Beasley Allen partners with two Alabama agencies in national Wii-hab program

posted on:
August 18, 2009

author:
WENDI LEWIS

Beasley Allen law firm and dozens of other attorneys from across the country are banding together to help people with disabilities, as well as those recovering from injuries including strokes, broken bones, surgery and even combat injuries. By working together and donating dozens of Nintendo Wiis to local rehabilitation centers, hospitals, nursing homes and similar facilities, we hope to help thousands of people. The Wii is becoming popular as a therapeutic tool. The game console’s unique, motion-sensitive controller requires body movements similar to traditional therapy exercises, but engages the user in such a way that they actually enjoy the experience and can work longer.

Beasley Allen will present a Wii gaming system and Wii Fit game to Camp ASCCA therapeutic recreation facility in Jacksons Gap, Ala.; and Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham. The presentation at Camp ASCCA is set for Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 10 a.m. The presentation at Children’s Hospital is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 3, at 10:30 a.m. Campers and patients will be on hand at both locations to try out the new Wii, and administrators, staff and physicians will be available for interviews.

Beasley Allen utilized its presence on the popular social networking site, Facebook, to gather suggestions from Beasley Allen “friends” and “fans” about who should benefit from Project Wii-hab in our area. Children’s Hospital’s Wii will go to the UAB Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children’s, which serves children with conditions affecting motor development, function and independence. Camp ASCCA will use its Wii as a centerpiece of its workout room, as a key to its planned renovation in the coming weeks.

More than just a gaming system, the Wii has been changing perceptions about what exercise is all about, and making it accessible to people with limited physical abilities. The Wii offers a variety of virtual sports, including bowling, golf and tennis, using a handheld wireless controller.

For more information about Project Wii-hab, visit Beasley Allen’s Wii-hab Charity Project page on Facebook.

About Camp ASCCA

Camp ASCCA is a world renowned outdoor recreation therapeutic recreation facility. Featuring a truly barrier-free architectural environment, and innovative / leading recreation programs, ASCCA is considered a benchmark facility upon which others judge their own facilities and programs. ASCCA is the world’s largest facility of its kind providing therapeutic recreation services to people with disabilities from around the nation and world. For more information, visit www.campascca.org.

About Children’s Hospital

The Children’s Hospital of Alabama is a private, not-for-profit hospital that is the 10th busiest pediatric medical center in the United States. Located in Birmingham, Children’s is one of only about 45 freestanding acute care hospitals of its kind in the nation and the only hospital in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is licensed for 275 beds. The hospital was recently recognized for the excellence of its nursing care by achieving Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and selected as the state’s Lead Center in a national network of care for Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury. The Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine utilizes an interdisciplinary team of experts to help children with physical impairments to achieve the highest level of independent functioning possible. Children’s will celebrate its centennial anniversary in 2011. For more information, visit www.chsys.org.

About Beasley Allen Law Firm

Headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama, Beasley Allen is comprised of 42 attorneys and 200 support staff. Beasley Allen is a proud sponsor of many great charities and has donated over $1,000,000 in the past three years. For more information about our firm, please visit our website at www.beasleyallen.com.

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