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The Tao of Mowing

The Tao of Mowing

I spent Sunday afternoon engaged in my most coveted chore: mowing my back yard, a small field wrapped around granite boulders, with my riding tractor mower. The trees, flowers, grass and weeds in my yard are in the midst of a springtime revival, sudden and exponential growth, and the grass was taking over my yard. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Skye Parker and the Quad-Friendly Kite Buggy

Skye Parker and the Quad-Friendly Kite Buggy

Have you heard of kite buggying? It’s a hybrid of kite boarding and land sailing and it looks like a blast! Kite Buggies provide a speed rush on surfaces like wide open dry lake beds, hard packed sand beaches, big and small grassy areas, and even parking lots. However, controlling the kite buggy rig requires […]

Illegally Parked Cars Get Ultimate Prank

Illegally Parked Cars Get Ultimate Prank

Have you ever searched for an accessible parking spot only to find a vehicle illegally parked there? If so, then this Brazilian video of illegally parked cars getting the ultimate prank should bring a smile to your day. Disclaimer: This absolutely falls into the “This would cool to do but DO NOT DO THIS!!!” category. […]

Sean Rose: Kite-Skiing Across Europe’s Largest Ice-Cap

Sean Rose: Kite-Skiing Across Europe’s Largest Ice-Cap

On March 29, Sean Rose, a paraplegic kite skier, attempted to become the first paraplegic to kite-ski across the Vatnajökull icecap in Iceland — at several hundred kilometers wide it is the largest ice cap in Europe. For the first three days the journey went perfectly, but then he was struck with a serious urinary […]

Kickstarter Project: Real Roles for Disabled Actors

Kickstarter Project: Real Roles for Disabled Actors

Although the roles for disabled actors in television and film are starting to appear here and there, the media still has a long way to go — it is still rare when they get it right. Too often, the industry falls back on tired, stereotypical portrayals of “inspiration,” “overcoming the odds,” “angry, bitter villain” or […]

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 […]