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.

October 2016

Tammy Duckworth: Our Champion in Congress

By | October 3rd, 2016|

U.S. Congresswoman and wheelchair user Tammy Duckworth, a wounded combat vet, is running for the U.S. Senate. She's our champion on Capitol Hill.

United Spinal Celebrates 70 Years

By | October 3rd, 2016|

What began in 1946 as a small, determined group of World War II veterans advocating for greater civil rights and independence in New York City has grown into the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders across the country.

Ian Mackay’s 300-Mile Sip-and-Puff Ride for Accessible Trails

By | October 3rd, 2016|

Mackay, a C2-3 quad, set out from his home in Port Angeles, Washington, determined to raise awareness of the need for more accessible bike and multi-use trails. Dubbed Ian’s Ride, Mackay’s plan was to roll almost the entire length of the state over a mere 10 days.

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.

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