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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.


Stroke patient

What if you couldn’t recognize whether someone was happy or sad?

Dr. Ashaie and his team are using eye-tracking technology to study how stroke survivors identify emotions in words, faces and gestures.



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.


Hard conversation

How can patients make life decisions when it’s tough to talk?

Individuals with aphasia can demonstrate their decision-making capacities with the assistance of skilled conversation partners and supportive communication techniques. Supporting patients in this way is a critical step in allowing them to maintain autonomy.



Can nerve stimulation help patients with severe tremor?

Traditionally, medication and surgery have been the only two ways of managing tremor. Each of these options is problematic. Their effectiveness decreases over time, few patients are eligible and they come with unwanted side effects. Clearly, patients with tremor need new options for managing it, and José Pons, PhD, is leading the search for them.



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.