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October 10, 2010 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Eureka Freedom Tent ($454.99) was designed to allow easy access for wheelchairs. Its high, wide, zipper-free front door leads into a spacious vestibule/sitting area, and an interior door with pull handles leads into a sleeping area. Combo side-entry doors/windows in the sleeping area allow a person to be transferred to a cot. They're also great for any camper with bulky gear. The tent has a self-supporting aluminum frame, mosquito netting and a polyester rainfly. At 17 pounds, it’s obviously for car camping.
September 27, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Cathy Sulsona lives in a world where everyone looks down on her in her electric wheelchair. Sometimes passersby look right past her, or have trouble decoding her slurred voice. They see only the cerebral palsy. But when she climbs on her quarter horse, she rises above them. "I feel normal," Sulsona, 43, of Riverside said as she sat next to her horse at Hansen Dam equestrian center. "I'm not looked down on. " Sulsona was among about 115 riders at Sunday's daylong Kiwanis Equestrian Competition for Special Athletes.
September 22, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
Tucked behind flowing pink bougainvillea and thick green shrubs, the Woodland Hills home quietly masks the force of nature that once lived inside. The wide doors are in deference to his wheelchair. The bars on the window are symbolic of his fight. Sitting peacefully on a bookshelf in the dining room is a gold urn containing his ashes. Typically, perfectly, the top and bottom of the container are wrapped in masking tape. Roy Campanella, Lord knows, would do anything to hold himself together.
September 10, 2010 | By Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times
At first, it hurt too much to look at his girls. Isabelle had just turned 3, and Emma was 1. He thought of them growing into teenagers and then women, their memories of their father evaporating in the fog of early childhood. He'd survive as a disembodied name on their mother's lips, a wheelchair-bound stranger in family photos, a fable. Jeff Rawitz, top-flight criminal defense attorney, partner in one of the world's largest law firms, weighed his options. He could make a video memorial.
July 27, 2010 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
The severely disabled, including those "locked in" to their bodies as a result of accidents or disease, may soon have a new way to communicate and move around, Israeli scientists said Monday. By sniffing, more than a dozen quadriplegics were able to control computers that allowed them to write and to guide a wheelchair, the team reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences . The technology relies on the fact that quadriplegics and others retain control of their soft palates, which regulate breathing through the nose.
July 10, 2010 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
Thirteen years ago, a biomedical engineer in Orange County had a religious awakening and began tinkering with plastic lawn chairs and bicycle wheels in his garage. Don Schoendorfer, who has a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was in search of the perfect wheelchair for the poor in the developing world — a vehicle that would be light, durable and, above all, cheap. His peers thought he had gone off the deep end. Even his wife, although supportive, soon tired of his creations cluttering the garage of their Santa Ana home.
June 12, 2010 | By Charles Solomon, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Unlike their counterparts in the squeaky-clean world of American comics, the teenagers in Takehiko Inoue's award-winning manga series "Real" face graver problems than: Will Archie ask Betty or Veronica to the hop? Intensely dedicated Kiyoharu Togawa was about to become the top junior high sprinter in Japan; then his right leg was partially amputated because of osteosarcoma. Hisanobu Takahashi, the arrogant captain of the Nishi High basketball team, stole a bicycle to impress a girl and rode into the path of a dump trunk.
February 7, 2010
You know those destinations you feel obligated to visit but don't really want to? Travel section readers do. We asked them to tell us about some of the places they were certain weren't right for them, and here's what they said. Sometimes, the destination was a wonderful surprise; other times, not so much. Read more online at Utah, Colorado road trip What I expected: Thirty hours in a cramped, six-cylinder speeding bullet with our in-laws, two dogs, a suitcase full of bargain basement books-on-tape (intrigue!
September 1, 2009 | Katherine Skiba
Tammy Duckworth, a former Black Hawk helicopter pilot who lost both her legs to a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq, hoists herself into a single-engine Piper Cherokee. She taxis to a runway, pushes the throttle and pulls back on the yoke to coax the four-seat plane into the air. Now it's blue skies for Duckworth, who's flying again. For the 41-year-old assistant secretary of U.S. Veterans Affairs, flying equals freedom, even if it's not adrenaline-pumping combat duty but sailing over Virginia's forests and farms.
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