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Trouble on the Streets of New York City

Trouble on the Streets of New York City

Last time I visited New York City, I was frustratingly reminded how tough the place is for wheelers. Besides the millions of walking people packing streets and crosswalks, Manhattan’s curb cuts are either nonexistent or in terrible shape. (If you’re lucky, there’s one useable curb cut at a major intersection.) Sidewalks are ragged and bumpy, […]

Assisted Suicide: Advertise or Discuss?

Assisted Suicide: Advertise or Discuss?

Why is New Mobility running an ad for a political issue — assisted suicide, or death with dignity if you prefer — on this website? The truth is, those of us on the editorial staff were shocked when we became aware of it (we do not control advertising, only editorial content). Frankly, if ad placement […]

Assisted Suicide Ad in NM: Yay or Nay?

Assisted Suicide Ad in NM: Yay or Nay?

For the first time ever, New Mobility has accepted an ad that takes a side in a “culture war” issue that directly deals with disability. It’s not that we’ve turned down controversial ads in the past — to my knowledge it’s just never come up before. Perhaps you’ve seen the ad I’m referring to running […]

The Classy Little Fashions Foundation

The Classy Little Fashions Foundation

Jane Hash, a fabulous woman with osteogenesis imperfecta and star of her own movie — Plain Jane: The Shockumentary — has a new project: The Classy Little Fashions Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to giving away entire wardrobes to fellow little people. The Classy Little Fashions Foundation will choose individuals on an interview-by-interview basis, looking at […]

Airshells Protective Covering for Wheelchairs

Airshells Protective Covering for Wheelchairs

I’ve never met anyone who was excited about flying with a wheelchair. Between inconsiderate or poorly trained baggage handlers and the unknown horrors of the cargo bay, wheelchairs get damaged and wheelchairs get broken. A lot. Airshells, a Copenhagen-based company, is hoping to change that. Since 2005, Airshells has been offering European travelers the ability […]

6 Fashion Tips for Wheelchair Users

6 Fashion Tips for Wheelchair Users

Over the years I have gleaned simple fashion tips for wheelchair users that can lift even the dowdiest dresser out of her puddle of misery. To see more photos of these wheelchair fashion tips in action, follow “The Wheelchair Mommy” Priscilla Hedlin’s Stylish Gimp blog and her Pinterest board. 1. Highlight Your Waist Adding a […]

Playing Cards with Quad Hands is an Art

Playing Cards with Quad Hands is an Art

I like doing the unexpected from my wheelchair whenever possible — looking sexy (check), swearing like a sailor (check), being an accomplished writer (check), and after my injury I made sure to get good at playing cards. You see, there’s nothing more satisfying than the look in a nondisabled person’s eyes when they realize they’ve […]

Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready for a Disaster?

Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready for a Disaster?

Do you know what you’d do if your life was threatened by a disaster? Though the headlines rarely report it, too many people with disabilities died during the blockbuster storms Katrina, Sandy and Irene. We may never know how many died, were injured or left homeless by the tornadoes that recently ripped through the middle […]

Poor Seating May Cause Quad Gut

Poor Seating May Cause Quad Gut

When most of us become quadriplegics, we eventually see one thing happen — our paralyzed muscles begin to deteriorate, and that includes the muscles in our abdomen. This is when the “quad gut” rears its ugly head — one of the most unattractive aspects of having a cervical spine injury. What our bodies are doing […]

Crime Novel "1222" Stars Paralyzed Detective

Crime Novel “1222” Stars Paralyzed Detective

It’s rare to find a book where the main protagonist has a disability. Usually if a book features a disable character at all they’re usually a colorful side character — memorable, perhaps, but not the main voice you  hear throughout a book. However this is completely not the case in a thriller crime novel written […]