Summer is the season for the outdoors and camping, and yet people living with disabilities are less likely to go camping and enjoy the great Oregon outdoors because of diverse environmental barriers. Specifically, the majority of Oregon’s camping facilities and outdoor recreation programs are not designed to accommodate people with disabilities. This is an
Wheel Pad is an innovative, mobile solution to the labor-intensive and time-consuming process of remodeling a home for a loved one after a spinal cord injury, or any disabling condition. Joseph Cincotta and Julie Lineberger, an architect/business-minded married couple, conceptualized the Wheel Pad after their dear family friend, Riley Poor, sustained a SCI. The award-winning
The Handi-Craft Adaptive Whitewater Tour is a one-man sensation! Eric Thompson sustained a spinal cord injury in 2012, and as many of us know, the injury flipped his world, but it didn’t snuff his spirit. Now he’s touring the US demonstrating how anyone can enjoy whitewater rafting. He was a ski patroller at Mt Hood
Come handcycle every Tuesday, 5-6pm at the Portland International Raceway from July 10th – September 25th! If you’ve never tried it, you may fall in love with it. And if you fall in love with it, you can apply to Kelly Brush Foundation and/or Challenged Athlete’s Foundation for a grant to purchase a brand new
You were represented in Washington, DC by five Oregonians with spinal cord injuries! Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection is the Portland chapter of United Spinal Association (USA). For the last two years Oregon SCI has sent 2 or 3 representatives to Washington, DC for the Roll on Capitol Hill (ROCH), which is hosted by United
Whether it’s special bike lanes, miles of bike-friendly trails or the bike share program, the city of Portland has earned its reputation as one of America’s bike-friendliest places. This July Portland added another accomplishment to the list, launching the nation’s first partnership between a private bike shop, a bike share system and a city government
Below is a collection of some of the best accessible trails around Oregon and SW Washington. These have been compiled through conversations with other wheelchair users, notably Chuck Frayer, and an excellent 2008 article in the Oregonian by Terry Richards highlighting some of the best place to hike, fish and camp in Oregon. Following
A spinal cord injury affects the whole community. For those of us who are watching a loved one adapt to an SCI, or are accompanying him or her now as a caregiver, we experience a whole range of emotions too. Life after an SCI stretches and strengthens us in ways we never knew were possible.