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November 19, 2018 – The Neilsen Scholarship Program was established in 2014 to provide scholarships for students with spinal cord injury (SCI).  These scholarships are awarded to the institution and include tuition/fees as well as supplemental support funding to remove barriers that a student with SCI may encounter beyond traditional education expenses. 

In 2018, the program was expanded to include 11 colleges and universities across the country.  The expansion not only increased the number of schools but also increased the number of Neilsen Scholarship recipients.  Although the program has evolved, its goal to support students with SCI in their pursuit of higher education remains unchanged.  Since its inception, the program has funded approximately 130 students during their academic careers to obtain various degrees ranging from associate to doctorate.  These degrees have included: architecture, business, computer science, engineering, finance, political science, social work, medical and veterinary degrees just to name a few.

Although this program is by invitation only to select institutions, the Neilsen Foundation encourages all institutions to thoughtfully address disability and inclusion on their campuses.

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New Tools to Help Women with Physical Disabilities Make Decisions about Pregnancy

January 28, 2019
Michigan Medicine Blog

ANN ARBOR, MI (Michigan Medicine Blog) – Two recently awarded grants hope to help women with physical disabilities determine whether or not to become pregnant and reduce the associated stigma. Becoming a mother is often a very personal decision for a woman. 

University of Calgary studying relationships built during spinal cord injury rehab

January 27, 2019
Global News

CALGARY, ALBERTA (Global News) – The University of Calgary is conducting a new study that takes a closer look at the relationship between spinal cord injury (SCI) survivors and their caregivers. The study is financed by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation and both the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta are collecting data. Dr. Bonnie Lashewicz, the lead investigator of the study, said the goal is to improve care for everyone suffering from a SCI. 

Dance/NYC Announces Disability. Dance. Artistry. Residency Program

December 7, 2018

NEW YORK, NY (Broadwayworld.com) – Dance/NY and its program partners Gibney and Spaceworks invite you to apply for the Disability. Dance. Artistry. Residency Program, made possible by the generous support of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs CreateNYC Disability Forward Fund. Through the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, Dance/NYC will award residences to up to six (6) dance artists with spinal cord injury (SCI) and/or dance ensembles working with artists with SCI. 

Researchers restore breathing, partial foreclimb function in rats with spinal cord injuries

November 27, 2018

CLEVELAND, OH (EurekAlert!) – Millions of people worldwide are living with chronic spinal cord injuries, with 250,000 to 500,000 new cases each year – most from vehicle crashes or falls. The most severe spinal cord injuries completely paralyze their victims and more than half impair a person’s ability to breathe. 

Brain-computer interface enables people with paralysis to control tablet devices

November 21, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC (EurekAlert) – An investigational brain-computer interface (BCI) can enable people with paralysis to directly operate an off-the-shelf tablet device by thinking about making cursor movements and clicks, according to a study published November 21, 2018 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Paul Nuyujukian, Jose Albites-Sanabria, and Jad Saab from the BrainGate consortium, USA, and colleagues. 

Building a major medical center means world-class research: Local scientists make it happen

November 8, 2018
Rapid Growth Media.com

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (Rapid Growth Media.com) – For the past 10 years or so, the rest of the state and country has begun taking notice of Grand Rapid’s rapidly evolving healthcare ecosystem. By doubling down on home-grown talent and collecting doctors and researchers from across the country and the world, Grand rapids companies, nonprofits, and educational institutions are quickly creating a world-class center for medical knowledge. 


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