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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 — […]

The Education of Professir X

The Education of Professir X

“People ask me, how do I have sex? What’s different for me now is, it’s more spiritual, more mental, more emotional. I don’t feel a physical body, so in order to feel my mate, I must feel her with my heart, with my soul, with my mind. That’s how I have sex. That’s how I […]

Ethan Bailey

Gimp My Ride: Freshman Driver

Like every high school kid, Ethan Bailey of Santee, Calif., was looking forward to the day when he could start driving. Born with thrombocytopenia with absent radius syndrome, he knew his disability would make the entire process more complicated — from learning to drive to buying an adapted vehicle — but he and his parents were determined […]

Sidewalk Wars

Sidewalk Wars

This wasn’t the way I wanted to get out of jury duty. Like many people who have received jury summonses in the mail, I find it more of a bothersome chore than a civic duty. At the same time, though, I wasn’t planning to play the gimp card to get out of it. I’m a […]

Julie Haraksin (with husband Ian Irwin) moved from California to Sydney, Australia, in 1990.

Wheelers in Distant Lands

Thanks to decades of change–both technological and social–more and more Americans with disabilities are finding the wider world open to them. But are we open to the world? Which of our expectations should we take with us to other countries, and which ones are better left at home? These three adventurous wheelers–living on three continents–have […]

Tending Emotions: Cultivating Humor, Owning Grief and Anger

Tending Emotions: Cultivating Humor, Owning Grief and Anger

Emotions are mysterious. Laughter can come from disappointment, tears from joy. Whatever the source, we know it is better to express our emotions than to mask them. Hopefully what we express will ultimately heal rather than harm. Here’s a sampling of responses NM received when we asked freelancers and staff to ramble on about tears, […]

Who lost the ADA?

Who lost the ADA?

Welcome to Post-ADA America. We hope you’ve enjoyed your flight. Before leaving, please be sure to check the area around your seat for any civil rights or scraps of human dignity you may have managed to keep us from stealing. Thank you for flying with us — and remember, if you feel your rights have […]

The Politics of Dancing

The Politics of Dancing

One Saturday night in the early ’80s, when I was in college, I came home late, looked in the bathroom mirror and found the entire right side of my wheelchair covered with blood. Don’t worry–it wasn’t myblood. At the time I was going to a lot of punk-rock shows. I liked the music, but I […]

Ice Cream--Yes, Polyester--No

Ice Cream–Yes, Polyester–No

I hate to admit it, but I enjoy being single. Honest. I do. People have a hard time believing me when I say that. My married friends think I’m secretly consumed with jealousy–who wouldn’t be, in the presence of all that domestic bliss? Sure, I may put on a happy face when they have me […]

The Malcolm X Position, watercolor, 2000

Art and Adaptation

An artist friend of mine, who passed away last year, used to paint on huge canvases that filled entire walls when they were hung in galleries. With his limited mobility, he couldn’t just use a stepladder to reach the upper corners, or lay it on the floor to paint it as a nondisabled artist might […]