When one of the first scenes of Jane Hash’s documentary, Plain Jane, begins, you know you’re in for wild ride. She shows all the crazy places she used to hide as a kid — a washer machine, in the kitchen sink, under furniture — and then she interviews her mother, who pulls no punches when […]
Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy is joining the upcoming cast of Dancing with the Stars and she’ll be the first double-amputee and athlete with a disability to appear on the hit ABC series. The chance to dance on national television was too much for Purdy to pass up. “I did question going on the show and […]
“Live as if you die tomorrow, dream as if you’ll live forever” is the favorite quote of Chris Hrabik, a C5-6 quad from Sedgewickville, Mo., who surprisingly was not born with the need for speed. You’d think he was, since he’s the first quadriplegic performance stage rally racer in the U.S., but his desire to […]
What’s your preference: Do you want to be described as disabled? Handicapped? Wheelchair user? PWD? Crip? You’d probably like to avoid all labels, but in our stereotype-obsessed culture, that’s impossible. Still, Juliet Martinez , Arizona’s Ms. Wheelchair America 2014, is challenging her state to stop using terms she believes limit the perception of what people […]
The StopGap Ramp story began on a blustery November day in 2006, when Toronto resident Luke Anderson encountered inaccessibility at a very inopportune time. Anderson, a recently injured paraplegic, arrived for a job interview — but three steps stood between him and the elevator. He entered the building through the loading dock and, despite being […]
Rugged Alaska can be an unforgettable journey for wheelers — with smart planning.
Jason Becker was a world-class guitar player when ALS struck. 25 years later, he’s still making music.
Greg Businelle: How to Move On; Adaptive Sports Store Aims High; The Ultimate ‘Stay There’ Solution
Person of the Year, Chairskating, Jeff Shannon, Bus Protest
When I was raising my family, I couldn’t find children’s books that addressed the issue of disability in smart, eye-opening ways. There were books on just about every other subject a child could be interested in, but none I felt would open the door for a conversation about disability in language that kids understand and […]