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.
There are so many frustrations, if we’re not ready to take those with a little bit of humor and some flexibility, we’re going to be screwed.
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.
Two years ago, he was in the hospital recovering from SCI. Today he is organizing a hugely successful fundraiser for his local chapter of United Spinal.
José’s road to being an outspoken advocate started when he attended a meeting of United Spinal’s New York City chapter.
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.
Daniela never could have imagined the bond she would develop with her Canine Companion for Independence, Z-Dog.
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.
Marcela's become one of the faces of the ReWalk exoskeleton and has enjoyed a wild ride around the world.