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From Push Girl to Push Goddess

From Push Girl to Push Goddess

It’s always difficult to say how someone’s life will end up after sustaining a spinal cord injury. For Sharina Jones, shot by a neighborhood kid when she was just 5 years old, she holds no ill will towards the boy, or her injury. A self-described “Push Goddess,” Sharina, nearing 30, has transformed into a strong […]

He wanted to dance; I didn't

He wanted to dance; I didn’t

How do you handle the embarrassing situation when a stranger pushes your wheelchair out on the dance floor with your permission?

Dead Too Soon or Right To Die?

Dead Too Soon or Right To Die?

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 […]

Women with Something to Say

Women with Something to Say

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 […]

Wheelchair Friendly Cities? ... 7 Places Worth the Effort

Wheelchair Friendly Cities? … 7 Places Worth the Effort

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.

Criptopia

Criptopia

What would it be like to wake up one morning and have everything in your life be perfectly accessible, affordable and accommodating?

Sue Austin: Transforming Preconceptions

Sue Austin: Transforming Preconceptions

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 […]

Fashion show integrates disabled models

Fashion show integrates disabled models

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 […]

Making people uncomfortable w/o trying

Making people uncomfortable w/o trying

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 […]

Cheesy ‘inspirational’ images criticized

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 […]