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.

May 2016

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.

Crip Buzz: May 2016

By | May 2nd, 2016|

The Best of Disability Blogs and Banter. This month: Resilience Can be Messy; Teaching Dad to Tango

April 2016

Crip Buzz: April 2016

By | April 1st, 2016|

“We need to make every single thing accessible to every single person with a disability,” proclaimed Stevie Wonder.

March 2016

Crip Buzz: March 2016

By | March 1st, 2016|

Cosmo uses nondisabled woman; Lego's first-ever wheeler; #SAYTHEWORD

February 2016

Crip Buzz: February 2016

By | February 1st, 2016|

NM Facebook fans decided to have a little bit of fun at the expense of Kevin Dennison, the wheelchair user who robbed a bank in Queens, N.Y.

January 2016

Access, Transportation and Progress: Everything is Not Awesome

By | January 8th, 2016|

If you took a look at my Facebook feed lately, you’d think that transportation is more accessible than ever.

Chicago Sets Goal to Make its Rail System 100 Percent Accessible

By | January 8th, 2016|

On Jan. 7, Chicago Transit Authority announced an ambitious new initiative to make 100 percent of its rail system accessible within 20 years.

December 2015

Medicare Coverage for Wheelchair Components is Safe for a Year

By | December 18th, 2015|

Sen. Corker, R-Tenn., meets with Teal Sherer and Robbin Sinatra at a Roll on Capitol Hill. Legislative visits like this are crucial for elected [...]

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