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Finally, a Wheelchair Cup Holder that Works

Finally, a Wheelchair Cup Holder that Works

Over my years of being paralyzed, there has been one elusive product I, or the companies making them, have never seemed to get right — the wheelchair cup holder. That’s right, the seemingly simple accessory used to carry our drinks while on a roll. I have been trying to find “the one;” the perfect cup […]

The Project Walk Diaries — WTF, Left Arm?

The Project Walk Diaries — WTF, Left Arm?

When going to an activity-based therapy clinic like Project Walk Twin-Cities, which I’ve had the fortune of going to these past couple of months, it’s easy to get caught up in the prospect of getting below-injury movement back … ya know, walkin’. But you don’t hear a lot about people working on what they already […]

A Look Back on 2014

A Look Back on 2014

I’ve never really been a New Year’s resolution type of person. I wouldn’t be able to follow through with it anyways I figure, so why bother. I never do. But I do like to look back on my year just like the news, with all of the most noteworthy news clips from the year strewn […]

Chelsey Jay Reynolds: Embrace, Don't Exclude

Chelsey Jay Reynolds: Embrace, Don’t Exclude

Chelsey Jay Reynolds, a 23 year old fashion model from the United Kingdom, is on a mission to change her industry. She’s off to a good start as her PSA, “Embrace, Don’t Exclude,” has over 70,000 hits. Check it out:   “Sometimes in life shi**y little things can happen to you. You just got to […]

Wearable Lights to Increase Visibility

Wearable Lights to Increase Visibility

When I’m out and about after dark I make sure it is easy for drivers to see and avoid me — I have lights on my chair and a cool red flashing red collar for Killy, my German Shepherd service dog. There are a myriad of different wearable light options that increase visibility. Here are […]

Thanks to FeedthePig, I'm Going to Hawaii

Thanks to FeedthePig, I’m Going to Hawaii

Is it possible to dream big, go somewhere awesome or buy something awesome, even when you’re on a limited budget? After years of wishing but never doing, I’m finally going to dream big — and I’m going to go to Hawaii. I know. It doesn’t sound too crazy, but for me, a C6 quad who […]

Two Websites to Help the Search for an Accessible Home

Two Websites to Help the Search for an Accessible Home

All wheelchair users know searching for an accessible home is not easy. Sometimes we can get lucky searching on mainstream real estate sites like Zillow or Trulia, but it’s rare to find “wheelchair accessible” properties on these sites — and this probably is not going to change any time soon. Fortunately there are two websites […]

What Do Brella Bag and Snake Clamp Have in Common?

What Do Brella Bag and Snake Clamp Have in Common?

The Brella Bag I literally can not see out the window of my office as I write this thanks to a coating of rain. Instead of letting the relentless rain depress me, I’m using it for inspiration. Meet the Brella Bag — a hands free umbrella holder that could be the rain solution wheelchair users […]

The Touch-Free Sesame Phone

The Touch-Free Sesame Phone

When I think about facial recognition I think eye scanners and government surveillance, but if one Israeli startup has its way facial recognition may soon be changing the face — pun intended — of accessible smart phones. The Sesame Phone is a modified Google Nexus 5 phone that has been customized to operate using facial […]

Dems to Tammy Duckworth: No Accommodation

Dems to Tammy Duckworth: No Accommodation

Tammy Duckworth — congresswoman, double amputee, Iraq war veteran, mother-to-be — recently asked her Democratic boss in Congress to accommodate her. It seems that Duckworth’s doctor advised her not to travel during the last weeks of her high-risk pregnancy, and she wanted to cast her vote in the elections for House Democratic Caucus leadership and […]