About 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.

June 2016

Outrage Builds Against ‘Me Before You’

By | June 1st, 2016|

Outrage against the movie by people with disabilities is escalating as the movie gets set to open in theaters on June 3.

Crip Buzz: There is No Replacement for My Wheelchair

By | June 1st, 2016|

When Gina Schuh wrote “My Wheelchair is My Legs, When it Breaks it is an Emergency!” for Pushliving.com, she may have set off a revolution.

May 2016

Erika Bogan Demonstrates the MV-1 to Hillary Clinton

By | May 19th, 2016|

While stumping through Southbend, Hillary Clinton toured AM General’s commercial assembly plant, where the wheelchair accessible MV-1 is manufactured.

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Presents Sip-and-Puff Adaptoys

By | May 6th, 2016|

In hopes of bringing Adaptoys to market, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation has launched a crowdfunding campaign.

Anticholinergic Meds May Cause Brain Damage

By | May 4th, 2016|

Older adults who use bladder controlling anticholinergic drugs may want to talk with their doctor about finding an alternative.

Uber: Does the Transportation Revolution Include Us?

By | May 2nd, 2016|

Transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft are revolutionizing the way we get around, but are they leaving riders with disabilities at the curb?

United Spinal: Leading the Transportation Fight

By | May 2nd, 2016|

For more than 30 years United Spinal Association has led the fight for affordable, accessible transportation, and today this includes holding Uber accountable to provide rides to all wheelchair users.

Driving For Uber

By | May 2nd, 2016|

Wheelchair users find if they have a nice car and hand controls, they can make money driving for companies like Uber. Here are three wheelers who are making the Uber platform work for them.

Peer to Peer Problems

By | May 2nd, 2016|

Jennifer Mendoza was walking through San Francisco and noticed a bunch of cars with pink mustaches. “I Googled, found out what Lyft was, and said, ‘I have got to be a part of that.’”

Eric Lipp and Open Doors Organizations: Training Uber

By | May 2nd, 2016|

Chicago-based nonprofit Open Doors Organization has trained Uber drivers on how to serve riders with disabilities in 10 cities nationwide.

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