aaa300237_497793696945779_1946248913_nIntroducing Beyond The Chair, the amazing, spectacular, life-changing gym. Beyond The Chair is a non-profit organization founded by Nito Blochlinger and Laura Dominguez-Tauer in 2012. Laura is a C6 quadriplegic and Nito has worked in the adaptive exercise field, specifically spinal cord injury recovery for the past 10 years.
Their mission is simple: to provide an improved quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries and other neurological disabilities through intensive exercise programs. Basically they ROCK!! Their Certified Neuro-Fitness Specialists use exercise techniques to train the body in functional movement patterns.
The benefits you ask? Got a moment? Or twenty? Lol.
Beyon The Chair, their amazing staff and their FANTASTIC program:
Improves circulation, blood pressure, cardiovascular endurance and range of motion. Temperature control, sensations, mobility and ability to function independently.
Maintains bone density
Increases muscle mass and strength
Reduces muscle spasms and spasticity
Potential to reduce pain and depression
Don’t think of it as just a gym or and occupational/physical therapy. It’s a post rehab program that targets to compliment and improve the clients level of function. It offers specific programs that are designed for each individual and their needs, whether it be training in their gym, or them coming to you. Even group training!!
Don’t think they are only specializing in SCI (spinal cord injuries). They also provide services for Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s, Geriatrics, Spina Bifida, Rett Syndrome, ALS, Fibromyalgia, Amputees, Guillain-Barre, Alzheimer’s and Weight Management. Ummmmm.. MULTI-TALENTED!!!
They have the regular machines you would find in a gym and they also have specialized pieces of equipment as well. For instance, they have a motorized elliptical machine that they harness clients into and it’s adapted to produce a movement pattern that mimics a natural gait while in an upright position; helps improve the ambulation of clients.
You ready for the Disney success story? They happy ever after? How’s this: Parents of a 4 year old cerebral palsy client of theirs was told their son would never walk in his lifetime. When they first started working with him, he could only take 2-3 steps on his own. Now he is able to walk up to 60 unassisted steps on his own! WHOOOOO HOOOOOOOO!!!!
They are holding their first annual golf benefit on June 1, 2013 where ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT SPINAL CORD INJURY RECOVERY AND OTHER NEUROLOGICAL DISABILITIES!!!! Check out their Facebook page for more information on that
In a nut shell, this place is one-of-a-kind SPECTACULAR!!!! I encourage EVERYONE to check them out, Google them, LIKE them, SHARE them and SUPPORT them!!!

311022_248230718554541_957565136_nI wanted to share with you They Shall Walk. Perhaps some of you have heard about it, and if you haven’t then you should. This needs tp be a household name!! Imagine an Iron Man-esque suit that helps people with paralysis and other diabilities walk again. Is this the furture of medicine? Could people who aren’t able to walk take their first steps?? Are machines going to be our new medicine? Read the story and let us know what you think:)

They Shall Walk is a non-profit medical research corporation in the state of Washington. It was founded to give the gift of walking, raise awareness of paralyzed and other disAbled persons, improve their quality of life through technology, provide for the needs of mobility impaired, provide educational opportunities for students, teachers, mentors and schools.
They Shall Walk was founded by Monty K Reed in 1986 specifically to build the LIFESUIT robotic exoskeleton that would give him his life back. After designing the system Monty experienced a miraculous healing and was able to walk again. He still suffers daily with pain and partial paralysis that comes and goes. In spite of the challenges Monty has made a commitment to continued health and rides a bike over 2000 miles a year and participates in cycling events such as the STP
The next step in the Gift of Walking timeline is the Rehabilitation model of the LIFESUIT called the RehabSUIT. Paralyzed people will use the RehabSUIT to stand, walk and exercise. Microsoft has just sponsored in with $1.2 million in software towards the $14 million institute facility in Seattle (AKA the “North Lab”).Automated Therapeutics is the newest sponsor of They Shall Walk and will be manufacturing and selling the therapy version of the robotic suit. Exoskeletons are now being tested in hospitals with favorable results. Automated Therapeutics will raise $500k to develop the prototype into a market ready product.
In the future paralyzed people will have a LIFESUIT for use at home and in the office. For instance the LIFESUIT LS14 weighs about 75 pounds and is powered by compressed air. It will allow the wearer walk up to about 2.5 miles per hour and to ascend and descend stairs. The next model, known as LIFESUIT™ LS15 can stand and balance unmanned, it will be controlled in the same way as a powered wheelchair with a joystick. Future generations of the LIFESUIT™ may incorporate a wet-suit style outfit composed of ‘biosynthetic muscle fibers’© ™, fuel cells or “Fuel Pods© ™” and lightweight power paks. It will be worn under the clothes and allow paralyzed to walk and no one will ever know they were paralyzed.

There are millions of disabled people that can benefit from the LIFESUIT™ including the SCI, Elderly, Veterans, people with sports injuries, accident victims, and people with congenital defects.

Website:
www.theyshallwalk.org

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Facebook page:

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***Complete blog taken from www.theyshallwalk.org

imageAre you disable but love riding horses? Do you think that you will never be able to ride again? Well this may be what you’re looking for. I don’t typically like to promote products that I have not had a chance to try myself. However every once in a while I come across something like this and well I just have to share it with all of you. The company is called, Grays Costume Saddlery and Western Store. Here is their info; HOME OF THE “SPECIAL NEEDS” SADDLES
Handicapped, Disabled, Adaptive
Proprietors and Owners
John H. Gray
Master Craftsman and Saddle Maker
Fran Gray
Proprietress
Retail Store – 406 Market Street
Manufacturing – 403 Church Street
Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas 72512
Tel: 870-670-4800 or Cell: 870-291-0449

I was very impress by their dedication to get disable people back into horseback riding. If you decide to try this company’s product please let me know. Thank you all or your support.

So I’m a huge fan of the Assassin’s Creed saga, and I can’t wait for Black flag to come out. Here is my opinion on why I love this game so much. Assassin’s Creed is one of the most intriguing, fresh, fun, and absolutely impressive games to come to the Xbox 360. The presentation is stunning and the gameplay will hook you and not let you go for hours at a time. It is not a perfect game by any means, but when you take your time to really experience everything the game has to offer rather than rushing through it, the flaws fade and the strengths shine even brighter. Assassin’s Creed is a great game that is among the very best starting in 2007. Over all if you try this game and give it a chance I guarantee that you will fall in love with it.

The Verdict

9Amazing

The Good: Gorgeous graphics; incredibly fluid and intuitive controls; cool story; climbing around and exploring is fun; very satisfying

The Bad: You tell me!!!

If you happen to be in Arizona on April 26-27 the Disability and Empowerment Center will be holding a 4th Annual Wellness fair. There will be many vendors showing their products giving you a chance to try them and see how they can facilitate your disability. This will be a great opportunity for everyone to see the latest gadgets out in the market for people with disabilities. For more information you can contact;
David Carey
Advocacy Specialist
AZ Bridge to Independent Living – ABIL
5025 E. Washington Street Ste. 200
Phoenix, AZ 85034
602-443-0723 (Voice), 443-0735 TTY
602-443-0721 (Fax)
Or see the flyer below. Once again thank you and hope to see you there.

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