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Therapy or back to “real-life?”

Therapy or back to “real-life?”

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 […]

The Way He Rolls

The Way He Rolls

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 […]

 One Room, Two Worlds

One Room, Two Worlds

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.

FDA Approves Botox

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 […]

Locomotor Training: A Step in the Direction?

Locomotor Training: A Step in the Direction?

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 […]

Awakening Your Whole Self

Awakening Your Whole Self

Told by his doctors to forget about his legs, para Matthew Sanford became a “floating upper torso” until 25, when he began yoga.

Young people at Access Living, a CIL in Chicago, prepare posters for a demonstration.

Contemporary Independent Living

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, […]

Steve Lindley, Miami Project Senior Research Associate, works with research participant Michael Rivera.

The Miami Project: Not Just About Cure

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 […]

More than 300 disability advocates and former patients of Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center demonstrate in protest of the decision by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to close the facility in 2003.

Remember Rancho!

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. […]

An All-American Fourth of July

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 […]