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Do We Need Day of Acceptance?

Do We Need Day of Acceptance?

I was a bit mystified recently when I bumped into the International Day of Acceptance, which this year was Jan. 20. I’d never heard of it before (it began in 2010), and wondered how one day could possibly do any good for a disability community that fights for acceptance on every level, from personal to […]

Project Walk Diaries: Is That Below Injury Movement?

Project Walk Diaries: Is That Below Injury Movement?

When you do enough activity-based therapy, you hope something spectacular will happen — you’ll slowly see some below injury movement, or maybe regain some sensation. While doctors say this is rubbish, many people claim otherwise. I never expected much. When I first started attending Project Walk a few months ago, I definitely didn’t expect anything […]

4 Tips from “Disability Gym Workout”

4 Tips from “Disability Gym Workout”

There is a great new video showing how to get a good workout at any gym in any city regardless of your wheelchair or disability. The 16-minute-long video, “Disability Gym Workout” is produced by the Active Hands Company, maker of the grip-aids for quadriplegics, and it’s narrated by Rob Smith, a fellow wheelchair-user. Here are […]

ABC's "On the Hunt for Handicapped Parking Cheaters"

ABC’s “On the Hunt for Handicapped Parking Cheaters”

On Jan. 10, 2013 ABC News ran a very cool and informative segment called, “On the Hunt for Handicapped Parking Cheaters.” During the six-minute report they followed undercover investigators from the California Department of Motor Vehicles as they looked for people using someone else’s placard — in this case they set up on a street […]

On "NCIS: New Orleans," Wheeler is for Real

On “NCIS: New Orleans,” Wheeler is for Real

Is he or isn’t he? Is the wheeler character named Patton Plame on “NCIS: New Orleans” disabled or just another Hollywood faker? These days I’m so cynical I assume any actor sitting in a wheelchair is a “pretender,” but in the case of Daryl “Chill” Mitchell, I was very wrong. Mitchell was a successful actor […]

Finally, a Wheelchair Cup Holder that Works

Finally, a Wheelchair Cup Holder that Works

Over my years of being paralyzed, there has been one elusive product I, or the companies making them, have never seemed to get right — the wheelchair cup holder. That’s right, the seemingly simple accessory used to carry our drinks while on a roll. I have been trying to find “the one;” the perfect cup […]

The Project Walk Diaries — WTF, Left Arm?

The Project Walk Diaries — WTF, Left Arm?

When going to an activity-based therapy clinic like Project Walk Twin-Cities, which I’ve had the fortune of going to these past couple of months, it’s easy to get caught up in the prospect of getting below-injury movement back … ya know, walkin’. But you don’t hear a lot about people working on what they already […]

A Look Back on 2014

A Look Back on 2014

I’ve never really been a New Year’s resolution type of person. I wouldn’t be able to follow through with it anyways I figure, so why bother. I never do. But I do like to look back on my year just like the news, with all of the most noteworthy news clips from the year strewn […]

Chelsey Jay Reynolds: Embrace, Don't Exclude

Chelsey Jay Reynolds: Embrace, Don’t Exclude

Chelsey Jay Reynolds, a 23 year old fashion model from the United Kingdom, is on a mission to change her industry. She’s off to a good start as her PSA, “Embrace, Don’t Exclude,” has over 70,000 hits. Check it out:   “Sometimes in life shi**y little things can happen to you. You just got to […]

Wearable Lights to Increase Visibility

Wearable Lights to Increase Visibility

When I’m out and about after dark I make sure it is easy for drivers to see and avoid me — I have lights on my chair and a cool red flashing red collar for Killy, my German Shepherd service dog. There are a myriad of different wearable light options that increase visibility. Here are […]