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"Wings for Life World Run" Dedicated to SCI Research

“Wings for Life World Run” Dedicated to SCI Research

On May 4th, 2014, the Wings for Life World Run  is set to take place, but it’s not your ordinary run or marathon by far. It Is a simultaneous world run taking place in 35 different locations around the world. The Wings for Life World Run, sponsored by Red Bull, is the first of its […]

Can a Doctor Refuse Treatment?

Can a Doctor Refuse Treatment?

What happens if a doctor refuses to treat you? That happened to a friend, a wheelchair user with osteogenesis imperfecta (or brittle bone disease).  My friend, like others with OI, has had countless bone fractures.  Recently, she broke her arm as she was reaching for a pencil while working with a group of young students […]

Colostomy: Pros and Cons

Colostomy: Pros and Cons

The word inspires fear, but the practical benefits may be worth it.

Bob Vogel

Para/Medic: Peristeen: New Option for Bowel Management

Use of Peristeen can reduce bowel accidents, prevent constipation and reduce UTIs.

Tim Gilmer

Inner Beast

The inner beast feeds on the carcass of hope. When hope dies, resentment floods in on the heels of depression and wastes no time in evolving into full-blown anger, even, at times, rage.

Space Reserved – Manic-Depressive Only

There’s this guy in his late-model gray Mercedes parked in the Accessible Parking Space. He doesn’t have a sticker or anything, he’s just in a hurry. So what I do is pull in right behind him, blocking his way out.

Negativity: How Much Can We Afford? How Much Can We Afford to Deny?

Negativity: How Much Can We Afford? How Much Can We Afford to Deny?

Living with a disability can bring rage in many forms: anger at being infantilized on telethons, at being looked upon as asexual or incompetent, at being tied to Welfare in order to receive medical care. So how do we deal with this anger?

Toddler Wheelchairs Let Kids be Kids

Toddler Wheelchairs Let Kids be Kids

Children with disabilities are denied so many opportunities and learning experiences when they can’t move around independently, which is why I’m so excited to see the recent development trend of toddler wheelchairs. Finally, a way has arrived to help these little guys to interact with the world. Why is this important? Kids with disabilities often […]

Ongoing ADAPT Sit-In Over Nurse Practices Act

Ongoing ADAPT Sit-In Over Nurse Practices Act

Seventeen ADAPT activists began a sit-in at the headquarters of the New York State Nurses Association this past Wednesday and haven’t left yet. ADAPT says it will not leave the NYSNA headquarters until the nurse’s union supports allowing specially-trained personal assistants to take on some tasks currently performed by nurses. The protest was sparked after […]

'Save the Wheelchair' Campaign Launched

‘Save the Wheelchair’ Campaign Launched

NEW YORK, N.Y.: United Spinal Association member Kesha Pilot, a 27 year-old wheelchair user and disability advocate from Hot Springs, Ark., has launched the Save the Wheelchair campaign to raise money to support United Spinal’s third annual Roll on Capitol Hill. Roll on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 22-25, 2014, is United Spinal’s annual […]