President Obama today signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, which is part of the Omnibus Public Land Bill. It represents the first legislation specific to the paralysis community, and was named for the late Christopher Reeve and his wife Dana, who were activists in the spinal cord injury field. The landmark legislation, which enjoyed bi-partisan support, will promote collaborative research, rehabilitation and quality of life initiatives for millions of Americans living with paralysis and spinal cord injuries.
The Act was introduced in the Senate by Tom Harkin (D-IA), who worked closely together with Christopher and Dana Reeve to promote expanded research and quality of life for people living with paralysis, particularly spinal cord injuries.
The Act will expedite the search for cures and treatments for millions of Americans living with paralysis caused by spinal cord injury, stroke, MS, Parkinson’s and many other diseases and disorders. “Advancements are made every day in spinal cord injury research, but the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act will speed progress and make research efforts more efficient,” said Peter T. Wilderotter, president and CEO of the Christopher Reeve Foundation.