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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 […]

Weight Loss and Wheelchairs

Weight Loss and Wheelchairs

Pushing a manual chair is a great calorie burner, but it isn’t always practical or even possible. Variables from injury level and sore shoulders to progression of a condition warrant a power chair and/or power assist. When a long-time manual chair user switches to power or power/assist, the pounds can quickly add up if you […]

Pieter du Preez, C6 Quad, Shatters Ironman Barrier

Pieter du Preez, C6 Quad, Shatters Ironman Barrier

Barriers are a matter of perception and when they are broken, the impossible — as if by magic — is forever possible. Chuck Yaeger did this when he broke the sound barrier, Roger Bannister did it when he ran the first sub-4-minute mile. On Sunday, Dec. 8, Pieter du Preez made the list of barrier-breakers […]

Dead Too Soon or Right To Die?

Dead Too Soon or Right To Die?

Last Saturday Tim Bowers was paralyzed from the shoulders down when he fell out of a tree and crushed his C3-5 vertebrae. The next day, when his paralysis was explained to him, he chose to have his breathing tube removed and end his life. Bowers, age 32, an avid outdoorsman and recently married, father-to-be from […]