About Jean Dobbs

As editorial director of New Mobility, Jean Dobbs oversees the editorial team, guiding the magazine’s mission and design. She is also responsible for developing new departments and related projects, such as Life in Action magazine. With a master’s degree in journalism, she was previously NM’s executive editor and managing editor and has written for the magazine since 1991. She has interviewed many distinguished members of the disability community, including advocate Justin Dart, disability-culture scholar Carol Gill and entertainment photographer Christopher Voelker. She is editor of the book Kids on Wheels and publisher of Spinal Network: The Total Wheelchair Book. She works from home in North Carolina.

June 2016

New Mobility Weekly Newsletter – June 9, 2016

By | June 9th, 2016|

Promising Stem Cell Trial Cancelled Despite Significant Gains. 'Grace' Ad Shows Trump's Bias Against Disability in Classy Way. Fleximug: A Hands-Free Drinking Solution. Beach Wheelchairs More Available than Ever.

New Mobility Weekly Newsletter – June 2, 2016

By | June 2nd, 2016|

Weekly Newsletter: Quads Regain Hand Function After Stem Cell Trial. Advocates Call for Boycott of 'Disability Snuff Film.' Frustrated About Trying to Get Your Wheelchair Fixed? Self-Balancing Two-Wheel Wheelchair Gives New Level of Mobility.

June 2014

And Justin for All

By | June 1st, 2014|

Justin Dart dreams big: Love, empowerment, truth, freedom and justice for all.

March 2014

Vote on the First Set of New Mobility Covers!

By | March 26th, 2014|

We have lots of plans for celebrating our 25th anniversary, starting with an ongoing survey of your favorite New Mobility covers from 1989 to the [...]

October 2013

Records Shattered at 2013 Ironman

By | October 14th, 2013|

Minda Dentler is the first woman to complete the handcycle/racing chair/swimming division of the Ironman. Records and barriers were shattered in the racing [...]

November 2012

Jamboxx: Making Music Just a Breath Away

By | November 2nd, 2012|

Tobias Koslowski lost the ability to play music five years ago, due to muscular dystrophy, but today he’s writing and performing saxophone with the help [...]

March 2011

Past Due: Quad Moms Talk About Pregnancy

By | March 1st, 2011|

(Originally published in 1995; updated in 2009) In 2008, the Discovery Channel aired a documentary “Paralyzed and Pregnant,” the story of Michelle Carston, a C5 [...]

August 2009

Why Does Facebook Matter?

By | August 1st, 2009|

I remember feeling a surge of hope when I read last year that social networking sites had surpassed porn in terms of Internet traffic. Good [...]

September 2006

Christopher Voelker: Image Maker

By | September 1st, 2006|

Christopher Voelker's photography shatters stereotypes. Since 1994, Voelker has shot 21 covers for New Mobility, including several provocative images for the annual "Sex, Wheels and [...]

December 2005

Eye of the Storm

By | December 1st, 2005|

The lucky ones got out alive. Whether they executed personal evacuation plans with friends or family or relied on public transportation and shelters, most wheelchair [...]

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