December 2013

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.

ADAPTIVE TOOLS & TECHNOLOGY: Neurotech for Pain and Bladder Control / We’re Wheelie Cooking Now
HEALTH & HYGIENE: 7 Tips for Avoiding SCI Health Complications / The Chanda Plan for Health / Hydrophilic Catheters May Reduce UTI Risk But Need a Separate Code
FITNESS & SPORTS: Three Fun Ways To Stay Fit / Handcycle Trainers for Fitness
MOBILITY & SEATING: ‘Beyond the Chair” Skin Protection / Three Easy Ways to Get the Most out of Wheelchair Manufacturer Websites
AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTS & SERVICES: Basics of Buying an Adaptive Van / 11 Fuel-Saving Strategies for 2014
DISABILITY SERVICES: Crowdsourcing for Care and Cure / Access Apps

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Nov 13November 2013

RISE OF THE RIGHT-WING GIMP   Attorney General Greg Abbott is running for governor of Texas, and odds are he will win. As the longest-serving attorney general in the state’s history, he has a record of crushing his Democratic opponents. But Texas’ disability community is fearful that he will ignore their needs, which tend to be supported by liberal politicians.

BREATHING EASY   Many wheelchair users have sleep disorders that affect their health. Oxygen is the remedy, and CPAP delivers it.

ACCESSIBLE HOTELS   A NM Survey has identified readers’ needs, choices and priorities. Here’s what wheelchair users think about accessible lodging.

THINGS I’D LIKE TO SEE   Outlandish adaptations can be the best of all. Front-end wheelchair plow, anyone? Removable tank tracks?

NO RELAY FOR OLD MEN   Running from Mount Hood to the Oregon Coast is hard on all participants, including handcyclers. Until party time at the beach.

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Oct 13October 2013

SEVEN DISABILITY-FRIENDLY GEMS   Every so often someone (including New Mobility) comes up with the latest list of towns and cities that are friendly to people with disabilities. But each place has its drawbacks. Maybe it’s time we think about where we are, where we call home and what it has to offer.

BOTOX BLADDER  The usual drugs that control your bladder all have troublesome side effects. Botox proves to be a viable alternative.

GOOGLE GLASS   Want a voice-activated computer built right into your eyeglasses? Well, it’s here.

ROOTS OF BIAS   We humans have a need to compartmentalize. But when it comes to understanding crips, too little info is dangerous.

DISABILITY SQUARED   What happens when you finally get your disability lifestyle down pat, then you are beset with a second one?

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Sep 13September 2013

E-STIM FOR WELLNESS  In the beginning, functional electrical stimulation was all about standing and walking a few steps or temporarily activating a paralyzed arm, a way to envision an as-yet unrealized promise. For most of us, it has amounted to little or nothing, but its focus has shifted. E-stim, whether employed in FES cycling or an exciting new application of rowing exercise, now offers health benefits that can improve our lives in very real ways.

THE SMART APARTMENT   A major rehab facility now has a model of a fully automated living space — a “smart” apartment. Nice, but who can afford it?

MY FATHER’S STORY   How do you live with a family member’s decision to end his life when you have just returned from rehab to face your new one?

BARRY’S JOURNEY  Parts of his life are legendary. Others play like a bad dream. Through it all, Barry Corbet remained selfless and humble.

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Aug 13August 2013

CRIPTOPIA   Ever wonder what it would be like to wake up in a world made for people with disabilities? Yes, it is fantasy, but the future is close at hand, and in some instances, may even be upon us. Close your eyes and dream along on a journey in search of a reality that is worthy of our very best efforts.

THE EYES HAVE IT   After decades of clumsy, slow communication devices, eye gaze technology comes of age.

THE JEWEL AWAITS   Even an ancient city like Florence, in Italy’s Tuscan region, can be friendly to wheelchair travelers with planning.

SAVED BY JAZZ   Frank Barham, lost in regret, found a language that healed his heart and soul. Now he speaks through his harmonica.

MY PERFECT KITCHEN   Trial and error, inspired creativity and serendipitous discoveries — all play a part in making a truly accessible kitchen.

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July 13July 2013

EQUAL HEALTH CARE?  We have become accustomed to inaccessible rooms and ill-fitting or useless health care equipment, not to mention medical personnel who don’t have a clue how to treat us. Many of us have given up. We complain, it seems, to no avail. But the ADA, while largely ignored in the medical world, is still on our side, and lawsuits and negotiations are starting to make a mark.

NEW PRODUCTS UNVEILED  The 29th Annual International Seating Symposium offers products that improve our lives — kayaks, joysticks, wheels and more.

MANAGING PAIN  So many different kinds of pain, so many ineffective ways of dealing with it. So what works?

