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.