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Too Hot or Too Cold ... Why Won't SCI Let Me Sleep!?

Too Hot or Too Cold … Why Won’t SCI Let Me Sleep!?

I don’t think I’ve had a solid eight hours sleep in nine years. Sleep, that elusive minx, has evaded my life since my spinal cord was torn. I did snag one eight-hour night of sleep last July, but that was because I had just received the first round of bladder Botox injections of my life. […]

Go Anywhere with Pony Access, the Accessible Chariot

Go Anywhere with Pony Access, the Accessible Chariot

Forget saving up for that several thousand dollar all-terrain wheelchair and instead take a look at Pony Access, the world’s first and only wheelchair accessible chariot. Simon Mulholland, a creative and kind soul from Exeter, United Kingdom, initially designed the Saddlechariot — it’s kind of like a pony-powered Segway — and now has decided to […]

Empower Yourself with 3D Printable, Portable Wheelchair Ramps

Empower Yourself with 3D Printable, Portable Wheelchair Ramps

Raul Krauthausen, a 30-year-old German inventor who has osteogenesis imperfecta, has created one of the most empowering products for any wheelchair user — a portable wheelchair ramp made on a 3D printer. His idea was inspired by other disability-friendly projects he discovered after buying his 3D printer, a MakerBot Replicator 2, such as a wheelchair […]

SCI Tips: How to Survive Frigid Temperatures

SCI Tips: How to Survive Frigid Temperatures

While the environmentalists and climate change deniers battle it out over why last week’s polar vortex happened, we folks with SCI or similar disabilities need to focus on how to survive frigid temperatures. It’s not easy staying warm when you’re rolling around in a wheelchair in dangerously low temperatures. In fact, it can be a […]

Criptaedo: The Self-Defense Revolution

Criptaedo: The Self-Defense Revolution

Have you heard of Criptaedo? It’s a style of karate created by Paul Brailer as a way to teach self-defense to others with disabilities. It’s the name of his YouTube channel, where he posts clips teaching his moves. And, as of 2014, it’s also the name of a new nonprofit dedicated to teaching self-defense to […]

7 Awesome Roles Played by an Actor with a Disability

7 Awesome Roles Played by an Actor with a Disability

It’s no secret producers and casting agents remain hesitant to hire real disabled actors. They could have a dozen roles portraying someone with a disability to fill, and they’d still find an excuse to hire nondisabled actors. Are they nervous around people with disabilities, or do they think we’re not good enough? Of course, it […]

Take to the Skies with an Able Flight Scholarship

Take to the Skies with an Able Flight Scholarship

Getting a pilot’s license is usually reserved for those with plenty of extra cash, not for wheelers trying to break even each month. That is why Able Flight out of Chapel Hill, N.C., is an organization after my own heart. This group passes out aviation scholarships to a handful of lucky wheelers each year. Recipients […]

Wheelchair Racer David Weir's New Autobiography

Wheelchair Racer David Weir’s New Autobiography

Have you heard of David Weir before? He is one of Britain’s most accomplished wheelchair racers, having won a total of six gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic games and the London marathon six times. Weir, however, remains a mere mortal when it comes to the total in his bank account, as the […]

Five Most Positive Portrayals of Disability in the Media

Five Most Positive Portrayals of Disability in the Media

From a character who’s “just like everyone else” to one who models the acceptance arc of coping with a disability, here are my picks for the five most positive portrayals of disability in the media. “Lieutenant Dan” in Forrest Gump Forrest Gump is a classic everyone loves, and Lieutenant Dan is one of the most […]

How to Get Through Snow in a Wheelchair

How to Get Through Snow in a Wheelchair

When posed with the question, “Is it really possible to get through snow in a wheelchair?,” most people would say no. Heck, I use a wheelchair, live in Minnesota and almost agree. But clever workarounds do exist, and some of them are fun. One of these is the Ziesel, an extreme wheelchair that easily conquers […]