RSSAuthor Archive for Josie Byzek

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.

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Controlling Your Opioids So They Don’t Control You

How to address pain without getting addicted to painkillers.

Crip Buzz: January 2015

Crip Buzz: January 2015

In her viral Youtube parody of “All About That Bass,” Heather Schouten sings, “Yeah it’s pretty clear, these legs don’t work no more, but I can roll it, roll, swiftly across that floor.”

What Do Brella Bag and Snake Clamp Have in Common?

What Do Brella Bag and Snake Clamp Have in Common?

The Brella Bag I literally can not see out the window of my office as I write this thanks to a coating of rain. Instead of letting the relentless rain depress me, I’m using it for inspiration. Meet the Brella Bag — a hands free umbrella holder that could be the rain solution wheelchair users […]

Deborah Mellen says this photo represents all the joy she experiences in life. Photo by Ginny Dixon

Crip Buzz: December 2014

Raw Beauty is an exhibit of photos featuring 20 women living with disabilities that was unveiled on Sept. 20 at the ACA Galleries in New York City.

Crip Buzz: November 2014

Crip Buzz: November 2014

The Best of Disability Blogs and Banter Celebrities Behaving Badly Kanye West New Mobility’s Facebook page exploded as articles with headlines like this one from the United Kingdom’s Metro hit the Web: “Kanye West Stops Show to Make Sure Everyone is Standing Up, Including Fan in Wheelchair.” West let a fan who waved a prosthetic […]

16 Exercises for Quads

16 Exercises for Quads

The following 16 exercises and more can be found at PhysioTherapy Exercises for people with injuries and disabilities. Even though most of the illustrations depict a para, these exercises are designed to help quads strengthen their arms and shoulders with the assistance of a physical therapist. 1. Elbow extensor strengthening with pulleys Therapist’s aim: To […]

Archaeology of a Woman

Archaeology of a Woman

Sharon Greytak brings her disability perspective to a film about moms, daughters, mystery and dementia.

George Takei

Crip Buzz: October 2014

Internet sensation George Takei angered some wheelers with a “Miracle in the Alchohol Aisle” meme, showing a woman standing from her wheelchair.

Crip Buzz: September 2014

Crip Buzz: September 2014

When Wheelchairs are Cool (Justin Bieber in a wheelchair); Assisted Suicide Ad in NM: Yay or Nay?

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Douglas P. Lathrop, Editor of Kids on Wheels, Dies at 50

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 […]