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Tim Gilmer

No More Patient

OK, maybe I got a little too involved in researching and writing our cover story on unequal health care. I swear this wasn’t in the plan, but on the day I finished writing, I got sick, woozy and wracked with pain. Off to emergency I went. It was my leg again, this time the strong […]

Tim Gilmer

Reunion

In April I took a trip to California for a number of reunions, but the one that surprised me the most was when I reunited with myself. If you have lived the dual life that comes with spinal cord injury or a similar condition, you know how you can run into your “other” self when […]

Tim Gilmer

Backward Progress

The other night my wife and I were watching the local evening news when a story about a man with a recent spinal cord injury came on. It was the typical pathetic-yet-“inspirational” cripple story. The purpose? To raise money for yet another “special” poor soul, the kind of footage that makes nondisabled media consumers feel […]

Tim Gilmer

Where does NM Stand?

In recent weeks New Mobility has received a handful of letters from readers complaining about what they perceive as liberal bias in the magazine. Two specific stories — one major and one not, both of which appeared in our February issue — were cited as evidence of these claims. One reader disliked our February cover […]

Tim Gilmer

Place Your Bets

The world of SCI research is evolving more rapidly now than ever before. The rats and cats and dogs and monkeys have served their time as guinea pigs, and now it’s time to bring the science out of the labs and into the lives of flesh-and-blood human beings, those of us living every moment with […]

Tim Gilmer

Gift from Heaven

Throughout our childhood in a small California farm town, my brother Mikey, four years older and my only sibling, was super-protective of me, but at times my worst tormentor. Brothers can be that way, especially early in life — bound by love, yet often at war. In high school his attention turned to pretty women […]

The New Insanity

The New Insanity

When the U. N. Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities was rejected by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 4, all of the negative votes were cast by Republicans. Their main reason, they say, had nothing to do with the purpose of the document. They want us to believe that they really do love us […]

Tim Gilmer

Compensatory Progress?

Gauging progress in accessibility is like “seeing” global climate change. Both are happening, no doubt, but how much and how fast is difficult to pinpoint. Nonetheless, on a recent pleasure/business trip, I got an up-close look at how discrimination is changing. On my flight from Portland, Ore., to Burbank, Calif., I was assigned a seat […]

Ripoff Redux

Ripoff Redux

Remember Chuck Kutz, the longtime adaptive van dealer/owner of Adaptive Driving Systems in Southern California, who ripped off more than a dozen people for hundreds of thousands of dollars? Kutz’ customers handed over vans to sell on consignment, substantial sums for new vans, or both, but got nothing in return. Kutz closed the doors of […]

Tim Gilmer

Adaptathon

For the past few months I’ve been chronicling my battle with severe infection that eventually led to amputation, but contrary to what I wrote last month, my left leg, Lenny, is not gone forever. Only below the knee. In a moment of self-pity, I exaggerated my loss. In truth, I still have Mini-Lenny to care […]