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Recent news of the iBOT reboot was met with great enthusiasm here at New Mobility, and our own Bob Vogel scored an interview with the revolutionary chair’s inventor, Dean Kamen. “The new iBOT will blow away the performance of the original — it has every benefit of the original but with advances similar to comparing a cell phone from 15 years ago to a smartphone of today,” says Kamen. The relaunch could be just months from now — here’s what you need to know.
With startling speed and accuracy, the latest version of Dragon enables highly functional dictation right out of the box, according to our reviewer. He should know — he’s been using the product for 30 years. The newest update also works seamlessly with an increasing number of apps for word processing, social media and more.
Flying through the air and whipping through boulders and trees, Stacy Kohut proves that four-cross is as exciting as its nondisabled cousin, downhill mountain biking. Watch the lifelong athlete gear up, ascend Whistler Mountain via ski lift and barrel down the challenging dirt track in this five-minute video. “All of the things that I’ve been able to achieve since breaking my back, they’re because I’ve stuck to my guns and I’ve stayed Stacy Kohut.”
Riley Poor, C5-6, thought he had tried everything for his nerve pain and spasms when he discovered mild hyperbaric oxygen. Despite his initial skepticism, he realized he felt much better after several treatment sessions. “It made a huge change in my life,” says Poor. Though it doesn’t have the scientific backing of more rigorous hyperbaric oxygen therapy, “mild” HBOT is gaining anecdotal traction in the SCI/D community. Says Debbie Sloss, C5: “The extreme burning in my fingers really subsided.”
Berkeley, California, boasts a vibrant disability community and often lands at the top of “Wheelchair-Friendly Cities” articles because of its commitment to services and access. One of its many success stories includes the “Easy Does It” program, an ingenious backup plan for situations when consumers need a last-minute attendant, a quick wheelchair repair or emergency transportation. EDI is an example for other cities, a model of inclusive planning that truly works.
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