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Kayne West vs. His Disabled Fans

Kayne West vs. His Disabled Fans

I normally don’t pay an ounce of attention to Kayne West and his vapid wife, but when the news broke over the weekend about his bullish behavior at the concert in Sydney, Australia, there was no ignoring him. For those who missed it, here’s a recap: West ordered everyone in the audience to stand up […]

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A Wheelchair History of Disability in Canada

Researchers at Canada‘s Carleton University have unveiled A Wheelchair History of Disability in Canada, a virtual exhibit that explores the historical relationships between assistive technology, society, medical and rehabilitation professionals, and wheelchair users themselves. “Old wheelchairs tell extraordinary stories about the people who used them, made them and lived around them,” says Dominique Marshall, chair […]

Crip Buzz: September 2014

Crip Buzz: September 2014

When Wheelchairs are Cool (Justin Bieber in a wheelchair); Assisted Suicide Ad in NM: Yay or Nay?

Where are the disabled in TV ads?

Where are the disabled in TV ads?

A friend tells me I go out of my way to make things harder for myself, so when I recently needed a new washing machine, I purchased a front-loader. Believe me, it makes doing laundry almost bearable. So, if it works for me, wouldn’t many others benefit — disabled and non-disabled alike (i.e., short and […]

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Douglas P. Lathrop, Editor of Kids on Wheels, Dies at 50

New Mobility contributor and former senior editor Douglas P. Lathrop passed away on August 15, leaving a legacy of important disability articles and essays, and 14 issues of Kids on Wheels. He had been celebrating his 50th birthday with a few dozen of his friends when he sustained fractures in his legs — he had […]

Assisted Suicide: Advertise or Discuss?

Assisted Suicide: Advertise or Discuss?

Why is New Mobility running an ad for a political issue — assisted suicide, or death with dignity if you prefer — on this website? The truth is, those of us on the editorial staff were shocked when we became aware of it (we do not control advertising, only editorial content). Frankly, if ad placement […]

NM Turns 25: Silver Linings, 2004-2006

NM Turns 25: Silver Linings, 2004-2006

Despite dead-end job prospects and negative stereotyping, we still found the silver linings of living well with a disability.

Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready for a Disaster?

Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready for a Disaster?

Do you know what you’d do if your life was threatened by a disaster? Though the headlines rarely report it, too many people with disabilities died during the blockbuster storms Katrina, Sandy and Irene. We may never know how many died, were injured or left homeless by the tornadoes that recently ripped through the middle […]

Crime Novel "1222" Stars Paralyzed Detective

Crime Novel “1222” Stars Paralyzed Detective

It’s rare to find a book where the main protagonist has a disability. Usually if a book features a disable character at all they’re usually a colorful side character — memorable, perhaps, but not the main voice you  hear throughout a book. However this is completely not the case in a thriller crime novel written […]

First Ever Accessible Tourism Film Contest

First Ever Accessible Tourism Film Contest

This December 4-7, Malaysia is hosting the 5th International Conference on Accessible Tourism (ICAT) and for the first time ever the conference is holding a short film competition. Yes, that’s right, ICAT’s putting on an international short film competition searching for films that encapsulate what accessible tourism truly means. Accessible beaches and hotels, easy flying […]