CHANGING THE MEDICAL SYSTEM FROM WITHIN
Wheelchair users are making it through medical school and rolling into emergency rooms, operating rooms and private practices with greater frequency. Tim Gilmer reports on how their presence is beginning to move their field in directions that promise to benefit everyone who seeks medical treatment.
THE JOYS OF ADAPTIVE ROWING
Teal Sherer found adaptive rowing to be the perfect physical outlet when she moved across the country. She reports that the growing sport may be just what you’ve been looking for.
PUSHING THE EDGE OF FUNCTION
Patience. Stubbornness. Creative thinking. These might not be the traits most associated with independence, but Seth McBride discovers they may be even more important than physicality when it comes to maximizing your function.
RAPPER, ADVOCATE … MAYOR?
Kalyn Heffernan made a name for herself as the rapping frontwoman for the band Wheelchair Sports Camp, but now she’s got even bigger things on her plate, including a run for Denver’s mayorship. Regan Linton goes behind the music with the colorful rising star.
THE NM GUIDE TO ONLINE DATING
Rejected. Frustrated. Ghosted. Finding true love online as a wheelchair user can be a lot more complicated than simply swiping left or right. We surveyed hundreds of readers, and Seth McBride followed up with many of them to find out what works, what doesn’t and what to watch out for when dating by app. Plus: Next-gen sexuality videos for post-SCI pleasure.
THE FIGHT FOR INDEPENDENCE
A pressure sore almost cost Tim Gilmer his independence. He spins a tale of his frustrating, humorous and ultimately successful quest to get back on the road.
KEYS TO KIDNEY HEALTH
One out of three American adults is at risk for kidney disease, and using a wheelchair can boost those odds. Bethany Hoppe shares how healthy living helped her kidneys and may help yours, too.
INDONESIA’S DOYEN OF DISABILITY
Emily Rose Yates writes about Indonesia’s Risna Utami and her fight for disability and gender rights as a newly-elected member of the Committee on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities.
5 PRODUCTS TO CHANGE THE WORLD
Toyota says its Mobility Unlimited Challenge supports radical improvements in mobility and independence. Josie Byzek reports.
PERSON OF THE YEAR
Cory Lee Woodard has become the face of accessible travel, having appeared on segments for Lonely Planet and CBS, written for National Geographic and won the prestigious Lowell Thomas Award for best travel blog. The only continent he hasn’t visited — yet — is Antarctica. And now he has another honor to add to his growing list: New Mobility’s 2018 Person of the Year.
Several wheelchair users ran for office in the November elections. Seth McBride checks in with three winning candidates to see what put them over the top.
SURVIVING THE FIRES
Climate change is producing the worst fire seasons in recent history. Alex Ghenis reports on how the devastation is impacting wheelchair users in California and what they are doing to stay safe.
TAKE TO THE SKIES
After years of being out of production and hard to find, hand controls for general aviation are on their way back.