SHORT HILLS, NJ, May 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Regina Blye talks about Dana Reeve’s legacy of the National Paralysis Resource Center and her vision for the coming years.
I arrived at the National Paralysis Resource Center (NPRC) this spring—twenty years after Dana Reeve first opened its doors. As the new Chief Program and Policy Officer, my mission is to lead the NPRC’s work in the here and now—but with the 20th anniversary celebration underway, I can’t help but reflect on our beginnings.
Dana was determined to ease the struggle of families fighting to rebuild their lives after spinal cord injuries. The NPRC provided the information and resources that were urgently needed—and much more; it shone a light where there had once been darkness, empowering a community with knowledge and unwavering support.
Twenty years later, it’s clear to me and thousands of other people living with paralysis that Dana’s vision for the NPRC captured something essential to every life—dignity. She understood what is too often forgotten by people who have no personal experience with disability: we deserve the same opportunities to define ourselves, to live and work independently, and to pursue joy in whatever way we choose.
It is my hope that the NPRC’s future amplifies its past. We’ve built a vast library for community members, including our comprehensive Paralysis Resource Guide and state-by-state contact information on everything from assistive technology loan libraries to adaptive sports teams. We connect people …