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Open Enrollment Begins for Affordable Care Act

Open Enrollment Begins for Affordable Care Act

The open enrollment period for health insurance starts Saturday, Nov. 15, and United Spinal is working with the White House to educate Americans with disabilities about the Affordable Care Act and to help get them enrolled. Since the Act went into effect last year over 7 million Americans have now enrolled in the healthcare marketplaces […]

The Project Walk Diaries — It Feels So Good

The Project Walk Diaries — It Feels So Good

This week I went for my second hands-on experience at Project Walk and my first official appointment. No more assessments, this was the real deal, a standard two hour appointment. After my assessment last week, they told me to check my skin to make sure I didn’t injure it in any way. Good thing they […]

Angela Hibbitt: "I Am More Than a Dollar Bill"

Angela Hibbitt: “I Am More Than a Dollar Bill”

Saying, “I am more than a dollar bill,” Tennessean Angela Hibbitt has launched an online petition drive called “I’ll die if I am warehoused in a nursing home” that currently has more than 54,500 signatures. Hibbitt, 54, now relies on 20 hours a day of nursing to manage her ventilator and health care needs, but […]

Bladder Management for Women

Bladder Management for Women

“Pee. Pee. PeePeePeePee. Pee. Pee. PeePeePeePee!” My husband and I waved our arms in the air, chanting the words as if we were performing a magical ritual. My daughter was almost 2, and the potty-training had begun. We would sit her on the toilet every few hours and begin our ceremonial dance, urging her to […]

In Care You Missed It: Health

In Care You Missed It: Health

For each product category in the Consumer Guide, we’ve collected a handful of items that appeared in NM in 2014. In some cases the original article is longer, so we’ve provided the link, in case you’d like to look up more information: Scrubber (July, SCI Life) Tracking in mud after a rainstorm no longer needs […]

The Project Walk Diaries — My First Workout

The Project Walk Diaries — My First Workout

Most of the time I absolutely don’t feel like working out. But on my first official “workout day” at Project Walk, I couldn’t wait to get started. I had attended one of their open houses the week before and signed up for a three-hour assessment. I arrived the morning of my assessment with my yoga […]

Sled Hockey Team Gets Ice Time

Sled Hockey Team Gets Ice Time

Sometimes good comes out of bad. Just ask the sled hockey team that plays at the Depew Ice Pavilion, located right outside Buffalo, N.Y. That rink recently was retrofitted to make it accessible for the disabled hockey athletes, but it’s where the money came from to pay for the accommodations that’s unusual. The former treasurer […]

Nasal Stem Cell Transplant Enables Some Recovery In Man With SCI

Nasal Stem Cell Transplant Enables Some Recovery In Man With SCI

In 2010 Darek Fidyka, a man from Poland who was 36 at the time, was attacked and stabbed repeatedly with a knife, which partially cut his spinal cord and left him a paraplegic. Two years after his injury he underwent an experimental therapy transplanting olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) — stem cells that form the sense […]

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Meds with Hydrocodone Now Harder to Obtain

As of Oct. 6, 2014, people prescribed painkillers containing hydrocodone must visit their doctor’s office to pick up a prescription for the medicine in person, since the drug has been reclassified as Schedule II. Previously it had been classified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency as a schedule III drug, meaning doctors could call the […]

October's Focus: Jobs and Disability

October’s Focus: Jobs and Disability

It’s truly sad that only during the month of October, aka National Disability Employment Awareness Month, is attention officially paid to the critical issue of jobs and the disability community. The problem is, after all, huge: The U.S. Department of Labor reports that about eight in 10 working-age Americans with disabilities don’t hold a job, […]