RSSArchive for January, 2014

A Moving Experience

A Moving Experience

When disability comes knocking at your door, you usually have to widen it.

FDA Approval: From Mouse to Meds

FDA Approval: From Mouse to Meds

A lot of us are anticipating a miracle drug that will allow us to shed our wheels to walk again, or at least live a pain-free life.

Bully Pulpit: Imagine This

Bully Pulpit: Imagine This

Lately I’ve been thinking about what I might do when I retire — if I retire — but the problem is I don’t know what the word means. Literally, to retire means to change the rubber on my wheels. But there is nothing new or unique about this — I’ve done it twice a year […]

Michael Collins

Everyday Advocacy: Who’s Pumping the Gas?

Q. Getting my car refueled has become a real hassle lately — and seems to be getting worse. After the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed, for a while it seemed possible to get assistance with refueling at most gas stations in this area. Today there are only a handful that provide that help, and […]

Ron Heagy

SCI Life: Attitude is Everything

A speaker and family man, Ron Heagy, 51, from Albany, Ore., has been paralyzed the last 32 years. After diving into a breaker as a teenager, Heagy was grateful he survived despite sustaining a C3 injury. “By the grace of God, my brother swam out to find me,” he says. “It was the day before […]

Joanne Smith and Kylie James

Eat Well, Live Well

Welcome to NEW MOBILITY’s new nutrition column! Here you’ll find nutritional tips and recipes to help you achieve optimal health and well-being. As nutritionists whose lives have both been affected by spinal cord injury, we fully understand the unique challenges many of you face in trying to stay healthy while living a full and active […]

Raising a Ruckus: Escape from Los Angeles

Raising a Ruckus: Escape from Los Angeles

My original assignment for this column was to write about life in a wheelchair in Los Angeles. I have strayed from this noble purpose because, a. I am in LA but not of LA, and, b. I have an eclectic mind, which is the same thing as scatter-brained. But, here is a paradox about LA […]

Outdoor Tracks: Wilderness Condo

Outdoor Tracks: Wilderness Condo

“You aren’t going to believe this thing Brian stayed up all night building,” says David. “Well what is it?” I reply. “You’re going to have to wait until we get to the hunting spot. See you there in a half hour!” I jump in the van (as a quad in an electric wheelchair, “jumping in […]

Crip Buzz: January 2014

Crip Buzz: January 2014

Top 10 Things Not to Say to Someone in a Wheelchair Plus the Best Responses From Wheelchair Users

Letters: January 2014

Very disingenuous for Mr. Abbott to call himself a door opener for people with disabilities while using his office to deny ADA protections to fellow citizens . I hear his argument that he is the state’s defense attorney. Of course, as governor he