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The Cybathlon: A Powered Adaptive Device Competition

The Cybathlon: A Powered Adaptive Device Competition

When I first read about the Cybathlon Competition that will take place on Oct. 8, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland, I thought it was an Onion article. But I checked it out, and the powered adaptive device competition is legit, and sounds ultra cool. Motherboard calls it the Bionics Olympics while Slate says it’s “awesome,” and […]

Kickstarter Project: Horizon Trike

Kickstarter Project: Horizon Trike

In the very cool department, Outrider USA, an ultralight adventure vehicle company, has created the Horizon Trike — a full-suspension on-road/off-road battery powered adaptive trike.  The idea for the Horizon started a year ago when Christopher Wenner, an adventurer, Ph.D, and quadriplegic contacted the folks at Outrider and shared his vision of building an electric […]

Say What? Advocate Writes “Wheelchair Bound” in HuffPo

Say What? Advocate Writes “Wheelchair Bound” in HuffPo

The other day I read an article by Linda Noble Topf — author, motivational speaker, and self-styled “advocate for disability rights” — titled Wheelchair Wisdom: Stop the Busyness and Smell the Roses.  In the article, Topf, who has multiple sclerosis, describes her difficult transition from being ambulatory to using a scooter. At first she felt […]

U.S. Power Soccer Team Wants to Meet Obama

U.S. Power Soccer Team Wants to Meet Obama

If you have ever seen power soccer — similar to quad rugby but played in powerchairs with protective cages on the front — you know it’s fast, action packed and way cool. If you haven’t seen it, check out the above video. The United States Power Soccer team has won two consecutive World Cup titles […]

NBC Sports Paralympic Television Coverage Outstanding

NBC Sports Paralympic Television Coverage Outstanding

As an avid Paralympic fan for three decades and a journalist, I’ve been hoping the day would come when I could use the words “Paralympic television coverage” and “outstanding” in the same sentence. That day has arrived. NBC Sports is doing an outstanding job of covering the Sochi Paralympics! I understand some people are frustrated […]

The Night I Was Called a Fire Hazard

The Night I Was Called a Fire Hazard

Way on the other side of the world, a group of 11 friends made reservations and paid for a table at a posh Mumbai nightclub. When they arrived, the staff refused entry to one person in the group, a bank employee, because he uses a wheelchair. The staff said if he wanted to go in, […]

Chicago Fights Fraud with New Disability Placards

Chicago Fights Fraud with New Disability Placards

To prevent revenue loss due to disability placard fraud, Chicago has instituted a new system that only waives parking fees for drivers who use wheelchairs, or have loss of motor control in both hands, or are unable to walk 20 feet. The placards are yellow and gray rather than blue. There were 299,530 blue placards […]

Jeff Shannon Never Gave Up, Never Gave In

Jeff Shannon Never Gave Up, Never Gave In

I just got the news about the death of Jeff Shannon, one of New Mobility’s contributors. Jeff and I got to know each other over the past few years. Our editor, Tim Gilmer, connected me with Jeff and at first we talked about his fight with the various severe medical challenges life has thrown at […]

Cool Adaptive Ski Glove Kickstarter Project

Cool Adaptive Ski Glove Kickstarter Project

Bill Price is an inventor, entrepreneur, adaptive skier and quadriplegic with limited hand function. This combination is a perfect driving force that led Price to come up with a super cool invention that enables adaptive mono-skiers and bi-skiers with limited or no hand function to use outriggers —adaptive ski poles that consist of a Canadian […]

Adaptive Kite Surfing

Adaptive Kite Surfing

In my ‘survey of one,’ innovations in adaptive sports equipment are perhaps the next best thing to an outright SCI cure. When I was injured (T10 complete para), never being able to ski again was a worse blow than never being able to walk again — this was 1985, two years before mono-skiing made the […]