Thriving Through Trauma And Beyond, A Talk By Gary Karp In White Plains

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Internationally recognized public speaker, author and trainer, Gary Karp, will present a special talk on Wednesday, April 9, hosted by the Burke Rehabilitation Center.

The talk focuses on thriving through and beyond trauma. Sponsored by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center, which also supports various Burke spinal cord injury programs, Karp will share his experience living with spinal cord injury, returning to the community, and living an active and independent life.

On July 4, 1973, Karp was injured in a fall from a tree at the age of 18. He broke two vertebrae at T12 and L1, injuring his spinal cord. He has not walked since but has authored three books: Life On Wheels: The A to Z Guide to Living with Mobility Issues, Disability & The Art of Kissing: Questions and Answers on the True Nature of Intimacy and From There To Here: Stories of Adjustment to Spinal Cord Injury, a book of essays by people with spinal cord injuries co-edited with Stanley Klein Ph.D. In November 2007, he was inducted into the Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame as a Disability Educator.

His talk, “Thriving Through and Beyond Trauma,” will focus on the range of coping styles which people might draw from in the early stages; the process and path to being as active and independent as possible; making the most of rehab; and various common adjustment epiphanies.

The event will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. April 9 in the Rosedale Conference Room of Burke Rehabilitation Center’s Billings Building at 785 Mamaroneck Ave., in White Plains. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

For more information or to reserve your space, please call (914) 597-2848.

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a private, not-for-profit, acute rehabilitation hospital. Founded in 1915, it is the only hospital in Westchester County dedicated solely to rehabilitation medicine. The hospital is part of Burke Rehabilitation Center, which also includes Burke Medical Research Institute and Burke’s Outpatient Division.

For additional information on Burke Rehabilitation Center, please visit burke.org.

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