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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.

Larry Flynt: The Man in the Golden Chair

Larry Flynt: The Man in the Golden Chair

Larry Flynt is the only wheelchair-using, multi-millionaire pornographer and free speech advocate in America, or at least the most notorious.

Allen Rucker

Raising a Ruckus: Real Fit for Real Men

I’m no prognosticator when it comes to the future of disability in general, or paralysis in particular, but every once in a while, I stumble upon a trend a few minutes before it becomes commonplace. A couple of years back I wrote a book about my own encounter with wheelchair living in which I made […]

Raising a Ruckus: This … is CEN

Raising a Ruckus: This … is CEN

Have you ever wondered — and surely you have — why we People of the Chair and our disabled comrades don’t have our own cable network? I mean, for heaven’s sakes, every other demographic in America has one. Surf your 400-channel line-up sometime. There’s the Military Channel, the Retirement Living Channel, the RFDTV Channel for […]

Raising a Ruckus: Pushing Back the Pushback

Raising a Ruckus: Pushing Back the Pushback

Our friends “the media” have overused a lot of terms lately to describe what happens when some political event or statement causes a large and troublesome response. There is the old chestnut, “backlash,” but it’s fading in favor of more aggressive terms like “blowback” and “pushback.” Blowback sounds like a force of nature, as in, […]

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 […]