For the next several months, NEW MOBILITY will be celebrating 25 years of journalism by and for active wheelchair users. Join us for a look back at each period of the magazine’s history, starting with our first issues circa the passage of the ADA. Each month we’ll move down the timeline, sharing key moments in disability rights and lifestyle from almost 250 issues of NM.
They say home is where the heart is, and for NEW MOBILITY’s freelance writers during 2007-2009, the maxim rings true, wherever they found themselves. For enthusiastic yoga practitioner and instructor, Matthew Sanford, his paralyzed body and mind became progressively more in tune with his spirit over the years. Now his whole self is home, and he keeps the welcoming door wide open. Allen Rucker interviewed several Iraq war vets who became disabled in a distant land, then returned home to find their biggest challenge was adapting to “a new normal.” NEW MOBILITY began running a series called My Town, which gave us up close views of widely varying lifestyles. Natalea Watkins rooted down in the Oklahoma Prarie, where her neighbors were scorpions and rattlesnakes, but she still found a way to connect with the busy world. And Ned Fielden, a world away in Berkeley, melded into his diverse surroundings with a jaunty beret and a growing family. All found home right under their noses.