Spinal Cord Injury Books

Access for Disabled Americans: A Guide for the Wheelchair Traveler, by Patricia Smither

A step-by-step guide for planning a vacation for someone who uses a wheelchair. It discusses accessibility information on air travel, cruises, ground transportation and selecting a hotel. It includes questions to ask and solutions to problems that may arise.

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Choosing a Wheelchair: A Guide for Optimal Independence, by Gary Karp

This is a guide to the selection process when choosing and purchasing a wheelchair. It describes the advantages and disadvantages of manual and power wheelchairs, types of cushions, seats, backs, and foot/armrests.

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Don't Worry He Won't Get Far on Foot, by John Callahan

Written by a nationally known cartoonist who was paralyzed in an auto accident. It reveals the tragic, inspiring and sometimes hilarious life of a quadriplegic. It is an uncensored account of Callahan's troubled and sometimes impossible life and is genuinely inspiring.

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Life on Wheels: The A to Z Guide to Living Fully with Mobility Issues, by Gary Karp

Written by a paraplegic, this author discusses medical issues of spinal cord injury, day to day living issues such as keeping fit, bowel and bladder care, sexuality, psychological and social issues. This book offers practical ways to adapt and optimize quality of life for those using a wheelchair.

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Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, Declarations of Independence, by John Hockenberry

Written by a paraplegic who is a journalist and ABC correspondent, this author describes his experiences as a wheelchair user and unmasks the fear and ignorance underlying discrimination against the disabled. His stories describe the challenges he faces when traveling in the US and abroad.

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Sexuality After Spinal Cord Injury: Answers to Your Questions, by Stanley Ducharme PhD and Kathleen Gill PhD

This handbook discusses practical information regarding spinal cord injury and sexuality while acknowledging different lifestyles, values and orientations.

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Spinal Cord Injury: Functional Rehabilitation, by Martha Freeman Somers

This book provides a comprehensive look at rehabilitation of spinal cord injury. It contains brad knowledge relevant to SCI and develops an understanding of both physical skills required for functional activities and therapeutic strategies for achieving these skills.

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Spinal Network, by Sam Maddox

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Still Me, by Christopher Reeve

A heartbreaking, funny and hopeful story of the author's life after suffering a spinal cord injury from a horse riding accident. It describes the journey he has made, physically, emotionally, spiritually and explores his complex relationship with his parents, and his efforts to remain a devoted husband and father.

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Nothing is Impossible: Reflections on a New Life, by Christopher Reeve

This is a sequel to Still Me , and is a concise account of his experiences living with a spinal cord injury. It discusses aspects of successful living with humor, faith and hope, and some major life issues such as parenting, religion and recovery.

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The Dive From Clausen's Pier, by Ann Packer

This is a fictional story about a woman whose boyfriend has a spinal cord injury from a diving accident and how she copes with the changes. It is relevant for anyone dealing with a catastrophic change in their life as it is a sympathetic look at a woman who initially is unable to deal with this major life-changing event and the process by which she eventually comes to a better understanding of life.

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, by Jean-Dominique Bauby

Written by a former editor-in-chief of Elle magazine who suffered a rare stroke to the brain stem, which resulted in locked-in syndrome. He was only able to move his left eye, which he has learned to use to communicate with others.

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