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QuadshoX and Blumil: Kits to pimp your ride

QuadshoX and Blumil: Kits to pimp your ride

QuadshoX “If every car is manufactured with a suspension system, why aren’t all wheelchairs?” That simple question drove John Morris, a C4 quadriplegic, to invent the QuadshoX QX1 – an aftermarket retrofit kit that works as a suspension system for the rear wheels on tilt-in-space manual wheelchairs. Morris promises ease of use and functionality. “Our […]

America's Freedom Sailor to Build Accessible Tall Ship

America’s Freedom Sailor to Build Accessible Tall Ship

Boats are notoriously unfriendly to wheelchairs, and let’s be honest — “accessible boats” are never really that great. This is why America’s Freedom Sailor, a nonprofit dedicated to the awesomeness of accessible sailing, has partnered with students at the University of New Orleans and the State University of New York at Buffalo to create the […]

Customized "Pimp Your Chair" Service Debuts

Customized “Pimp Your Chair” Service Debuts

Ever since I first saw the chromed bling on Colours manual wheelchairs, I have been in love with the idea of pimping out a wheelchair. Making a wheelchair look cooler just makes sense. A few companies have made certain accessories, but now a new company is doing the entire chair, and they are aptly called […]

Helloooo ... I'm right here. ... Stop being rude!

Helloooo … I’m right here. … Stop being rude!

It’s a strange, strange world when it comes to what people perceive as rude, especially when it comes to people with disabilities. Some people don’t mind when we speak our minds but others … oh they’re not too keen on it. It can bring out the devil claws. It’s as if we’re not allowed to […]

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. […]

Why You Should be Playing Second Life

Why You Should be Playing Second Life

Years ago I wrote a blog post that didn’t put Second Life — the free online game that lets you create your own avatar and visit various multiple worlds — in the best of light. Well for all of you that got upset about the post, I am now officially retracting that post. My previous […]

Why Are Strangers Smiling at Us?

Why Are Strangers Smiling at Us?

I was out to brunch recently waiting with a crowd of other hungry customers for tables to open up. My friend and I, both wheelchair users, received the usual number of stares and glares when out in public, especially in pairs. But I also noticed people looking at us with strange, stiff smiles. Most were […]

Models With Disabilities Take Over Fashion Week

Models With Disabilities Take Over Fashion Week

Fashionistas who use wheelchairs have been forever wishing to take over the runway during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York and it finally happened earlier this month — and we have the Italian designer FTL Moda to thank. In its “Loving You” show, FTL Moda and famed designer Antonio Urzi decided to pair some of […]

Shannon DeVido Lands New Role on Hulu

Shannon DeVido Lands New Role on Hulu

You may not have heard of Shannon DeVido yet, but you’re about to. The 32 year old from Philadelphia with spinal muscular atrophy just landed one of the biggest roles for a person with a disability to get in a long time — a part in Amy Poehler’s latest project “Difficult People.” In “Difficult People,” […]

Be Productive While Stuck in Bed

Be Productive While Stuck in Bed

Bedrest sucks. There’s no way around it. But thankfully there are more and more options to increase your productivity and happiness should you get stuck in bed for a long time (or if you simply spend a lot of time in bed). The Super Gorone Desk caught my eye as one of the better options […]