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.

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 [...]

March 2005

One Last Yellow Dog Story

By | March 1st, 2005|

One of the things I love most about Barry is his running dialogue with the yellow dog. He was more prone to these conversations when [...]

October 2002

Pleasure Principles

By | October 1st, 2002|

Researchers and women with spinal cord injuries build a better understanding of sexual satisfaction (Updated April 2011) Loren Serano* enjoyed a great sex life with [...]

November 2001

10 Ways to Stay Healthy

By | November 1st, 2001|

John Fields loves his Magic Bullet (see "Love Your Bowels" below). Disability can be a bully. And it's so in-your-face with bladder infections [...]

October 2001

In Search of a New Aesthetic: Carol Gill Charts The Way

By | October 1st, 2001|

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, [...]

Reclaiming Your Health

By | October 1st, 2001|

(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 [...]

July 2000

ART Emerging

By | July 1st, 2000|

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 [...]

October 1997

The Road to Intimacy

By | October 1st, 1997|

Before her amputations at age 21, Bonnie Jones flaunted her sexuality. "Afterward," she says, "if somebody knocked on the door — even the UPS guy [...]

August 1997

State Of The Arts

By | August 1st, 1997|

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 ...

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