serves adults with brain injuries. At the Second Chance Day Program we work together to keep Hope as a reason to go on, confidence for those who doubt, strength when you feel weak and support for survivors and their families as they learn to adjust to a new way of life and success is knowing you have done the best you can to help others in their struggle."

Second Chance does a tremendous job of increasing independence for brain injury survivors in Northwest Florida while helping to support their families and educate the local community about the effects of brain injury. Second Chance is a unique brain injury rehabilitation facility in that it receive no state or federal funding and is supported 100% by the local community. 

It only seemed right that the first "Organization Spotlight" on disabilityinsight.com would be Second Chance of Northwest Florida, Inc. during March: Brain Injury Awareness Month. To learn more about Second Chance check out their website at http://secondchancenwfl.com/ and continue reading. 

The Public's Perception of Wheelchair Users

The New York Times recently ran a great op-ed piece by Ben Mattlin, author of the book, "Miracle Boy Grows Up: How the Disability Rights Revolution Saved My Sanity". The piece gives great insight to the day-to-day interactions between wheelchair users and able-bodied strangers. Mr. Mattlin points out that he is frequently mistaken for Stephen Hawking, his friends are often asked if they are his nurses and his wife is often asked if she is his sister. The old adages of thinking before one speaks and not judging a book by its cover are displayed in a modern context, regarding people with disabilities, in the link below...

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/11/opinion/sunday/wheelchair-guys-are-all-alike.html?_r=1&emc=eta1

Monday, March 12, 2012

CONSPICUOUSNESS

By Victoria Beck

Being stared at was a real eye-opener for a long-time friend of mine who recently became temporarily disabled.

People stared while her husband pushed her wheelchair.

A couple days later, other people stopped her and asked what happened. It was hard for her to accept the blunt rudeness. It was even more difficult for her to respond; detained and unused to crutches, she was having trouble keeping her balance.

When she called me to share the revelation that people stare and ask intrusive questions when they see disability, I, out of respect for our friendship, only said “uh-huh.”” What I wanted to say was “No kidding!” Or worse.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Potential Positive Effects of Surgery Within 24 Hours for SCI Patients

New research has shown that individuals who experience a spinal cord injury (SCI) and undergo surgery within 24 hours now have a 20% chance at recovery. This is great news for the newly injured, and without the help of people with disabilities pushing legislation and raising money for organizations like the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, these advances would not be possible. The newly injured enter a new world in which they are often unaware as to how it was shaped. The advocacy of people with disabilities over the past half-century has greatly improved the lives of the newly injured today. One of those ways, is with the improvement in medical research due to the advocacy of people with disabilities. To learn more about the reasearch related to SCI surgery, please check out the link below...

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1135917--speedy-surgery-lessens-chance-of-paralysis-in-cervical-spinal-cord-injuries

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Returning to School After a Concussion

Hundreds of thousands of children suffer concussions annually. When a child suffers a concussion, the transition back to school can be difficult and it is important for parents and teachers to understand signs and symptoms of potential problems for the child as they return to school. The link below is a great resource for parents, teachers, and those concerned about pediatric brain injuries and their effects on children in school...

http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/pdf/TBI_Returning_to_School-a.pdf

New Findings on Brain Plasticity and Neuroprosthetics

The past decade has taken prosthetics to new heights as doctors have attempted to incorporate brain waves to control disembodied objects. A recent study performed at Cal Berkeley has demonstrated that the brain is more flexible and trainable than previously thought. This discovery is likely to help doctors create a better connection between the brain and prosthetics, creating realistic, thought-based movement of prosthetics by amputees. To see more, check out the link below...

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/242489.php

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A Congenital Amputee Climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro

The link below will take you to an incredible piece about Kyle Maynard. He is a congenital amputee who was able to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro despite being a congenital quad-amputee. Mr. Maynard's story displays the amazing feats possible when someone refuses to let anything get in the way of achieving a goal.

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=7638580

Monday, March 5, 2012

A Nurse's Perspective on Brain Injuries...

Attached is a great article from a nurse in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas about her experiences treating people with brain injuries and the importance of wearing a helmet...

http://www.ftleavenworthlamp.com/community/x186778723/Preventing-brain-injury-What-color-is-your-helmet

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Brain Injury Awareness Month Begins

As we begin Brain Injury Awareness Month, I wanted to share a message from the Brain Injury Association of America...

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. A brain injury can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone. Brain injuries do not discriminate. Did you know that 1.7 million people will sustain a brain injury each year? An injury that happens in an instant can bring a lifetime of physical, cognitive and behavior challenges and early, equal and adequate access to care will greatly increase overall quality of life.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Leap Day Special Edition...

As some of you may know, a year is actually 365 days and 6 hours long. Thus, every four years we have a leap day to catch up on those 6 hours that are annually forgotten. Today's post is actually a post from the last leap day in 2008, as written by my father, Karl Beck, in his former blog about the modified vehicle industry, "8Wheels for Persons with Disabilities".

After the jump, you'll find a personal story from the modified vehicle industry that rings true today. If you have a modified vehicle or are considering getting a modified vehicle, such as a "wheelchair van", make sure you know you are dealing with a reputable company...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

What are the leading causes of TBI?


The Center for Disease Control and Prevention lists the following incidents as the leading causes of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in the United States...


This chart is not only a reminder to be careful in your daily activities, but also a prelude to March: Brain Injury Awareness Month. In March, Disability Insight will focus on giving insight and increasing awareness about brain injuries, including answering the difficult question: What is TBI?