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.

Help Improve Airline Access with 15 Simple Questions

Help Improve Airline Access with 15 Simple Questions

We’ve seen the stories about wheelchair users being mistreated by TSA agents or forced to crawl across the tarmac. Is this typical, or are these incidents few and far between? Are some airlines better than others for wheelchair users? And how often is equipment damaged or destroyed by airlines? Please take our short survey on […]

7 Very Screwy Curb Cuts That Won't Help at All

7 Very Screwy Curb Cuts That Won’t Help at All

The concept of a curb cut is elegant in its simplicity — it’s just a small ramp inserted at street corners or other logical places to allow wheelchair users, parents with strollers and other people who use wheels the ability to cross the street. Yet, for some reason, sometimes this simple elegant concept gets bungled. […]

Artist Chuck Close Wheelchair Bound? Cut Him Loose!

Artist Chuck Close Wheelchair Bound? Cut Him Loose!

New York Times’ Linda Yablonsky recently wrote this about the artist Chuck Close: “Close, who is 73, has been bound to a motorized wheelchair since 1988, when a spinal artery collapse caused near-total paralysis. That didn’t dampen his enthusiasm for either making art or collecting it, and other things as well …” Wheelchair bound since […]

New Mobility is Now on Pinterest

New Mobility is Now on Pinterest

New Mobility is now on Pinterest. Right now we have four boards:

Meet the WCMX Riders

Meet the WCMX Riders

WCMX is often described as “skateboarding for wheelchair users,” but given some of the tricks its riders pull off, it’s more like a cross between skating and dirtbiking. In fact, the sport’s name, WCMX, coined by back-and-front flipping Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham, is a mash-up of wheelchair and BMX. The sport is still being organized, but […]

Crip Buzz: January 2014

Crip Buzz: January 2014

Top 10 Things Not to Say to Someone in a Wheelchair Plus the Best Responses From Wheelchair Users

Paralympian Mastandrea to Run for Judge

Paralympian Mastandrea to Run for Judge

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 […]

"Disabled" Mannequins Challenge Concept of Beauty

“Disabled” Mannequins Challenge Concept of Beauty

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 […]

Behind the Scenes: My Story About Chairskating (WCMX)

Behind the Scenes: My Story About Chairskating (WCMX)

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 […]

We're Wheelie Cooking Now

We’re Wheelie Cooking Now

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.