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Spinal Cord Injury

Tips for Parents of Children With Disabilities Who Want Them To Succeed in School

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 08.26.2016 | Education
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

As someone with a disability myself, and who also knows what it means to parent a child with multiple disabilities, I've become an advocate for my children on so many fronts, including their education. After all, when it comes to disability and inclusion, despite good intentions, many schools don't even know what they don't know.

Re-Uniting with the Trauma Surgeon Who Saved My Life -- Twice

Ron Gold | Posted 06.14.2016 | New York
Ron Gold

It has been more than 3 years since I've seen the trauma surgeon who saved my life -- not once, but twice. In the first few months following the bicyc...

From Hollywood Ableism to Employment

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 06.06.2016 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Disability rights advocates around the world are protesting Me Before You, the latest Hollywood movie to end with the assisted suicide or euthanasia o...

Right Next Door: Jeannie Rutherford, Triathlete and Working Mother

Ian Spanier | Posted 06.02.2016 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Jeannie Rutherford, triathlete, working mom and brand ambassador for Wings for Life photographed in her kitchen. © Ian Spanier Photography 2016 As ...

IRONMAN Casey Kammel's Very Good Day

Carolee Belkin Walker | Posted 04.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Carolee Belkin Walker

So here's something to think about the next time you find yourself ready to quit on a long run. In 1994, a 22-year-old college senior was on vacation...

The Honey Badger

Aaron Baker | Posted 03.22.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Aaron Baker

And now that I have pedaled my way to the top of the mountain, I pause for a moment of silence, gratefully thank my body, sip my water bottle and gaze out at the view, while I reflect on my journey.

I Reversed My Prognosis After Being Told I Would Never Feed Myself Again

Aaron Baker | Posted 03.02.2016 | Impact
Aaron Baker

After a motocross accident that severely injured my spinal cord left me paralyzed at the age of 20, I was told by doctors that I had a one in a millio...

I May Have Suffered A Spinal Injury, But The Ball Is Still In My Court

Cory Hahn | Posted 02.25.2016 | Impact
Cory Hahn

Five years later, I'm still in my wheelchair on a strenuous rehab program. I'm still in fighting to get back up on my feet again, which I know will happen. People ask me all the time how I stay motivated and it makes me think about everything I've accomplished over the last five years.

How You Can Be Like George Bailey and the People of Bedford Falls to Create a Better World

Cathy Chester | Posted 12.29.2015 | Impact
Cathy Chester

This holiday season take time to be grateful for your blessings while giving the gift of time or money to those who need it most. You may or may not know them but they are out there and a part of our community -- the world community.

Riding to the Storm: Behind the Scenes Hassles of Stem Cell Research Funding

Don C. Reed | Posted 10.28.2015 | Science
Don C. Reed

When my paralyzed son Roman Reed told me, he was going on a little trip, I said, "Oh, that's nice!," and went on with my chores. I figured he meant a couple-hour jaunt from Fremont to Sacramento, something like that, no big deal.

Creating an Environment of Purposeful, Meaningful Work in Today's Competitive Market

Mike Alpert | Posted 09.03.2016 | Impact
Mike Alpert

People are drawn to and support organizations and businesses that have shared values. Here's another novel thought: really good people and really good businesses become great when they create and maintain purposeful, meaningful work.

Journey to a Strong Back

Write for the Future | Posted 08.28.2016 | College
Write for the Future

Overcoming spondylolysis, a spine defect, changed my life. The only rehab for me was walking. While it was dangerous for me to walk on inclines, go up steps, or sit down too fast, being able to walk flickered some hope into my heart. I would never take another step for granted.

Augie's Quest for a Cure

Mike Alpert | Posted 07.13.2016 | Impact
Mike Alpert

I have known Augie Nieto for over 25 years as the founder and owner of Life Fitness, one of the world's largest manufacturer's of Cardio & Strength equipment. When I first met Augie he was driving around in a Slugo Motor Home trying to sell his LifeCycles to Nautilus clubs.

