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Life on Wheels: For the Active Wheelchair User

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Over 1.5 million Americans use wheelchairs for a variety of causes: a congenital condition, traumatic injury, or disease. People who depend upon wheelchairs for mobility are in varied situations. They might live independently or need attendant care; live alone or with family; be employed full-time or no longer working. Despite differences, people dependent on wheelchairs face some similar medical issues and a need to cope with changed circumstances.Life on Wheels: For the Active Wheelchair User is for people who ...

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Overview

Over 1.5 million Americans use wheelchairs for a variety of causes: a congenital condition, traumatic injury, or disease. People who depend upon wheelchairs for mobility are in varied situations. They might live independently or need attendant care; live alone or with family; be employed full-time or no longer working. Despite differences, people dependent on wheelchairs face some similar medical issues and a need to cope with changed circumstances.Life on Wheels: For the Active Wheelchair User is for people who want to take charge of their own life experience while using a wheelchair. Author Gary Karp, ergonomics consultant and long-time chair user, describes:

  • Medical issues (paralysis, circulation, rehab experience, choosing the optimal wheelchair, scientific progress toward a cure)
  • Day-to-day living (keeping fit, skin care, bowel and bladder care, sexuality, home access, maintaining a wheelchair, wheeling technique, insurance)
  • Psychological and social issues (grieving loss, self-image, adjustment to life change, friends, family, asking for and being helped, cultural attitudes, history of disability, and activism)
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Karp, a juggler and musician, became paraplegic due to an accident as a teenager, and has led a full life since, including a career in computers and ergonomics. Here he offers others in wheelchairs advice on medical issues, day-to-day living, and psychology and social issues to help them take charge of their own lives. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565922532
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/1998
  • Series: Patient Centered Guides Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 565
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

When he was 18, in 1973, Gary fell out of a tree, breaking his spine in mid-back and becoming paraplegic. After his accident, Gary went on to college, graduated, and worked in the computer graphics field. In that field, he started a desktop services division, and conducted training and presentations. In 1992, Gary developed a repetitive strain injury. After recovering, he began his own ergonomics consulting business, Onsight Technology, which offers training and individual workstation consultation to range of clients in the San Francisco Bay Area. Outside work, Gary has been performing music — guitar, piano and singing — in local cafes and coffeehouses since he was a teenager and has recorded an album of original guitar music. In 1988 a friend introduced him to juggling, and Gary has been hooked ever since. He enjoys the juggling community, the necessity of making mistakes, pushing the envelope of what you are able to do, the Zen experience of staying in the moment, and juggling with others in passing patterns. He has also produced, performed and emceed at fundraisers and competitions. Gary's first book, Choosing a Wheelchair, was published in the summer of 1998. In his writing, Gary is interested in helping people educate themselves and adapt so that they can have the best quality of life possible.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Disabilities 1
2 Rehabilitation 17
3 Medical Concerns 79
4 Staying Healthy 114
5 The Experience of Disability 162
6 Wheelchair Selection 211
7 Home Access 262
8 Intimacy, Sex, and Babies 316
9 Spinal Cord Research 369
10 Politics and Legislation 419
11 Getting Out There 447
Resources 501
Notes 525
Bibliography 533
Index 537
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2000

    Great pragmatic book

    Wish I had this book 15 years ago! Practical and highly useful. When friends (or their friends / loved ones) become wheel chair bound, this is the resource they will use as their bible for the first year.

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