Special Talk: Thriving Through and Beyond Trauma

Wed, April 9, 2014
4:30 pm 6:00 pm

Burke Rehabilitation Center will welcome Gary Karp, an internationally recognized public speaker, author and editor, who will give a talk about thriving through and beyond trauma. Sponsored by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, 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 National Spinal Cord Injury Association's Hall of Fame as a disability educator.

His talk, “Thriving Through and Beyond Trauma,” will focus on:

  • the range of coping styles and selecting the right one for you;
  • continuing to be active and independent; and
  • moving forward and embracing available resources.

“Exactly because there is loss by definition, it only makes sense to embrace what can be gained,” Karp says. “It is in our nature to crave intimacy, and that is not precluded by disability. We live in a transformed world in which disability does not mean an inability to live fully.”

This special event will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on 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 or e-mail

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