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.

Adaptive Surfing Comes to Rockaway Beach

Adaptive Surfing Comes to Rockaway Beach

California’s premiere adaptive surfing organization, Life Rolls On, is holding an adaptive surfing clinic on Rockaway Beach in Queens, N.Y., for adults and children with all types of disabilities. The event will take place on Sunday, July 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and over 200 participants are expected to attend. Many remember that […]

4 Wheel City: Rapping Rehab

4 Wheel City: Rapping Rehab

Two hip-hop performers are bringing “rap therapy” to young people in hopes of guiding them down the right road.

Taxi Benke, high school senior Rachel Benke’s service dog, made such an impression on her classmates that he was included in the school yearbook.

Crip Buzz: July 2014

Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things; Held Down by Red Tape, Not Disability; Service Dog Pictured in Yearbook

Crip Buzz: June 2014

Crip Buzz: June 2014

A clever series of TV ads is helping Brits “end the awkward” around people with disabilities.

EEOC Seeks Public Input in Effort to Boost Employment

EEOC Seeks Public Input in Effort to Boost Employment

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced today that it is inviting public input on potential revisions to the regulations implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a law that governs employment of individuals with disabilities by the federal government. Current Section 501 regulations prohibit employment discrimination based on disability […]

ACTION ALERT: Help Save the Wheelchair

ACTION ALERT: Help Save the Wheelchair

There are only two days left to team up with Kesha Pilot to raise $15,000 in support of United Spinal Association’s Roll on Capitol Hill. This event pours wheelchair users into lawmakers’ offices where they share real-life stories of what having access to a chair that fits right and works right does for them. Given […]

Globetrotter Scott Rains Heads to Nepal

Globetrotter Scott Rains Heads to Nepal

Globetrotter Scott Rains is off to Nepal, where he will be doing what he loves best: experiencing all the world has to offer first hand while simultaneously inviting that world to become more accessible and inviting for people with disabilities. “The goal is that I will train workers at every stop I make so that […]

Josh Sweeny scores the winning goal for the gold.

Paralympics Pictured

Didn’t get enough of the Sochi Paralympics on network TV? Check out commentary and cool photos.

Crip Buzz: Emergency Preparedness — Are You Ready?

Crip Buzz: Emergency Preparedness — Are You Ready?

The Best of Disability Blogs and Banter Portlight Strategies’ #RUReady media blitz invited bloggers and emergency preparedness organizations to post about how people with disabilities can survive disasters. Emergency Preparedness — Are You Ready? I live in Northern Colorado, in an area beset by frequent power outages. We experience severe weather in the form of […]

Wheelchair Dance Movie Musical Chairs on HBO all April

Wheelchair Dance Movie Musical Chairs on HBO all April

There is a lot to love about the wheelchair dance movie, Musical Chairs, which is playing on HBO this whole month. First, it features Push Girl Auti Angel, and here at New Mobility we are die-hard Auti Angel fans. Our pal from Philadelphia, Clark Matthews, also has a cameo in the big dance scene. Second, […]