2013 CONSUMER BUYERS GUIDE
Adaptive products and adaptive lifestyles go hand in hand. Our annual Consumer Guide shows you the tech — and the techniques — for living fully on wheels. Starting this year, product listings can now be found in each section.
ADAPTIVE TOOLS AND TECHNOLOGY The Great Vacuum Cleaner Search • Three Can’t-Miss Tools • Making Music
HEALTH & HYGIENE Change Your Doc’s Attitude • Ditch the Smelly Legbag • Botox for Bladders • Ideal Bladder Volume • Doctor Visit Tips
FITNESS & SPORTS No-Frills Cardio Equipment • Desk-ercize: Take a Workout to Lunch
MOBILITY & SEATING Navigating the Changing Mobility Market • When to Change Cushions
AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTS & SERVICES Choosing an Adaptive Vehicle • Insuring Your Adaptive Equipment
DISABILITY SERVICES Using Your Independent Living Center • Detailing Your Chair
DISABILITY MEDIA Web-based Video Info on SCI
SEX AND DISABILITY ON THE SILVER SCREEN When Mark O’Brien wrote “On Seeing a Sex Surrogate,” he could not have foreseen another polio survivor turning his essay into an award- winning movie 20 years later. Or three Academy Award nominees taking leading roles because they loved the script. And that other polio survivor — independent filmmaker Ben Lewin — who could have predicted such acclaim would flow his way at the age of 65?
22 ACCESSIBLE ROAD TRIPS Veteran travel writer Candy Harrington has put together a useful guide to road trips for any region in the United States.
THE QUADRA STORY The lightweight, high-performance, snappylooking wheelchairs of today actually began way back in 1976.
AGING AND SCI We all know that aging is not for sissies. So it makes sense to know what to expect — and how to deal with it.
YOUTUBE SUPERSTARS Got talent but no tv contract? Grab your camera and crew and create your own Web series for the Internet. Zach Anner and Teal Sherer are doing just that — and capturing sizable audiences. More people than ever are cancelling their cable for free and lost-cost content online. Could Anner and Sherer be on to something?
ON THE SCENE Chris O’Donoghue, wheelchair user since 1976, has won Emmys and other awards for his on-the-spot TV news reporting
SIP-AND-PUFF HUNTING Adaptive shooting equipment makes hunting in the wild a realistic outdoor sport for quads and others.
PORGY’S LONG JOURNEY Porgy — of Porgy and Bess — gets less crippled with each new performance. Is this progress?
ELECTION 2012: LEFT, RIGHT, DISABLED? The disability community, commonly considered to be in the Democrats’ camp, may not be as politically predictable as it seems. With the disability vote growing and so much at stake, where do you stand?
RECREATION: OUTDOOR THERAPY? Whether it’s high-energy mountain biking or low-key photography, if it’s outdoors, it can be therapeutic.
MASSAGE AND DISABILITY It may be the neglected child of the extended family of alternative treatments — for pain, spasticity, and flexibility.
ADA LAWSUITS: JUSTIFIED OR PREDATORY? What is the true cost of thousands of “drive-by” lawsuits? California is seeking an answer.