Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Applauds Senate Passage of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act
Landmark Legislation Will Promote Collaborative Research, Rehabilitation and Quality of Life Initiatives for Millions Living with Paralysis and Spinal Cord Injuries
“The Senate passage of the first national public health bill to directly address paralysis is a landmark in the fight to develop cures and improve the quality of life for those living with paralysis,” said
“Today’s vote in the Senate is a sign that Congress is serious about accelerating the discovery of better treatments and improving the daily lives of those living with paralysis,” said Senator
Wilderotter continued, “On behalf of the Reeve Foundation and millions of Americans living with paralysis, I would like to thank Senators
The Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act will improve the quality of life for people living with paralysis and mobility impairments from any cause — stroke, ALS, spinal cord injuries and others. It encourages coordination of research to prevent redundancies and hasten discovery of better treatments and cures, as well as to improve the daily lives for those living with paralysis. The Act has three components that support and enhance paralysis research, rehabilitation, and quality of life programs:
- Paralysis Research — Expands research on paralysis at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This will encourage collaborative research by connecting scientists conducting similar work to further enhance understanding and speed discovery of better treatments and cures.
- Paralysis Rehabilitation and Care — Builds on research to enhance daily function for people with paralysis, including a Clinical Trials Network, to measure effectiveness of certain rehabilitation tactics and encouraging shared findings on paralysis to improve rehabilitation.
- Improving Quality of Life for Persons with Paralysis and Other Physical Disabilities — Works with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve the quality of life and long-term health status of persons with paralysis and other physical disabilities.
About the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. For more information, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-225-0292.
SOURCE The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation