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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 […]

The Wheelchair Accessible Option: Craigslist Finally Listens

The Wheelchair Accessible Option: Craigslist Finally Listens

In August, a petition on Change.org asked for Craigslist to add a wheelchair accessible option to its housing listings. A very cool woman by the name of Altaira Hatton from Portland, Ore.,  came up with the idea. The idea came to her last year while she was house hunting in the Bay Area of California, […]

The Wandering Mind at Night is a Dangerous Thing

The Wandering Mind at Night is a Dangerous Thing

Nighttime can be a dangerous time if you have a disability. Your mind definitely wanders more when you’re in bed alone. Even if you’re not in bed alone, the mind will still wander as you lie there, and it will sometimes wander to some not very pleasant places when you have a disability. I am […]