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Chris Locke wakes up ready for anything now.

Breathing: CPAP for Sleep Apnea

Chris Locke was placed on CPAP for sleep apnea, and it was life-changing. “I’m able to think and hold a conversation. I have more patience to deal with BS. And I’ve lost weight.”

Wheelchair Friendly Cities? ... 7 Places Worth the Effort

Wheelchair Friendly Cities? … 7 Places Worth the Effort

All of these cities have merits that make them attractive for wheelchair users. They also have tricky weather or old architecture. It’s often the intangibles — such as a spirit of acceptance — that make them worth the challenges.

Sleep Tight: Pressure-Free and Adaptive Beds

Sleep Tight: Pressure-Free and Adaptive Beds

On average, we spend close to one-third of our lives in bed. If you’re newly injured, just out of rehab, or recovering from a serious illness, the proportion is likely to be higher than that — and if you’re prone to skin breakdown, respiratory problems, or any other issues that can be exacerbated by lying […]

Mike Collins prefers to stay in his wheelchair at the dentist.

Like Pulling Teeth: Finding Accessible Dental Care

On the list of life’s unpleasant chores, going to the dentist has to rank pretty close to the top. The smell of the dentist’s office, the sting of the injection, the whine of the drill, the sharp metal instruments and latex-clad fingers poking around in your mouth — dozens of horror movies and stand-up comedy […]

Motivational speaker Johnnie Tuitel says, “I was one of the hottest stories in the world” ­— for about a week after being banned from flying US Airways.

Denied Boarding

Ironically, on the day Johnnie Tuitel got kicked off a plane, he was on his way to a conference on self-advocacy. The 48-year-old motivational speaker and author had been flying for years. Like many professionals, his job takes him around the country — and as a wheelchair user with cerebral palsy, he’s a seasoned veteran […]

New Mobility's Person of the Year: Judith Heumann

New Mobility’s Person of the Year: Judith Heumann

The life and career of Judith Heumann — teacher, scholar, activist, diplomat — closely parallel the rise and growth of the American disability-rights movement. As a child disabled by polio, and as a wheelchair-using college graduate entering the workforce, she had to fight her native New York City’s school system for both the right to […]

This ramp comes standard with the Fun Finder XT-205, so it doesn't cost extra to install.

Gimp My Ride: Finding Fun with ‘Phil’

Joe Kirkpatrick of Manteo, N.C., has always loved camping — so much so that not even a C5-6 spinal cord injury in 1996 could stop him and his wife, Yevette, from hitting the road and enjoying the outdoors. After a while, though, the labor involved — pitching the tent, assembling the portable wheelchair-height bed and all the […]

The ADA at 20: Half-Empty, Half-Full or Both?

The ADA at 20: Half-Empty, Half-Full or Both?

I don’t remember where I was when the ADA was signed, but I do remember the first time I was congratulated about it. December 1990 — the office Christmas party at my first job out of college. The type of scene that the film Office Space would satirize a few years later: stale store-bought cookies, nonalcoholic […]

Gimp My Ride: ‘The Coolest Van Around’

Gimp My Ride: ‘The Coolest Van Around’

Most of us who drive adapted vans haven’t thought of taking them out on the racetrack. But that’s probably just because we haven’t met Chris Karson. “I thought to myself, if I’m going to be escorted around in a wheelchair van, it’s going to be the coolest van around,” says Karson, 40, of Portage, Ind. […]

Into the Great Beyond

Into the Great Beyond

Among travel lovers, one school of thought holds that “the journey is the destination” — that the true mind-broadening joy of travel lies not in arriving somewhere as planned, but in experiencing all the unplanned things that happen while you’re getting there. Through these chance encounters and random events — be they delightful, aggravating or even dangerous — […]