A lot has changed since I began my crip adventure in 1993. One of the biggest: The drive to get as much return back as possible (when you have a spinal cord injury). Now people will support you (instead of thinking you’re crazy). I went to rehab for 3 months, and then my insurance sent […]
Do you have fond memories of getting kicked out of rehab too soon? Did you have physical therapists who were robotic, and whose instructions seemed like they were from a too-old textbook? This very thing happened to Jacob Sharff, a 30-year-old paraplegic from West Palm Beach, Fla., and that is why he decided to start […]
Being transferred from Stanford Hospital to the Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Center at Valley Medical Center in San Jose marked the beginning of the realization that there was nothing the doctors could do for my paralysis, but it also marked the beginning of my recovery.
Q. I’m a T9 para and take Ditropan to keep my bladder quiet and my pants dry — but I hate the cotton-mouth and “fuzzy brain” side effects. I’ve seen some buzz on SCI message boards talking about “Botox injections to stop bladder spasms” being approved by the FDA. I thought docs had been using […]
LT is a difficult, sometimes fuzzy-edged scientific adventure, not a predictable task like learning to play Wii dodge ball with the kids. When I first dropped by the Next Step Fitness Center, situated in a nondescript mini-mall in the Los Angeles suburb of Lawndale, Janne Kouri had been walking, or more precisely, stepping, with a […]
Told by his doctors to forget about his legs, para Matthew Sanford became a “floating upper torso” until 25, when he began yoga.
Ask seven leaders in the independent living movement to define a center for independent living and you’ll get at least 14 answers. First you’ll get the party line: As mandated by the federal Rehabilitation Act, each CIL provides four core service: skills training, peer counseling, information and referral, and advocacy. And by law, they’ll add, […]
A visitor entering the marble-floored lobby of the elegant seven-story building that now houses the Miami Project could easily mistake it for the entrance to a fine bank or a very upscale office building–until they glance at the gyms behind the glass walls on either side of the lobby. Therapists walk from one exercise machine […]
Can advocates save the prestigious rehab center from closure? The answer will tell volumes about the future of independent living. While those of us with disabilities sit smugly behind the walls of protection created by the ADA and other laws of importance to the disability community, those same walls are showing definite signs of crumbling. […]
Craig Hospital, in Englewood, Colo., is a spinal cord injury rehabilitation facility, so there’s nothing unusual about seeing people using wheelchairs around the neighborhood. But on this early evening, their meanderings take on a discernible pattern. Wheelers, many with helpers pushing, are crossing the streets, lining the sidewalks. The movement is away from the bright-hot […]