Friday, July 29, 2011

ReWalk Exoskeleton Now Available To The US Public

Until now, exoskeletons have only been available in the USA in clinical trials. That meant that to use an exoskeleton you needed to apply for participation the trial and be selected. Now this has changed. MossRehab in Philadelphia has announced that starting in August they will be the first institution to offer ReWalk for therapeutic use. That means if your doctor gives you a prescription and a green light, you too can use it. According to the press release:

Therapeutic use of ReWalk – I, will be available initially to individuals with spinal cord injuries below T6 level who have none of the following: significant joint deformities, severe spasticity, back instability, unhealed fractures or pressure sores. Patients are required to have a recent DEXA scan for measurement of bone density and recent evaluation and prescription for ReWalk therapy from a rehabilitation physician who can certify that the patient is safe to stand.

How much will treatment cost you?:
Most insurances will cover the therapy as part of a course of physical therapy.
In case you do not remember ReWalk, Artie walked in ReWalk on the Christmas 2010 episode of Glee:

With this step, exoskeletons for wheelchair users can no longer be considered "experimental" and are well on their way to becoming a standard care. It will not be long before most top level US Rehab institutions will offer them. Read more about ReWalk Exoskeleton for wheelchair users.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Divas Battling For Rights To Use Wheelchairs

File this under amazing but true. Two Hollywood shock divas, Lady Gaga and Bette Midler, are battling over who has the claim to being the singing mermaid in a wheelchair.

Gaga used a wheelchair before in her Paparazzi tour. Now she is using a wheelchair to be a mermaid.

Here is Lady Gaga: A Mermaid In A Wheelchair

Midler tweets to her followers:

I’m not sure @ladygaga knows that I’ve performed my mermaid in a wheelchair for millions of people — and many of them are still alive,

Dear @ladygaga I’ve been doing singing mermaid in a wheelchair since 1980-You can keep the meat dress and the firecracker tits, mermaid’s mine.

Here is Bette Midler: A Mermaid In A Wheelchair

What is it with these people? Of course they are trying to use shock value in their so-called art. But is there no limit to what they will do to sell a CD?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Quebec To Restrict Who Can Own A Motorized Wheelchair?

Amazing but true. Quebec is considering restricting ownership of motorized wheelchairs. According to a recent article in the CBC:

Quebec is launching a study to help determine if it should regulate the use of motorized wheelchairs. Currently anyone in the province can buy and use one but the provincial government is considering implementing restrictions.

Why? According to the article, the reason that Quebec wants to regulate who can own a motorized wheelchair is:

The use of motorized wheelchairs has been linked to 19 deaths in Quebec over the past 15 years

My guess is that many of those deaths were due to motorists not yielding to wheelchair users.

Rather than regulate who can own a wheelchair, the proper steps would be:

* Conduct a public awareness campaign to teach motorists how to behave when driving near a wheelchair user.

* Offer safety equipment to wheelchair users so that they are more visible at night. Read more about wheelchair safety.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Sign: Our Store Is Not Wheelchair Accessible

Amazing but true: A bridal store in Michigan posted a sign:
Attention customers. Our store is not wheelchair accessible.

Worse yet, one wheelchair user was told clearly that she was not allowed in the dressing room!!! Read more at this link

In a similar case a woman in Long Island, NY went to a movie theater but was told that the movie she wanted to see was not accessible by wheelchairs:


Apparently many people still do not understand that discrimination against wheelchair users is ILLEGAL.

What do you do if you face a similar act of wheelchair discrimination? Read this article about wheelchair discrimination and find out how you can get a discrimination lawyer for FREE!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Axis Is Looking For Wheelchair Dancers

I came across an interesting notice today:

AXIS seeks athletes and aspiring dancers with disabilities

Why is it interesting? So many talented wheelchair performers have difficulty finding paid opportunities to perform, I was surprised to see an ad recruiting candidates.

If you are a wheelchair dancer, you probably already know Axis. Axis is a well known dance group of dancers with and without disabilities. They have been performing for over 20 years now. You can see a recent Axis Performance below:

Sounds like an interesting offer. You get a 2 year contract with salary and benefits, you would perform and tour nationally, as well as teach. Find out more about this opportunity for wheelchair dancers on the Axis Website