We would like to formally announce that the Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association is now a Chapter of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Peter Wilderotter, CEO & President of CDRF, has very high regards of the Association and would like us to be a role model for the rest of the chapters in their foundation.
The press conference was held in the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., yesterday at 10:00AM Eastern. The media received the One Degree of Separation: Paralysis and Spinal Cord Injury in the United States, a national paralysis population survey, before the conference began. The survey is a collaboration effort of University of New Mexico, Center for Development on Disability; Center for Disease Control, and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Please click here to view the one hour conference.
Alexandra Reeve Givens, Christopher Reeve’s daughter was interviewed on the show Tuesday, April 21st to speak about the One Degree of Separation: Paralysis and Spinal Cord Injury in the United States survey findings. Please click here.to view this interview. She later joined her brother, Matthew Reeve, at the National Press Conference.
Holmes and Don Price were interviewed yesterday for the 5:00PM news broadcast. The Disability Empowerment Center was highlighted and the Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association was announced as the newest Chapter of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. To view the segment, please click here to view the video.
5,596,000 Americans are currently living with paralysis. This is the extraordinary finding of One Degree of Separation: Paralysis and Spinal Cord Injury in the United States, released today by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
No one had any idea that the paralysis community is this large. This means nearly 1 in 50 of all Americans are living with paralysis -- 33% more than previous estimates.
Breakthrough Strategies along with Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is working on a Paralysis Community Map. The object is to add faces to these numbers to show the world who is living with paralysis. So they have created the Paralysis Community Map. The goal is to have one million people who are part of the paralysis community on the map.
These include: People living with paralysis, Friends and Family Members, Professional Caregivers, Physicians and Scientists, and Military veterans.