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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.


Dolan Family

Forest & Bluff Magazine Highlights Dolan Family’s Three-Decade Commitment to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

A recent article in Forest & Bluff, a magazine covering several Northshore communities, highlighted the Dolan family’s decades-long, multi-generational commitment to fundraising and leadership at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.


Dr. Brenna Argall-Led Project

NSF Awards $5 Million to Dr. Brenna Argall-Led Project to Develop Power Wheelchair with Driver-Assist Technology

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Convergence Accelerator program recently announced a $5 million award to Project Drive, a multidisciplinary partnership that aims to bring the first active driving assistance system for power wheelchairs to the consumer market. The principal investigator of the NSF-funded project is Brenna Argall, PhD, research scientist and director, Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics Laboratory (argallab).


Elissa Larkin Receives Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement

Elissa Larkin Receives Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement

At the recent American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in Boston, Elissa Larkin, research speech-language pathologist, Center for Aphasia Research and Treatment, received the Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation).


Care Team

Rehabilitation Definitions 101

Healthcare and rehabilitation definitions can be confusing. Here is a guide to help you understand a few common terms.


Doug with his therapist

VNS: Novel Treatment for Improving Arm & Hand Function Years After Ischemic Stroke

Learn more about vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) paired with rehabilitation - a novel treatment option for some people with long-term, moderate-to-severe arm impairment after ischemic stroke.


Peter Slawinski

Lead Wheelchair Technician Peter Slawinski on How Working at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab “Changes You”

Learn more about Peter Slawinski, lead wheelchair technician, at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.


Ben at SkyRise Chicago

Ben Surpasses Expectations and Climbs to the Top of the World

From his first shaky steps at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, to the 2,149 steps up the Willis Tower, Ben has surpassed expectations. He continues to make progress and looks forward to returning to work soon.

Patient Story

Skyrise Chicago Team

SkyRise Chicago 2023 – Event Recap

On behalf of Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, thank you to all who participated in our 15th Annual SkyRise Chicago!


Dr. Leora Cherney with Inaugural Mentoring Award from Aphasia Access

Dr. Leora Cherney Honored with Inaugural Mentoring Award from Aphasia Access

At a recent ceremony in Boston, Leora Cherney, PhD, scientific chair, Robert R. McCormick Foundation Think + Speak Lab, became the very first recipient of the Sandra O. Glista Excellence in Mentoring Award. The honor was given by Aphasia Access, an organization that supports academics and healthcare professionals who work with patients with aphasia.


Leslie Marriott

Leslie Marriott Honored with Illinois OT Association’s Mentor Award

Leslie Marriott, master occupational therapist and education program manager, Academy, received the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association’s (ILOTA) 2023 Mentor Award.