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A young Heidi Johnson-Wright inspires potential donors with pitiful tales about the miseries of growing up with juvenile arthritis.

Poster Child Has-Been

What ends the “career” of an adorable poster child turned teenager? Twins — two adorable poster children.

Jason Roy

SCI Life: January 2015

Jason Roy, an incomplete C5 quad, has lived a life full of parallels. A former city of Houston police officer paralyzed in a car chase in 2011, he has seen both sides of life — with and without a spinal cord injury.

Sen. Harkin, Dedicated Disability Advocate, Retires

Sen. Harkin, Dedicated Disability Advocate, Retires

After a distinguished 40-year career in the United States Congress, Iowa Senator Tom Harkin bid farewell to family, friends and colleagues on Dec. 12 in a moving speech delivered from the Senate floor. Harkin, who introduced the Americans with Disabilities Act, has long been a dedicated advocate to all people with disabilities after he witnessed […]

Stella Young, 32, Dies

Stella Young, 32, Dies

Stella Young, the Australian disability activist, writer and comedian, who received international acclaim after her TED talk entitled “I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much” has died. She was 32. “With great sadness we acknowledge the passing of Stella Young, our much loved and irreplaceable daughter and sister. Stella passed away on Saturday evening, […]

Rosemarie Rossetti's "Universal Design" Home

Rosemarie Rossetti’s “Universal Design” Home

After Rosemarie Rossetti became paralyzed in 1998, she encountered significant barriers in navigating the old two-story home she shared with her husband Mark Leder. These struggles sparked a 10-year effort in persuading sponsors to partner with the couple to build a home that would become a living laboratory for the concepts of universal design. They’ve […]

Wheelchair User Greg Abbott Elected Governor of Texas

Wheelchair User Greg Abbott Elected Governor of Texas

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott easily defeated Democratic challenger Wendy Davis after a long contentious campaign to become the first newly elected governor in 14 years. “Tonight, Texans sent a message,” Abbott said in his victory speech Tuesday night. “You voted for hope over fear, for unity over division, for the majesty of what Texas […]

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 […]

Two Wheelchair RV Blogs

Two Wheelchair RV Blogs

Ever dreamed of dropping everything you do, packing up an RV and just going on a long road trip? Read on to learn more about two bloggers living the wheelchair RV lifestyle. Rolling in a RV “Rolling in a RV” was started by Karen, a woman who was injured as a result of a hot […]

Meet the Amazing Amy Van Dyken-Rouen

Meet the Amazing Amy Van Dyken-Rouen

Have you heard about Amy Van Dyken-Rouen? I just found out what an amazing athlete she is: six Gold medals in Olympic swimming competitions, four at the 1996 Games in Atlanta, and two at the Sydney Games in 2000. In 1996, she was the most successful athlete of those Olympics winning the most medals of […]

“You’re still alive and the body is just a vehicle for the expression of your soul, no matter what form or shape it is in.”

SCI Life: October 2014

Yoga Teacher Mary-Jo Fetterly; Universal Design; Winter Clothing