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Meet Team Hotwheelz, hip-hop dancers

Meet Team Hotwheelz, hip-hop dancers

While wheelchair dancing has been a sport for over 20 years, wheelchair hip-hop dancing has never really gotten it’s spotlight – until now. Chelsie Hill, one of the youngest stars from the reality show Push Girls, has founded her very own integrated (able-bodied and disabled) dance team, which she’s dubbed Team Hotwheelz. If you’ve been […]

Custom adapted wind instruments

Custom adapted wind instruments

Don’t give up on playing your flute, clarinet or trumpet just yet. Do you have missing fingers or limited muscle movement? Maarten Visser, an instrument maker from Amsterdam, has made it his life’s work to adapt wind instruments for people with disabilities. His business is called Flute Lab (love the name) and what he‘s doing […]

Jamboxx: Making Music Just a Breath Away

Jamboxx: Making Music Just a Breath Away

Tobias Koslowski lost the ability to play music five years ago, due to muscular dystrophy, but today he’s writing and performing saxophone with the help of the Jamboxx, a breath-driven musical instrument. The device and accompanying software allows novices and professional musicians alike to play 200-plus sounds — from electric guitar to oboe — right […]

Time profiles wheelchair bodybuilding

Time profiles wheelchair bodybuilding

Maybe you heard about wheelchair bodybuilding after becoming disabled, and meh… never thought about it again. Or maybe you’ve never heard about it and could care less, because hey…wheelchair bodybuilding isn’t your thing. But when Time magazine does a photo essay on it, you know you’re gonna like it. In this photo essay by Lauren […]

Porgy and Bess

Porgy’s Long Journey

The story of Porgy and Bess is back on Broadway, and Porgy’s disability is almost lost in the revisions.

Access: Lincoln Center

The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City is renowned as one of the world’s premier venues for opera and classical music. Thanks to a recent settlement, the center may also become much more wheelchair friendly. On June 27 the center settled a federal lawsuit alleging a lack of compliance with the […]

Michael Patrick Thornton: Finding His Role

Michael Patrick Thornton: Finding His Role

When the lights go up on the first act of Will Eno’s play, Middletown, on the main stage of Chicago’s famed Steppenwolf Theater, Michael Patrick Thornton is on stage. He sits in a wheelchair on the streetcorner, wearing a faded red flannel shirt and a dingy baseball cap turned backwards. He nibbles on a hunk […]

Wannabe Gaga

Wannabe Gaga

It all started this past July, when pop star Lady Gaga rolled out onto a Sydney, Australia, stage dressed as a wheelchair-using mermaid named Yuyi. Then, as a treat to fans, she tweeted a loosely-coded message naming a popular gay bar where she’d be after the concert. But later that night, on the way out […]

Portrait of a Pretender

Portrait of a Pretender

When I first heard that there were people out there who pretended to be wheelchair users (called pretenders) and even worse, people who wanted to injure themselves to become actual wheelchair users (called wannabes), I was steamed. I mean, who would want to do such a thing? Their very existence seemed to mock my very […]

SCI Life: The Dancer Within

SCI Life: The Dancer Within

Mia Schaikewitz, 32, wasn’t a professionally trained dancer before her spinal cord injury (caused by an arteriovenous malformation rupture at age 15), but she always loved to dance. And after becoming a T9-10 para, she was not only concerned that dancing was on the chopping block, but also something much more important — her freedom […]