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The World’s Largest Wheelchair Painting

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If you’ve been paying attention to the Abilities Expo in Los Angeles, that took place February 5th through the 7th, then you know how awesome the expo was. But one of the most exciting activities was that over 300 wheelchair users got to help create the world’s largest wheelchair painting.

Wheelchair users got to paint 2,300 square feet of paper and transform it into art over the three day expo. The painting process was made possible by Zot Artz, which is an organization that helps those with disabilities create art. The paint tools that were created helped the participants paint, stamp, print and creatively express themselves.

The hands-on experience “Garden of PossAbilites”, as it was called, helped to develop motor skills, social skills, emotional skills, concentration and self-esteem.

The masterpiece took three days to unfold and used over 50 gallons of paint in bright vibrant colors.

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New Device Helps Get People with Paralysis Back on Their Feet

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For the first time, scientists have tested a minimally-invasive brain machine interface that is designed to help control an exoskeleton with the power of thought. The device is the size of a paperclip and has been recently developed and tested at The Royal Melbourne Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

How it Works

The device gets implanted into a blood vessel next to the brain and can read electrical signals from the brain’s control system. Because the device is implanted through a minimally-invasive brain surgery, it helps to avoid the need for a high risk open brain surgery.

The device helps to “[record] brain activity and [converts] the acquired signals into electrical commands, which in turn would lead to movement of the limbs through a mobility assist device like an exoskeleton. In essence this a bionic spinal cord,” explains Dr. Thomas Oxley, Principal Author and Neurologist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

The users will have to learn how to communicate with the machinery, but that will eventually become second nature.

What’s Next

The first human trials will begin in 2017 at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. The upcoming participants will be chosen from the Austin Health Victorian Spinal Cord Unit. Scientists are hoping to achieve direct brain control of an exoskeleton for up to three people with complete paralysis.

This is very exciting news for spinal cord injury survivors and we look forward to seeing what the future holds!


 

Source:

University of Melbourne. (2016, February 8). New device to get people with paralysis back on their feet: Scientists have tested the world’s first minimally-invasive brain-machine interface, designed to control an exoskeleton with the power of thought. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 9, 2016 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160208124241.htm

 

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Meet our Sponsors: Ability Magazine

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We are excited to announce one of our fantastic sponsors for this year’s Push Nation Fest, Ability Magazine.  Ability Magazine is a leading magazine covering health, disability and human potential. They are an award winning publication that focuses on topics from Diabetes to Spinal Cord Injury. Not only do they focus on the latest in health but they also cover environmental protection, assistive technology, employment, sports, travel, universal design and mental health.

Many of the magazine’s talented writers include MDs, PhDs, JDs, best-selling authors, advocates and even U.S. Senators. Along with great writing talent, Ability cover interviews consisting of movie and television celebrities, sports figures, business leaders, Presidents, First Ladies and more.

If you’re currently looking to subscribe to Ability Magazine, you’re in luck! Right now they are giving free subscriptions out as compliments of Push Nation Fest. All you have to do is click on the following link enjoy.abilitymagazine.com/push and create a password to log in.

Be sure to stop by Ability Magazine’s booth while you’re hanging out at the Push Nation Fest this year. They’ll be able to give you some great insight on how to live up to your best potential and how you could subscribe to their magazine.

More information at:  www.abilitymagazine.com

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Meet Our Sponsors: Ki Mobility

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We are pleased to announce that Ki Mobility will be a sponsor at our Push Nation Fest 2016. Ki Mobility was founded in 2005 by Doug Munsey and Murry Slagerman. The company started out small but was determined to design high quality wheelchairs that would bring new life back into the standard folding wheelchair market. Ki Mobility now creates Folding, Rigid, Tilt and Youth wheelchairs.

Ki Mobility is dedicated to developing innovative seating and mobility products that provide optimal performance for the rider. They specialize in designing and manufacturing high quality, ultra-lightweight manual wheelchairs. Ki Mobility feels that what makes a wheelchair extraordinary for its rider is based on how well it fits the needs and ambitions of the person using it.

Be sure to make a trip over to the Ki Mobility booth while you are at this year’s Push Nation Fest. Here, you can ask them any questions about their wheelchairs and how they can help to create one that specifically fits you and your needs.

More information at:  www.kimobility.com

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Meet our Sponsors: Cure Medical

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For this year’s Push Nation Fest, we are proud to announce that Cure Medical will be one of our sponsors. Cure Medical is a medical products company committed to making a difference. They continuously contribute 10% of their net income to Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and Central Nervous System (CNS) research. Every day, research donations are increasing with each new order that is placed. Cure Medical understands Spinal Cord Injury personally, so they are always working hard to design their products with your needs in mind.

Not only is Cure Medical continuously raising money for SCI and CNS, but they are also a great resource for information regarding Spinal Cord and Central Nervous System Injuries. They rely on a variety of partners and sources to learn more about SCI and neurological disorders; so if they don’t have the information for you, they certainly can get you the answer with a little help.

Stop by the Cure Medical booth at the Push Nation Fest 2016 to find out more information regarding Spinal Cord and Central Nervous System Injuries.

More information at:  www.curemedical.com

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Meet Deborah Davis

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We are excited to share that Deborah Davis from Push Living will be participating in the women’s panel and her own breakout session at Push Nation Fest 2016.

Deborah is a Speaker, Entrepreneur, Writer and Business Owner of Lifestyle Enterprise Push Living Inc. Push Living Inc. is a sponsor for this year’s Push Nation Fest and helps to inspire people and make the world “accessible to all”.

Deborah is a mother of two beautiful, wise and exceptionally bright young women and resides in South Florida. She is a former dancer, an accident survivor with a C 6-7 Spinal Cord Injury, and a college grad from University of Miami in 1991 with a background in Sales and Marketing and Non-Profit Development and Management.

She has now embarked on a new path that thrives on creating a market for Disability Inclusive Stock Images with the creation of PhotoAbility.net and an online publishing enterprise: PushLiving.com.

The mission is to create inclusion for people with disabilities through stock images. These images are used for advertising, marketing and editorial uses, providing accessible properties for travel, swap or purchase, publishing online magazines for improved health and well-being, providing information and opportunities for Accessible Travel, and to operate an online store with products that improve lives.

Deborah is most passionate about building a network of people with disabilities who are empowering, supporting and creating a more inclusive world.

 

 

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