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 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.

January 2015

Motorvation: Motorcycles

By | January 1st, 2015|

There are many ways for wheelchair users to modify motorcycles and catch the wind once again.

December 2014

Everyday Advocacy: Driving for Ridesharing Companies

By | December 1st, 2014|

Should adaptive vehicle owners consider driving for ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft?

November 2014

Affordable Vans and Cars

By | November 1st, 2014|

Glen White and family friend Vicky Luna pose with White’s ‘66 Chevy Impala. Driving a vehicle is a daily occurrence for most people, [...]

September 2014

Motorvation: Leaving the Pavement Behind

By | September 1st, 2014|

ATVs and UTVs allow us to leave the pavement behind.

Everyday Advocacy: More Rehab Needed

By | September 1st, 2014|

During the past few years, the length of hospitalization after disabling injuries or other serious problems like a stroke has been getting steadily shorter.

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