About Ian Ruder

I’m a senior editor, but I’m the newest (and youngest) member of the New Mobility editorial team. I’m not the quad you deserved, but the quad you needed. I oversee the United Spinal content and write features. I’m always looking for fun or quirky stories and love profiling interesting people.

September 2016

Companion Platform Lets Walkers Hitch a Ride on Power Chairs

By | September 14th, 2016|

Judi Chapman invented the Care E On companion platform because she couldn’t keep up with her husband’s wheelchair. Ankle problems had slowed Judi down ...

Easy-to-Use Wheelchair Luggage by Phoenix Instinct

By | September 9th, 2016|

The wheelchair travel gods may have finally heeded the prayers of wheelers frustrated by the difficulty of hauling luggage.

Louisiana: Combining Communities to Broaden Reach

By | September 1st, 2016|

The Louisiana chapter started in 2004 as the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana, aiming to serve the state’s community of people with brain injuries. Last year BIALA joined up with United Spinal.

August 2016

Are you Jonesing for a Rio de Janeiro Trip? Lonely Planet Has a Guide for That.

By | August 8th, 2016|

The guide is full of detailed information, maps, pictures and accessibility information.

Midwest Ability Summit Rises to New Heights

By | August 1st, 2016|

Seven years ago, United Spinal Association’s Greater Kansas City Chapter hosted its first abilities fair. in the small lobby of one of the local rehab facilities. From those humble beginnings it would have been hard for even the biggest optimist to imagine how the event would evolve and grow.

Tribute to Former Executive Director Gerard ‘Jerry’ Kelly

By | August 1st, 2016|

Gerard “Jerry” Kelly, United Spinal’s executive director from 2002-2005, passed away June 18. Kelly was 70.

Sacramento: Networking Is Key to Quality of Life

By | August 1st, 2016|

Sonny and Jeanette Ali, founders of the Sacramento Spinal Foundation, talk about their vision for the organization, and are focusing on trying to network the SCI community with manufacturers and products.

July 2016

China Trials Suggest Walking Can Unlock SCI Damage

By | July 1st, 2016|

The China SCI trials are very successful — people with complete injuries are walking again, and regaining control over their bowel and bladder.

Recreational Marijuana May Be Undermining Medical Supplies in Oregon

By | July 1st, 2016|

As recreational marijuana becomes legal and widespread in Oregon, medical marijuana card holders find their supplies are dwindling as a result.

Hudson Valley Chapter: Instilling HOPE

By | July 1st, 2016|

The first two steps for almost any successful chapter are to develop and fully embrace a mission and then to figure out how to serve that mission. The Hudson Valley Chapter of United Spinal devised a great mission

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