SCI Forum Podcasts
Welcome to the SCI Forum podcast series. Our podcasts bring you audio versions of our live SCI Forums, as well as interviews with a variety of people within the SCI community. We will post new episodes monthly. Subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcasting app.
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4. From Engineer to Entrepreneur: BILLY Footwear's Billy Price
Billy Price became paralyzed at the C6 level at age 18, just as he was starting his freshman year of college. Lying in his hospital bed, he could not imagine what his life would look like; the challenges seemed insurmountable and the future uncertain. But he took one hurdle at a time and went on to finish college with an engineering degree and to work for the FAA for 15 years. He also married and, recently, became a father. Now 22 years after his injury, Billy has taken the leap into full-time entrepreneurship with his company, BILLY Footwear. Born out of Billy’s desire to put on his own shoes despite his limited hand function, BILLY Footwear has now rocketed into the mainstream fashion world as a universal shoe design that looks great while making putting on shoes a snap for children and anyone else who does not want to deal with laces or Velcro. How did he do it? Listen to this podcast to hear the full story of how someone with SCI and no entrepreneurial know-how created a successful company—including the ups and downs and a disaster or two along the way.
3. Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation with Chet Moritz
Chet Moritz, PhD, is an associate professor in the University of Washington Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rehabilitation Medicine, and Physiology and Biophysics, as well as the co-director for the Center for Neurotechnology. He talks with UW rehab psychologist Jeanne Hoffman about his research to restore hand and arm function for people with spinal cord injury using transcutaneous (through the skin) electrical spinal stimulation.
2. Getting to Normal: Conversations about Adjustment after Spinal Cord Injury
Three individuals with spinal cord injuries share their personal journeys of adjusting to life with a spinal cord injury, from initial grief and dark days to finding a path to a fulfilling life and a "new normal." This panel discussion is moderated by Dr. Jeanne Hoffman, rehabilitation psychologist in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.
1. Resilience, Depression, and Bouncing Back After Spinal Cord Injury
Adjustment and mental health problems after spinal cord injury can be complicated and sometimes difficult to talk about. While most people with SCI do not become depressed, it is important to identify and help those who do. This SCI Forum presentation focuses on who gets depressed after SCI, when and why. Charles Bombardier, PhD, professor and psychologist in the UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, covers what is known about common patterns of adjustment after SCI and how emotional responses to SCI compare to other forms of loss and trauma. He discusses risk factors for depression and what can be done to manage and treat depression after SCI.