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Assisted Suicide Ad in NM: Yay or Nay?

Assisted Suicide Ad in NM: Yay or Nay?

For the first time ever, New Mobility has accepted an ad that takes a side in a “culture war” issue that directly deals with disability. It’s not that we’ve turned down controversial ads in the past — to my knowledge it’s just never come up before. Perhaps you’ve seen the ad I’m referring to running […]

ADA Legacy Tour Kicks Off in Houston

ADA Legacy Tour Kicks Off in Houston

The Americans with Disabilities Act silver anniversary celebration may be a year away, but the ADA Legacy Tour got an early start by kicking off last Friday at the NRG Center in Houston, Texas, during the Abilities Expo. The ADA Legacy Project says one reason it chose to kick the tour off in Houston is […]

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CinemAbility: A Fantastic Disability Media Documentary

Bravo Jenni Gold! The well known Hollywood director with muscular dystrophy’s documentary CinemAbility has captured the imagination of some of Hollywood’s brightest luminaries, and it’s continuing to do so with every premiere held. CinemAbility officially premiered last fall on the anniversary of signing of the ADA. Many of the most well-known actors with disabilities in […]

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 […]

Disabled Russians Face Major Access Barriers

Disabled Russians Face Major Access Barriers

“There are no invalids in the USSR.” This was the laughable, official statement from the Russian government when asked if they were planning to send any disabled athletes to the first Paralympic games back in 1980. A cheeky response; just what you’d expect from a Communist government obsessed with molding the perfect society. And sadly,  […]

FunSizedStyle: Beauty Vlogger with OI

FunSizedStyle: Beauty Vlogger with OI

Michaela, a sassy beauty-obsessed teenager with osteogenesis imperfecta from Kawkawlin, Mich., has been blasting up YouTube with her fabulous beauty videos over the last year, and watch out world, her fan base has is surging. It’s not every day you see a fashion vlogger who looks the away Michaela does, and I’m guessing that’s one […]

Books: Good Kings, Bad Kings

Books: Good Kings, Bad Kings

When seeking inspiration while writing her wonderful novel, Good Kings Bad Kings, Susan Nussbaum called upon spite to be her muse.

Letters: May 2014

Letters: May 2014

Functional return, “wheelchair bound,” models on wheels.

Barry Corbet wrote this Bully Pulpit as an intro to the Blockbuster NM we distributed at the 1996 Paralympics. The message was timely then and timeless now.

Bully Pulpit: Star Quality

Roll right up and come right in, ladies and gents, we’ve got big shots galore this month. We’ve got eye-popping movie stars and Eye-talian rock stars, world-class athletes and cold-facts activists. We’ve got the only openly quadriplegic recovering alcoholic conservative political candidate in captivity, and the second largest sporting event on earth. We’ve got Fonzi, Dangling and Squirt, and Jerry Lewis to boot.

'Normal Person Here —  Human Being'

‘Normal Person Here — Human Being’

“Normal person here — human being,” is the perfect description Trenton Cochran, 12, gives of his sister Lindsay Cochran, 10. Lindsay was born with SMA, a rare neuromuscular disability that affects her ability to walk. She was never able to crawl or walk before becoming a powerchair-user. I’ve heard a lot of ways to say […]