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Newsday Photos

I don’t see the story in Newsday yet but if you go to http://www.newsday.com and type in Michelle Martone you can see some photos.

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Newsday Article

I’m not sure of the exact date yet but there is a forthcoming article that will appear in LI Newsday about Michelle and the book. Keep your eyes open for it. It should be this Sunday or Monday. For those of you not in the area you will probably be able to find it on-line. We’ve just spent three days with a reporter and photographers.

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March is brain injury awareness month so check your local areas to see what is happening. I am aware of two programs on Long Island. One is at North Shore Hospital in Manhasset on Sunday, March 20th from 9:00am to 3:30pm. You can register on-line at northshorelij.com or call 516-465-2500. This presentation appears to be along the lines of the medical model. The other program is sponsored by the Long Island Head Injury Association. This one takes place on Thursday, March 10th at the Sheraton Long Island Hotel in Hauppauge. Dr. Max Gomez from WCBS-TV will be there as well as many sports figures including NFL Hall of Famer, Harry Carson. You can register on-line at http://www.headinjuryassoc.org or call 631-543-2245. I’ll be selling my book at this event.

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Wounded Warriors

Check out the Wounded Warriors link to keep updated as to what is happening to our injured service men and women. Their caregivers are in desperate need of help.

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Sure, don’t show me!

I’ve been taking care of my daughter for thirteen years now and sometimes I still don’t get it right. Yesterday I went with her and her aide Janetta to CVS to have her photo taken for her passport. Her passport expires in April and this is her main form of identity because she doesn’t have a driver’s license. After the technician took two pictures she showed them to me and Janetta and along with her we chose the one we thought was the best. At that point Michelle said, “Sure, don’t show me.” She was absolutely right. They were pictures of her for her passport and yet none of us had shown her the pictures. How often do we all do this when we are around persons with disabilities? Just because someone is in a wheelchair do we automatically assume that they are no longer full-fledged members of society? Thanks, Michelle for the reminder.

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On Friday, February 11th, I was the plenary speaker at a conference for music therapists in NYC. I stayed for the day and listened to the many enlightening presentations. It was wonderful to see how many young people are working in this field. They are extremely dedicated. A common theme throughout the day was the importance of relationship and staying connected to those who are in altered states of consciousness. Another topic that arose several times was the importance of emotions and reaching individuals on an emotional level. A case study focused on involving a mother in the care of her child. There was also a presentation on a multisensory approach to individuals in low awareness states. Sounds, touch, aromas were all used to try to reconnect the individual to the world. And isn’t that the burning question? How do we stay connected? And that doesn’t only involve individuals in altered states of consciousness. How do we develop relationships that stay intact when adversity hits?

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American Idol

Many of you saw the episode of American Idol when Chris Medina brought his brain injured fiancee, Juliana Ramos, onto the show. So many of you were moved. Why then did Jon Caramancia in the Sunday edition of The New York Times comment about her appearance: “By any measure it was difficult to watch, testing the viewer’s urge to turn away, to wish for a speedy change of scene”? What is so difficult about watching a courageous brain injured young woman appear on national television? Perhaps Mr. Caramancia would prefer that she be hidden in a nursing home so he would not have to look at her. I wonder what he looks like.

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