WHAT MAKES US HAPPY Many words can be used to describe happiness: contentment, satisfaction, well-being and pleasure are a few. TIM GILMER speaks with fellow wheelers Randy Alexander, Teal Sherer, Alice Wong and Jen Goodwin, plus shares his own story in this uplifting story that celebrates family, relationships and vocations.
WINTERTIME FUN Ah, winter … time to break out the mono-skis, bi-skis, XC skis and snowmobiles. BOB VOGEL shares the hows and wheres.
YOGA SERENITY Instructors like PATRICE PRIYA WAGNER are organizing to make yoga more accessible and more widely available.
BUYING YOUR FIRST HOUSE MARK BOATMAN shares every step, from choosing the right property to renovation and modification tips.
PERSONAL ASSISTANCE PRO TIPS Finding quality programs and workers is hard. Good thing MIKE COLLINS is here to help.
November 2015 Annual Consumer Guide
HEALTH & HYGIENE
Health Care Gets Easier: Finally, a Home Wheelchair Scale; Melio’s Self-emptying Leg Bag.
FITNESS & SPORTS
Fun on the Ice: Wheelchair Curling
MOBILITY & SEATING
Three Cool ways to Get Around: SmartDrive MX2 Power Assist; Spinergy ZX-1; Ripchair
The Flip Side: Wheelchair Funding Threatened
Crash Testing, Tie-Downs, and More: Staying Safe …
Testing Your Limits: No Barriers Summit
Bright Light in a Dim World: The Inspectors — a new TV series
ACCESS AT NATIONAL PARKS Ashley Lyn Olson of wheelchairtraveling.com is one of the country’s leading voices on accessible travel, and in this month’s cover story she launches her Access to Parks Project by exploring three of the more than 400 national parks that enrich America. Read about her adventures through Cuyahoga National Park, Shenandoah National Park and Mammoth Cave National Park and learn all the accessible highlights
HOT AIR BALLOONING Just because you use a wheelchair doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy flying high in one of the oldest forms of air travel.
FASHION TIPS FROM A PRO Can’t find clothes that work with your wheelchair? KATE MATELAN helps you find the right solution and breaks down accessible fashion myths.
INTER-ABLED COUPLES Relationships between wheelchair users and nondisabled people happen all the time, but what makes them work?
FOUR WHEELERS, FOUR STYLES, ONE DAY Have you ever wondered how other wheelchair users organize their days? We have, too, and asked ALEX GHENIS, PAULA LARSON, IAN JAQUISS and ELLEN STOHL to let us tag along with them for one day. We go to work with them, meet their families, learn how they adapt, and see what products they use to make it all come together.
NIPPING INFECTIONS BEFORE THEY BUD Conventional wisdom says to take antibiotics sparingly. What if conventional wisdom is wrong?
THE WINE MAN For sommelier and para Yannick Benjamin, nothing is better than bringing people together over a great bottle of wine. BY IAN RUDER
LETTER TO A MOTHER LAURITA TELLADO was asked a heart-rending question, “How can I ensure I won’t have a baby with your disability?”
CHASING THAT DEGREE Going to college after an SCI is different, but not impossibly so. STEPH