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The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace.
What can YOU do?
YOU can support the Campaign for Disability Employment’s “What can YOU do?” initiative and play an important role in improving employment outcomes for people with disabilities.
“What can YOU do?” is a positive outreach initiative aimed at increasing the employment rate of people with disabilities by challenging common misperceptions. It sends a clear message: people with disabilities want to work and their talents and abilities benefit businesses both financially and organizationally. By implementing good workplace practices, such as maintaining a flexible and inclusive work environment, businesses can capitalize on the talents of qualified people with disabilities. All it takes is recognizing the value they add to the workplace and fostering a work culture welcoming of the talents of all individuals. We encourage organizations of all sizes and in all industries to join our effort.
Four Things YOU Can Do
There are many ways to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities and show your support for the “What can YOU do?” initiative. Here are four things you can do now:
|1. Hire, Retain and Advance People with Disabilities. Businesses that are inclusive of people with disabilities – in hiring, retention and advancement – benefit from a wider pool of talent, skills, and creative business solutions. Additionally, fostering a work environment that is flexible and open to the talents of all qualified individuals, including those with disabilities, actually promotes workplace success for everyone.|
|2. Be a Mentor. Be a mentor by inspiring youth with disabilities to achieve their career aspirations. It is important that each individual is valued for his or her skills and talents, and that youth with disabilities are supported and encouraged to dream big when it comes to developing career goals. Today’s youth will be tomorrow’s leaders. And if you are a youth with a disability, tell us what you WILL do!|
|3. Share the “CAN-Do” Spirit. Help us by telling others about the CDE and the “What can YOU do?” initiative. We encourage you to use our public service announcements, accompanying discussion guides, posters and other materials, all included in the CDE’s online CDE Toolkits, to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities in your business and community. Learn how our supporters are using the CDE’s tools to share the “CAN-Do” spirit!|
|4. Link to Us. Link to the CDE on your Web site to show your support for the “What can YOU do?” initiative and provide your visitors with easy access to disability employment information and resources. Various link options are available, including a badge to proudly display your organization’s support for the CDE.|
This study is looking at the effects of non-invasive transcutaneous magnetic stimulation on DSD (detrusor-sphincter dyssynergia). Overall the study will look at whether this intervention helps to improve volitional urination and decrease frequency of catheterization. The treatment will be twice a week at UCLA for approximately 1 year. Several people that we’ve talked to don’t know if they truly have DSD (sometimes called a neurogenic bladder), which is fine. If they have the symptoms of not being able to volitionally void due to increased urethral pressure, then we’ll perform a video urodynamics study to confirm DSD prior to the beginning of the study.
2. Age 18-75
3. At least 1 year post injury
4. Non-progressive SCI at C2-T8
5. ASIA A-B
6. Neurogenic Bladder requiring CISC (clean intermittent self-catheterization)
1. History of autonomic dysreflexia
2. Ventilator dependency
3. Musculoskeletal dysfunction (current fracture or infection)
4. Clinically significant depression
5. Ongoing drug abuse
6. Received Botox injection
7. Previous bladder surgery
8. Significant cardiopulmonary disease
For more information contact Josh Chambers JChambers@mednet.ucla.edu
Dear Triumph Supporter,
What an incredible year 2016 has been! Thanks to your wonderful support you touched the lives of thousands of people with spinal cord injury and other disabilities.
For every single Care Basket that we deliver, grant that we award, support group we facilitate, or sports and recreation activity we organize, there is a person who's story is worth being told.
This year we met a young 28-year-old young man named Nick who got into a motorcycle accident. His family contacted us and Triumph's Ambassadors delivered him a Care Basket in the hospital. A month later, Nick was discharged to go home without a proper wheelchair. Nick contacted Triumph and, through our Exchange program, he was given a lightweight, loaner wheelchair. Nick then used the resources Triumph gave him to learn how to drive again using hand controls. He then applied for Triumph's Keep Moving Forward Grant for adapted driving equipment and returned to work. He now participates in many of our Adaptive Recreation programs and has taken a leadership role in our Support Group that meets near his home. Nick represents Triumph Foundation as an Ambassador, inspiring others that are newly paralyzed they can rebuild their lives too and reintegrate back into the community.
It's stories like Nick's - stories of lives restored - that encourage our hearts and instill a sense of duty to continue our work. They are made possible only through of the generosity of people like you.
Please consider making a tax-deductible end-of-the-year donation to help continue our programs. Your generosity has changed so many lives, but many more are in need of the help you provide.
PS - Don't forget to make your donation by this Saturday, December 31st to get the full 2016 tax benefit. Your giving transforms lives, and we can't do it without you.
