Last Saturday Tim Bowers was paralyzed from the shoulders down when he fell out of a tree and crushed his C3-5 vertebrae. The next day, when his paralysis was explained to him, he chose to have his breathing tube removed and end his life. Bowers, age 32, an avid outdoorsman and recently married, father-to-be from […]
There’s an interesting “People in the News” item in the current issue of New Mobility about writers with disabilities. Caitlin Wood created Criptique to showcase the writings of those “who push boundaries and go beyond traditional conceptions of disability,” she explained in the article. Wood mentions three women whose writings she particularly admires, and I’m […]
All of these cities have merits that make them attractive for wheelchair users. They also have tricky weather or old architecture. It’s often the intangibles — such as a spirit of acceptance — that make them worth the challenges.
What would it be like to wake up one morning and have everything in your life be perfectly accessible, affordable and accommodating?
Lost in the shadows of disability after contracting a virus that attacked her central nervous system in September 1994, Sue Austin of Devon, England, felt her identity slip away. She had been working as a long-term mental health specialist when the acute illness hit. “I was completely incapacitated,” she says, “hearing loss and a degree […]
Modelle e Rotelle (translated to “Models and Wheels) is the only fashion event of its kind. People in the disability world have been trying to get disabled models integrated in the fashion world for years, and while there’s been some hits, it’s been a limping struggle. When was the last time you saw someone a […]
Let’s face it, people in wheelchairs live on the fringes of society. Many of us break our way in, whether through jobs, family or friends, but overall we’re still considered “fringers.” Society loves putting us there. It’s not rocket science to understand why either. When you’re not the same as everybody else in a human […]
There’s a new term I’m in love with: Inspiration porn. Confused? You know what I’m talking about…those drippy emotional posters of kids or adults with disabilities, doing simple things, like a running on prosthetics or going to school, with a quote next saying, “Your excuse is invalid.” What is your gut reaction when seeing one […]
Got talent but no television contract? Grab your camera and crew and create your own Web series. Zach Anner and Teal Sherer are doing just that.
I knew the way the world viewed me was going to be drastically different the moment I got on the school bus (from the back where the rickety ramp was at). The ‘bad boys’ who usually hung out here did not like me being there and really didn’t like wheelchair-users, so they started to wail […]