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So Wheelchair Truthers are a Thing Now

So Wheelchair Truthers are a Thing Now

My colleague Bob Vogel sent me a disturbing article about how some opponents to Texas attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott are questioning whether the man really is a wheelchair-using paraplegic. They’re calling themselves “Wheelchair Truthers,” possibly as a counterbalance to the “Birthers” who refuse to believe President Obama is an American no matter […]

Help Improve Airline Access with 15 Simple Questions

Help Improve Airline Access with 15 Simple Questions

We’ve seen the stories about wheelchair users being mistreated by TSA agents or forced to crawl across the tarmac. Is this typical, or are these incidents few and far between? Are some airlines better than others for wheelchair users? And how often is equipment damaged or destroyed by airlines? Please take our short survey on […]

7 Very Screwy Curb Cuts That Won't Help at All

7 Very Screwy Curb Cuts That Won’t Help at All

The concept of a curb cut is elegant in its simplicity — it’s just a small ramp inserted at street corners or other logical places to allow wheelchair users, parents with strollers and other people who use wheels the ability to cross the street. Yet, for some reason, sometimes this simple elegant concept gets bungled. […]

Artist Chuck Close Wheelchair Bound? Cut Him Loose!

Artist Chuck Close Wheelchair Bound? Cut Him Loose!

New York Times’ Linda Yablonsky recently wrote this about the artist Chuck Close: “Close, who is 73, has been bound to a motorized wheelchair since 1988, when a spinal artery collapse caused near-total paralysis. That didn’t dampen his enthusiasm for either making art or collecting it, and other things as well …” Wheelchair bound since […]

New Mobility is Now on Pinterest

New Mobility is Now on Pinterest

New Mobility is now on Pinterest. Right now we have four boards:

"Disabled" Mannequins Challenge Concept of Beauty

“Disabled” Mannequins Challenge Concept of Beauty

Have you seen this video yet? It’s part of the “Because Who is Perfect? Get Closer.” campaign by Pro Infirmis in honor of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which was Dec. 3. The idea that there can be a perfect body comes to us from ancient Greece, where the athletic young male form […]

Behind the Scenes: My Story About Chairskating (WCMX)

Behind the Scenes: My Story About Chairskating (WCMX)

I just want to gush about a story I’m working on about chairskating, aka WCMX. You know Aaron Fotheringham, the guy who backflips, frontflips and shoots over wide gaps for Nitro Circus? Turns out he’s just the tip of the spear, so to speak, and there are about 100 other chair skaters coming up behind […]

Effortless City: Mapping Accessible Sidewalks and More

Effortless City: Mapping Accessible Sidewalks and More

What would it take to effortlessly navigate a major city you’ve never visited, to confidently cruise down the most accessible sidewalks and patronize welcoming, accessible businesses? These are questions being asked by the new start-up, Effortless City, which seeks to completely map out San Francisco with access and ease-of-travel in mind, and then make that […]

Congratulations NYC Advocates for Winning Emergency Planning Lawsuit!

Congratulations NYC Advocates for Winning Emergency Planning Lawsuit!

I can remember so clearly the day Hurricane Irene hit where I live in Central Pennsylvania. It was the year of very bad storms that started for my family with tornado-strength winds that knocked down some of our city’s most majestic trees that lined our streets, flattening cars and landing on houses. We got off […]

Wheelchair Users in Pop Culture

Wheelchair Users in Pop Culture

The creative folks over at RollX vans have outdone themselves — they marked the cancellation of Ironside by putting together a tribute to wheelchair users in pop culture present and past (when you click that link it might appear tiny on your browser, but just click on the image and it’ll zoom right in). “Ironside […]