NM Contributor Mark E. Smith — ‘The Wheelchair Junkie’: 1971 – 2018

Mark E. Smith

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Mark E. Smith, whose writing and upbeat personality brought joy and enlightenment to so many in the disability and mainstream communities — including thousands of NEW MOBILITY readers — passed away Sunday, Nov. 25. He was 47.

Born with cerebral palsy into a family wracked by alcoholism, Smith’s life was a textbook example of overcoming long odds and succeeding beyond traditional expectations. But to those who knew him, his accomplishments — borne of an impressive intellect, energetic drive and infectious positivism — were no surprise.

Smith was best known for his work with Quantum Rehab for the past 18 years, where he served as a general manag