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Independence: A Quad’s Definition

There’s more to independence than simply being able to do everything for yourself. We asked a handful of quads with caregivers how they define independence and how their definitions have changed since they were injured.

October 2017

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Quad Photography

Now that so many people have access to smart phones with decent cameras built in, the art of photography is approachable as never before. Four quadriplegic photographers tell us which adaptations and tricks of the trade work for them.

September 2017

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SCI Anniversaries: Why Do We Celebrate Them?

Some have parties and some reflect quietly, but “Break Your Neck Day” or a “Quadaversary” is a very real thing. Tim Gilmer talks with 10 wheelers to try to understand the motivation and what people get out of this seemingly odd tradition.

August 2017

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Making Your Home Accessible

Our reporters share ways to make the accessible home of your dreams more of a reality.

July 2017

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Outdoor Recreation Programs for All

Summer is finally here, and we’ve got great recreation ideas including kayaking, sailing, hiking, camping, handcycling and more.

June 2017

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Rory Cooper: The Man Behind the Technology

You may have never heard of Rory Cooper, but if you use a wheelchair or have a disability, there is a good chance you have used or benefitted from a product or invention he has been involved with.

May 2017


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The Bridge between Yoga and Physical Therapy

Growing up, PT was a pain. But as an adult, adaptive yoga is wonderful.

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It’s Not Easy, But You Must Get Your Mammogram

Accessible mammograms exist, and your local center ought to provide them if they don't already.

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How I Got Medicare to Pay for My SmartDrive MX2

Patricia Perez persistently asked the right people the right questions to obtain her SmartDrive.


  • From the Phoenix Women’s March to events promoting sensible gun control, Jennifer Longdon is a powerful voice for the causes she espouses.

Jennifer Longdon: A Force for Good

She wants to be an Arizona state legislator for all the right reasons. Will voters see her for who she is?

Disabled Americans Saved Healthcare

Not since protestors occupied the a federal building in 1977 has the nation felt who we are. Then came ADAPT.

Todd Stabelfeldt: Titan of Tech

Part of Nintendo’s R&D program as a boy, some now call him “the quadfather of tech.


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Built for Access, Accomable Seeks to Challenge AirBnB

Wheelchair users can confidently book accessible rooms using Accomable, which seeks to challenge AirBnB.

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Rory Cooper Honored with a Sammie, the Top Public Service Medal

Rory Cooper, Ph.D. was awarded a "Sammie" — the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for 2017.

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Linda Mastandrea Appointed to Head FEMA Disability Office

New Mobility contributor Linda Mastandrea tapped to head FEMA disability office.


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Fall 2017 New Product Releases

Every few years, new technologies launch and the world of wheelchairs reaches yet another level.

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Advocate Turned Politician: Willis Washington

Working in his local SCI community, he saw a need and wanted to help address it.

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David Corbin: Drawn in by the Lens

After constant nagging from my dad to try photography, I gave in. ... I was hooked and wanted to create again.

Other Recent Articles

Eat Well, Live Well: Pomegranates

This juicy, ruby red fruit contains a hormone called estrone that is structurally and functionally similar to one found in mammals. So what does this have to do with SCI? More than you would think.

Moving On to Flatter Terrain

Q. I have owned a home located on a steep hill, but changes caused by my quadriplegia now make it more difficult for me to travel locally. The steep grade on nearby streets and sidewalks also makes it dangerous to travel in my wheelchair. I want to move to more level ground.

Recovery from SCI: What Makes it Possible?

The truth is recovery of function is almost always related to some degree of incompleteness of injury.

Cavalcade of Surprises

Just as the morning sun hit the window, I awoke to a true nightmare: thousands of black ants crawling all over my body.