Quad Squad Bowling Photos 2011-07-10

We had five IKAN Users, myself included, at Quad Squad Bowling on July 10th.  Youth Group members from First Baptist Church of Umatilla caddied for us. You can view the photos on Facebook HERE (a Facebook account is not required). For details about Quad Squad Bowling and photos from an earlier outing, click HERE. Thank […]

Disability Doesn’t Stop This Valedictorian

I’m inspired by, humbled, and honored to know Audrey Winkelsas.  We met when she became an IKAN User — and she recently graduated from high school as her class VALEDICTORIAN — despite the additional challenges of having Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and using a power wheelchair since the age of two.  Audrey also bowled on […]

A New Record and the Real Meaning of Handicap Zero

Bill Miller’s 223 and 12th 200 Game — and 564 Series At Quad Squad Bowling recently, I bowled my top score ever — a 223 — and my second best series of three games — a 564.  Did you know that I’m paralyzed from my neck down and ventilator dependent?  And my that score is […]

Quad Squad Bowling

Our “Quad Squad” is a group of mostly power wheelchair users who get together in Central Florida and bowl (usually twice a month) using the IKAN Bowler.  (The IKAN Bowler is an empowerment device that attaches to the front of almost any wheelchair — it’s fun, therapeutic, and legit: www.ikanbowler.com.) We usually have between 3-5 […]

Civitan Clubs Use IKAN Bowler to Help People with Disabilities

The Mission Statement for Civitan International is: “To build good citizenship by providing a volunteer organization of clubs dedicated to serving individual and community needs with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities.” Source: http://www.civitan.com/template.php?t=sr&id=101 Civitan members in Louisiana were excited to learn about the IKAN Bowler and how it can empower wheelchair users […]

Results of My Surgeries: Healthy but No DPS

For more on my surgeries, see this this blog entry. Ultimately our trip for my surgeries was successful, though not as successful as hoped. The primary successes from my surgeries were: replacing my cardiac pacemaker, getting x-rays of my chest and neck (that I was given to view on CD) and having actual outpatient surgery […]

From Vent to Diaphragmatic Pacing System — Part IV

For more on my pursuit of the NeuRx Diaphragm Pacing System (DPS) see Part I, II, or III. Finally a Surgery Date! Barring something unfortunate, I should have my two outpatient surgeries on February 2nd, 2011, at Orlando Regional Medical Center.  In one trip to the operating room (for me) I’ll have my cardiac pacemaker […]

What’s Coming in 2011

The two main things I want to profile on my blog in 2011 are: (1) IKAN User profiles from people around the U.S. and World, and (2) further chronicles of my pursuit of the Diaphragm Pacing System (DPS). Wheelchair users around the U.S. and also some abroad, mostly in Europe, are enjoying dynamic bowling with […]

One of the Coolest Commercials EVER!

Checkout this YouTube clip for ThinkBeyondTheLabel.com: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV4HUBUMuHQ] Direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV4HUBUMuHQ Why is that so cool?  If you didn’t notice, it shows a high-level quadriplegic typing with a mouthstick, and later driving his chair via sip-and-puff (the same method I use). I’ve seen it air on ESPN (i.e. mainstream TV) multiple times. Here’s part of the […]

BACK IN LIFE — Zach Weinstein’s Story

“In July of 2005 Zack Weinstein broke his neck while jumping into the Saco River in Maine.  He is now a C5-C6 Quadriplegic.  In service to other quadriplegics, we have teamed up with Zack to create “BACK IN LIFE”.  Our hope is that by sharing Zack’s powerful experiences in this film, it may provide others […]