NextStep Creates Movement to Revolutionize Ongoing Healthcare for People Living with Paralysis
There is a complete lack of community fitness, health, and wellness resources available to the 6 million people with paralysis. People are stuck at home with no access to therapy causing their health to deteriorate. Insurance coverage ends after very limited rehabilitation.
NextStep has paved the way with the first community facility in the U.S., NextStep Fitness Los Angeles ‘NSF’, to offer Locomotor and activity based training and continues its vision to expand across the US.
NSF provides people living with paralysis and other physical disabilities, in Southern California, the opportunity to better their overall health, independence, and quality of life. NSF serves people with Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy,Traumatic Brain Injury and other physical disabilities. NSF’s specialized facility delivers standardized activity- based interventions for fitness and wellness based on current scientific and clinical evidence within the continuum of care for individuals with paralysis and other physical disabilities. NSF offers state-of-the-art adaptive equipment, progressive Activity-Based Therapy including; Locomotor Training, Functional Electrical Stimulation, and Guided Exercise with experienced trainers (strength training, stretching, cardiovascular training.) In addition, NSF is a comprehensive resource center including; access to doctors and the latest in research, free peer group sessions and educational classes, and informational materials for anyone in the community. NSF has also provided over 40 scholarships to client’s from low-income households. NSF is internationally recognized and is a member of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network (NRN).
In collaboration with the NRN and the Centers for Disease Control, clients’ improvements are tracked using standardized outcome measurements.
NSF has provided services to over 100 members since 2011 who have experienced incredible results. Not only are the members improving their overall health but they are increasing their independence enabling them to go back to work, start driving, go to college, start a family, and much more. Just 2 months ago, NSF’s Founder, Janne Kouri, was able to stand for the first time since his injury after doctors told him he had no hope for recovery. ABC featured the story two times on Good Morning America and World News reaching over 10 milion viewers. NSF has also been featured on the homepages of AOL and Yahoo.
NSF’s 2012 ‘Wheelchair for a Day’ national awareness campaign raised $80,000 with participants across the US.
NSF has revolutionized the ongoing healthcare for people living with paralysis in SoCal and has changed the way people think about ongoing healthcare in the USA and abroad.
NSF impact has reached thousand/millions of people nationwide by creating a movement to expand the same services to communities nationwide to ensure that anyone with a disability has access to the resources they deserve and need to live a healthy life.
Since its inception, in NSF’s footsteps, four sister community facilities have joined the NRN (Louisville, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, and Chicago.)
NSF is currently in the process of opening two new facilities in Washington, DC and New York.
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NextStep, a nationally recognized non-profit, believes that all persons living with paralysis and other physical disabilities deserve the hope and opportunity to live long and healthy lives. NextStep provides the opportunity for health and recovery through affordable and progressive community fitness, health, and wellness facilities. NextStep has launched a nationwide movement that aims to revolutionize the quality of healthcare for the physically challenged community.
- This charity has raised $666,883 in the past year
- This charity has helped 100 people since January 1, 2011
- Through its specialized facility, NextStep provided fitness and health services for over 100 people living with paralysis in Southern California