Walt Whitman once wrote: “All I mark as my own you shall offset with your own/ Else it were time lost listening to me.” The purpose of “Bully Pulpit” is to allow the editor to speak freely on any topic relating to disability and to encourage reader feedback. But readers should not mistake any personal views expressed here — including religious belief — as being an official editorial position of New Mobility.

The truth is NM has never taken official positions. The magazine has always been about informing, empowering and upholding our readers’ individuality and sense of community, not persuading.

Here is a succinct version of NM’s mission statement, which defines our journalistic parameters: New Mobility encourages integration of active-lifestyle wheelchair users into mainstream society, reflects the world of disability-related arts, media, advocacy and philosophy, informs and empowers readers so they can manage health concerns, obtain appropriate technology, assert legal rights, and participate in all areas of life.

How we translate this mission into stories is a democratic process. In mid-year our editorial staff — working from our homes — gathers ideas for next year’s stories. Some ideas come directly from the four of us — as we also write for the magazine — and others come from freelancers and readers. We discuss each idea in a lengthy conference call and trim well over 100 ideas down to about 50. We are a diverse group, with unique viewpoints, a kind of cross-section of the disability community, so our discussions are lively and spirited.

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