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 […]
“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, […]
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 […]
When seeking inspiration while writing her wonderful novel, Good Kings Bad Kings, Susan Nussbaum called upon spite to be her muse.
Functional return, “wheelchair bound,” models on wheels.
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,” 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 […]
There is a lot to love about the wheelchair dance movie, Musical Chairs, which is playing on HBO this whole month. First, it features Push Girl Auti Angel, and here at New Mobility we are die-hard Auti Angel fans. Our pal from Philadelphia, Clark Matthews, also has a cameo in the big dance scene. Second, […]
We have lots of plans for celebrating our 25th anniversary, starting with an ongoing survey of your favorite New Mobility covers from 1989 to the present. Cast your vote today for the best cover from 1989-1992, when we were still called Spinal Network Extra. For the next six months, we will provide covers to vote […]
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 […]