Disability scholar and advocate Alice Wong made history by becoming the first person ever greeted by a president of the United States while driving a telepresence robot. Wong, who has spinal muscular atrophy, received an invitation to the July 20 ADA reception hosted by President Obama, but regretfully turned it down since flying to Washington, […]
It’s about to become a lot easier for people with speech impairments to get Medicare to cover their speech-generating devices, as President Obama signed the Steve Gleason Act into law on Thursday, July 30. “People like myself, who are literally voiceless, were heard. Loud and clear,” said former New Orleans Saint football player Steve Gleason […]
VetsFirst Finds New Leader United Spinal Association recently announced the appointment of Ross Meglathery as the new director of VetsFirst, its program that helps thousands of vets reintegrate into their communities. Prior to his appointment at VetsFirst, Meglathery spent over 15 years in the military. Subsequently, he was selected as a Congressional Marine Fellow where […]
Turning to Veganism and Stem Cells Growing up, Wes Bandemer, 25, Morgan City, La., was all about staying physically active. “I was always doing something physical every single day,” he says. “I didn’t have a computer and rarely touched video games,” and then I lost it all, not even being able to shrug my shoulders.” […]
Traveling can be a logistical challenge for people who use wheelchairs and similar mobility devices.
With Summer finally upon us, the heat is on. It’s only June in Minnesota, and we’ve hit 90 degrees three days already. I have my usual chest of tricks for staying cool as a quad — water spray bottles, a handheld fan — but this year I’m going high tech. That’s right, I’m taking it […]
The intersection of social media world and spinal cord injury world has exploded in the last few weeks with posts and videos of “miraculous” new stairclimbing wheelchairs. The first video to circulate featured a Mr. Bill-esque animation of a power chair sprouting tank-like tracks and a mechanized arm system that elevates, reclines and even fully […]
Every disability is different, so access to highly configurable equipment is essential.
There is a shakeup in the power chair world, and it’s bringing life-changing technologies.