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October 2016 E-News

Rehabilitation Fair
The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Center hosted the 19th Annual Rehab Fair in the Guggenheim Atrium on Wednesday, September 21st from 11-3pm.   Vendors from various companies provided the latest information on wheelchairs, cushions, ambulatory devices, orthotics and prosthetics.   Advocacy groups provided  information about transportation, returning  to work or school,  community health,  wellness and sports.  Adjacent to the fair in our outdoor area we displayed our adaptive SUV with lift for consumers to try.  For more information about participating in next year’s fair please contact Laurie Allen-Schneider at 212 824-7612 or
Caregiver Support Group
Mount Sinai is excited to announce that the first ever Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Caregiver Support Group will be starting on October 26, 2016. A caregiver is anyone who provides support and care for a loved one. All caregivers for persons with SCI are welcome whether or not the loved one is in the hospital or living at home. The purpose of the group is to provide both emotional and educational support to caregivers while fostering relationships between caregivers.
More Details
Time: 5:30pm – 7pm (attendees are not required to attend the duration of the group if their schedule does not permit)
Date: First session will start on October 26. The group will meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month
Location: 5 east 102nd street, Room 109
Facilitator: Christina Nostitz, LCSW
Please contact Christina Nostitz at 212-824-7608 or with any questions about this group.
Mount Sinai in collaboration with the Sebago Canoe Club held two Kayaking events with participants from the community. Everyone enjoyed their time whether it was for 30 minutes to an hour out on the water. Participants were able to learn the basics around how to paddle and have a great time with friends. Sebago Canoe Club with funding, from National Spinal Cord Injury Association (Greater New York Chapter), has an array of adaptive kayaking equipment to enable anyone of any ability to enjoy getting out on the water. Mount Sinai plans to hold more Kayaking events once next season is open so keep an eye out for flyers for the next event
Adaptive Wheelchair Abilities Dance Classes & Performance 
The Adaptive Wheelchair Dance Program, hosted by Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Center Recreational Therapy will be performing at the upcoming World Stroke Day event on Friday, October 28th. The National Spinal Cord Injury Association ( Greater New York Chapter ) has been the generous sponsor for this year's program and has successfully reached its third season. Roll Call Wheelchair Dance’s, Diane Discepolo, has taught various dance routines featuring the abilities of wheelchair partner-dancing with able-bodied individuals as well as with others with various disabilities. The program aims to allow people with physical & cognitive disabilities to learn how to dance, to promote creative expression, and to have a sense of freedom that reveals their insecurities and deepest fears, and to get out of their comfort zone in a room full of people. The dance program is one of the many great resources introduced to individuals to show inclusion, healing through leisure, and the possibility of being able to still do the things we love to do despite having a disability.
Additionally, the Adaptive Wheelchair Abilities Dance Program will have a performance in recognition of World Stroke Day along with a Flow & Flair Flag dance and an adaptive tap dance routine (also known as Tap Dancing Hands Down). For further information on the performance,  email Clarisse Quirit, CTRS, Recreational Therapist, at
Friday, October 28, 2pm - 3pm (World Stroke Day Performance)
Guggenheim Pavilion Atrium

Pain After SCI 
Do you have both a traumatic SCI and back pain near your level of SCI that has been present for more than one month? If so, you may be qualified to participate in a research study in which botulinum toxin A is injected under the skin over the area where the pain is perceived at a single visit to see if the injection provides prolonged pain relief. All study visits will take place at Mount Sinai Hospital. For more information on participating, please contact Ajax Yang, MD at or 857-222-2264
Financial Aid For Students with Disabilities
Are you currently in college or are planning to enter college in the near future?  If so this  guide to financial aid for students with disabilities may be of interest to you. It includes a list of more than 85 disability specific scholarships, strategies for utilizing state and local financial aid resources, and an overview of loan forgiveness and reduction options.



Project Open House
The Project House mission is to remove "small" readily architectural barriers within an individual's home for qualified applicants with a permanent disability, thereby assisting in gaining greater independence.
MOPD works hand in hand with City agencies to assure that the voice of disabled community is represented, and that programs and policies address the needs of the community. POH is administered by MOPD and the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development ("HPD"), and provides for the removal of readily achievable residential barriers that do not require obtaining a permit from NYC Department on Buildings ("DOB") and do not require the professional service of a NYS Licensed Architect.

For more information:
Peer Group
Starting Friday October 21st 2016 we will be starting back up our Life Challenge Peer Group sessions from 1 pm - 2 pm in the Conference Room at Outpatient Department on 5 East 102nd Street following Wheelchair Mobility, Weight Training & Aerobic classes. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Woody at Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Wheelchair Mobility
Looking to up your skills in a manual wheelchair? Then Join Ken and Woody on Fridays at 11 am - 12 pm in the Outpatient Department on 5 East 102nd Street for Wheelchair Mobility Clinic. Whether you're a beginner, intermediate or advanced, We'll teach you how to navigate through any obstacles that may come your way while rolling around. If you have any questions, please contact Woody at
Life Challenge Upcoming Events
Halloween Laser Tag-Long Island City NY- October 26, 2016

Vermont Ski Trip-Rutland VT-January 6 - 8, 2016
For info or to reserve a spot, contact Woody Wood
Follow Life Challenge on Facebook

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