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.

December 2016

Forced to Pay Wheelchair Rental?

By | December 1st, 2016|

Q. The electric wheelchair I’ve been using the last 10 years is beyond repair, and my vendor says replacement parts are unavailable. My need for the wheelchair is critical. Now I have learned that my level of disability does not allow me to have a chair with the same features. I have been “demoted” to a standard power wheelchair.

November 2016

What’s New in Accessible Vehicle Peripherals

By | November 1st, 2016|

Companies are introducing new or upgraded accessories to be enjoyed by people with a variety of disabilities.

September 2016

What Happened to Van Parking Spaces?

By | September 1st, 2016|

Q. I am confused about what has happened to parking spaces for those of us who drive vans and must unload from side ramps or wheelchair lifts.

August 2016

Motorvation: What’s New in Accessible Vehicles

By | August 1st, 2016|

There are many manufacturers that realize the value of our customer base and have continued to introduce new products or improvements.

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.

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