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Lex Frieden Speaks at Civil Rights Summit

Lex Frieden Speaks at Civil Rights Summit

Lex Frieden, a United Spinal Association board member who played an integral role in the development, passage and implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, participated in a social justice panel discussion at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, as part of the Civil Rights Summit that took place April 8-10. Frieden […]

NSCIA Chapter Check-In: Madison

NSCIA Chapter Check-In: Madison

Running a NSCIA chapter and organizing meetings is no easy task under normal circumstances. The task becomes all the more difficult when over 50 inches of snow does its best to keep your wheelchair-using members stuck in their cozy houses and off the icy streets. That’s one of the obstacles facing the Madison chapter …

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NSCIA Members in Action: Bill Fertig, Jennifer Wolff

Bill Fertig: Solving Problems in the Office and on the Beach;
UsersFirst: Changing of the Guard

Google Glass: Hands-Free Everything?

Google Glass: Hands-Free Everything?

As a wheelchair user, I wanted to know whether Google Glass could improve my quality of life.

Personal Attendants: Avoiding the Bad Hires

Personal Attendants: Avoiding the Bad Hires

Over 14 years of interviewing and hiring caregivers I’ve learned to expect the unexpected in terms of responses, appearances and caregiving philosophies. I hired a guy who couldn’t tell his twin sons apart. I worked with a grown man who made custom headdresses for Star Wars action figures and used soap scum to style his […]

Planning for Spontaneity

Planning for Spontaneity

On first glance the idea of “planning for spontaneity” makes about as much sense as the latest guide to Medicare. But if you bring up the concept with any wheelchair user, it’s likely that their eyes will light up with the spark of understanding.