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A wheelchair user since 1985, Bob Vogel is an adventurer at heart and has written about experiences ranging from scuba diving to hang gliding. He works from his Loomis, Calif., home where he is on his greatest and most rewarding adventure yet, being a dad to his 12-year-old daughter, Sarah, with the help of Schatzie, his German Shepherd service dog.

The Night I Was Called a Fire Hazard

The Night I Was Called a Fire Hazard

Way on the other side of the world, a group of 11 friends made reservations and paid for a table at a posh Mumbai nightclub. When they arrived, the staff refused entry to one person in the group, a bank employee, because he uses a wheelchair. The staff said if he wanted to go in, […]

Chicago Fights Fraud with New Disability Placards

Chicago Fights Fraud with New Disability Placards

To prevent revenue loss due to disability placard fraud, Chicago has instituted a new system that only waives parking fees for drivers who use wheelchairs, or have loss of motor control in both hands, or are unable to walk 20 feet. The placards are yellow and gray rather than blue. There were 299,530 blue placards […]

Jeff Shannon Never Gave Up, Never Gave In

Jeff Shannon Never Gave Up, Never Gave In

I just got the news about the death of Jeff Shannon, one of New Mobility’s contributors. Jeff and I got to know each other over the past few years. Our editor, Tim Gilmer, connected me with Jeff and at first we talked about his fight with the various severe medical challenges life has thrown at […]

Wheelchair Giveaway Celebrates the Holiday Spirit

Wheelchair Giveaway Celebrates the Holiday Spirit

On Dec. 22, A-Z Pawn celebrated the holidays by sharing the gift of mobility — the Norwich, Conn., business gave away 22 power wheelchairs, each valued between $3,800-$20,000. This marks the fourth year in a row A-Z Pawn has done this — so far the business has given away approximately 100 power chairs. The business […]

Cool Adaptive Ski Glove Kickstarter Project

Cool Adaptive Ski Glove Kickstarter Project

Bill Price is an inventor, entrepreneur, adaptive skier and quadriplegic with limited hand function. This combination is a perfect driving force that led Price to come up with a super cool invention that enables adaptive mono-skiers and bi-skiers with limited or no hand function to use outriggers —adaptive ski poles that consist of a Canadian […]

Bob Vogel’s 12 Holiday Gifts for Wheelchair Users

Bob Vogel’s 12 Holiday Gifts for Wheelchair Users

‘Tis the season for holiday gift lists. For about eight years after my injury in 1985, I was bothered by annual variations of “gift ideas for wheelchair users,” and I couldn’t figure out why. I’d learned to live and thrive as an adventurous T10 para, and would have been thrilled with a gift of, say, […]

Adaptive Kite Surfing

Adaptive Kite Surfing

In my ‘survey of one,’ innovations in adaptive sports equipment are perhaps the next best thing to an outright SCI cure. When I was injured (T10 complete para), never being able to ski again was a worse blow than never being able to walk again — this was 1985, two years before mono-skiing made the […]

Weight Loss and Wheelchairs

Weight Loss and Wheelchairs

Pushing a manual chair is a great calorie burner, but it isn’t always practical or even possible. Variables from injury level and sore shoulders to progression of a condition warrant a power chair and/or power assist. When a long-time manual chair user switches to power or power/assist, the pounds can quickly add up if you […]

Pieter du Preez, C6 Quad, Shatters Ironman Barrier

Pieter du Preez, C6 Quad, Shatters Ironman Barrier

Barriers are a matter of perception and when they are broken, the impossible — as if by magic — is forever possible. Chuck Yaeger did this when he broke the sound barrier, Roger Bannister did it when he ran the first sub-4-minute mile. On Sunday, Dec. 8, Pieter du Preez made the list of barrier-breakers […]

One way to protect your skin while using a lift like this is to sit on your wheelchair cushion.

‘Beyond the Chair’ Skin Protection

During our daily lives we wheelchair users sit on a variety of surfaces that we may not think of in terms of cushioning, but should. Here are some “skin danger culprits” and options to cushion them and protect your skin.