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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.

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, […]

A New Generation of War Vets Comes Home

A New Generation of War Vets Comes Home

A decorated veteran, Matthew Keil survived a high SCI in Iraq, came home to a supportive family and rebuilt his life. His “new normal” now includes two beautiful children.