Last week, national disability advocate and author, Gary Karp, spoke to occupational therapy students. He talked about how his spinal cord was injured at 18 years old after falling out of a tree.
Gary recounted his experiences in a rehab facility where he learned how to transfer to and from his wheelchair and other tasks to help him live independently. One of the key points in his presentation is that the rehabilitation process is a vital part to the recovery after a traumatic accident.
Nowadays, rehab stays are becoming shorter and shorter than when Gary was in rehab. To help those who want additional resources, Gary has written two books about spinal cord injury.
Life on Wheels is a comprehensive guide ranging in topics from choosing the correct features on a wheelchair to knowing the steps to take make traveling easier when living with a disability.
His second book, Disability and the Art of Kissing talks about issues dealing with intimacy. Often, this subject is rarely discussed in rehab centers, but is an important part of the recovery process.
Tune in next week to see my video interview with Gary. He talks about the history of the independent living movement, ways the younger generation of people with disabilities can be better advocates for themselves, and how employers can hire more people with disabilities.