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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 […]

My Favorite Adapted Baking Tools

My Favorite Adapted Baking Tools

I love to bake, but holy cow do my hands fight me! I don’t let this stop me, though. Fresh baked cookies, pineapple upside-down cake, rhubarb crisp … with adapted baking tools, I can make it all. Instead of using an oven, I use a countertop toaster oven for all my baking needs. Having the […]

When Discrimination Happens to You

When Discrimination Happens to You

We all know that discrimination exists in the real world, but when it happens to you, it’s like a hard slap in the face. Here’s what happened to me recently: For years I’ve had Botox bladder injections at my urologist’s office. It was easy, low-stress and cost-effective. But when I called the office a few […]

SCI-Related Crowdfunding Update

SCI-Related Crowdfunding Update

Hardly a day goes by where I don’t receive an email touting an upcoming or ongoing Kickstarter campaign for some sort of SCI-related crowdfunding project. In just a few years, crowdfunding has emerged as one of the most popular ways to launch new products. I honestly don’t know whether this is a good thing or […]

The Project Walk Diaries — Old Frustrations Arise

The Project Walk Diaries — Old Frustrations Arise

Since I’ve been paralyzed for such a long time, I sometimes wonder if I’ve forgotten how to move my legs and maybe that’s what my problem is. This is the kind of crazy stuff that people who are paralyzed for a long time will think about. “Maybe I just need to try a bit harder,” […]