The “Tribune” article “Website Gives Disabled People Info,” is about our founders’ desire to connect families dealing with SCI with the life-experience of many other people using the internet. The story led to a follow-up in “Trib Nation,” the newspaper’s blog, on how our multi-media-rich website may serve as a future social-support model for any type of injury or illness—physical or mental. (Also be sure to check out the video, below, and story on founder Thea Flaum’s previous career as the producer of the Ebert-Siskel Movie-Review series.)
ABC 7 News Chicago is putting FacingDisability.com on the air as well. Reporter Karen Meyer interviewed Flaum and Dr. Elliot Roth, Director of the Brain Injury Program at the Rehabilitation Institution of Chicago, on their plans to create a traumatic brain injury website modeled on FacingDisability.com. The story will be broadcast in a special segment celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act on July 26th.
In medical news, FacingDisability.com is helping a team of researchers at the University of Virginia develop an Internet intervention for people with SCI to prevent pressure ulcers and promote healthy skin behaviors. They will be using expert videos from Mary Ziegler’s FacingDisability pressure sore interview for a pilot program that will be tested in a randomized controlled trial later this year.
Flaum has also received another honor lately: She’s been asked to sit on the board of the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC). She will use her experience with SCI to help advance spinal cord injury, brain injury and burn treatment and research.
And finally, on a lighter note, who would have thought a single Tweet and Facebook mention by an old friend could 600 FacingDisability hits in one day?! Well, if it’s Roger Ebert, it’s possible. See what Ebert had to say by “Liking” FacingDisability on Facebook.
It is an exciting time for FacingDisability and we’d like to know what other articles you’d like to see. Please share your ideas below.