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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 […]

"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 […]

Candace Cable Goodwill Ambassador to Georgia

Candace Cable Goodwill Ambassador to Georgia

Since the 1980s, Candace Cable has been a name in the disability sports world, winning nine Paralympic medals in wheelchair racing and snagging six Boston Marathon wins. She helped put wheelchair racing on the map, making it one of the first adapted sports the masses  care about. Since her wheelchair racing days and her subsequent […]

Fight Against Use of Disabled, Handicapped Terms

Fight Against Use of Disabled, Handicapped Terms

What’s your preference: Do you want to be described as disabled? Handicapped? Wheelchair user? PWD? Crip? You’d probably like to avoid all labels, but in our stereotype-obsessed culture, that’s impossible.  Still, Juliet Martinez , Arizona’s Ms. Wheelchair America 2014, is challenging her state to stop using terms she believes limit the perception of what people […]

Books About Disability for Children

Books About Disability for Children

When I was raising my family, I couldn’t find children’s books that addressed the issue of disability in smart, eye-opening ways. There were books on just about every other subject a child could be interested in, but none I felt would open the door for a conversation about disability in language that kids understand and […]

Check Out the AbilityOne Design Challenge

Check Out the AbilityOne Design Challenge

Have you heard about the AbilityOne design challenge? It’s an assistive technology competition for both high school and collegiate level participants sponsored by AbilityOne, a single source non-profit employment agency that’s helped over 50,000 people with disabilities find jobs. This agency particularly helps that those with visual impairments and significant disabilities. A very cool thing […]

Virtually Accessible Hiking Trails

Virtually Accessible Hiking Trails

I’ve always loved Nature Valley — those crunchy granola bars were the only healthy thing I liked as a kid. Well now I love Nature Valley a whole lot more. Why? Because the company’s given the “Google Map” streetview treatment to some of the prettiest trails in national parks across the US, and they’ve put […]

Big Cheer for Wheelchair Cheerleaders

Big Cheer for Wheelchair Cheerleaders

I hardly ever mention what I’m about to disclose out of fear people will laugh at me. Looking back on my life, I have a hard time believing I did it. But the truth is, I once was a cheerleader. That’s right, a wheelchair cheerleader during my college years at the University of Illinois — […]