Gun Violence Awareness Day

According to national studies there are 17,000 new Spinal Cord Injuries each year in the United States alone. Acts of violence, primarily gun shot wounds, make up 17% of that total.

The color orange symbolizes the value of human life. Hunters wear orange in the woods to protect themselves and others. In 2013, teens on the South Side of Chicago asked classmates to honor their murdered friend by wearing orange. That simple call to action has grown into a national movement and this year in recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day Women on Wheels took part in the movement by making orange ribbons and spreading the word.  We greatly appreciate Nyree Stevens, our sister, fellow member and survivor of gun violence for sharing her story and fully support her in her courageous fight to keep rolling forward!  ‪#‎WearOrange‬ on June 2 for National Gun Violence Awareness Day!


Meet Nyree

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My name is Nyree Stevens, I’m 25 years old.  On December 25th 2009 after a night of enjoying myself with friends I became a victim of gun violence.  I was shot in the neck by a stray bullet which instantly left me paralyzed from shoulders and down.  Ever since then my life has changed for the worst and better.  Not knowing what people with disabilities go through on a daily basis I’ve learned throughout these years how hard it can be when your independence is taken away from the mistake of someone else.  Though I’ve learned to live with my situation it can become overwhelming but that only makes me stronger as each day goes by.  I’m also lucky to still have a voice and to be able to share my story and “stand up” for myself.  People may not know how gun violence can destroy a person’s life and also their family’s lives.  It has to come to an end. #gunviolenceawarenessday

Mt. Sinai’s 17th Annual Rehab Fair

Question:  What do you call it when some of the top community outreach programs, agencies and vendors in the disability healthcare industry come together in one room ?

 
Answer:  
Mount Sinai’s Annual Rehabilitation Fair!


For the past 16 years Mount Sinai Hospital has hosted an annual Rehabilitation Fair allowing individuals with disabilities, their families and caretakers the opportunity to connect with different lifestyle providers and learn about available services, support groups, funding and more.  Exhibitors from a wide variety of organizations attend the event with groups ranging in services from health and wellness, emergency preparedness, advocacy, travel, adaptive equipment, sports, and much more.


This year, Women On Wheels was invited to take part in the fair and given the opportunity to meet and reach out to other women with disabilities while continuing to spread the word about our group. It was a fantastic day with entertainment provided by participants from Mount Sinai’s Wheelchair Dance Program and paintings exhibited by artist Sergio Acevedo.

 

Come Join Us


Women’s SCI Peer & Advocacy Group

Wednesdays 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Mount Sinai Outpatient Rehab       

5 East 102nd street

(between 5th and Madison Avenues)

The group meets weekly to discuss various topics including dating and sexuality, self-image, relationships with family and friends, education, independence, co-dependence, self-advocacy, and dis/ability as identity.

If you are interested in joining us, please email:  womenonwheelsnyc@gmail.com