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Sen. Harkin, Dedicated Disability Advocate, Retires

Sen. Harkin, Dedicated Disability Advocate, Retires

After a distinguished 40-year career in the United States Congress, Iowa Senator Tom Harkin bid farewell to family, friends and colleagues on Dec. 12 in a moving speech delivered from the Senate floor. Harkin, who introduced the Americans with Disabilities Act, has long been a dedicated advocate to all people with disabilities after he witnessed […]

Two Websites to Help the Search for an Accessible Home

Two Websites to Help the Search for an Accessible Home

All wheelchair users know searching for an accessible home is not easy. Sometimes we can get lucky searching on mainstream real estate sites like Zillow or Trulia, but it’s rare to find “wheelchair accessible” properties on these sites — and this probably is not going to change any time soon. Fortunately there are two websites […]

Stella Young, 32, Dies

Stella Young, 32, Dies

Stella Young, the Australian disability activist, writer and comedian, who received international acclaim after her TED talk entitled “I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much” has died. She was 32. “With great sadness we acknowledge the passing of Stella Young, our much loved and irreplaceable daughter and sister. Stella passed away on Saturday evening, […]

Crossing solid ice in a power wheelchair? Kary Wright says not a problem if you’ve got the right people helping out.

Travel: Glacier Buggies

Glaciers are formidable and far from accessible — unless you can catch a ride on a monster-sized Terra Bus.

Jarrett Martin: King of the Sky

Jarrett Martin: King of the Sky

Jarrett Martin has never stopped loving the excitement of freefalling, even when he became a T3 para.

My Favorite Adapted Baking Tools

My Favorite Adapted Baking Tools

I love to bake, but holy cow do my hands fight me! I don’t let this stop me, though. Fresh baked cookies, pineapple upside-down cake, rhubarb crisp … with adapted baking tools, I can make it all. Instead of using an oven, I use a countertop toaster oven for all my baking needs. Having the […]

Rosemarie Rossetti's "Universal Design" Home

Rosemarie Rossetti’s “Universal Design” Home

After Rosemarie Rossetti became paralyzed in 1998, she encountered significant barriers in navigating the old two-story home she shared with her husband Mark Leder. These struggles sparked a 10-year effort in persuading sponsors to partner with the couple to build a home that would become a living laboratory for the concepts of universal design. They’ve […]

Wheelchair User Greg Abbott Elected Governor of Texas

Wheelchair User Greg Abbott Elected Governor of Texas

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott easily defeated Democratic challenger Wendy Davis after a long contentious campaign to become the first newly elected governor in 14 years. “Tonight, Texans sent a message,” Abbott said in his victory speech Tuesday night. “You voted for hope over fear, for unity over division, for the majesty of what Texas […]

Handcycling: Not Just for Paras

Handcycling: Not Just for Paras

No longer do quads and others with limited arm strength need to sit by and watch as paras crank their mountain bike handcycles up steep slopes. Power-assist options are opening up the rugged outdoors like never before. It’s the final day of Moab Mania — the annual six-day adaptive mountain bike clinic put on by […]

In Case You Missed It: Sports

In Case You Missed It: Sports

For each product category in the Consumer Guide, we’ve collected a handful of items that appeared in NM in 2014. In some cases the original article is longer, so we’ve provided the link, in case you’d like to look up more information: Lasher All-Terrain Handcycle (February, Innovations) Lasher Sport is taking handcycling off the paved […]