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.
Linda Mastandrea, a Paralympian who won 15 gold medals and five silver medals over the course of her athletic career, is running for Circuit Court judge in Cook County, Ill. “I believe the office of Circuit Court Judge is incredibly important,” says Mastandrea, a lawyer for 18 years. “A judge must be even-handed, fair and […]
Have you seen this video yet? It’s part of the “Because Who is Perfect? Get Closer.” campaign by Pro Infirmis in honor of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which was Dec. 3. The idea that there can be a perfect body comes to us from ancient Greece, where the athletic young male form […]
I just want to gush about a story I’m working on about chairskating, aka WCMX. You know Aaron Fotheringham, the guy who backflips, frontflips and shoots over wide gaps for Nitro Circus? Turns out he’s just the tip of the spear, so to speak, and there are about 100 other chair skaters coming up behind […]
For info and tips about cooking with a disability, check out this blog, a place to share tips and ideas of how to cook with limited dexterity, reach and energy.
Crowdsourcing has the potential to change how medical research is both funded and carried out — and this could have a major impact in the quest to cure SCI, MS and many other disabilities. Every aspect of research, from deciding what to study, to designing clinical trials, to finding subjects, may get an Internet-powered makeover. […]
Crowdsourcing access? We have two apps for that! AbleRoad and AXS Map are both free apps designed to connect people to all types of accessible venues. Both are downloads from iTunes and Google Play, and both are also usable as websites. And both are new, so the databases of actual accessible venues are still pretty […]
What would it take to effortlessly navigate a major city you’ve never visited, to confidently cruise down the most accessible sidewalks and patronize welcoming, accessible businesses? These are questions being asked by the new start-up, Effortless City, which seeks to completely map out San Francisco with access and ease-of-travel in mind, and then make that […]
I can remember so clearly the day Hurricane Irene hit where I live in Central Pennsylvania. It was the year of very bad storms that started for my family with tornado-strength winds that knocked down some of our city’s most majestic trees that lined our streets, flattening cars and landing on houses. We got off […]
Ashley Lyn Olson is passionate about traveling. As CEO and founder of the organization Wheelchairtraveling.com, the California paraplegic knows a thing or two about wheelchair accessible hotels.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation is requiring airline websites and automated airport kiosks to be accessible to passengers with disabilities. DOT also will allow airlines to choose between stowing wheelchairs in a cabin compartment on new aircraft or strapping them to a row of seats, an option […]