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Homemade Equipment

The minute we bump up against a new equipment-related problem, we usually pick up the phone or click on Google in search of some solution we can buy with plastic. But a better solution may lie between our ears, in the form of homemade and usually much cheaper equipment. Meet some pioneers who have relied […]

Bold Moves: Taking Big Risks to Reinvent Ourselves

Bold Moves: Taking Big Risks to Reinvent Ourselves

Tired of your job? Your town? Your life? Ever think of chucking it all, packing up and moving to more exciting environs — physically, psychologically, emotionally, professionally? Bold moves are often a response to restlessness or an inner need for a more satisfactory situation — less stress or a more challenging or purposeful job or life, or […]

Untethering the Invisible Knot

Untethering the Invisible Knot

It came on very slowly, first the stiffness, along with more spasticity, making different movements more difficult. I’m a “fake quad,” an incomplete C5-6 with enough muscle sparing and leg strength to stand and do some crutch walking, but the spasticity made both much more challenging. While in my wheelchair, my legs would shoot straight […]

Escaping the Nursing Home

Escaping the Nursing Home

People end up in nursing homes for a variety of reasons, the biggest four being they have nowhere else to go or can’t find accessible housing, they’re unable to secure reliable and affordable home health services, they are shipped to nursing homes to convalesce from surgery and never leave, or they lack the necessary family […]

Kmart versus the ADA Cops

Carrie Ann Lucas wasn’t looking to sue Kmart. She simply wanted to shop there but couldn’t do so without running into accessibility hassles such as blocked aisles, tightly spaced clothing racks, seldom opened accessible checkout aisles, inaccessible restrooms, fitting rooms and parking lots. Lucas, a chair user due to congenital myopathy, spent years going to […]

Bob & Lisa Heinle

The View from C3

Numerous studies tell us that severity of disability often has little to do with the way a person perceives his or her quality of life, and that people with severe and even near total levels of paralysis (such as C3 or higher quadriplegia) are often just as happy and satisfied with their lives as those […]

The Pain Falls Mainly on the Brain

The Pain Falls Mainly on the Brain

Pain comes in different guises, but however it shows up, it is always an unwelcome guest. “I had this distinct, weird pain in my groin and hip area,” Randy Snow recalls, “from my knees to my belly button, deep into the bones of the hip on one side. It was like an electric pain on […]

Activists protested Tennessee's draconian cuts to its enhanced Medicaid program, TennCare, every day for more than two months.

The Gathering Storm in Health Care Coverage

Bill Parks relies on his SSI and Social Security checks of $625 to make ends meet in Denver. After rent, phone, transportation, food and cable, he still has to pay for Magic Bullets, exam gloves, chucks and over-the-counter medications. With the necessaries out of the way, he’s lucky to have maybe $50 left for what […]

Working in fabric--Brown's signature medium--allows her to combine her love of sewing with her need for artistic expression.

Charmaine Brown: Her Art Comes First

Her art may focus on disability, but don’t dare call Charmaine Brown a disabled artist. “I’m an artist, not a handicapped girl in a wheelchair,” she says. “Being part of the disability community didn’t make me an artist or help me become a better one. Disability helped define me as an artist and gave me […]

Eric Gibson

Gangbangers: Back from the Brink

Everyone with SCI faces difficult adjustments and accommodations when getting back into life after so much has changed. But wheelchair outlaws looking for a shot at a so-called normal life have a steeper road to climb. For them, true rehabilitation is impossible absent redemption. And redemption–making amends and atoning for past actions–is a tall, tall […]