POA Patient Maggi Pivovar is Educating Others About The Dangers of Meningococcal Meningitis, Nursing News article, 8/2010

Meningococcal meningitis is a bacterial infection that can prove fatal within 24 hours of a persons first symptoms. POA patient Maggi Pivovar knows the dangers of meningitis very well. Three years ago she lost both her legs below the knee after contracting the disease. She now works to increase awareness of the availability of a vaccine that could have protected her against it.
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POA Patients Mabio Costa and Scout Bassett Participated in the 2010 ITU World Championship Triathlon in Budapest, Hungary, 9/8-12/10

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The largest-ever Paratriathlon took place at the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Budapest Grand Final, with 85 athletes representing 15 countries taking part. World Champions were crowned in all six Paratriathlon categories, as athletes battled through rainy and cold early morning conditions in the… Hungarian capital. Athletes completed a Sprint-distance triathlon, consisting of a 750-meter swim in the River Danube, a 20K bike along the banks of the River and a 5K run around some of Budapest’s most iconic landmarks.

Scout earned a Silver medal and Mabio placed 12th!!! We’re very proud of “our” outstanding athletes!

“Amputees Worry About Airport Screening,” USA Today, 8/25/10

For those amputees who travel by air, it’s no surprise to hear that many others share our frustration and concerns regarding the TSA screening process. The following article explores this issue and discusses what actions may be implemented to improve current practices. click here for USA Today article

FYI on Disabled Parking Permits

I recently attended the Amputee Coalition Conference in California. During one of the events I joined in a conversation with several attendees who were discussing the subject of Disabled Parking laws, and how they vary from state to state (and sometimes by city). I was under the impression that they were the same all over the U.S., but learned that is not the case.

The availability of specially reserved parking spaces is regulated by both federal and state laws. Generally at least one space is available at any public parking location, with more being required based on the size of the parking lot and in some cases the type of location, such as a health care facility. Anyone parking in such reserved spaces must have their plate or mirror placard displayed, or else the car can be ticketed for illegal parking. In some major US cities local law also allows such vehicles to park for free at city parking meters and also exempts from time limits on time parked. Be sure to check with the Department of Transportation for cities/states you may be visiting as they can vary. For example: In Florida. parking at city parking meters is free for the first four hours. It is not free for any length of time in Nevada, but in California it is free and there is no limit on the amount of time parked.