New Mobility contributor and former senior editor Douglas P. Lathrop passed away on August 15, leaving a legacy of important disability articles and essays, and 14 issues of Kids on Wheels. He had been celebrating his 50th birthday with a few dozen of his friends when he sustained fractures in his legs — he had […]
Accessible camping is fun, relaxing and surprising doable. For those of you who have never done it before, here are my tips on how to be a happy camper: 1. Call ahead to reserve an accessible site There’s nothing worse than showing up at a campground, not getting the site you need and driving home […]
Last time I visited New York City, I was frustratingly reminded how tough the place is for wheelers. Besides the millions of walking people packing streets and crosswalks, Manhattan’s curb cuts are either nonexistent or in terrible shape. (If you’re lucky, there’s one useable curb cut at a major intersection.) Sidewalks are ragged and bumpy, […]
Danny Murphy, a disability advocate, producer and actor best known for his roles in the Farrelly Brothers’ films: There’s Something About Mary, Me, Myself & Irene, Kingpin and Shallow Hal has died of cancer. He was living in Florida. Murphy was born on Aug. 20, 1955, in Boston, Mass. He attended Stonehill College and during his […]
Jane Hash, a fabulous woman with osteogenesis imperfecta and star of her own movie — Plain Jane: The Shockumentary — has a new project: The Classy Little Fashions Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to giving away entire wardrobes to fellow little people. The Classy Little Fashions Foundation will choose individuals on an interview-by-interview basis, looking at […]
I’ve never met anyone who was excited about flying with a wheelchair. Between inconsiderate or poorly trained baggage handlers and the unknown horrors of the cargo bay, wheelchairs get damaged and wheelchairs get broken. A lot. Airshells, a Copenhagen-based company, is hoping to change that. Since 2005, Airshells has been offering European travelers the ability […]
Over the years I have gleaned simple fashion tips for wheelchair users that can lift even the dowdiest dresser out of her puddle of misery. To see more photos of these wheelchair fashion tips in action, follow “The Wheelchair Mommy” Priscilla Hedlin’s Stylish Gimp blog and her Pinterest board. 1. Highlight Your Waist Adding a […]
Access, independence, empowerment — they all look different, depending on where you live.
Accessible wine tastings are just one activity in Sonoma County. Think wildlife trails, hot-air balloon rides and artisan cheeses.