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.

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.

February 2015

Everyday Advocacy: Condo Accessibility

By | February 1st, 2015|

Although condos are not covered by the ADA, some features must be accessible under Fair Housing laws, and discrimination is illegal.

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