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November 2015 E-News

Turkey Time at  Mount Sinai Do-It! Thanksgiving Party

On Wednesday November 18th, the Do-It! SCI Team threw their annual Thanksgiving Party. This year's event was sponsored by our good friend Jared Kaplin at Hollister. We at Mount Sinai would like to wish everyone and their families a wonderful and healthy Thanksgiving.

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Mount Sinai Holds SCI Community Advisory Committee Meeting
Dr. Kristjan T Ragnarsson, Chairman of Mount Sinai Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
On November 9th, Dr. Kristjan Ragnarsson, Chairman of the Mount Sinai Department of Rehabilitation Medicine hosted the 2015 SCI Community Advisory Committee Meeting. The committee is composed of consumers with SCI as well as leaders of various agencies, organizations, and foundations that serve persons with spinal cord injury in the Greater New York City area. Those who attended included key medical staff at Mount Sinai; Dr. Thomas Bryce, Dr Miguel Escalon, Dr. Allan Kozlowski, Rose Faotto PT, Dr. Angela Riccobono, Laurie-Allen Schneider PT, Alison Miller OT, and Jim Cesario. Also in attendance were; James Weisman CEO of United Spinal Association, Fran Brown President and Chrissy Kiernan Director of Development for the Alan T Brown Foundation, Donna Williamson of Harlem Independent Living Center, Susan Howley Director of Research for Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Victor Calise Commissioner for the NYC Mayor's Office for Persons with Disabilies, Joanne Schwartz Supervisor for the Manhattan Office of ACCESS, Ted Finkelstein from the NYC Commission on Human Rights, Donna Messinger, Debra Poli Vice President for NYCSCIA, Sugenny Flowers Coordinator of the SCI Program of ICS, and Alex Elegudin President of Wheeling Forward.
Mount Sinai reported on research studies that they are working on in the areas of stem cell surgery, exoskeleton walking devices, home accessible evaluation utilizing computer software, patient posturography balance. Also presentations on SCI Sexuality, Community Outreach, Do-It! Outpatient Program, Sports and Fitness were presented.
There was free flowing dialogue and information that was shared between the Committee and Mount Sinai. Committee members presented programs and information that their organization was involved in as well as areas of importance for persons with SCI.
Life Challenge Takes to The Skies
The Life Challenge Program took to the skies on Friday October 23rd. It's destination was Blairstown Airport, home of Freedom's Wings. This organization teaches persons with disabilities how to glide through the skies like an eagle. Thanks go out to longtime friend Chris Lynch, our guide and pilot for the day.
Virtual Home Assessment Study
The research team at Mount Sinai Medical Center is working on determining  the efficacy of new methods for patients and families to perform home evaluations using a mobile app. The team has a partnership with Sensopia the designers of the Magic Plan App. Magic Plan is an application for the iPad that enables an individual to create a floor plan showing room dimensions, door and hallway widths and the placement of objects in the home. The app can be synced with a laser to improve the accuracy of the measurements.  Mount Sinai received a grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation as funding for this project. The research team has met with the Community Partners and the SCI Community Advisory Committee to discuss ideas for the future.
Halloween Zombie Laser Tag Bash
Our annual Halloween Zombie Laser Tag Bash was held on Friday October 30th in Long Island City at Extreme Sports. This event is not for the squeamish. Players armed with laser guns are unleashed in an asylum of mayhem and destruction to fight opposing players as well as real life zombies. 
For info or to reserve a spot, contact Jim Cesario.
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