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Michael Collins has been writing on disability issues for 22 years. He is...... This is an author bio.

February 2016

Motorvation: Motorsports With Hand Controls

By |February 1st, 2016|

These days paralysis, or the inability to use feet or legs while driving, is not a hindrance to safe operation of virtually any type of motorized vehicle. This includes vehicles used for racing and other 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.

August 2015

Everyday Advocacy: Historic Properties

By |August 1st, 2015|

Historic properties are required to comply with the applicable accessibil­ity guidelines to the maximum extent possible.

July 2015

Motorvation: Recreational Vehicles – At Home on the Road

By |July 1st, 2015|

Traveling can be a logistical challenge for people who use wheelchairs and similar mobility devices.

June 2015

Everyday Advocacy: Changing Hand Controls

By |June 1st, 2015|

A hand control installer said they would not do the work unless I gave them a certificate from my driving school showing that I am legal to drive with hand controls.

April 2015

Everyday Advocacy: Jury Duty

By |April 1st, 2015|

Doing your civic duty is often “easier said than done” when it comes to federal courts, which are not covered by the ADA.

Motorvation: Collector Cars

By |April 1st, 2015|

Wheelchair users can enjoy collector cars as much as anyone — with a few adaptations.

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