Sacramental Spinal Association Quality of Life Scholarship

Sacramento Spinal Cord Foundation logo, a chapter of the United Spinal Assoc.

The Sacramento Spinal Cord Association is accepting applications for their Quality of Life Scholarship program for applicants residing in Sacramento and Yolo County.  The program accepts applications two times per year. The dates are as follows:

March 1 through May 15. Awards will be issued by June 30.

September 1 through November 15. Awards will be issued by December 31.

Scholarship awards will not exceed $1000.

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Onwards & Upward: AXIS’s 30th Anniversary Home Season


AXIS Dance 30th Anniversary Grapic showing one dancer in a wheelchair and two dancers in mid air.

Join AXIS Dance Company for its 2017 Oakland Home Season ‘Onward & Upward’, running from October 26th-29th at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts.

AXIS exists to change the face of dance and disability and is one of the world’s most innovative ensembles of dancers with & without disabilities.

AXIS Dance Company celebrates its 30th anniversary with the premiere of ‘Radical Impact’, a commissioned work by newly appointed Artistic Director Marc Brew. Created in collaboration with Composer JooWan Kim, Artistic Director of Oakland-based Hip-Hop Orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj, Brew’s work comes alive with Kim’s original score for live string quartet. ‘Radical Impact’ explores what it means to be human through music and movement, investigating themes around  identity. The work draws on each dancers unique experiences and how their stories can be told through the medium of dance.

Bay Area choreographer Amy Seiwert pushes AXIS to a new level of rigor with her new work ‘The Reflective Surface’, featuring an original score by Darren Johnston. This work begins with a ballet foundation that is transformed through Seiwerts unique quirkiness, kineticism, and layered partnering.

Finally, the original cast of ‘Secret Ponies’, choreographed by Stephen Petronio in 2001, returns to perform excerpts from this iconic work. Founder & Director Judith Smith returns to the stage alongside fellow dancers Nadia Adame, Alisa Rasera, Nicole Richter, and Bonnie Lewkowicz.

‘Onward & Upward’ features Company Dancers James Bowen, Lani Dickinson, Scotty Hardwig, Carina Ho, Yuko Monden, and Dwayne Scheuneman.

Thursday, October 26th, 7:30pm  (LGBTQ Reception 6pm)
Friday, October 27th, 7:30pm (Includes ASL interpretation & Post-Show Q&A)
Saturday October 28th, 7:30pm (Oakland Proud Post-Show Reception *purchase VIP ticket option*)
Sunday, October 29th, 3:00pm

$30 Advanced Purchase General Admission
$35 At the door
$20 Low-Income Discount Ticket

Guests will have the option to specify wheelchair accessible seating and companion seats before checkout. ASL interpretation available Friday, October 27th.

AXIS Dance Company
1428 Alice Street, Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94612
Telephone: (510) 625-0110
AXIS Dance Company: Changing the face of dance and disability.
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Fire Season: Do You Have an Evacuation Plan?

Fire Safety

Last winter’s rain helped us get out from under a long drought, but it also has led to what looks to be a long and difficult fire season.  Are you prepared to evacuate from your location?  This article can help you get ready.

Be informed:

The California Department of Forestry has excellent resources that are worth looking at.

  • Current fires in California shows maps and status of current and past fires.  This is the best site I’ve found for up to date information of fires, evacuation notices, road closures, and fire incident updates.
  • CAL FIRE Launches New Ready for Wildfire App: This could be really useful.  The app runs on iPhone (and other iOS devices) and Android.
    To download the app, visit the App Store or the Google Play Store – search for CAL FIRE and install it.  I’ll report back here after I check it out.

Right now, while you’re thinking about it, put together a evacuation checklist and materials containing the following:

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Senate Affordable Healthcare Act “Repeal and Replace” Bill

Advocacy Call To Action

GOP Sen. Susan Collins Calls Latest Obamacare Repeal Bill ‘Unacceptable’ (from Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Series)

The Senate Republican effort to “repeal and replace” the existing Affordable Care Act, which is also known as “Obama Care,” is still being worked on.  While there is some confusion about what is in the current version of the bill, all versions have devastating consequences for people with pre-existing conditions. If you’ve ever had a spinal cord injury then you have a pre-existing condition!  It’s not just people with SCI; nearly everyone I know has a pre-existing condition, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and even allergies.  Below are some links to help you become more informed, and to help you find your elected representatives.  Please email, call, or visit your representatives to let them know how the effort to repeal the ACA will impact you.

Contact your elected officials:

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SCVMC Accessibility Day on Aug 12

SCVMC Rehab presents:

Accessibility Day

At Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Showcasing Accessible Vehicles, bicycles and sports.

  • Saturday, August 12, 2017
    11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

751 South Bascom Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128

Rehabilitation Lobby parking lot and surrounding lawn area

Our team welcomes all current, former, or potential patients interested in accessible sports or vehicles.
Come meet our Peer Supporters
who will offer practical advice
about vehicle set-up.
Obtain disability information
from our partner and
non-profit booths.
Check out demonstrations of
accessible cycling, dancing,
tai-chi and wheelchair basketball.

For Questions e-mail:



Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
751 S. Bascom Avenue San Jose, CA 95128



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