The Big Ideas Issue

We asked thought leaders in technology, transportation, culture, community and function research: What are the Big Ideas on how to make the world better for wheelchair users? Here’s what they said.

September 2019

The Inspiration Conundrum

Living life with a disability almost inevitably involves a delicate, and often frustrating, dance with the rest of society’s (mis)conceptions of inspiration.

August 2019

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The iBot is Back. Is the Second Time the Charm?

Twenty years after Dean Kamen revealed his stair-climbing wonder chair on national TV, the iBOT is poised to take center stage again with a new and improved model.

July 2019

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From Wyoming With Love

What started as a simple inquiry about a potential profile developed into a beautiful correspondence between two longtime wheelchair users about life on the ranch.

June 2019

As the head of Airbnb’s push for accessibility and inclusion, Srin Madipalli is overseeing the $35 billion peer-to-peer rental giant’s efforts to make travel more accessible.

The Man Behind Airbnb's Access Push

As the head of Airbnb’s push for accessibility and inclusion, Srin Madipalli is overseeing the $35 billion peer-to-peer rental giant’s efforts to make travel more accessible.

May 2019

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Nurses on Wheels Fight Back

Despite facing many of the same barriers that wheelchair-using doctors encounter, a growing army of nurses on wheels is fighting the system and advocating for changes that will benefit everyone, with and without disabilities.

April 2019

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Disabled Docs - Healing the Medical Model?

Wheelchair users are making it through medical school and rolling into emergency rooms, operating rooms and private practices with greater frequency.

March 2019

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New Mobility 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

February 2019

Person of the Year

Cory Lee Woodard has become the face of accessible travel, and now he has another honor to add to his growing list: New Mobility’s 2018 Person of the Year.

January 2019

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Big Ideas in Technology

Smart technologies combined with artificial intelligence and advanced robotics are changing everything we know about mobility devices.

Big Ideas in Culture

Disability is more visible than ever, and our most celebrated representatives are insisting on authentic portrayals, genuine athletic achievement and true political equity.

Flotsam Me

Since becoming a quadriplegic in 1986, I always wondered if I would float or sink, and could I swim?

Other Recent Articles

Big Ideas in Transportation

The last thing we want is to relive the rise of ridesharing companies, when people with disabilities were left sitting on the curb. This time around, as autonomous vehicles emerge, we’re at the table.

Big Ideas in Community

Finding the perfect home that you can afford in an enticingly-accessible neighborhood that you absolutely adore shouldn’t be this hard. How can we get our own piece of the American dream?

Thinking Big

As New Mobility celebrates its 30th anniversary and we recognize Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, the NM team marks the occasion by looking to the future and thinking big.

News September 2019

The Quad Podcast. Queer Eye for the Wheeled Guy. SCI Research Survey. Wine on Wheels a Success. Ffora Thinking. Camp Adventure Tower.

I Am Not Your Inspiration

Whenever anyone tells me how inspirational I am, I think back to Nike’s famous 1993 commercial featuring NBA-legend Charles Barkley.

The Winter of My Discontent

So in cold weather I was spending an increasing amount of time hiding indoors. And I’m really susceptible to cabin fever, so that sucked big-time. Then I’d give myself the old blower pep talk.