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New Book: 10 Fundraiser Ideas

New Book: 10 Fundraiser Ideas

People with disabilities have long faced financial barriers when seeking the greatest amount of independence, but Wheel:Life founder Lisa Wells’ new book, 10 Fundraiser Ideas to Help People with Disabilities, may help. “Wheel:Life receives hundreds of inquiries each year from people who are seeking advice on ways to raise money for medical equipment, adaptive sports […]

Ice Warriors: USA Sled Hockey to Air on PBS

Ice Warriors: USA Sled Hockey to Air on PBS

The excitement of the Paralympics is rarely seen on American television but in February, PBS will show Ice Warriors: USA Sled Hockey, a behind-the-scenes documentary on the U.S. Sled Hockey team as they prepare to defend their gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games in March. Sled Hockey,is a fast-paced brand of ice hockey […]

New Mexico Judge Rules for Assisted Suicide

New Mexico Judge Rules for Assisted Suicide

A New Mexico judge has ruled competent terminally ill adults have a right to physician-assisted suicide under the state’s constitution, despite it being against state law since the 1960s. New Mexico may become the fifth state to legalize the practice if the decision stands. “This Court cannot envision a right more fundamental, more private or […]

Old Seven Mile Bridge Access Approved

Old Seven Mile Bridge Access Approved

The iconic Old Seven Mile Bridge that connects Marathon to the lower Florida Keys will soon be more accessible to wheelchair users. In December, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection agreed to spend $1.16 million to improve access near the bridge’s entrance in Marathon. “The Marathon Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center is thrilled that […]

ADAPT, Not Dead Yet Video Shows on Times Square

ADAPT, Not Dead Yet Video Shows on Times Square

The disability rights groups ADAPT and Not Dead Yet have created a video highlighting their issues that is being displayed on the CBS Super Screen in New York City’s Times Square 18 times a day through February. It was a stroke of good fortune that the groups landed such a great location for their joint […]

Photographer Christopher Voelker Wins Hope Award

Photographer Christopher Voelker Wins Hope Award

Acclaimed entertainment photographer Christopher Voelker has been awarded the Christopher and Dana Reeve Hope Award for his work behind the lens in revealing the human side of those living with a disability — and uplifting the entire disability community in the process. The honor was sprung on Voelker at a December reception in Los Angeles […]

NM Person of the Year: Deborah Davis

NM Person of the Year: Deborah Davis

As founder of PhotoAbility, TravAbility and PushLiving, Deborah Davis is a one-woman force for inclusion.

Meet the WCMX Riders

Meet the WCMX Riders

WCMX is often described as “skateboarding for wheelchair users,” but given some of the tricks its riders pull off, it’s more like a cross between skating and dirtbiking. In fact, the sport’s name, WCMX, coined by back-and-front flipping Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham, is a mash-up of wheelchair and BMX. The sport is still being organized, but […]

Tim Bowers 1981 - 2013

How One Person’s Choice to Die Affected our Community

When Tim Bowers had his breathing tube removed one day after his spinal cord injury, many people with disabilities were distressed — and very vocal about the questionable ethics involved.

Lessons from the River: Adaptive Kayaking Takes a Village

Lessons from the River: Adaptive Kayaking Takes a Village

Some people say that it takes a village to raise a child. It also took a village to put me back into a kayak after a paralyzing bicycle accident.