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Determined2Heal helps simplify the transition into life with paralysis. We provide information and advice for people with spinal cord injuries, their families and friends, as well as rehabilitative adventures. Get started in the Steps to Recovery Section.

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SCI Superstar Ian Mackay

Meet Ian Mackay of Ian’s Ride! Injured 10 years ago in a bicycling accident, he still loves to hit the trails in his wheelchair and now advocates for trail accessibility with his nonprofit Ian’s Ride. Read more

Former Drag Racer Back on the Track

Adaptive racing, drag racing to be exact, is another amazing adapted sport that’s opening up to people with spinal cord injuries, particularly in the UK. Former NASCAR racer Darryl Gwynn is racing again thanks to Sip ‘n Puff controls for the car. Read more

10 Dream Wheelchair-Accessible Locations

We love dreaming at Determined2heal, and these 10 amazing wheelchair-accessible locales from around the world make our minds and hearts dream in big ways. From the London Eye to the Doge’s Palace in Venice, these locations will be something you’ll definitely want to want to add to your future travel bucket list. Read more

Microsoft Creates Adaptive Controller for Xbox

Microsoft is finally giving people with paralysis what they’ve been asking for years – adaptive gaming contollers made by the gaming company itself. Check out this adaptive controller created with help from patients at Craig Hospital in Colorado for Microsoft’s Xbox here.

Empower Spinal Cord Injury Changing Lives

A nonprofit not too far from where we’re headquartered is after our own hearts. Empower Spinal Cord in New York offers amazing adaptive adventures for people with SCI at Stony Brook University. Last month they helped a group of people with paralysis try adaptive surfing on Long Island and other sports as part of their annual 2-week program. We know from our own experience that these events change lives. Watch a news clip and learn more about Empower Spinal Cord Injury.

New Accessible Trail Guide for Boulder, CO

A fantastic accessible trail guide written by Topher Downham, a quadriplegic, this guide is for the city of Boulder, Colorado, and it’s much needed. It highlights 30 beautiful trails, all of which wheelchair-users can traverse. Download the guide here.

Our Review of First 90 Days by Sam Maddox

If you have a new SCI and live in Southern California, the free book First 90 Days is a must-read. Short and brimming full of important information, you can find everything you need in this book to transition back to a “normal” life. This book is also helpful for many outside California. Written by Sam Maddox, the founder of New Mobility Magazine. Read

Willing to Work Campaign Launches

We just launched the “Willing to Work” campaign to change the current employment narrative for working persons with disabilities in the State of Maryland. We are hoping that our efforts will unite the disability community to improve Maryland’s Employed Individuals with Disabilities program and expand nationally. Check out our “Call to Action” video!

The Impossible Dream Star of New Documentary

Determined2heal is a huge fan of the Impossible Dream, the world’s largest accessible catamaran. She has taken many people with disabilities on life-changing rides, including several groups from our own organization. Now this impressive boat finally gets the star-treatment in a 19 minute documentary, and it’s amazing crew of all abilities is interviewed, including Brandon, a paraplegic and 2nd Mate on the ship. Watch here

Power Wheelchair-User Scales Machu Picchu

We love Cindy Otis’ spirit! Machu Picchu is possibly one of the hardest places to get to in the world, and she recently scaled a mountain to reach this historic landmark with some fantastic help. Read exactly how she did it here #accessibletravel#machupicchu

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