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Hakomi Mindfulness workshop for Healthcare Professionals

An upcomiberea-hakomi_page_1ng workshop in Berea “offers practical knowledge and dynamic exercises in mindfulness….Integrating mindfulness and Loving Kindness into everyday interactions as well as the therapeutic process, we create the optimum field for health and healing.” This training on November 5-6 offers 12 NASW CE hours. Click here for registration information.


AIM! Advocacy + Inclusion on a Mission

AIM! Advocacy + Inclusion on a Mission is a disability education program. Most often, kindergarten through fifth-grade students experience AIM! through a week-long event that begins with a kick-off featuring speakers on a variety of disability-related subjects, and continuing through Common Core Content-aligned curriculum in the specials classes. Visit www.buildinclusion.org for more information!

Volunteers are needed on October 10 and November 18 at the following schools:

Academy of Leadership at Millcreek Elementary  http://signup.com/go/FS1G69
Julius Marks Elementary School  http://signup.com/go/GVBb2A
Stonewall Elementary School  http://signup.com/go/VzaFTu
Mary Todd Elementary School http://signup.com/go/HGsKQ4


Sled hockey schedule (and other adaptive sports)

Cardinal Hill in Lexington has brought local sled hockey to our attention. You can participate from 2:30- 4:00 pm on the following dates:

October 9, 2016
October 16, 2016
November 6, 2016
November 20, 2016
November 27, 2016
December 11, 2016
December 18, 2016
January 8, 2017
January 22, 2017
February 12, 2017

Practices are at the Lexington Ice Center (BACK RINK) at 560 Eureka Springs Drive, Lexington KY 40517.

For more information, please contact Cindy Jacobelli at (859) 338-6310 or by email

Also click here for Cardinal Hill’s other recreational/sports programs


What will Kentucky AgrAbility think of next?

AgrAbility is cosponsoring Growing Warriors’ mushroom log workshop on Ogrowing-warriors-presentsctober 29. There are limited registration spots available, so register now through our Events page. Come and learn the art of mushroom cultivation. Enjoy the relaxing rural setting of the Healing Ground Farm. Light refreshments will be served, including mushroom soup! Each attendee will go home with a mushroom log and take part in an inoculation workshop.







Kentucky Congress on Spinal Cord Injury has developed a Restaurant Accessibility Repo9-16-16restaurant-accessibility-report-cardrt Card. They encourage individuals with disabilities to share it with managers of restaurants that they visit. It covers areas such as parking, entering/exiting, and experiences while in the restaurant and has an easy scoring system. Visit the KCSCI facebook page for more information.



A great time was had by all! Thank you, Kentucky Congress on Spinal Cord Injury for your dynamic annual meeting. We received great information about voting, equipment, initiatives in rural Montana, restaurant accessibility, and much, much more.  Our University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences arranged for Hannah Davis Photography to be present. She brilliantly captured the warmth and enthusiasm of the day:


Ky Congress logoView the full Agenda for the 4th Annual Kentucky Congress on Spinal Cord Injury (KCSCI). It promises to be an action-packed, dynamic day! 

This free event will be on Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington – “An Accessible Kentucky for all.” It is not to be missed!

 Click here for the promotional flyer and for the link to register.

Heidi McKenzie’s Alter Ur Ego Clothing Line in the News

KARRN member Heidi McKenzie was included in the June 2016 issue of Paralyzed Veterans of America, Inc.’s PN magazine. The “Fashion Forward” article draws attention to adaptive clothing, and Ms. McKenzie’s adaptive jeans are promoted in the article. Congratulations, Heidi! Click here for the article.

For more information please go to: alterurego.co
or contact Heidi McKenzie, Founder of Alter UR Ego: heidi@alterurego.co

KARRN Member Fran Feltner Receives Public Health Award 

Please join us in congratulating our KARRN member Fran Feltner, of the Center of Excellence in Rural Health, for receiving the Paul Mason Memorial Award from the Kentucky Public Health Association. This annual award recognizes a Kentuckian who contributes toward benefiting our state’s vulnerable populations. Her achievement was featured in UKNow, the University of Kentucky’s daily news and public relations publication.

Podcast: Spinal Cord Injury Research with Sasha Rabchevsky

After a motorcycle accident left University of Kentucky researcher Sasha Rabchevsky paralyzed from the chest down at age 19, he pursued a career of discovery, as featured on UK Research Blog. Click below for the interview:


Stroke Navigation in the News!

Our Stroke Navigation program received some very positive press in the Hazard-Herald newspaper recently. The word is out about the success of Kentucky Care Coordination for Community Transition, and we’re proud of our navigator, patients and caregivers for their work to improve outcomes following stroke.

Website Accessibility:   We have chosen a WordPress theme that has been rigorously reviewed as “Accessibility Ready.” Additionally, The AT Bar will easily overlay our website (or any website) with assistive technology options (color and font size filters, audio capabilities, and others). Click on the bar to try it:

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If you have additional accessibility improvements to suggest, please comment below. Thanks to our partner, Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, for letting us know about the AT Bar!

Alter Ur Ego

KARRN and KY Congress on Spinal Cord Injury member (and overall Rock Star), Heidi McKenzie is launching her own line of fashionable, adaptable clothing. This adaptable jeans line is just the first of many designs she and her team are working on to combine both fashion and function for people in wheelchairs. She believes people with disabilities should look good and feel good too and her new company is working hard to make that happen.

For more information please go to: alterurego.co
Connect to Heidi McKenzie, Founder of Alter UR Ego: heidi@alterurego.co
____________________________________________________________________________________Frances Hollis Brain Foundation Supports KARRN Project
We would like to thank the Frances Hollis Brain Foundation for recently funding a small KARRN grant that will allow us to purchase adaptive health equipment for individuals with disabilities in Appalachia.
____________________________________________________________________________________Please follow the link to a new SCI resource handout: Health Considerations in Spinal Cord Injury: A Handbook for People with SCI, which was collaboratively developed by Dr. Sara Salles of the University of Kentucky, Dr. Michael Stillman of the University of Louisville, and Alison Smith of the University of Louisville.