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 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


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.