Proving Them Wrong

Mike Alpert | Posted 06.28.2015 | Good News
Mike Alpert

Traditional medicine treats a spinal cord injured person above the level of their injury. So if someone is paralyzed from the neck down, they will be treated above the neck. At Project Walk Claremont we treat these individuals below the level of injury.

White House Sends Delegation To Freddie Gray's Funeral

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics

The White House sent its own delegation of officials Monday to the funeral service of Freddie Gray, the African-American man who died of a spinal cord...

Tamara Mena, Motivational Speaker, Model and Wheelchair User On Staying Positive and Advocating For A Cure For Spinal Cord Injuries

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 06.22.2015 | Women
Sarah Blahovec

Prior to her accident, Tamara was set on becoming a fitness model. Her paralysis changed the course of her modeling: "I was in my best shape before the accident, especially my legs and abs. And ironically that's what I lost after the injury as a T-3 paraplegic.

The Unscripted Side of Professional Wrestling

Michael A. Gleiber, M.D. | Posted 06.10.2015 | Sports
Michael A. Gleiber, M.D.

Critics of professional wrestling organizations often claim that because wrestling is "choreographed," it is completely fake. However, the injuries pro wrestlers sustain are in fact very real and very dangerous.

An Open Letter to Handicap Parking Violaters: Just Stop

Rachelle Friedman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact
Rachelle Friedman

I think the disabled community is just fed up with hearing the old "I was only parking there for a minute" line on a fairly regular basis. We're annoyed with people assuming that there is a slim chance someone will need the spot while they're inside.

My Beautiful Reward and the 7 Lessons It Has Taught Me

Mallory Weggemann | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact
Mallory Weggemann

I was looking toward my future with hope, excitement and anticipation, it was a new chapter in life for me and I couldn't wait for what lay ahead. Until one day, everything I knew and everything I was looking forward to changed in the matter of a split second.

A Book That Will Not Make Its Author Rich

Don C. Reed | Posted 11.10.2014 | Books
Don C. Reed

In the spirit of full disclosure, I am well acquainted with both Tory Williams, author of the just-released book Inevitable Collision: The Inspiring S...

The Precious Commodity of Time: Taking A Second Look at the Effects of Paralysis

Dan Griffin | Posted 11.09.2014 | Impact
Dan Griffin

Similar to many others I've met in this situation, I am neither sad nor angry. And as more time passes, it has become increasingly apparent that what I want most in life might not be evident from where I am sitting.

Spine Surgery in the NFL: 6 Player Updates From Last Season

Michael A. Gleiber, M.D. | Posted 11.02.2014 | Sports
Michael A. Gleiber, M.D.

Last season, there were multiple NFL players who sustained spinal injuries. With a new football season approaching, let's review the status of these players to see how they have recovered from these injuries, and who is ready to get back in the game.

My Son's Disability Doesn't Make Me A 'Special Kind Of Person'

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 09.29.2014 | Parents
Mary Evelyn Smith

Believe me, I am not diminishing my work as a mother. I am not pretending that my son is just like everyone else. But when we glorify his friends, or his mother, or his one-day prom date, we imply that he is less-than.

Why I'll Never Publicly Name The Friend Who Caused My Paralysis

Rachelle Friedman | Posted 07.06.2014 | Women
Rachelle Friedman

I'm not just a "paralyzed bride." I'm Rachelle, a regular girl who had everything going for her when it all came crashing down. And my dear friend, who had only innocent intentions, is not just the girl who pushed me.

Guts, Gumption and Grit: Dan Cummings On Winning

Stacey Alcorn | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Stacey Alcorn

I met up with Dan Cummings to pick his brain about business and life. He offers a unique view on building empires, breaking rules, and being stubborn. Here are 5 lessons on winning in business and life from the extraordinary Dan Cummings.