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Starla Hilliard-Barnes' Playground Project

Starla Hilliard-Barnes’ Playground Project

If you saw her perched atop a horse or in her four-by-four vehicle, you would never know Starla Hilliard-Barnes was paralyzed. A T4 paraplegic whose vertebrae from the T2 level to T8 was completely crushed in a hit and run motorcycle accident in 2009, Hilliard-Barnes has only been a wheelchair-user for five years. But if […]

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5 Ultimate Wheelchair Battery Care Tips

A power wheelchair is nothing without its batteries, as we know all too well. Most power chairs have two large batteries that require nightly charging while we’re sleeping, which by the way is the most practical way to go about getting our charge in for all of you noobs out there. There are a lot […]

6 Safety Products Every Wheeler Should Have

6 Safety Products Every Wheeler Should Have

When you use a wheelchair, you’re considered more vulnerable than the average person, and there are people who will take advantage of you. This is exactly why you must always think about safety — you never know who may view you as an easy mark. Here are some products to help you stay safe: 1. […]

5 Tips for an Awesome Accessible Camping Trip

5 Tips for an Awesome Accessible Camping Trip

Accessible camping is fun, relaxing and surprising doable. For those of you who have never done it before, here are my tips on how to be a happy camper: 1. Call ahead to reserve an accessible site There’s nothing worse than showing up at a campground, not getting the site you need and driving home […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]