A friend tells me I go out of my way to make things harder for myself, so when I recently needed a new washing machine, I purchased a front-loader. Believe me, it makes doing laundry almost bearable. So, if it works for me, wouldn’t many others benefit — disabled and non-disabled alike (i.e., short and […]
New Mobility is now on Pinterest. Right now we have four boards:
When disability comes knocking at your door, you usually have to widen it.
‘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, […]
You are supposed to be able to control everything, from the thermostat to a lift that will get you out of bed, put you on the john, with a blink of an eye, a sip or a puff, a press of a button or your voice. That’s what they’re aiming for at the newly opened […]
When fate put me on wheels in 2000, it did nothing to change the appetites of my husband and son. We had just moved into a custom “forever” home on a ranch far from fast food and delivery. I cooked and cursed my unforgiving, existing kitchen for 10 years before implementing the “perfect wheelchair kitchen […]
The Accessible Home: Designing for All Ages and Abilities started as a question: What does it take to make a home where a person with disabilities can live a normal life?
The only accessible home built by architect Frank Lloyd Wright has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Wright designed the Rockford, Ill. home in 1949 for paralyzed World War II veteran Kenneth Laurent. The home has innovative features such as raised light switches, accessible home furnishings, wide doors and hallways. Wright took […]
You may have never heard of the National Association of Realtors before, and you may have never heard of HouseLogic either, but all you need to know is that they’re awesome. They awarded Allison and Aaron Smith (Aaron is a C6 quadriplegic) a $20,000 backyard makeover. HouseLogic is a cool offshoot of the National Association […]
Outside Tracks Exercise On a Dime I have a chinup bar in an outside building that I couldn’t do without. At least a couple of times a week — or more — I go into the clutter of my tool shed and climb up the fat-knotted red rope to knock off at least a couple […]