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Kayne West vs. His Disabled Fans

Kayne West vs. His Disabled Fans

I normally don’t pay an ounce of attention to Kayne West and his vapid wife, but when the news broke over the weekend about his bullish behavior at the concert in Sydney, Australia, there was no ignoring him. For those who missed it, here’s a recap: West ordered everyone in the audience to stand up […]

Christopher Voelker, Creative Force who Helped Define New Mobility, Dies at 53

Christopher Voelker, Creative Force who Helped Define New Mobility, Dies at 53

Christopher Voelker, whose stunning photography captured the lives and lifestyles of famous actors, musicians, and a vibrant community of people with disabilities, died Thursday, Sept. 11, of an apparent suicide at his residence in Northridge, Calif. He was 53. Known in disability circles for his striking New Mobility covers, Voelker brought new meaning to the […]

Bette Midler and Laughing at Disability

Bette Midler and Laughing at Disability

I grew when there was no ADA, no social media, and no role models for young, female wheelchair users. Then in the late ’60s, along came Bette Midler, whose music I’d first discovered on the radio. I immediately bought some of her albums (vinyl records then), but it wasn’t until I saw her in concert […]

4 Wheel City: Rapping Rehab

4 Wheel City: Rapping Rehab

Two hip-hop performers are bringing “rap therapy” to young people in hopes of guiding them down the right road.

6 Unforgettable Disabled Video Game Characters

6 Unforgettable Disabled Video Game Characters

From all-ages games like Sly Cooper to testosterone-fueled adventures such as Grand Theft Auto, here are six of the most unforgettable disabled video game characters. 6. Lester Crest — Grand Theft Auto V Grand Theft Auto is a longstanding video game series glamorizing felonies that you either love or hate. Definitely a game geared toward […]

Three Iconic Voices

Three Iconic Voices

Some of the best writers of a generation on Revenge, Identity and Putting Your Body on the Line.

Jason DaSilva: When I Walk, AXS Map

Jason DaSilva: When I Walk, AXS Map

Multiple sclerosis is a bitchy disease, something filmmaker Jason DaSilva and I both understand intimately. It hits like a tsunami, makes a devastating mess, takes what it wants and doesn’t usually give anything good in return. In my own experience, it feels like I am slowly being whittled down. A little off my eyes, my […]

"Plain Jane" Shocumentary Torrid, Mind-Opening

“Plain Jane” Shocumentary Torrid, Mind-Opening

When one of the first scenes of Jane Hash’s documentary, Plain Jane, begins, you know you’re in for wild ride. She shows all the crazy places she used to hide as a kid — a washing machine, in the kitchen sink, under furniture — and then she interviews her mother, who pulls no punches when […]

Jason Becker: In Rare Company

Jason Becker: In Rare Company

Jason Becker was a world-class guitar player when ALS struck. 25 years later, he’s still making music.

Chuck Close Snaps 20 Megastars for Vanity Fair

Chuck Close Snaps 20 Megastars for Vanity Fair

The editors at Vanity Fair made a brilliant decision when they chose Chuck Close as the lead photographer for the 20th anniversary of the mag’s “Hollywood Issue.” For the 20th anniversary of the issue that celebrates the biggest celebrities and their successes of the year, the editors want realism to be at the forefront. No […]