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Disability buzz, travel, fashion and dating — Tiffiny Carlson writes about these fun things that amp up everyday wheeling life. Carlson is a freelance writer and pens both the “SCI Life” column and "Spin 2.0" blog for New Mobility. She's also a C6 quad from a diving accident that occurred when she was 14 years old. A lifelong resident of Minneapolis, Tiffiny has been a writer in the disability community for over 10 years and writes for several publications and blogs, as well as her personal blog BeautyAbility. Her work has also appeared in mainstream publications such as Nerve.com and Playgirl.

Why is the Wheelchair so Scary?

Why is the Wheelchair so Scary?

Growing up, there was a man, Mike, who lived down the street and who used a power wheelchair. He had broken his neck as a teenager and was my friend Megan’s uncle. Whenever we were bored, she would drag me to his house so we could ask him for a free ride on his wheelchair, […]

Revisiting the Ballet

Revisiting the Ballet

It seems almost every girl who breaks her neck or back has a sad story about how she used to love to dance. Well, I have one as well. Growing up I loved to dance, and ballet had a special place in my heart. Ever since I found out what toe shoes were and how […]

A Sixth Digit Worn Like a Ring — Brilliant!

A Sixth Digit Worn Like a Ring — Brilliant!

In March, Josh Smith, a recently paralyzed engineer, launched a successful Kickstarter campaign for the Sixth Digit, one of the smartest products I’ve ever seen for quads. It is essentially an artificial steel finger you wear like a ring, and it’s available for a $20 donation to Josh’s Kickstarter page. For years of living with […]

Simon Calcavecchia

SCI Life: May 2015

“I couldn’t believe that guys with similar injuries as mine were bodybuilding. It was a life-changing moment.”

The Alivia: Possibly the Perfect Wheelchair Bag

The Alivia: Possibly the Perfect Wheelchair Bag

The Alivia Bag by Wildflower NYC is one of the classiest, most well-designed bags yet to be made for a wheelchair user, and after being given a sample to try out, I’m sold. The contemporary design of the bag shows Wildflower NYC knows we want to look good, and the company is catering to our […]

Quads and Achingly Perfect Straight Pant Seams

Quads and Achingly Perfect Straight Pant Seams

There are a lot of strange things that can happen to the mind when you’re paralyzed. One of the biggest is feeling trapped. As a result, you want to control things in life that you still have the power to do so. One of the biggest of these, a target I’ve seen used time and […]

America's Freedom Sailor to Build Accessible Tall Ship

America’s Freedom Sailor to Build Accessible Tall Ship

Boats are notoriously unfriendly to wheelchairs, and let’s be honest — “accessible boats” are never really that great. This is why America’s Freedom Sailor, a nonprofit dedicated to the awesomeness of accessible sailing, has partnered with students at the University of New Orleans and the State University of New York at Buffalo to create the […]

Customized "Pimp Your Chair" Service Debuts

Customized “Pimp Your Chair” Service Debuts

Ever since I first saw the chromed bling on Colours manual wheelchairs, I have been in love with the idea of pimping out a wheelchair. Making a wheelchair look cooler just makes sense. A few companies have made certain accessories, but now a new company is doing the entire chair, and they are aptly called […]

Jordan Bone

SCI Life: April 2015

“There are so many things I can’t do for myself, but because makeup is so personal, it makes me feel like I’m still me.”

Helloooo ... I'm right here. ... Stop being rude!

Helloooo … I’m right here. … Stop being rude!

It’s a strange, strange world when it comes to what people perceive as rude, especially when it comes to people with disabilities. Some people don’t mind when we speak our minds but others … oh they’re not too keen on it. It can bring out the devil claws. It’s as if we’re not allowed to […]