About Ian Ruder

I’m a senior editor, but I’m the newest (and youngest) member of the New Mobility editorial team. I’m not the quad you deserved, but the quad you needed. I oversee the United Spinal content and write features. I’m always looking for fun or quirky stories and love profiling interesting people.

June 2018

Eric Howk. The Man

By |2018-05-31T16:31:51+00:00June 1st, 2018|

Eric Howk just won a Grammy. His band, Portugal. The Man, has two of the biggest hits of the year. And he is living his dream touring the world and playing guitar. Ian Ruder sat down with Howk to find out what it’s like being one of the most visible wheelchair-using musicians in the world, what life is like on the road and what went on behind the scenes at the Grammys.

May 2018

Nature’s Sublime Wonderlands: Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks

By |2018-04-27T15:35:38+00:00May 1st, 2018|

Ian Ruder wore out the tires on his power chair to see how Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks rate when it comes to accessibility. He left wanting more of the beauty, more of the serenity and — bummer — better access.

April 2018

Tennessee Chapter of United Spinal Hosts Second Annual Camp United

By |2018-05-01T10:03:09+00:00April 2nd, 2018|

Last year the United Spinal chapter of Tennessee hosted Camp United, an outdoor adaptive sports day in Nashville. After a successful first run, they are upping the stakes with the second annual Camp United on May 20.

March 2018

February 2018

Chapter Report: Life After the Hurricane in Puerto Rico

By |2018-01-31T14:38:04+00:00February 1st, 2018|

To get a better sense of how Hurricane Maria impacted wheelchair users and people with disabilities, we spoke with Gretchelle Dilan, the founder of United Spinal’s Puerto Rico chapter. A lifelong resident and a wheelchair user, Dilan says she had never seen anything like Maria.

January 2018

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