Quality of Life Grants: Helping Non-Profits Make Life More Enjoyable

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation has proudly granted funds to non-profits serving individuals with disabilities for the past 17 years. The Foundation grants money to non-profits serving in in one of three categories: Non-profits that allow participants to take part in activities that engage both the body and the mind, groups that provide solutions […]

Jerks in the Military

Service members love a room full of jerks. The more the better. Add snatches, push-ups, wall-balls and power cleans and it’s a good day for CrossFit, a favorite flavor of workouts among the military. Members of the U.S. Armed Forces must remain “mission-ready,” whether running in full gear across the desert, or supporting a cold-weather[…..]

Fitness for People with Spinal Cord Injury – Why It’s Important

This month, we interviewed physical therapist and SCI fitness expert, Kristin Mcnealus: You have a lot of experience working with people who have spinal cord injuries. Tell us a little bit about your background. I’ve been a physical therapist for 12 years now. My work experience includes being a staff physical therapist on inpatient rehabilitation[…..]

The Impossible Dream

Dreams do come true on the Impossible Dream. Twenty-five years ago, Mike Browne’s dream came true. He wanted an accessible sailboat to traverse the seas. The Impossible Dream was designed by Mike, a paraplegic from England, for wheelchair users to navigate the 60’ catamaran. The Impossible Dream is fully accessible with no barriers to maneuver around[…..]

Advancements in Wounded Warrior Care

  The August 2015 Guide to U.S. Military Casualty Statistics reports 52,351 wounded service members, including 1,645 with major limb amputations since 2001. Nearly 3400,00 have been diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury, According to the defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center. Despite those numbers, advancements in medical technology and emergency combat care created outcomes not[…..]

Adaptive Winter Sports for Wounded Warriors

  Advancements in military medical care produce inspiring stories of wounded warriors and families able to find a “new normal” despite severe combat-related injuries. Adaptive sports programs are critical for many to find ways to enjoy life, regain confidence and thrive. The following winter adaptive sports programs are available for individuals with military combat-related disabilities[…..]

Youth Winter Adaptive Sports Programs

Enjoy the Snow!   Participating in snow sports can greatly increase self-esteem for SCI patients, especially those young adults and youths. Feeling the sun and the wind, and being one with nature, is a wonderful feeling that everyone should experience. Families can also enjoy the outdoors together, and everyone can participate at their own level.[…..]