About Michael Collins

Since his C5-7 spinal cord injury in 1988, Michael Collins has been bringing information about disability and accessibility to the mainstream and disability communities. Mike began writing for New Mobility in 1991 and is currently the author of two NM columns — Everyday Advocacy and Motorvation (as “Uncle Mike”). Besides writing, Collins has served as executive director of both the California State Independent Living Council and the National Council on Disability. He attributes much of his success to an ability to convert frustration into actions necessary to achieve change, and he strives to share that information in his writing.

July 2016

Perfume in my Workplace

By | July 1st, 2016|

Q. I work for a company that made an accommodation for me and my wheelchair, which allows me to work on the first floor of our two-story building. Others in my department work upstairs, but our office building lacks an elevator. I now have a larger problem.

May 2016

Motorvation: Accessible Golf Carts

By | May 2nd, 2016|

Many golf courses have started adding accessible golf carts to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Everyday Advocacy: Tweaking the ADA

By | May 2nd, 2016|

Some local advocates have made a proposal to our county council to adopt a new version of the symbol that appears in all of the accessible parking spaces in our community.

March 2016

Beach Wheelchairs: More Available Than Ever

By | March 1st, 2016|

Hundreds of beaches throughout the U.S. have beach chairs available to rent or borrow. Michael Collins helps you plan a truly accessible vacation.

Everyday Advocacy: Should I Drive?

By | March 1st, 2016|

  Q. As a reader of your columns and a mid-level quad, I’d be interested in your thoughts on the decision to drive, or not. [...]

February 2016

Motorvation: Motorsports With Hand Controls

By | February 1st, 2016|

Individuals who drive with hand controls have many avenues for participating in motorsports.

January 2016

Everyday Advocacy: Poor Wheelchair Service

By | January 1st, 2016|

Q. I am paralyzed due to childhood polio and was bedridden for more than two weeks last month because my power chair (bought through Medicare) [...]

December 2015

The Great Caregiver Quest

By | December 1st, 2015|

Illustration by Mark Weber For quality attendant care, first you have to assess how many hours a day you require personal assistance, and [...]

November 2015

Getting Secure Behind the Wheel

By | November 1st, 2015|

Crash testing, tie-downs and more...

October 2015

Everyday Advocacy: Theater Seating Denied

By | October 1st, 2015|

I like movies, but a recent experience at a theater in New Jersey has left me upset.

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