Attorney General Greg Abbott is running for governor of Texas. He has a record of crushing his Democratic opponents. But Texas’ disability community is fearful that he will ignore their needs. Will he stand his ground?
Rhiannon Tracey, from Melbourne, Australia, was enjoying a beautiful day at a resort in Bali when a dive into the pool changed her life forever. She was only 20 years old.
Paul Spiers, Ph.D., a forensic neuropsychologist and national advocate for compassionate, patient-directed care, died Sept. 11, 2013 at his Danvers, Mass., home. Spiers, born in Montreal in 1953, received his doctorate from Clark University and conducted research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and taught at Boston University. He was a paraplegic as a result […]
After Damon Boiser dove into shallow water 10 years ago off the Big Island, the transition to life as a C6 quadriplegic was hard. But he was able to weather the adjustment by clinging to what had always pulled him through difficult times — his attitude.
Parts of his life are legendary. Others play like a bad dream. Through it all, Barry Corbet remained selfless and humble.
Horses have been Amberley Snyder’s passion since she was 3 years old, and she rode in her first rodeo at the young age of 7. That was the year her dad, retired Los Angeles Dodger, Cory Snyder, moved his family to Elk River, Utah. When her dad told her the news of moving, she said […]
Cheryl Marie Wade — “The Queen Mother of Gnarly” — an acclaimed playwright, poet, performer, filmmaker and disability rights activist, died at her Berkeley, Calif., home on August 21, 2013, due to complications of rheumatoid arthritis. She was 65. Wade was born in Vallejo, Calif., on March 4, 1948. At age 10 she was diagnosed […]
Caitlin Wood, creator of the disability blog, whereslulu.com, has long admired the work of many radical artists and activists with disabilities but is frustrated they aren’t receiving the attention they deserve. Wood, a wheelchair user from Portland Ore., decided to create Criptiques, an anthology featuring progressive voices of people with disabilities. Showcasing edgy writing was […]
Michael Winter, 61, a long-time disability advocate and early leader in the independent living movement, died unexpectedly in Arlington, Va., on July 11. Winter was born in 1951 with osteogenesis imperfecta and grew up in Chicago. In 1969, Winter enrolled in Southern Illinois University and found the school lacked inclusiveness and accessible transportation. He and […]
Vermont artist and model Jocelyn Woods is planning to begin production of “Ecstasy of a Cripple Part II,” another collaboration with Atlanta photographer/artist Thomas Dodd. Woods wants to take her erotic art to another level. “Now that we’ve broken through the barrier, I think we’re going to take it a little bit more over the […]