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Dave Sykes: From England to the North Pole

Dave Sykes: From England to the North Pole

On March 22, Dave Sykes, 46, lifted off in his microlight aircraft from Rufforth Airfield near York, England, with the goal of being the first paraplegic to fly to the North Pole — a 5,000 mile flight. Sykes is doing the entire trip solo with no ground support. His wheelchair and survival gear are packed […]

The Dramatic Rescue of Ryan Neslund

The Dramatic Rescue of Ryan Neslund

A late February drive to his ice fishing house on Minnesota’s Lake Minnetonka quickly turned into a life and death struggle for Ryan Neslund, a 35-year-ol para, after he hit a weakened spot of ice with his truck. The commercial property manager knew instantly he was in big trouble. “The truck dove straight down like […]

The Tao of Mowing

The Tao of Mowing

I spent Sunday afternoon engaged in my most coveted chore: mowing my back yard, a small field wrapped around granite boulders, with my riding tractor mower. The trees, flowers, grass and weeds in my yard are in the midst of a springtime revival, sudden and exponential growth, and the grass was taking over my yard. […]

Why You Should be Playing Second Life

Why You Should be Playing Second Life

Years ago I wrote a blog post that didn’t put Second Life — the free online game that lets you create your own avatar and visit various multiple worlds — in the best of light. Well for all of you that got upset about the post, I am now officially retracting that post. My previous […]

Why Are Strangers Smiling at Us?

Why Are Strangers Smiling at Us?

I was out to brunch recently waiting with a crowd of other hungry customers for tables to open up. My friend and I, both wheelchair users, received the usual number of stares and glares when out in public, especially in pairs. But I also noticed people looking at us with strange, stiff smiles. Most were […]

New Access to Parks Project will Survey National Parks

New Access to Parks Project will Survey National Parks

Many national parks have wonderfully accessible features, but you wouldn’t know it from researching the parks online. To solve this problem, wheelchairtraveling.com is launching its Access to Parks Project, which kicks off in May with a two-week trek to document accessibility features of Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and […]

Disney Universe: Changing, But Still Magical

Disney Universe: Changing, But Still Magical

It’s the Happiest Place on Earth. Is it also the most accessible?

The Crown Fountain in Chicago’s Millennium Park is noted for being accessible for all.

Accessible Public Spaces

Universal design in landscape architecture is redefining access in parks, memorials and other public spaces.

Kristi Hruzewicz: Sailing to Paradise — and Beyond

Kristi Hruzewicz: Sailing to Paradise — and Beyond

Para Kristi Hreuzewicz followed her sailing dream to a surprising life beyond her expectations.

Bunker Hill Monument

Exploring Boston’s Freedom Trail

A step-by-step guide to finding accessible landmarks of the Revolutionary War and other historic events.