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Delta Reaches Out to Passengers with Disabilities

In April 2008, Delta and Northwest Airlines announced they were merging, and the Northwest Customer Advisory Board was moved under Delta Air Lines. Delta’s reformulated Advisory Board on Disability held its first meeting in April 2009. I was asked to join the ABD and I accepted. The ABD is a cross-disability, voluntary board with 13 […]

Although more and more airports worldwide have jetways, sometimes being carried is the only way on or off the plane, as seen in this photo from Argentina.

Step-by-Step Air Travel for Manual Wheelchair Users

When traveling in a manual wheelchair, ideally it is most convenient to have someone drop you off at an airport or use an airport shuttle service such as Super Shuttle. The next best option may be to take some form of public transportation, but then you’re responsible for transporting your own luggage. Lastly, you may […]

“The Strength Coach” Greg Smith’s chair was trashed by US Airways while he was on his way to a gig. Stuck without his headrest for days, Smith endured tremendous neck pain and couldn’t work. The kicker? It could have been avoided if the ground crew had followed Smith’s instructions.

Filing Complaints

NEW MOBILITY asked Kleo King, senior vice president of Accessibility Services and Able to Travel for United Spinal Association, to share her experience on the Air Carrier Access Act, the Transportation Security Administration, and airline accessibility.

Thank goodness Dorothy Nary knew to ask for a conflict resolution officer when a flight attendant insisted she put her ROHO cushion in the overhead compartment! The attendant backed down immediately. “But had I not known my rights, I might have ended up with my ischial pressure ulcer reopening,” says Nary, a research associate with the University of Kansas’ Research and Training Center on Independent Living.

Eight Tips for Easier Air Travel

Able to Travel’s Mary Peterson shares how wheelchair users can take control of their air travel experience.

The Cybathlon: A Powered Adaptive Device Competition

The Cybathlon: A Powered Adaptive Device Competition

When I first read about the Cybathlon Competition that will take place on Oct. 8, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland, I thought it was an Onion article. But I checked it out, and the powered adaptive device competition is legit, and sounds ultra cool. Motherboard calls it the Bionics Olympics while Slate says it’s “awesome,” and […]

Khaled Alsafadi: Make UGA Arch Accessible

Khaled Alsafadi: Make UGA Arch Accessible

Khaled Alsafadi is excited to graduate from the University of Georgia this spring with a bachelor’s in psychology, but his excitement is bittersweet because he’s going to miss out on a century old tradition. Upon receiving their degrees, the brand new alumni celebrate by passing under the school’s wrought iron arch, but several concrete steps […]

Kickstarter Project: Horizon Trike

Kickstarter Project: Horizon Trike

In the very cool department, Outrider USA, an ultralight adventure vehicle company, has created the Horizon Trike — a full-suspension on-road/off-road battery powered adaptive trike.  The idea for the Horizon started a year ago when Christopher Wenner, an adventurer, Ph.D, and quadriplegic contacted the folks at Outrider and shared his vision of building an electric […]

Jason DaSilva: When I Walk, AXS Map

Jason DaSilva: When I Walk, AXS Map

Multiple sclerosis is a bitchy disease, something filmmaker Jason DaSilva and I both understand intimately. It hits like a tsunami, makes a devastating mess, takes what it wants and doesn’t usually give anything good in return. In my own experience, it feels like I am slowly being whittled down. A little off my eyes, my […]

Push Girl Chelsie Hill Pens Book

Push Girl Chelsie Hill Pens Book

If you are a fan of the reality show Push Girls that follows the lives of a group of women with SCI, then you are likely already aware of the youngest Push Girl, Chelsie Hill. An enthusiastic dancer before and after her injury, she’s the founder of Team Hotwheelz, a dance team for wheelchair-users. If you’re […]

Sip-and-Puff Sailor Crossing Indian Ocean

Sip-and-Puff Sailor Crossing Indian Ocean

After eight days at sea, British sip-and-puff sailor Hilary Lister, 42, is nearing the coast of Oman. Lister, 42, has undertaken an 800 nautical mile crossing of the Indian ocean from Mumbai, India to Muscat, Oman on a 28-foot trimaran sailboat controlled by a sip-and-puff system. Upon completion she will be the first quadriplegic to […]