Life on Wheels: For the Active Wheelchair User (Patient Centered Guides)

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Over 1.5 million Americans use wheelchairs for a variety of causes: a congenital condition, traumatic injury, or disease. People who depend upon wheelchairs for mobility are in varied situations. They might live independently or need attendant care; live alone or with family; be employed full-time or no longer working. Despite differences, people dependent on wheelchairs face some similar medical issues and a need to cope with changed circumstances.Life on Wheels: For the Active Wheelchair User is for people who want to take charge of their own life experience while using a wheelchair. Author Gary Karp, ergonomics consultant and long-time chair user, describes:

  • Medical issues (paralysis, circulation, rehab experience, choosing the optimal wheelchair, scientific progress toward a cure)
  • Day-to-day living (keeping fit, skin care, bowel and bladder care, sexuality, home access, maintaining a wheelchair, wheeling technique, insurance)
  • Psychological and social issues (grieving loss, self-image, adjustment to life change, friends, family, asking for and being helped, cultural attitudes, history of disability, and activism)

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When he was 18, in 1973, Gary fell out of a tree, breaking his spine in mid-back and becoming paraplegic. After his accident, Gary went on to college, graduated, and worked in the computer graphics field. In that field, he started a desktop services division, and conducted training and presentations. In 1992, Gary developed a repetitive strain injury. After recovering, he began his own ergonomics consulting business, Onsight Technology, which offers training and individual workstation consultation to range of clients in the San Francisco Bay Area. Outside work, Gary has been performing music -- guitar, piano and singing -- in local cafes and coffeehouses since he was a teenager and has recorded an album of original guitar music. In 1988 a friend introduced him to juggling, and Gary has been hooked ever since. He enjoys the juggling community, the necessity of making mistakes, pushing the envelope of what you are able to do, the Zen experience of staying in the moment, and juggling with others in passing patterns. He has also produced, performed and emceed at fundraisers and competitions. Gary's first book, Choosing a Wheelchair, was published in the summer of 1998. In his writing, Gary is interested in helping people educate themselves and adapt so that they can have the best quality of life possible.

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"Christopher Reeve said, 'There are struggles and there are resources within that we don't know anything about.' And sometimes we just need a little direction, and in this extraordinary gift to everyone facing mobility issues, Gary Karp juggles the information we need to know with a comprehensive guidance and his remarkable sense of humor. This invaluable tool will be used over and over again and is filled with exciting and important new discoveries!"--Peter T. Wilderotter, President and CEO, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

"If I had to pick one word to describe Life on Wheels, it would be 'empowering.' Gary Karp has a unique talent for making even the most mundane details about access specifications, adaptive equipment and ergonomic design not only seem interesting, but also entertaining. And the vital information he provides in this book empowers people to get out and live. It's a must-have for all wheelchair-users. I didn't think Gary could improve on his excellent first edition, but somehow he has."--Candy Harrington, author of Barrier-Free Travel, founder of Emerging Horizons

"Life on Wheels is an invaluable and comprehensive resource. Whether someone is facing a recent spinal cord injury or still trying to understand a chronic injury, I would highly recommend this book."--Jeffrey S. Johns, MD, SCI Program Medical Director, Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital

"A very informative A-Z road map in regards to not just living but thriving with a disability. The chapters on rehabilitation, health, and the disability experience were invaluable at creating an awareness for many of the barriers and resources available for individuals newly diagnosed with disabilities."--Eli Gelardin, Executive Director, Marin Center for Independent Living

"Life on Wheels is a must-read for all wheelchair users, as well as their friends and family." --Disaboom " (Disaboom 20100503)

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