KAREN TAMLEY: ADVOCRAT   She grew up among us. Now, as commissioner of the Chicago Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, she leads us.

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June 13June 2013

DESTINATION USA  It takes time and money to travel, and both seem to be in diminishing supply. For wheelchair-using travelers, in addition to the usual accessibility pre-planning, now we must find creative solutions to be able to go where we want, when we want — at an affordable cost.

TO PACK OR NOT TO PACK  Should wheelchair users arm themselves for protection? New Mobility readers weigh in with advice, expertise and warnings.

TRANSFORMING PRECONCEPTIONS  When people see Sue Austin flying underwater in her custom-made wheelchair and scuba gear, they are changed forever.

WORKING QUAD  Walk a mile in my shoes to get to know me? How about spend a day in my life for an authentic quad experience.

FREEING OUR PEOPLE   No one wants to get stuck in a nursing home. George Gallego has made it his mission to keep people out.

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May 13May 2013

WHEELING BEYOND THE LIMIT   Manual wheeling has a practical lifespan that can one day lead to transitioning to a power chair. Besides keeping fit and avoiding overuse of certain muscles and debilitating pain, there is a growing field of products that are designed to make propelling yourself easier and extend your life in a manual chair.

THE LEGACY OF RALPH BRAUN   A fellow wheeler-mentee shares anecdotes of how Braun’s inventions and leadership changed us all.

ACCESSIBLE CABINS   If you have a love-hate relationship with camping,consider a well-designed cabin in the woods.

SEVEN RULES FOR RETIREMENT   How to make the most of retirement: Advice from an early retiree who learned from her mistakes.

NUTRITION FOR HEALTH   Eating the right foods and knowing which supplements actually work can decrease your reliance on meds.

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Apr 13April 2013

THE MAN IN THE GOLDEN CHAIR   The name Larry Flynt brings to mind porn, filth, and gender exploitation, but he is also a victim of stereotypical thinking. ALLEN RUCKER digs deep and wide to find the whole person — businessman, political activist, enemy of hypocrisy and crusader for free speech. But most of all, like many of us, he is a person whose disability awakened a desire to fight against considerable odds.

TOM HARKIN’S LEGACY   Not just a senator, he has been the undisputed champion of disability rights in Congress for decades.

TRAVEL: MEXICO CITY   Do not fear. This multifaceted city, a treasure of history and culture, is safe, accessible, and affordable.

NEW WOUND CARE MODEL   Dr. Bruce Ruben has founded a wound care practice that goes the extra mile to heal non-healing wounds.

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Mar 13March 2013

SCI RESEARCH MOVES FORWARD  The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis announced in January that it had grown millions of Schwann cells from a newly-injured paraplegic’s peripheral nerve and injected them into his injury site.

ACCESSIBLE GEOCACHING   It’s kind of like hide and seek, but now we have a whole new set of high-tech tools and rules.

ENTREPRENEURS ON WHEELS   Want a job but can’t get hired? Meet four wheelers who found another way by creating their own businesses.

TROUBLE IN THE FAMILY   A traumatic injury can cause a lot of collateral damage. It takes creativity, courage and perseverance to survive.

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Feb 13February 2013

SEX, WHEELS AND RELATIONSHIPS   It’s a timeless love story, but with a modern twist: Girl meets girl, falls in love, and — where such things are legal — rides off with a “just married” sign taped to the back of her lift-equipped van.

NEED FOR SPEED   Michael Johnson started racing at 3. At 12, not even paralysis could stop him. Now he’s aiming at the INDY 500.

THE ACCESSIBLE HOME   Truly accessible homes reflect the uniqueness of their owners, and 25 case studies prove it.

CATHETERS FOR WOMEN   Ten experienced catheter users share their tips on successful cathing and avoiding UTIs.

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Jan13January 2013

PERSON OF THE YEAR: DARREN JERNIGAN   Darren Jernigan is a Permobil employee, Nashville city councilman, and now, state representative for Tennessee’s District 60. He’s also a dedicated family man. But what’s most noteworthy is his substance, style, and grace — all of which enabled him to win over the voters of his district and take his seat as a Democrat in a legislative body where Republicans rule 70 to 28.

SUPERSTORM STORIES  When Sandy blew in, wheelchair users dependent on life-sustaining equipment faced grave circumstances.

BURNING MAN   Why would anyone want to spend a week in a remote, dusty desert with Porta-Potties and 60,000 other campers? Because the art is awesome.

NAVIGATING VOC REHAB   Getting what you need and when you need it may be more difficult than it used to be.

MIRACLE BOY  Ben Mattlin’s book, Miracle Boy Grows Up: How the Disability Rights Revolution Saved My Sanity, reviewed by Roxanne Furlong.

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