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Paralysis Forced This Designer To Build A Wheelchair That Provides Safety, Style And Dignity

Quartz | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact

Michael Graves has done chairs before. The architect and designer who almost single-handedly brought the concept of no-brow—high design for the mass...

Living With Physical Paralysis Without Letting It Emotionally Paralyze You

Cathy Lanyard | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Cathy Lanyard

Asha and Jeff are friends of my daughter's, who asked me to help because I am the professional fundraiser in our family. But what if someone has no personal connection to a fundraiser?

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.

This Paraplegic Boy Just Wants To Be Able To See The Stars Again

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.11.2014 | Impact

When Arlaeeh Galindo passed a car accident on her way to work in February 2012, she had no idea the incident involved her then-3-year-old son, Zakkary...

6 Cliché Phrases That You'll Never Hear Me Say

Rachelle Friedman | Posted 06.08.2014 | Impact
Rachelle Friedman

As soon as a catastrophic injury like mine happens, people look to you for strength when they see that your life altering event didn't totally break you. But I'm not your typical motivator. And I don't spew your typical cliché advice.

Investigators Still Baffled By Polio-Like Illness In Children

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.21.2014 | Healthy Living

A month after the polio-like illness paralyzing children in California made national headlines and a year-and-a-half after outbreaks were first spotte...

For People With Paralysis, Like Me, Medical Marijuana Can Ease Suffering

Rachelle Friedman | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Rachelle Friedman

It's difficult to hear politicians decide my fate without any real research. They so easily can make a decision opposing medical marijuana without knowing what many people are going through every day. Where is the compassion or even just some simple logic?

8 Misconceptions About Life With Paralysis

Rachelle Friedman | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Rachelle Friedman

Unless you yourself are paralyzed or you know someone who is, how could you possibly know everything about our world? So I'm here to set the record straight on some common misconceptions.

How-to: Shopping in a Wheelchair

SPINALpedia.com | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
SPINALpedia.com

Love it or hate it, 'tis the season for shopping! Between black Friday and last minute Christmas Eve deals, sales are too good to pass up, right? But ...

I'm the Daughter of a Quadriplegic

SPINALpedia.com | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
SPINALpedia.com

My only concern when my dad was first injured in a car accident was whether or not he would live. I was told pretty early that he had broken his neck,...

Hope Won't Die for Paralysis Cure Research Bill

Don C. Reed | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Governor Jerry Brown recently vetoed California's paralysis program -- for the second time. Assembly Bill 714 (Wieckowski, D-Fremont) would have prov...

A Palliative to Obamacare Discord

Joseph Cooper | Posted 11.24.2013 | College
Joseph Cooper

These stories (I'm sure there are others) make vivid the embarrassments and fears of patients; their efforts to deal with deterioration, endure pain, and cope with unhinging and detachment. The reader, the viewer, and the re-reader can take cues from caregivers who ease the way to acceptance.

In One Man's Hands: California Governor May Decide Paralysis Research

Don C. Reed | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

On Sept. 9, the California state Senate voted a unanimous YES to restore one million dollars in funding to the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research ...

Victim or Survivor?

Heidi Cave | Posted 10.31.2013 | TED Weekends
Heidi Cave

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI was confused and continued to sob until the door swung open and my boyfriend of just six weeks came into the room. He stood by my bed. "Heidi. You have to fight. You have to decide. Do you want to live?"

Disabilities Can Teach Us How to Live

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 10.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI frequently hear my able-bodied friends say, "I would rather be dead than be a quadriplegic, have a severe stroke or a brain injury." Bold talk from the strong and healthy, but what would they really choose?

WATCH: The Crash That Couldn't Break Me

Joshua Prager | Posted 10.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Joshua Prager

2013-08-29-pragerpull.jpgIt was not until last month -- 23 years later -- that I considered that my visions in the intensive care unit were related to the visions that had come upon me, off and on, in the years since.

Which Country Will Be First to Cure Paralysis?

Don C. Reed | Posted 10.29.2013 | Impact
Don C. Reed

On August 25, Roman Reed became the first person in a wheelchair to cross the new span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. This Friday, he may help buil...

'With You Shield, or On It': Why Cure Research Must Be Supported

Don C. Reed | Posted 10.04.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Remember what Spartan mothers told their sons before they went off to war? "Return with your shield, or on it." To me, that advice fits the budget...

Little Grants, Big Progress? Paralysis Cure Research Bill Moves Ahead

Don C. Reed | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

The hallway was jammed outside Room 4203 in the Sacramento Capitol Building. Waves of body heat reached near asphyxiating levels. A large-voiced woma...

And Who Will Speak for Us?

Don C. Reed | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Isn't that what politics is supposed to be about, where people of opposing viewpoints can wrestle out their differences -- and find common grounds to work together?

The Day Before the Fourth of July, Fight for Freedom -- From Paralysis

Don C. Reed | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

On July 3, the day before Independence Day, the California Senate Health Committee will hear a bill that fights for freedom from paralysis. A.B. 714 would provide $1 million annually for the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act of 1999 partially restoring its original funds.

White's Talent Is Ripe in THE TIME BETWEEN

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 08.05.2013 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Book Review Jackie K Cooper ...

A Game of Numbers: 54 Assembly Votes Needed to Pass California Paralysis Cure Research Bill

Don C. Reed | Posted 07.28.2013 | Los Angeles
Don C. Reed

It is Monday morning as this is written, 3:47 a.m. On Wednesday or Thursday of this week, the full California Assembly will vote yes or no on paralys...

What Paralysis Costs You -- And Why California's AB 714 Must Pass

Don C. Reed | Posted 07.19.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Paralysis costs every Californian $131.57 -- and that is not to cure anybody, just to pay the medical bills. How much does paralysis cost you in your...

Years After Paralysis, Woman Finds Freedom In A Motorcycle

Posted 05.10.2013 | Good News

A woman in Indonesia is proving that even the most challenging of disabilities needn't slow you down. Sri Lestari was left paralyzed from the ches...