Sherry Hixenbaugh is the new titleholder and was crowned in November as Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky 2007.
She is an employee of Jefferson Community College in Louisville. Sherry believes that a positive attitude and determination will take you beyond life's obstacles. She believes everyone has the responsiblity to vote and keep knowledgable concerning political leaders because their decisions on social services can affect your lifestyle.
Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky is available for speaking engagements and appearances and looking forward to an amazing year.
January 1, 2006 the newly crowned Laura Reynolds begins her reign as Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky, 2006. She will represent Kentucky in August at the National MWA in Little Rock, Arkansas. Laura is a dynamic woman who loves sports of every kind. She is a student at Indiana University South studying journalism so that she can feature persons with disabilities and their accomplishments in print. She has a ‘can do’ attitude and her message is that persons with disabilities have the same hopes and dreams as others. They just have to meet those goals using their wheels instead of their legs. Laura is available for speaking engagements and appearances and looking forward to an amazing year.
On Friday, October 18th, we asked our grassroots in the 18 states that have a member of the Senate Finance Committee to call, write and email their Senator(s) in support of an amendment that Senator Lincoln (D-AR) was offering on Medicare direct access. Senator Lincoln's amendment would have, if passed, provided a 10 state demonstration project over a 2 year period to assess the quality, cost-effectiveness, patient satisfaction, and safety of direct access for Medicare beneficiaries to outpatient physical therapy services.
Unfortunately, to reach an agreement on the 10 billion dollars in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid from the Senate Committee, all Republican amendments were withdrawn or negotiated to include in the revised budget package. The democratic amendments were withdrawn, offered then withdrawn, or failed. Due to the trend that amendments were failing on a 9 to 11 party line, APTA in consultation with Senator Lincoln agreed to have the Senator speak on the amendment and its value to patients served by physical therapists under Medicare, then withdraw before the vote.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – An experimental therapy that combines stem cells and gene therapy to repair spinal cord injuries in rats may lead to a new way to treat the same injury in humans.
The therapy, described in the July 27 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, shows significant potential for repairing the spinal cord by regenerating a protective coating on the nervous system, said lead researcher Scott Whittemore of the University of Louisville.
Fines for illegally parking in a handicapped space in Kentucky rose to $250 in July, but you might not know it by reviewing court records for the law's first six months.
According to a report prepared for The Courier-Journal by the Administrative Office of the Courts, there were 206 cases in 25 counties of someone being charged with illegal parking in a handicapped zone in Kentucky between the time the law took effect July 13 and Jan. 31.
In November , Michelle Bazeley was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky, 2005. Michelle was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and moved to Louisville five years ago after graduating from the University of Cincinnati.
Currently she works full time for Community Employment, an agency that provides job services for adults with disabilities, and part time at Actors Theatre of Louisville. She also heads up the Louisville chapter of Winners On Wheels (WOW), a national scouting organization for kids with physical disabilities.
HARKIN INTRODUCES BILL TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES
Legislation would allow individuals to receive care in their own homes and communities, rather than nursing homes
Washington, D.C. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that he introduced the Money Follows the Person Act of 2005. The legislation, co-sponsored by Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR), would reimburse states for community based services for an individual currently living in a nursing home or similar facility.
The Research Review Act, which will promote collaborative paralysis research, passed the U.S. Senate in a late night session Tuesday, November 16th, 2004. The Act incorporates a vital component of the pending Christopher Reeve Paralysis Act which calls on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to prepare a report on how they have and how they will encourage the use of multidisciplinary research teams to advance treatments, develop new therapies, and collaborate on clinical trials with respect to spinal cord injury and paralysis research.
Introduced with bipartisan support by Congressional sponsors, Michael Bilirakis (R-Fla.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) H.R. 5213 passed the House on Oct. 7 and the Senate on Nov. 16 unanimously. The act defines key goals of the scientific community - encouraging collaboration and coordination and limiting research redundancy.
About the New York Community Trust DeWitt Wallace/Youth Travel Enrichment Fund
The US/Japan Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Disability Exchange Program is funded by The New York Community Trust DeWitt Wallace/Youth Travel Enrichment Fund, established in Community Funds by the co-founder of The Reader's Digest Association. For the past ten years, MIUSA has received the generous support of the DeWitt Wallace/Youth Travel Enrichment Fund, established by the founder of The Reader's Digest Association, to provide an educational travel opportunity to young adults with disabilities from diverse communities. In previous years, these programs have taken place in Mexico, Costa Rica, Japan and England.