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Pageantry, Controversy and Paralympics

Pageantry, Controversy and Paralympics

By Brian Rank SOCHI, Russia – In a spectacle of ice, fire and jubilation, the Sochi Winter Paralympics opened on Friday. The ceremony showcased Russia’s effort to prove it is renewed and ready to welcome the Paralympians after a history of intolerance toward people with disabilities. The flawless ceremony that displayed Russia’s rich history and […]

Paralympics Opening Ceremony in Sochi

Paralympics Opening Ceremony in Sochi

By Brian Rank Thousands of athletes, volunteers, Paralympic officials and media representatives from 45 countries have gathered in Sochi, Russia for the Winter Paralympic games that begin Friday, March 7. The games are poised to be the largest in history and are the first in Russia. The 2014 games will feature 575 athletes competing for […]

Sex, Wheels & Relationships

Sex, Wheels & Relationships

Duane and Stacey Drake stuck together through hard times and now know the deeper joy of a lasting relationship. Ellen Stohl takes a look at the world of sex toys and mutual exploration.

Bob Vogel, T10 para, Loomis, Calif.

Living Spaces

Outside Tracks Exercise On a Dime I have a chinup bar in an outside building that I couldn’t do without. At least a couple of times a week — or more — I go into the clutter of my tool shed and climb up the fat-knotted red rope to knock off at least a couple […]

Letting Go of Fear

Letting Go of Fear

By Jennifer Bridgman Chris and I were 32, married for less than a year and putting the finishing touches on a baby nursery when life unraveled at the seams after a motocross crash crushed his spinal cord and left him a T10 para. He spent just one month in rehab following emergency spinal fusion surgery. […]

International Ground Transportation

Q: I appreciated your column on transportation options once you arrive at your destination airport. I have always wanted to travel abroad — what can I expect at foreign airports? A: To sample foreign transportation options, we looked to Airport Council International’s 2009 passenger traffic data to find the five busiest airports beyond North American […]

Accessible Airport and Hotel Transportation

Q: When I travel, getting to my destination is only half the problem. What options do I have for wheelchair accessible transportation (other than a rental van) once I’m at the airport? A: Fortunately, there are extensive resources available within the United States, but making a reservation ahead of time is always advised. Super Shuttle […]

International Rights

Q: I have a son who had a surf accident and has a spinal injury. In our country, there are no facilities or laws for handicapped. He would like to travel more, but we do not know what are the international laws that the airlines must comply with? Thank you very much, Maria Montevideo, Uruguay […]

10 Disability Friendly Cities: Where to Live and Why

10 Disability Friendly Cities: Where to Live and Why

When New Mobility researched friendly cities, we looked for the things that really count when wheels are your constant companion: affordable and accessible housing, transportation, quality medical care, personal assistance services and strong advocacy. With these assets, crime rates may be negotiable.