As New Mobility's editor, Tim Gilmer manages the magazine's editorial content, working closely with staff and freelance writers. He is responsible for editing all features and departments and writes a monthly column, Bully Pulpit. He has written more than 40 features for NM, having profiled Christopher Reeve, Joni Eareckson Tada, Teddy Pendergrass, John Callahan, and part-Australian aborigine Willie Gilbert ("Condobolin Dreaming"). Prior to becoming editor in 2000, he taught writing classes and was a freelance writer. In 1995 he was awarded an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship. In addition to NM, his work has appeared in The Oregonian, Writers Forum, Weber Studies and AlterNet ("Ron Kovic Reborn"). A wheelchair user since 1965, he telecommutes from his home, a working organic vegetable farm outside Portland, where he lives with his wife. New Mobility since cows gave milk. This is an author bio.
When the U. N. Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities was rejected by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 4, all of the negative votes were cast by Republicans. Their main reason, they say, had nothing to do with the purpose of the document. They want us to believe that they really do love us […]
Gauging progress in accessibility is like “seeing” global climate change. Both are happening, no doubt, but how much and how fast is difficult to pinpoint. Nonetheless, on a recent pleasure/business trip, I got an up-close look at how discrimination is changing. On my flight from Portland, Ore., to Burbank, Calif., I was assigned a seat […]
Did you know this groundbreaking indie film is out on DVD?
Remember Chuck Kutz, the longtime adaptive van dealer/owner of Adaptive Driving Systems in Southern California, who ripped off more than a dozen people for hundreds of thousands of dollars? Kutz’ customers handed over vans to sell on consignment, substantial sums for new vans, or both, but got nothing in return. Kutz closed the doors of […]
The 2012 Media Access Awards broke all records for attendance, celebrity power, and recognition of media personalities with disabilities.
For the past few months I’ve been chronicling my battle with severe infection that eventually led to amputation, but contrary to what I wrote last month, my left leg, Lenny, is not gone forever. Only below the knee. In a moment of self-pity, I exaggerated my loss. In truth, I still have Mini-Lenny to care […]
By the time you read this, Lenny will have been gone about three weeks. I’ve known Lenny all my life, but I was a freshman in high school before I learned his name. At the time I was playing varsity baseball. A good friend of mine, Hulsekin, a superior player in his own right, called […]
Gary Karp is a well-known speaker in disability circles, a tall man who sits erect in his wheelchair and appears relaxed as he talks, sometimes he even entertains by simultaneously juggling as he speaks. He’s now 57, having logged 39 years as a para in a chair since his accident at age 18, and he […]
Book Review: Blue Water, White Water, by Robert C. Samuels; Up the Creek Publishing: 2011; 295 pages, $24.95. Available from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and www.bluewaterwhitewater.com. One Wild Ride Don’t mistake this for a “mere” book review. It is also homage to longtime New Mobility contributing editor, Bob Samuels. His many travel stories, profiles, ongoing […]
Having used a manual wheelchair for 47 years, I’ve had plenty of time to consider wheelchair design and what I’d like to see in a manual chair. And I also know what I don’t want to see, mainly the pea-brained designs you’ll find on www.designboom.com. There’s a super-cushy chair with oversized chrome wheels, a four-foot […]