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Lynn Dorr

SCI Life: April 2014

Lynne Dorr: Science Geek Turns Soldier for Cure; Galileo rehab gear; ‘A Day in My Wheels’ Blog

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 […]

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 […]

"Plain Jane" Shocumentary Torrid, Mind-Opening

“Plain Jane” Shocumentary Torrid, Mind-Opening

When one of the first scenes of Jane Hash’s documentary, Plain Jane, begins, you know you’re in for wild ride. She shows all the crazy places she used to hide as a kid — a washing machine, in the kitchen sink, under furniture — and then she interviews her mother, who pulls no punches when […]

Paralympian Amy Purdy: Dancing with the Stars

Paralympian Amy Purdy: Dancing with the Stars

Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy is joining the upcoming cast of Dancing with the Stars and she’ll be the first double-amputee and athlete with a disability to appear on the hit ABC series. The chance to dance on national television was too much for Purdy to pass up. “I did question going on the show and […]

Chris Hrabik: Performance Stage Rally Driver

Chris Hrabik: Performance Stage Rally Driver

“Live as if you die tomorrow, dream as if you’ll live forever” is the favorite quote of Chris Hrabik, a C5-6 quad from Sedgewickville, Mo., who surprisingly was not born with the need for speed. You’d think  he was, since he’s the first quadriplegic performance stage rally racer in the U.S., but his desire to […]

Fight Against Use of Disabled, Handicapped Terms

Fight Against Use of Disabled, Handicapped Terms

What’s your preference: Do you want to be described as disabled? Handicapped? Wheelchair user? PWD? Crip? You’d probably like to avoid all labels, but in our stereotype-obsessed culture, that’s impossible.  Still, Juliet Martinez , Arizona’s Ms. Wheelchair America 2014, is challenging her state to stop using terms she believes limit the perception of what people […]

Luke Anderson and StopGap Ramps

Luke Anderson and StopGap Ramps

The StopGap Ramp story began on a blustery November day in 2006, when Toronto resident Luke Anderson encountered inaccessibility at a very inopportune time. Anderson, a recently injured paraplegic, arrived for a job interview — but three steps stood between him and the elevator. He entered the building through the loading dock and, despite being […]