Safety

Sometimes conquering fear of the uncertain and finding a world of possibilities is just a train ride away

posted on October 8, 2015 - 9:45am
Have you ever felt trapped, isolated or suffocated by transportation-related issues? I’m sure those of you who use a wheelchair, like I do — I have spinal muscular atrophy — or rely on some other form of mobility aid have felt these things a time or two. I know I have. But in the past couple of years, I’ve been determined to face my greatest fear, which includes...
posted on March 1, 2004 - 10:18am
You owe it to yourself to drive safely. For people with disabilities who aren't able to transfer into a vehicles seat, traffic safety standards are only part of the equation for a safe journey. Safety first Something as simple as a sudden swerve or quick stop can be extremely dangerous to the occupant of a wheelchair, says Marty Roller of Fresno, Calif., branch manager of Driving Specialties,...

Those teeth were made for brushing

posted on December 1, 2002 - 6:02am
Dr. John R. Large of Tucson, Ariz., chats with Matt Messmer. At the Tucson, Ariz., home of Matt and Terra Messmer, the day starts at 4 a.m.

Staying upright with a neuromuscular disease

posted on December 1, 2002 - 5:58am
Some people have nightmares about falling off cliffs. Brad Williams has nightmares about falling — period. “Whenever I’m walking, falling down is always the major thought on my mind,” says Williams, 39, of Alexandria, Va. “It has to be on my mind a lot for me to be dreaming about it.” Williams has Miyoshi distal myopathy, a slowly progressive form of muscular dystrophy that primarily affects the...

With a plan in place, you can get going when the going gets tough

posted on February 1, 2002 - 12:54pm
You're sitting at your desk at work and you suddenly detect the smell of smoke, along with sounds of confusion in the hallway. Someone sticks his head through the doorway of your eighth-floor office and tells you the building is on fire. What do you do?
posted on August 1, 2000 - 10:42am
Some people with neuromuscular diseases are experiencing grandparenthood, retirement and other welcome hallmarks of a long life. But the golden years may also bring some not-so-pleasant surprises. The future isn't what it used to be.
posted on December 1, 1999 - 5:00pm
In the spring of 1997, Leslie Little was preparing to speak at a forum about home and fire safety for people with disabilities. She wanted to include a demonstration of a fire extinguisher that was adapted for use by people with disabilities. Problem was, such a device didn't exist.
posted on August 1, 1999 - 12:56pm
If you've ever gulped a cup of coffee while simultaneously searching for car keys, packing lunch for a 5-year-old and giving directions over the phone, you probably didn't notice that a miracle was occurring literally underneath your nose. Swallowing is a seemingly simple but extraordinary act, one we usually take for granted at least until something goes wrong with the process.