For the last 13 years, NEW MOBILITY readers have counted on Tiffiny Carlson for the latest scoop on interesting people, devices and happenings in the world of spinal cord injury. Through her monthly SCI Life column, she has introduced hundreds of such stories to a wider audience, helping many survivors share resources and messages of resilience.
When not writing for us, Carlson has been a prolific commentator on all things SCI on a number of prominent blogs and websites. She currently works as the executive director of SPINALpedia, one of the leading websites for people with SCI to share videos and stories. She has also been a fierce advocate for SCI research. In 2016, the Morton Paralysis Fund honored her for her work.
But like all good things, SCI Life will come to an end; this month’s issue features her last column. This doesn’t mean you won’t be seeing any more of Carlson — we will continue to showcase her writing — but it does seem like a good time to catch up with her and recognize her 157 NM columns, as well as the changes that have occurred in the SCI community during that period.
NEW MOBILITY: Looking back on all the SCI Life columns you’ve written, are there any stories or individuals that stand out the most in your memory?
Tiffiny Carlson: Every column was crafted from the heart. I’m always trying to think, “What would other people like me like to read about?” and I think I’ve done a pretty good job. No one story stands out, but I hope every product or shout-out to a great site helped someone’s life.
NM: What about a person — do any of the people you’ve featured hold a special place in your mind?
TC: Everyone is