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So Wheelchair Truthers are a Thing Now

So Wheelchair Truthers are a Thing Now

My colleague Bob Vogel sent me a disturbing article about how some opponents to Texas attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott are questioning whether the man really is a wheelchair-using paraplegic. They’re calling themselves “Wheelchair Truthers,” possibly as a counterbalance to the “Birthers” who refuse to believe President Obama is an American no matter […]

Media's Seasonal 'Pity Party'

Media’s Seasonal ‘Pity Party’

Serious breaking news is typically slow between Christmas Eve and the days following New Year’s, and that makes it difficult for editors who must fill daily TV news broadcasts and newspaper pages. Since the staples of the season — weather reports and holiday spending stories — take up only so much space and time, media […]

Tim Bowers 1981 - 2013

How One Person’s Choice to Die Affected our Community

When Tim Bowers had his breathing tube removed one day after his spinal cord injury, many people with disabilities were distressed — and very vocal about the questionable ethics involved.

Letters: January 2014

Very disingenuous for Mr. Abbott to call himself a door opener for people with disabilities while using his office to deny ADA protections to fellow citizens . I hear his argument that he is the state’s defense attorney. Of course, as governor he

Letters: November 2013

The September issue highlighted two similar but very different methods for keeping our paralyzed legs active [“E-Stim for Wellness”]. Both are effective — FES bikes maintain muscle and circulation, while FES rowing provides for muscle and bone growth as well as all-body cardiovascular fitness.

Cancelled: Ironside Fell Flat

Cancelled: Ironside Fell Flat

The new remake of Ironside, featuring Blair Underwood as the paraplegic Detective Robert Ironside, has been cancelled after only four episodes. As the show rolled into production, some wheelchair users were miffed that Underwood was cast when there are talented wheelchair-using actors who could have played the part. Darryl “Chill” Mitchell was mentioned, as was […]

Crip Buzz: Guinness Beer Ad: Loyalty and Friendship? Or Tokenism?

Crip Buzz: Guinness Beer Ad: Loyalty and Friendship? Or Tokenism?

Guinness Beer Ad: Dedication, Loyalty and Friendship? Or Tokenism?

Letters: October 2013

This is a very clever and well-formulated story [“Criptopia,” August 2013]. It demonstrated so beautifully the issues, and just how easy it is to make change that has a major impact. I smiled the whole way through and loved the addition of the great references to those television and YouTube shows (Push Girls and My Gimpy Life) as well as the individuals who got a plug of support in the article as well. Well done, showing them some props!

Letters: September 2013

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Air Canada: Still one of the best disability-friendly airlines?

Letters: August 2013

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