RSSArchive for November, 2013

No Relay for Old Men: An Inclusive Mountain-to-Sea Race

No Relay for Old Men: An Inclusive Mountain-to-Sea Race

Max Woodbury, 41, a C6 quadriplegic, took part in the Hood to Coast Relay race using a handcycle. The annual event begins on Mount Hood in Oregon’s Cascade Range and ends at Seaside, Ore., a distance of about 200 miles. Teams consist of 12 runners who run three legs each — averaging about 5.5 miles per leg — and travel in two vans when not running. The race is continuous, with no regular sleep or meals, just occasional naps or snacks. For a few elite runners, the race is serious business. But for most participants, as many as 15,000, the race and the ending party on the beach is a fun event rather than a competition.

SCI Life: Hope from Down Under

SCI Life: Hope from Down Under

Rhiannon Tracey, from Melbourne, Australia, was enjoying a beautiful day at a resort in Bali when a dive into the pool changed her life forever. She was only 20 years old.

Mike Ervin

Ervin: White Elephant Disaster

If I become a hoarder, it won’t be my damn fault. You can blame it on sick children. The little runts pulled a fast one on me by moving from their raggedy old hospital into a shiny new one. And never did anyone stop for one minute to consider how this move would affect me. […]

Bob Vogel

Para/Medic: Wound VAC Therapy

Q. I’m a T3 para, just now back in my chair after spending many months in bed healing a small pressure sore that was right over my left ischium (butt bone). I managed to heal it on my own, but the toughest part of the healing process was having to constantly change the dressing because […]

Crip Buzz: People With Paralysis Unite: We Want More Than Equality, We Want a Cure

Crip Buzz: People With Paralysis Unite: We Want More Than Equality, We Want a Cure

Ever since my injury three years ago I have been determined to show the world that people with disabilities can be just as happy, independent and productive as those without disabilities.

Letters: November 2013

The September issue highlighted two similar but very different methods for keeping our paralyzed legs active [“E-Stim for Wellness”]. Both are effective — FES bikes maintain muscle and circulation, while FES rowing provides for muscle and bone growth as well as all-body cardiovascular fitness.

Tim Gilmer

Bully Pulpit: Wish vs. Reality

Sex and disability used to be strange bedfellows, but no more. After decades of declaring that cultural stereotyping is responsible for the misconception that disabled people are mostly asexual, maybe it’s time we changed our tune. Two television series, Push Girls, and now the remade Ironside, have been hawking sexuality like peanuts at Yankee Stadium. […]

U.S. DOT Updates Air Carrier Access Act Rules

U.S. DOT Updates Air Carrier Access Act Rules

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation is requiring airline websites and automated airport kiosks to be accessible to passengers with disabilities. DOT also will allow airlines to choose between stowing wheelchairs in a cabin compartment on new aircraft or strapping them to a row of seats, an option […]

Media Access Awards: 'Game of Thrones' Creator Honored

Media Access Awards: ‘Game of Thrones’ Creator Honored

Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin was bestowed the Visionary Award at the 2013 Media Access Awards for his positive portrayal of disability. Martin, who penned the best-selling fantasy book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, which HBO adapted for its hit series Game of Thrones, was on hand to be recognized

Voters with Disabilities Still Face Barriers

Voters with Disabilities Still Face Barriers

Voters with disabilities still face significant barriers in federal elections, according to a recent report released by the National Council on Disability. Just getting access to the polling place was an issue with nearly 40 percent of respondents finding various architectural or physical barriers. Voting systems were another problematic area with 45 percent of people […]