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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 […]

Big Cheer for Wheelchair Cheerleaders

Big Cheer for Wheelchair Cheerleaders

I hardly ever mention what I’m about to disclose out of fear people will laugh at me. Looking back on my life, I have a hard time believing I did it. But the truth is, I once was a cheerleader. That’s right, a wheelchair cheerleader during my college years at the University of Illinois — […]

Broadway to be More Accommodating

Broadway to be More Accommodating

Good news for Broadway lovers: some theaters are going to be more accessible. The feds have brokered an agreement with the powerful Nederlander Organization to improve access at nine of its Broadway theaters after finding numerous ADA violations. It took years of negotiation, but the company has agreed to add wheelchair seating locations; provide more […]

Wheelchair Accessible Ghost Hunting

Wheelchair Accessible Ghost Hunting

Ghosts aren’t usually too concerned about hanging out in accessible areas. That is why wheelchair accessible ghost hunting groups are just the thing, enabling people with disabilities to finally do what we’ve always dreamed of: Hunt ghosts. Maybe your home is haunted — your very accessible home — which means that hunting ghosts is the […]

Go Anywhere with Pony Access, the Accessible Chariot

Go Anywhere with Pony Access, the Accessible Chariot

Forget saving up for that several thousand dollar all-terrain wheelchair and instead take a look at Pony Access, the world’s first and only wheelchair accessible chariot. Simon Mulholland, a creative and kind soul from Exeter, United Kingdom, initially designed the Saddlechariot — it’s kind of like a pony-powered Segway — and now has decided to […]

Person of Year's Belize Adventure

Person of Year’s Belize Adventure

When I interviewed Deborah Davis for New Mobility’s Person of the Year profile, she was about to leave for Belize — yet another travel adventure for this dynamic, daring woman. If you’re like me and have no clue where Belize is located, here’s what I learned: The country is on the northeastern coast of Central […]

Criptaedo: The Self-Defense Revolution

Criptaedo: The Self-Defense Revolution

Have you heard of Criptaedo? It’s a style of karate created by Paul Brailer as a way to teach self-defense to others with disabilities. It’s the name of his YouTube channel, where he posts clips teaching his moves. And, as of 2014, it’s also the name of a new nonprofit dedicated to teaching self-defense to […]

Take to the Skies with an Able Flight Scholarship

Take to the Skies with an Able Flight Scholarship

Getting a pilot’s license is usually reserved for those with plenty of extra cash, not for wheelers trying to break even each month. That is why Able Flight out of Chapel Hill, N.C., is an organization after my own heart. This group passes out aviation scholarships to a handful of lucky wheelers each year. Recipients […]

New Mobility is Now on Pinterest

New Mobility is Now on Pinterest

New Mobility is now on Pinterest. Right now we have four boards:

Lessons from the River: Adaptive Kayaking Takes a Village

Lessons from the River: Adaptive Kayaking Takes a Village

Some people say that it takes a village to raise a child. It also took a village to put me back into a kayak after a paralyzing bicycle accident.