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Life in 2020

The pandemic refuses to go away, while a host of other issues have flared up to further complicate the craziest and most trying year anyone can remember. Read how wheelchair users across the country are coping and where they see opportunities in the chaos.

November 2020

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Return to Accessible Travel

What does travel look like in a COVID-19 world for people with disabilities? Wheelchair users and travel experts make some sense out of the new hurdles and realities of traveling.

The Photo Issue

For the first time, we’ve decided to let the photos do the storytelling. Instead of our typical mix of features, we’ve assembled a package of diverse photo essays. Fewer words, more images, but the same New Mobility.

September 2020

August 2020

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The ADA at 30

We’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by looking back, looking forward and examining where we sit today.

July 2020

Spotlight on Vent Users

Vent Life

Ventilators have come a long way since the invention of the iron lung almost 100 years ago. We check in with people who use vents to see what their active lifestyles look like today and how COVID-19 is impacting them.

June 2020

Life in the Time of COVID-19

COVID-19 has affected all of our lives in more ways than we are even aware of yet. To help make sense of the all-too-confusing present, we’ve assembled a snapshot of the post-COVID world we are living in.

May 2020

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Social Media Influencers

A growing number of disabled influencers are shaping many of the online discussions around disability in ways never seen before. Learn why they chose this path, how they built their followings and what life is like on the other side of the screen.

April 2020


Sports Chairs Come of Age

We take a look at the current crop of specialized sports chairs, the sports they’re designed for and the players who use them.

March 2020

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Sex, Wheels & Relationships

Rediscovering your sexuality after a spinal cord injury can be difficult. This year’s Sex, Wheels & Relationships issue focuses on getting your groove back after SCI and keeping it going strong.

February 2020


Person of the Year: Karen Braitmayer

Architect, businesswoman and policy-shaper, her impact earned her the American Institute of Architects 2019 Whitney M. Young Award for Social Responsibility. For these reasons and many more, we are honored to present Braitmayer as our 2019 Person of the Year.

January 2020

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Podcaster Rhonel Cinous

Four years after sustaining a C5 injury, Rhonel Cinous is using his podcast to rediscover who he is through conversations with others from the SCI community.

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Staring Down Disasters

United Spinal is implementing an emergency preparedness campaign to help people with SCI/D address the effects and risks associated with disasters.

  • Dysreflexia can wreck a work day.

When Dysreflexia Calls

Here comes autonomic dysreflexia. You know that feeling … for me it’s a little bit of metal in the mouth, a little bit of tingling on the back of your head … its AD on its way.

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Our New Robot Overlords

Even the cripples who play it safe and become social workers and go to work for DVR and push the next generation of cripples to become social workers and go to work for DVR will probably be laid off and replaced by robots.

Wheelchair Confidential: Love Hurts

I woke up one morning with a red, swollen knee that alarmed me enough to go to my doctor. During the exam, he got stressed and asked, “Are you having chest pains or trouble breathing?”

News October 2020

Disability Goes Partisan. One Million Dollars! Cooking in a Wheelchair. Disability Friendly Colleges. The Cyborgs Are All in Your Head. Keep Staring.