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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 […]

Sam Schmidt and the Amazing Hands-Free Driving Controls

Sam Schmidt and the Amazing Hands-Free Driving Controls

An amazing advancement has occurred in the driving world. A quadriplegic paralyzed from the shoulders down is driving a car completely on his own again, and this revolutionary quadriplegic is Sam Schmidt. Maybe you’ve heard of him. He was a rising Indy car racer was paralyzed 14 years ago while racing in the Walt Disney […]

The Disability Symbol Finally Gets a Makeover

The Disability Symbol Finally Gets a Makeover

The classic blue wheelchair guy is the main disability symbol people use to refer to all things accessible. Sure it works, it’s adequate … but it has its drawbacks — namely, it was created in 1968. The disability community has changed by leaps and bounds since the ’60s, and advocates have been salivating at the […]

First Ever Accessible Tourism Film Contest

First Ever Accessible Tourism Film Contest

This December 4-7, Malaysia is hosting the 5th International Conference on Accessible Tourism (ICAT) and for the first time ever the conference is holding a short film competition. Yes, that’s right, ICAT’s putting on an international short film competition searching for films that encapsulate what accessible tourism truly means. Accessible beaches and hotels, easy flying […]

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Wendy Crawford Gives ‘Beauty’ TEDx Talk

Depending on who you ask and which country you ask it in, “beauty” is as fluid as the tide in the ocean. And when you add disability to the mix, it gets a lot more complicated. Some people just can’t see someone with a disability as beautiful, even if it’s Cindy Crawford or Brad Pitt […]

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CinemAbility: A Fantastic Disability Media Documentary

Bravo Jenni Gold! The well known Hollywood director with muscular dystrophy’s documentary CinemAbility has captured the imagination of some of Hollywood’s brightest luminaries, and it’s continuing to do so with every premiere held. CinemAbility officially premiered last fall on the anniversary of signing of the ADA. Many of the most well-known actors with disabilities in […]

FantomWorks' Wheelchair Accessible Muscle Car

FantomWorks’ Wheelchair Accessible Muscle Car

FantomWorks, a TV show on Velocity dedicated to restoring and modifying custom classic cars, has outdone themselves. No muscle car had ever been made powerchair accessible before, until FantomWorks. They’ve partnered with the Wounded Wheels Project to create a completely powerchair accessible SS Chevy Chevelle, and it’s guaranteed to make you drool. For a car […]

From Traumatic Experience to Deep Connection

From Traumatic Experience to Deep Connection

Eve Hampton, 27, became paralyzed at age 13 of traverse myelitis and, like so many people with spinal cord injuries, she still carries a part of that young girl with her. Undergoing such a traumatic experience is why Robert Pratt felt a kindred connection to Eve, as he had a severe leg injury while serving […]

Adaptive Yoga: No More Wheelchair Floating

Adaptive Yoga: No More Wheelchair Floating

The wheelchair can be one of the most helpful things in the world, getting you from Point A to Point B if you can’t walk, but it can also act as a barrier between you and the rest of the world and the energy most people feel while walking. This energy is some invigorating, buzzing […]