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Celebrate Recreation Therapy Month 2024 & Watch Highlights of Adaptive Ski Trip

Celebrate Recreation Therapy Month 2024 & Watch Highlights of Adaptive Ski Trip

In February, we celebrate our recreation therapist and sports coordinators during Recreation Therapy Month. Shirley Ryan AbilityLab recreation therapists and sports coordinators work with patients across our continuum of care: Inpatient, DayRehab and Outpatient settings.



Empowered and Independent: Meet Nicole

Nicole found support through Shirley Ryan AbilityLab's Vocational Rehabilitation program. With guidance from her vocational counselor, Nicole navigated workplace accommodations and secured funding for car modifications.

Patient Story

2024 Class of the “Chicago Titan 100”

Nancy Paridy Inducted into the 2024 Class of the “Chicago Titan 100”

At a Feb. 8 ceremony at Navy Pier’s Aon Grand Ballroom, Nancy Paridy, president and chief administrative officer, was celebrated as one of the newest members of the “Chicago Titan 100.”


Recreation therapists and sports coordinators

Celebrating Recreation Therapy Month at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Recreation therapists and sports coordinators at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab are part of the Therapeutic Recreation (T-Rec) team, who use physical activity-based interventions to address the health, well-being, and physical and psychological needs of patients. In the process, they promote individuals’ functioning and independence in life activities.


Baby stroller

Jeannette Wider Quoted in USA Today on Adaptive Strollers for Children

Jeannette Wider, occupational therapist, Wheelchair Seating and Positioning Center, was quoted in a recent article in USA Today’s Reviewed section on adaptive strollers.


Dr. Allison Kessler

Dr. Allison Kessler Profiled in Chicago Medicine Magazine

Allison Kessler, MD, section chief, Renée Crown Center for Spinal Cord Innovation, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, was profiled in the cover story of Chicago Medicine magazine’s February 2024 issue.


DayRehab Outings

DayRehab Outings: Transitioning back to Independence

To prepare patients for return to their dynamic lifestyles, we incorporate treatment with groups of patients across all types of therapies; working with others toward similar goals.



How can we accelerate the timeline for cancer rehabilitation research?

Dr. Ishan Roy's team uses this model to rapidly test individual therapies to identify ideal treatment approaches. Their insights are leading to greater understanding of the science behind cancer-related weight.
loss and greater recovery for cancer patients.


Slide board invention

How are nurses influencing research at the bedside and beyond?

Daniela Ene and Maricela Ontiveros teamed up with our engineers to create a unique slide board that assists patients and caregivers with safe transfers.



What are organoids, and how can we leverage this extraordinary technology?

Dr. Colin Franz is developing organoids — artificially grown masses of cells or tissue that resemble organs — to see whether this technique can contribute to life-changing discoveries for our patients.



Is walking as important as your temperature or blood pressure?

Dr. R. James Cotton explores innovative methods, including smartphone and video camera technologies combined with artificial intelligence, to provide clinicians with practical, cost-effective tools for studying motion and tracking changes in gait.



2023 Impact Report

On behalf of everyone at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, we thank you for your support. We invite you to take a look at our FY23 Impact Report below.