Your support sent Triumph Ambassadors traveling over 2,000 miles to deliver Care Baskets to 67 people that recently became paralyzed at 15 hospitals and rehab centers in the last 3 weeks to bring resources and hope this Christmas.
You made a LOT of people smile this Holiday season!
The winner of our Princess Cruises Raffle is...Clover Masonry.
Thank you to Princess Cruises that donated a four-day Coastal Getaway Cruise in support of Triumph Foundation.
We are so grateful to everyone who purchased raffle tickets to help us raise funds for a transport van.
As you reflect on the Holidays and look forward to the year ahead, just imagine if you had a spinal cord injury.
If you became paralyzed, what would you want? You would want choices, freedom, and opportunity. You would want to be seen as a person, whose capability is far greater than your disability.
You would need an organization like Triumph Foundation to help you adjust, discover quality of life, and pursue your dreams.
Your donations ensure that we can continue our important work.
WIN A FOUR-DAY CRUISE WHILE HELPING PEOPLE WHO ARE PARALYZED
Triumph Foundation and Princess Cruises hosts a raffle to raise money to purchase a new transport van.
Triumph Foundation is selling raffle tickets for $100 to win a Princess Cruises vacation in order to raise money to buy a cargo van for transporting the organization’s Care Baskets to hospitals, wheelchairs, adapted sports equipment, and any other necessary items supporting Triumph’s outreach program needs.
Purchase Raffle Tickets
The winner of the cruise will receive a four-day Coastal Getaway cruise for two in a private balcony stateroom. The cruise sails round-trip from Los Angeles along the West Coast, and will include fresh-made cuisine, comfortable accommodations, and dazzling entertainment.
The drawing will take place on December 27, 2016 at 7 PM at Triumph Foundation's End-Of-The-Year celebration at C.O.R.E. (Center of Restorative Exercise) at 9667 Reseda Blvd., Northridge, CA 91324. Winner need not be present.
Raffle tickets can be purchased at www.SupportTriumph.org
Provide an autobiographical essay that describes how you were injured, the degree of your disability and how it affects your everyday life, how you currently stay active, what hardships you face preventing you from owning a van now, how you would use this accessible van to move forward with your life goals and endeavors, and any other factors that you wish to be taken into consideration. In addition, include how you would assist Triumph Foundation to help others that are paralyzed.
Entry deadline is December 1, 2016.
*Handwritten applications will not be considered
Saturday, October 22, 2016, Triumph Foundation is holding our 3rd Annual Over-the-Line Wheelchair Baseball Tournament at the Barry A. Sanders Sport Field located at Lake Balboa Park 6300 Balboa Blvd. Van Nuys, CA 91316. Everyone's welcome to attend!
LIMITED TO FIRST 48 PLAYERS TO REGISTER
To Register, email Randi@Triumph-Foundation.o
Over-the-Line is a modified baseball game where players form small teams, attempt to hit a ball "over the line" into fair territory without their opponents catching it, and keep score. There will be a bracket where teams will have to win their way to the championship.
Historic Spinal Cord Stem Cell Treatment Is a Game Changer for Biotech
The Keck Medical Center of USC recently released news about a patient who participated in a clinical trial of stem cells for treatment of complete cervical spinal cord injury...included is video of patient Kris Boesen.
Some theorized that Boesen’s spinal cord hadn’t been completely severed and thought he must have naturally recovered.
This FDA-approved clinical trial required that only patients with catastrophic spinal cord injury could participate. It could have been possible, though, that a single patient was misdiagnosed by the experienced and highly qualified clinical and surgical team.
All 8 patients in the trial show great improvement
Data has now been released about all eight clinical participants with catastrophic spinal cord injury. Boesen wasn’t an anomaly. His results weren’t even the most impressive. All eight attained benefits that are both spectacular and historic.
The first three patients, in fact, only received the same small number of stem cells used in earlier mouse studies. Yet, they have shown some improvement.
The other five quadriplegics received half the therapeutic dose. They have gained enough upper body movement to care for themselves in just three months (the trial’s FDA guidelines allow twelve months).
About the SCiStar Trial
The SCiStar trial is an open-label, single-arm trial testing three sequential escalating doses of AST-OPC1 administered at up to 20 million AST-OPC1 cells in as many as 35 patients with sub-acute, C-5 to C-7, motor complete (AIS-A or AIS-B) cervical SCI. These individuals have essentially lost all movement below their injury site and experience severe paralysis of the upper and lower limbs. AIS-A patients have lost all motor and sensory function below their injury site, while AIS-B patients have lost all motor function but may retain some minimal sensory function below their injury site. AST-OPC1 is being administered 14 to 30 days post-injury. Patients will be followed by neurological exams and imaging procedures to assess the safety and activity of the product.
The study is being conducted at six centers in the U.S. and the company plans to increase this to 12 to accommodate the expanded patient enrollment...