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FDA Approval: From Mouse to Meds

FDA Approval: From Mouse to Meds

A lot of us are anticipating a miracle drug that will allow us to shed our wheels to walk again, or at least live a pain-free life.

Joanne Smith and Kylie James

Eat Well, Live Well

Welcome to NEW MOBILITY’s new nutrition column! Here you’ll find nutritional tips and recipes to help you achieve optimal health and well-being. As nutritionists whose lives have both been affected by spinal cord injury, we fully understand the unique challenges many of you face in trying to stay healthy while living a full and active […]

ADAPT, Not Dead Yet Video on Times Square

ADAPT, Not Dead Yet Video on Times Square

Just in time for New Year’s Eve, the disability-rights groups ADAPT and Not Dead Yet  combined resources to sponsor a video on the Times Square CBS Super Screen. The 10-second video will be shown once an hour for 18 hours a day over three months on the 26-feet wide and 20-feet high Super Screen. The […]

Dear Santa: here's my wish list

Dear Santa: here’s my wish list

This time of year we’re bombarded with silly TV commercials trying to sell us even sillier gift ideas, ranging from Chia pets to underwear, potato chips and everything in between. This year, though, when I saw the ad for “the Clapper,” I thought, “hmm, that might actually be useful.” Wouldn’t  it be a kick to […]

Bob Vogel’s 12 Holiday Gifts for Wheelchair Users

Bob Vogel’s 12 Holiday Gifts for Wheelchair Users

‘Tis the season for holiday gift lists. For about eight years after my injury in 1985, I was bothered by annual variations of “gift ideas for wheelchair users,” and I couldn’t figure out why. I’d learned to live and thrive as an adventurous T10 para, and would have been thrilled with a gift of, say, […]

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 […]

7 Tips for Avoiding SCI Health Complications

7 Tips for Avoiding SCI Health Complications

Avoiding spinal cord injury health complications requires staying healthy in the first place — and the key to that is prudent maintenance: 1. Take Care of the Skin You’re In: Ignore any skin puncture or abrasion at your peril and know you are flirting with disaster. Unattended problems, pressure points or wounds — especially on […]

Nutrition: Eat Well, Live Well with Spinal Cord Injury

Nutrition: Eat Well, Live Well with Spinal Cord Injury

According to the authors, Eat Well, Live Well with Spinal Cord Injury is the first nutrition book to address the unique needs of people with SCI. Happily, Joanne Smith and Kylie James have accomplished what they set out to do …

Even many older bowling alleys are accessible now.

Three Fun Ways To Stay Fit

What’s the secret to staying fit in a wheelchair? Making it fun. Here are three activities — bowling, ping pong and Zumba — that are more fun than work.

One way to protect your skin while using a lift like this is to sit on your wheelchair cushion.

‘Beyond the Chair’ Skin Protection

During our daily lives we wheelchair users sit on a variety of surfaces that we may not think of in terms of cushioning, but should. Here are some “skin danger culprits” and options to cushion them and protect your skin.