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.
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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?
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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?” […]