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United Spinal Association to Provide People with Disabilities in Puerto Rico Disaster Relief and Essential Supplies During Holiday Season

December 8, 2017
Business Insider

NEW YORK, NY (Business Insider) – United Spinal Association today announced it will be sending a delegation to Puerto Rico to provide disaster relief from Hurricane Maria to wheelchair users and other people with disabilities so they can regain their independence and quality of life. United Spinal and its local chapter members will join AxisCare and Equipo Pro Impedidos as part of assisted Mobility Day, from 10am to 3pm, December 16th at Pepsi Industrial Park, in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico.

U. health officials celebrate new rehabilitation center

November 1, 2017
Deseret News Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (Deseret News Utah) — In June 2015, Brian McKenna was injured in a mountain biking accident that left the Salt Lake City man paralyzed from the neck down. As a quadriplegic, McKenna spent months recovering at the University of Utah Rehabilitation Center. 

Ohio State trial helps spinal cord patients progress

October 20, 2017
The Columbus Dispatch

COLUMBUS, OH (The Columbus Dispatch) — One in front of the other, Brianna Walker’s neon blue sneakers padded downward on the specially constructed treadmill. The slow, deliberate steps were the latest in a journey that started with a severe headache, paralysis and doctors surmising that clots in Walker’s spinal cord had caused so much damage that she’d likely never move again below the neck. 

Famed triathlete racing for quadriplegics

October 17, 2017
The San Diego Union-Tribune

ENCINITAS, CA (The San Diego Union-Tribune) — Twenty years ago this week, Encinitas triathlete Sian Welch crawled across the finish line and into sports history at the 1997 Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. The infamous fifth-place win, where she and fellow athlete Wendy Ingraham completed the grueling race on their hands and knees, has become a world-famous depiction of the never-give-up perseverance of Ironman competitors. 

Economic recovery extends to 18 months for Americans with disabilities

October 6, 2017
Kessler Foundation

EAST HANOVER, NJ (Kessler Foundation) — Americans with disabilities continue to close in on pre-recession employment levels with yet another month of strong job numbers, according to today’s National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). This extends the record trend to 18 consecutive months for this population. 

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Hosts International Symposium on Adaptive Technology for Music and Art

October 6, 2017

TROY, NY (Newswise.com) — The International Symposium on Assistive Technology for Music and Art (ISATMA) will be held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute October 20 -22. The symposium is devoted to new technologies and artistic concepts that provide artists across abilities access to creative tools for making multimedia works. 


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