November 2013

What Should You Really Put In That Dating Profile?

By | November 1st, 2013|

Penning the perfect dating profile is hard enough. Try adding that you have a disability into your profile and you may just have a complete [...]

Greg Abbott: The Cowboy Candidate

By | November 1st, 2013|

Attorney General Greg Abbott is running for governor of Texas. He has a record of crushing his Democratic opponents. But Texas’ disability community is fearful that he will ignore their needs. Will he stand his ground?

How to Get an Accessible Hotel Room

By | November 1st, 2013|

Ashley Lyn Olson is passionate about traveling. As CEO and founder of the organization Wheelchairtraveling.com, the California paraplegic knows a thing or two about wheelchair accessible hotels.

Things I’d Like to See: 7 Outrageous Inventions for Wheelchair Users

By | November 1st, 2013|

Some of these inventions for wheelchair users undoubtedly already exist, but I guarantee that some of them don’t (generally because they are outlandish or endearingly impractical), but each of them puts a spotlight on one of the small but troublesome dilemmas that plague my particular corner of the disability universe. I am guessing I am not completely alone. And the more small problems that get solved cheaply, easily and practically, the more time we disabled folk have left over for higher level functions.

The Wheelchair Front-Plow

A wide, V-shaped flexible plow that easily attaches to the front of your chair, like a snowplow but for light-duty use. Made of stiffened rubber or some durable, flexible but strong plastic, it would hug the ground and push all manner of objects in your path out of the way. It would have to be wide enough to direct items beyond the reach of your back wheels so you don’t crunch them on your way through. All those years of navigating a living room strewn with Lego pieces after the kids went to bed would have been a lot easier with this implement. A corollary design might have brushes, allowing you to sweep the floor like those drivable lawnmowers handle a field, and you would just make a long, systematic pass through your house to clean up.

The Back Hook Implant

Breathing: CPAP for Sleep Apnea

By | November 1st, 2013|

Chris Locke was placed on CPAP for sleep apnea, and it was life-changing. “I’m able to think and hold a conversation. I have more patience to deal with BS. And I’ve lost weight.”

Who Killed “New York’s Toughest Detective”? — An Ironside Post-Mortem

By | November 1st, 2013|

Don’t blame the failure of NBC’s Ironside reboot on anything to do with disability and its depiction on film and TV. As TV cops and rednecks are so fond of saying, that dog don’t hunt.

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

By | November 1st, 2013|

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

By | November 1st, 2013|

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.

Ervin: White Elephant Disaster

By | November 1st, 2013|

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 [...]

Para/Medic: Wound VAC Therapy

By | November 1st, 2013|

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 the sore kept draining and soaking through. A friend of mine, also a wheeler, gave me a lot of grief for not going to see a wound care specialist. He also said a wound care specialist would probably have prescribed a wound vac, which would have enabled me to heal much faster. What is a wound vac and how does it work? Does Medicare cover it? And if it is used on a pressure sore on your butt, can you still get up in your chair? Even though I stayed in bed while healing, I still needed to get up for the bathroom and meals. — Dan […]

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