people with disabilities

Shelly Baer was working with an organization that supports people with disabilities when somebody suggested making a fundraising calendar: nudes of women with disabilities.

Latest Research Showcased at Haley VA Hospital

Jun 19, 2014
Yoselis Ramos / WUSF

A few dozen researchers were abuzz showing off their projects under way at the James A. Haley VA Hospital. The public showcase held Thursday is a part of National VA Research Week. Projects varied from genetics to obesity.

Carl Hayward, a physical therapist with the VA, has invented the stand bar, which attaches to motorized wheelchairs to help people get off their seat and stand. Hayward said it goes beyond helping improve posture.

When former cab driver Deodat Jhoda was shot in the spine during a 1993 attempted robbery, he thought his driving days were over.

“For four years I was not able to do a lot of the things for myself – my independence was more or less taken away from me," he said.

The injury left him unable to move his legs and with limited movement in his arms. He says he couldn't even leave his house because he didn't have a wheelchair ramp.