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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

"Plain Jane" Shocumentary Torrid, Mind-Opening

“Plain Jane” Shocumentary Torrid, Mind-Opening

When one of the first scenes of Jane Hash’s documentary, Plain Jane, begins, you know you’re in for wild ride. She shows all the crazy places she used to hide as a kid — a washing machine, in the kitchen sink, under furniture — and then she interviews her mother, who pulls no punches when […]

Chris Hrabik: Performance Stage Rally Driver

Chris Hrabik: Performance Stage Rally Driver

“Live as if you die tomorrow, dream as if you’ll live forever” is the favorite quote of Chris Hrabik, a C5-6 quad from Sedgewickville, Mo., who surprisingly was not born with the need for speed. You’d think  he was, since he’s the first quadriplegic performance stage rally racer in the U.S., but his desire to […]