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Allen Rucker is the author of many books, including a widely praised memoir about life after paralysis, "The Best Seat In The House: How I Woke Up One Tuesday And Was Paralyzed For Life." For more information, go to www.allenrucker.com.

Election 2012: Right, Left, Disabled?

Election 2012: Right, Left, Disabled?

The disability community, commonly considered to be in the Democrats’ camp, may not be as politically predictable as it seems. With the disability vote growing and so much at stake, where do you stand?

Raising a Ruckus: Ready For Your D-Card?

Raising a Ruckus: Ready For Your D-Card?

OK, I’m a little slow on the uptake here, but thanks to eagle-eyed Jeff Shannon, friend and fellow NEW MOBILITY contributor, I now know that the days of the Great Disability Scam are numbered. Via Jeff, I just learned that Bill O’Reilly, the self-designated “Paul Revere” on all things ruining this great nation, has found […]

Push Girls Can’t Fail

Push Girls Can’t Fail

After a long and checkered stint in the belly of the Hollywood beast, I am here to tell you what you probably already know — very few performers with disabilities have broken through in either fame or fortune. Sadly, you can count those with even a modicum of celebrity on your fingers — Marlee Matlin, […]

Seriously? Person of the Year?

Seriously? Person of the Year?

Artie” is more than a character in a television series. He’s a symbol of our history of discrimination, an example of our evolving status, maybe even a harbinger of future acceptance. He’s also New Mobility’s 2011 Person of the Year.

Portrait of a Pretender

Portrait of a Pretender

When I first heard that there were people out there who pretended to be wheelchair users (called pretenders) and even worse, people who wanted to injure themselves to become actual wheelchair users (called wannabes), I was steamed. I mean, who would want to do such a thing? Their very existence seemed to mock my very […]

Arwin Bird

The Good Side of Trauma

Now don’t start throwing things. No one invites trauma into their life and no one but a wild-eyed terrorist or one of those sickos on Criminal Minds would wish it on any other human. Trauma is bad. Paralysis is bad.  Losing a child is bad. But once traumatized, there are various ways to deal with […]

Two-Story House: Marriage After Paralysis

Two-Story House: Marriage After Paralysis

Montel Williams, speaking on-air to Ann-Marie Rucker about her recently paralyzed husband, me: “When something like this happens, that’s where the rubber hits the road … all the garbage you came to believe — for better, for worse, in sickness and in health — hits you upside the head like a brick. Why did you not run?” […]

Locomotor Training: A Step in the Direction?

Locomotor Training: A Step in the Direction?

LT is a difficult, sometimes fuzzy-edged scientific adventure, not a predictable task like learning to play Wii dodge ball with the kids. When I first dropped by the Next Step Fitness Center, situated in a nondescript mini-mall in the Los Angeles suburb of Lawndale, Janne Kouri had been walking, or more precisely, stepping, with a […]

The Gimp Media Revolution

The Gimp Media Revolution

Groucho Marx, on the reaction of a wife after her husband catches her in bed with another man: “Who are you going to believe? Me or your lying eyes?” If you are trying to make some sense of how people with disabilities are faring in American media these days, your lying eyes are about all […]

Disable-Speak: Jargon for the Modern Age

Disable-Speak: Jargon for the Modern Age

In HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David argues with a wheelchair user over occupying the accessible stall in the men’s room: Larry David: If you were here, I would’ve given you first dibs, but honestly, I haven’t seen a handicapped person in the bathroom, maybe, EVER! Wheelchair User: … A “handicapped person”!? That’s nice. Oh, […]