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.
Disability can be a bully. And it’s so in-your-face with bladder infections and bowel accidents and pressure sores that you may not be aware of subtler damage that paralysis visits on your lungs, heart, metabolism and other underlying structures. Think you know it all? Recent research is creating options in treatment and prevention that may […]
As a polio survivor and former clinical psychologist at a rehab hospital, Carol Gill has helped a lot of people adjust to disability. One day, that wasn’t enough for her. “I realized that my clinical skills and activities were limited in changing the status quo for people with disabilities,” says Gill, 49. “I could work […]
(Updated April 2011) Readers have sent NM some tough questions in recent months. For the following six queries, we recruited a panel of experts in spinal cord injury and women’s health. As always, consult with your physician to pursue a course of action, but since your doctor probably isn’t on our panel, perhaps these leaders […]
Art usually isn’t effortless, even if the best of it looks that way. It doesn’t always bubble to the surface when the artist wants. And often it’s bottled up by external forces — discouragement by teachers, the absence of the right tools, a vision that hasn’t quite gelled. But art will out. Sometimes it takes […]
Before her amputations at age 21, Bonnie Jones flaunted her sexuality. “Afterward,” she says, “if somebody knocked on the door — even the UPS guy — I wouldn’t answer.” Today, Jones, 40, enjoys a healthy intimate relationship with her partner, Richard Haubner, with whom she shares a home in Southern California. But the journey, she […]
Artists with disabilities want their work viewed as art–not as therapy, and not as “special.” “I don’t want to be a disabled artist–just an artist,” says painter Martin Vogel. “Being labeled is one thing you’ve got to watch out for,” agrees painter Ernie Pepion. “You get …