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Behind the Wheel of a New Van

Behind the Wheel of a New Van

Wow, am I sitting up high now!  So high in fact, I can see over almost all the other vehicles on the road. What a feeling of power behind the wheel!  It’s also one of the benefits of ditching my much smaller and lower Honda Civic for a  newly equipped and very accessible van. I’ve […]

7 Myths About Disability and Emergency Preparation

7 Myths About Disability and Emergency Preparation

The first thing you’ve got to understand about emergency preparation is that it’s for an EMERGENCY. Throw disability into the mix and a bad situation has the potential to get significantly worse — fast. Still, many believe these myths that, frankly, can get them killed. 1. Disabled people are definitely a priority group. You’d think. […]

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 […]

Vote on the First Set of New Mobility Covers!

Vote on the First Set of New Mobility Covers!

We have lots of plans for celebrating our 25th anniversary, starting with an ongoing survey of your favorite New Mobility covers from 1989 to the present. Cast your vote today for the best cover from 1989-1992, when we were still called Spinal Network Extra. For the next six months, we will provide covers to vote […]

Why Should Nurses be in Charge of Home Care?

Why Should Nurses be in Charge of Home Care?

The recent occupation of the New York State Nurses Association headquarters by ADAPT has again shed a spotlight on the role nurses play in our home care system. People with disabilities need caregivers but why should nurses have major input on how we choose to live our lives? In 2003, after I went into respiratory […]

Getting a New Wheelchair is So Not Fun

Getting a New Wheelchair is So Not Fun

Unlike getting a new car, house or pair of shoes, getting a new wheelchair is so not fun. You’d think it would be … the ordering, the anticipation, the new chair smell. But when your new chair arrives, you realize how un-fun it actually is. Reason being, it feels completely foreign. It’s too easy to […]

Toddler Wheelchairs Let Kids be Kids

Toddler Wheelchairs Let Kids be Kids

Children with disabilities are denied so many opportunities and learning experiences when they can’t move around independently, which is why I’m so excited to see the recent development trend of toddler wheelchairs. Finally, a way has arrived to help these little guys to interact with the world. Why is this important? Kids with disabilities often […]

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 […]

Jason DaSilva: When I Walk, AXS Map

Jason DaSilva: When I Walk, AXS Map

Multiple sclerosis is a bitchy disease, something filmmaker Jason DaSilva and I both understand intimately. It hits like a tsunami, makes a devastating mess, takes what it wants and doesn’t usually give anything good in return. In my own experience, it feels like I am slowly being whittled down. A little off my eyes, my […]

Push Girl Chelsie Hill Pens Book

Push Girl Chelsie Hill Pens Book

If you are a fan of the reality show Push Girls that follows the lives of a group of women with SCI, then you are likely already aware of the youngest Push Girl, Chelsie Hill. An enthusiastic dancer before and after her injury, she’s the founder of Team Hotwheelz, a dance team for wheelchair-users. If you’re […]