Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center Sponsors Author Gary Karp to Speak on Life with a Disability
Wednesday March 5, 9:02 am ET


SHORT HILLS, N.J., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning on Tuesday, March 11, 2003, The Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center (PRC), a program of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, will sponsor Gary Karp for special speaking engagements at three locations in the Atlanta area to educate the public on healthy living with paralysis. Karp, an author and public speaker, sustained a spinal cord injury in 1973 after falling 25 feet from a tree, and hopes to turn the common perceptions of life with a disability upside down-one person at a time.
"Having a disability today is simply not the horribly limiting experience most people imagine," said Karp. "I had a tragic experience when I was 18 but it doesn't make me a tragic person now."

Telling his own story of injury and rehabilitation, Karp will share his personal and professional journey of adjustment, breaking through the negative social assumptions about disability. He will explore the innate and universal drive in all people to strive for the most in their lives, which allowed him to thrive as a graphic designer, author, journalist, musician, and juggler.

Gary Karp is an internationally recognized and highly sought after public speaker and the author of the critically acclaimed books "Life On Wheels: For the Active Wheelchair User" and "Choosing A Wheelchair: A Guide For Optimal Independence" (O'Reilly & Associates, pub.), both widely reviewed as definitive guides for people with a mobility disability. He is a regular contributor to New Mobility magazine, penned a series of columns on Sexuality & Disability for iCan.com, and has written for WeMedia and SpinLife.com.

The PRC along with New Mobility magazine is proud to sponsor and support Gary Karp to travel and educate audiences in both rehabilitation and university settings to provide inspiration and information about what it's like to live with paralysis.

Gary Karp is scheduled to speak at the following venues:
* Tuesday, March 11, 2003 at the Shepherd Center - call 404.350.7799
* Wednesday, March 12, 2003 at Georgia State University - call
404.651.3033
* Thursday, March 13, 2003 at Warm Springs Rehabilitation - call
706.655.5000

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center promotes the health and well-being of people living with paralysis and their families by providing comprehensive information resources and referral services.



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Source: The Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center

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