As managing editor of New Mobility and social media manager, it’s a big part of my job to track who’s who and what’s next in the disability community. Also, to know what is working for you, and what you’d like to see covered or improved in New Mobility. How do we look? Are our stories helpful and meaningful? What would you like to see us cover next? I’d love to hear from you. My email is JByzek@Unitedspinal.org. I live with my family in Harrisburg, Pa., mere blocks away from the Susquehanna River, on which I love to fish, kayak, canoe or just sit on a rock and watch the sun go down. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998, after years of trekking from one doctor after another to figure out what was going on with my body. But I’ve been involved in our community professionally since 1990, when I first got a job answering phones at the center for independent living in Pittsburgh.
When Wheelchairs are Cool (Justin Bieber in a wheelchair); Assisted Suicide Ad in NM: Yay or Nay?
New Mobility contributor and former senior editor Douglas P. Lathrop passed away on August 15, leaving a legacy of important disability articles and essays, and 14 issues of Kids on Wheels. He had been celebrating his 50th birthday with a few dozen of his friends when he sustained fractures in his legs — he had […]
For the first time ever, New Mobility has accepted an ad that takes a side in a “culture war” issue that directly deals with disability. It’s not that we’ve turned down controversial ads in the past — to my knowledge it’s just never come up before. Perhaps you’ve seen the ad I’m referring to running […]
Ex the Exoskeleton?; Crowd Surfing on Wheels
Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 22 — This morning the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities passed out of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee with a vote of 12-6. Next it must be ratified by two-thirds of the U.S. Senate. The CRPD, or, Disability Treaty, is designed to promote the rights and dignity […]
California’s premiere adaptive surfing organization, Life Rolls On, is holding an adaptive surfing clinic on Rockaway Beach in Queens, N.Y., for adults and children with all types of disabilities. The event will take place on Sunday, July 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and over 200 participants are expected to attend. Many remember that […]
Two hip-hop performers are bringing “rap therapy” to young people in hopes of guiding them down the right road.
Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things; Held Down by Red Tape, Not Disability; Service Dog Pictured in Yearbook
A clever series of TV ads is helping Brits “end the awkward” around people with disabilities.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced today that it is inviting public input on potential revisions to the regulations implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a law that governs employment of individuals with disabilities by the federal government. Current Section 501 regulations prohibit employment discrimination based on disability […]