We are raising funds to support our own Outreach & Peer Mentoring Program, Transition Care Program and our Health & Fitness Program found under the Outreach Programs tab on our website, as well as the following external programs:
The AXIS Project
The Alan T Brown Foundation was invited to the launch of The Axis Project in late-August 2014 by our friends at Wheeling Forward and Wheels of Progress. The Axis Project is a new and innovative social daycare center designed for people with disabilities. The program is located in a 7,500 square foot multidisciplinary center in Harlem that offers programs and activities designed to empower and motivate people with physical disabilities to pursue a healthy, active lifestyle. The center is wheelchair accessible and features all accessible equipment. Adults 18 or older who need help with activities of daily living and are Medicaid-eligible may participate. The program is located at 1325 Fifth Avenue on the Ground Floor in NYC. The entrance is on East 112th Street. Key leaders of the program include Fitness Director, Lawrence Harding; Program Co-Director, Alex Elegudin, Co-Founder of Wheeling Forward; Program Co-Director, George Gallego, Founder of Wheels of Progress; Kiki Flynn, Renowned Yoga Director; and Movement Instructor, Zazel-Chavah O’Garra.
North Shore-LIJ Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Services (STARS) Program
STARS (Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Services), part of the North Shore-LIJ Rehabilitation Network, helps you and your loved ones find relief from pain and get moving again after an accident, injury, illness or surgery. The experienced and knowledgeable staff of physical therapists, occupational therapists and other health professionals truly understands the meaning of quality care and are chosen as much for their compassion and caring as for their skill and experience. They will provide you with the education, support and motivation you need to get back to your individual level of independence.
STARS is located at six easy to access locations throughout Long Island and Queens.
STARS East Meadow is located at 801 Merrick Avenue in East Meadow, NY 11554. They offer rehabilitation services for persons living with spinal cord injury as well as an array of other services such as: orthopaedic and joint replacement rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation, wheelchair evaluations, balance and vestibular rehabilitation, hand therapy, aquatic therapy, spine care, and fracture and trauma care. STARS offers weekly classes such as Multiple Sclerosis classes, arthritis aquatic classes and cancer exercise classes. For more information or to learn more about the STARS Program call (516) 393-8900 or visit www.northshorelij.com/STARS.
“The services are remarkable and the staff is very professional! The therapists treat you with love, respect and care for your, they make you feel like family.”
“After the accident, the only body parts I could use were my shoulders, arms, hands and upper chest. If it were not for my doctor and therapists at STARS, I am not sure I would have been able to remain independent.”
The Big Idea
A project of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation- The Big Idea is a first-of-its-kind campaign aimed at propelling the paralysis community into a new era of groundbreaking research. It’s a movement to transform what it means for individuals to live with a spinal cord injury (SCI). Epidural stimulation research has restored quality of life and enabled four people living with SCI to recover voluntary movements and the ability to stand. Each participant had a chronic motor complete injury, meaning they were completely paralyzed below the injury level and likely would never recover. Like many historic breakthroughs, the effectiveness of epidural stimulation to improve autonomic functions (bladder, bowel, sexual and temperature) was discovered by accident. In fact, the original study was designed to promote stepping and standing.