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Jeff Shannon, 1961-2013

Jeff Shannon, 1961-2013

Jeff Shannon, a Seattle-based movie critic and journalist died Dec. 20, 2013 in Edmonds, Wash., due to complications from pneumonia. He was 52. A Seattle native, Shannon became a quadriplegic in 1979 after a diving accident in Hawaii. He studied film history at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, before beginning his career as a […]

Wheelchair Giveaway Celebrates the Holiday Spirit

Wheelchair Giveaway Celebrates the Holiday Spirit

On Dec. 22, A-Z Pawn celebrated the holidays by sharing the gift of mobility — the Norwich, Conn., business gave away 22 power wheelchairs, each valued between $3,800-$20,000. This marks the fourth year in a row A-Z Pawn has done this — so far the business has given away approximately 100 power chairs. The business […]

New DOL Rules to Boost Employment

New DOL Rules to Boost Employment

Federal contractors’ workforces must consist of 7 percent of people with disabilities when new Department of Labor rules take effect in March. This change could result in 600,000 workers with disabilities being hired within the first year. “This rule provides aspirational metrics for hiring qualified people with disabilities — metrics that are similar to those […]

Bob Vogel’s 12 Holiday Gifts for Wheelchair Users

Bob Vogel’s 12 Holiday Gifts for Wheelchair Users

‘Tis the season for holiday gift lists. For about eight years after my injury in 1985, I was bothered by annual variations of “gift ideas for wheelchair users,” and I couldn’t figure out why. I’d learned to live and thrive as an adventurous T10 para, and would have been thrilled with a gift of, say, […]

Historic Settlement on NYC Taxi Access

Historic Settlement on NYC Taxi Access

On Dec. 6, 2013 a historic settlement agreement was announced at a press conference in Lower Manhattan between the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission, United Spinal Association, and other disability organizations that would make 50 percent of yellow taxis in Manhattan wheelchair accessible no later than 2020. “This will open incredible new opportunities […]

Paralympian Mastandrea to Run for Judge

Paralympian Mastandrea to Run for Judge

Linda Mastandrea, a Paralympian who won 15 gold medals and five silver medals over the course of her athletic career, is running for Circuit Court judge in Cook County, Ill. “I believe the office of Circuit Court Judge is incredibly important,” says Mastandrea, a lawyer for 18 years. “A judge must be even-handed, fair and […]

The 2014 Consumer Guide

The 2014 Consumer Guide

Adaptive products and adaptive lifestyles go hand in hand. Our annual Consumer Guide shows you the tech — and the techniques — for living fully on wheels.

7 Tips for Avoiding SCI Health Complications

7 Tips for Avoiding SCI Health Complications

Avoiding spinal cord injury health complications requires staying healthy in the first place — and the key to that is prudent maintenance: 1. Take Care of the Skin You’re In: Ignore any skin puncture or abrasion at your peril and know you are flirting with disaster. Unattended problems, pressure points or wounds — especially on […]

Nutrition: Eat Well, Live Well with Spinal Cord Injury

Nutrition: Eat Well, Live Well with Spinal Cord Injury

According to the authors, Eat Well, Live Well with Spinal Cord Injury is the first nutrition book to address the unique needs of people with SCI. Happily, Joanne Smith and Kylie James have accomplished what they set out to do …

Even many older bowling alleys are accessible now.

Three Fun Ways To Stay Fit

What’s the secret to staying fit in a wheelchair? Making it fun. Here are three activities — bowling, ping pong and Zumba — that are more fun than work.