Greg Traynor’s Master’s Degree and New Job in Accessible Hunting

Greg Traynor loves the outdoors

Greg Traynor loves the outdoors

Editor’s Note: Greg Traynor received horrible news. He had broken his neck in a diving accident and was paralyzed from his chest down. Instead of being concerned about the function he had lost, he asked his physical therapist, “What do I do now to get back as much function as I can? Where do I go from here?”Part 4 of a 5 part series.

Greg Traynor had very little mobility in his arms hands and was living at home with his parents when he decided to go back to college to get a master’s degree. He moved back to Pennsylvania and moved in with his brother John. “My brother lived close to the University of Pittsburgh, so I could commute back and forth to class,” Traynor says. “The University of Pittsburgh really tried to work with students with disabilities, and the school’s Health and Rehabilitation Sciences program proved to be a good course for me to take, because they understood the problems that people with disabilities have. I was able to excel at school and graduated with a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and a certificate in Assistive Technology.

“After graduation, I was offered an internship as a rehab counselor for the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation for the State of Pennsylvania. While I was doing an internship with them, I noticed a lot of people were waiting a long time to get evaluations for the assistive technology they might need. I learned that with my disability I couldn’t work full-time, because I had respiratory issues, so I was unable to keep a full time job. In 2007, my brother John opened a small business and called it Pitt Rehab, LLC. We work with people with disabilities and do assistive technology evaluations to help them get back in school or back to work. By coming to us, people don’t have to wait as long for evaluations.

Greg Traynor created a website to help other disabled hunters

Greg Traynor created a website to help other disabled hunters

While Greg was enjoying his job and helping others, he wanted to get back outdoors. “I wanted to get back into the outdoor lifestyle, but the only information I could find was scattered. I knew that if I was having that much trouble finding information, everyone else with a disability must be having the same problem. So, I started the Accessible Hunter blog at http://accessiblehunter.blogspot.com/. I began spending my spare time doing research for this blog and solicited help from other disabled people who were having the same problems I was. Our goal was to help provide people with disabilities (especially people in wheelchairs) with as much information as possible about how to rejoin the outdoor community.

“In addition to this site, I also operate the Western Pennsylvania Wounded Warrior website at http://wpawoundedwarrior.org/ and the Wild Jaeger site at wildjaeger.com. The Wild Jaeger website is owned by veterans and based out of Germany, and includes information on hunting and fishing throughout the world. Wild Jaeger is opening a store next month to provide hunting and fishing products for people throughout Europe, so that hunters throughout the world can join together in a global partnership to provide information and products for hunting throughout the world. This organization is for able bodied hunters as well as disabled hunters, and will try to hook up sportsmen with outfitters and products around the world. This website also hopes to have product evaluations and other information for hunters.”

Tomorrow: Greg Traynor Returns to the Outdoors

About the Author: For the last 12 years, John E. Phillips of Vestavia, Alabama, has been a professional blogger for major companies, corporations and tourism associations throughout the nation. During his 24 years as Outdoor Editor for “The Birmingham Post-Herald” newspaper, he published more than 7,000 newspaper columns and sold more than 100,000 of his photos to newspapers, magazines and internet sites. He also hosted a radio show that was syndicated at 27 radio stations; created, wrote and sold a syndicated newspaper column that ran in 38 newspapers for more than a decade; and wrote and sold more than 30 books. Learn more at http://www.nighthawkpublications.com

 

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