LIFE IN THE TIME OF COVID-19
COVID-19 has affected all of our lives in more ways than we are even aware of yet. To help make sense of the all-too-confusing present, we’ve assembled a snapshot of the post-COVID world we are living in. We hope these personal stories, works of art, resources and expert advice provide reassurance and support as we all work to figure this out together.
FAMILY-FRIENDLY ADAPTIVE FUN
There’s no reason to stay on the sidelines when the family heads outside for summer activities. Jessica Farthing helps you get back in the game.
AGING PARENTS AND ROLE REVERSAL
Your parents were there for you when you most needed them, and now it’s your turn to give back. Richard Holicky talks with wheelers who are caring for aging family members.
SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCERS
Social media is here to stay, and so are a growing number of disabled influencers who are shaping many of the online discussions around disability in ways never seen before. Brook McCall talks with the wheelchair users behind three social media brands to learn why they chose this path, how they built their followings and, most importantly, what life is like on the other side of the screen.
A LIFE IN BASEBALL
Cory Hahn was one of the best teenage baseball players in the world before an awkward slide into second base made him a quadriplegic. Now, he works behind the scenes for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ian Ruder catches up with him.
Enjoying the beach is often a question of navigating the sand. Jessica Farthing reports on gear and tactics that may be the answer for your next shore visit.
THE FAMILY HOTEL PROBLEM
Booking a hotel for your family is complicated, especially when the only available accessible room inevitably has one king bed. Sylvia Longmire investigates.
ADA30: SUING FOR LOVE
As the Americans with Disabilities Act turns 30 this year, we look back at our coverage, including what it once took to order flowers for your sweetie or to be a Kmart shopper.
SPORTS CHAIRS COME OF AGE
The wrong wheelchair can transform a fun day at the gym into a painful slog. The right wheelchair can be the difference between bronze and gold. Bob Vogel suits up and hits the courts to find out what chairs athletes are using, why they chose their wheels and what they do to maximize their performance. Paula Larson reports on the world of power soccer and how it has grown into a highlevel international sport.
Disability was front and center like never before at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. David Radcliff took on the snowy sidewalks of Park City for the behind-the-scenes scoop.
CAMELS, MUMMIES AND MORE IN MOROCCO
Whether you dream of riding through the desert atop a camel or camping in an accessible oasis in the sand, Cory Lee Woodard has you covered.
SEX, WHEELS & RELATIONSHIPS
Rediscovering your sexuality after a spinal cord injury can be difficult, and getting your groove back after secondary complications can be equally challenging. Regan Linton shares success stories and strategies from wheelers who broke out of the “body ruts” that inevitably come with SCI and figured out how to revive their sensuality and sexuality. Emily Hupe picks up the story there and looks at how couples keep the flame of passion burning as the years roll by.
Why do some wheelers seek dangerous pastimes like snowmobiling, big wave surfing or other extreme forms of recreation? Seth McBride reports on what makes them tick.
THE PEOPLE’S PARKS
No matter where you live, accessible national and state parks are not far away. Our correspondents highlight an array of options to check out on your next vacation.
THE SQUEAKY WHEEL
Steve Wright provides a roadmap for getting your city to remove barriers and promote progressive legislation for people with disabilities.
PERSON OF THE YEAR: KAREN BRAITMAYER
Architect, businesswoman and policy-shaper Karen Braitmayer has excelled at making accessibility cool since before the ADA even existed. With an approach and understanding that is molded by a life using a wheelchair, Braitmayer’s commitment to elevating the discussion around architecture and access transcends professional boundaries: For her, it’s personal. Her impact goes far beyond her Seattle home, and earned her the American Institute of Architects 2019 Whitney M. Young Award for Social Responsibility. For these reasons and many more, we are honored to present Braitmayer as our 2019 Person of the Year.
HOBBIES AND HOBBYISTS
Bob Vogel talks with three hobbyists with very different interests to find out how they’ve adapted their passions.
What makes a caregiving relationship work and last? What are the keys to a sustainable financial and social arrangement? We asked caregivers who’ve been with their clients for a long time to share their insights.
A LOOK BACK AT THE ADA
We present the first part of a series highlighting our coverage of the ADA over the last 30 years.