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Samuel Karp beams at his son as the then- 18-year-old rotates in a circle bed.

My Father’s Suicide … and My Attempt to Understand It

It was beyond my capacity to imagine that, 13 weeks after my spinal cord injury, the day before I came home from rehab, my father would take his own life.

It may have taken a little while, but Gary Karp — shown here with his wife — figured out how to embrace sexuality as a para.

What Great Sex Really Is: A Journey from Teenage Paralysis

Come on Already! A frustrated 18-year-old boy screams from the far reaches of my psyche. The poor kid. Paralyzed in 1973. Still a virgin. And I was so ready. If you’ve never been an adolescent boy, you have no idea how overriding the anticipation of that first time can be. And I’d been rehearsing for […]

Cartoon reprinted from Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, by John Callahan

Accessible Housing: In Search of the Dream

The cornerstone of the American dream is owning a home, but for wheelchair users–who often can’t even get in the front door–searching for the dream can become a nightmare. Whether you rent or buy, the current stock of detached, single-family homes has little to offer in accessibility. The Americans with Disabilities Act has nothing to […]