THE ADA AT 30
Thirty years ago the Americans with Disabilities Act was stuck in Congress. Mike Ervin talks with the activists who crawled up the Capitol steps and shook it loose. Josie Byzek interviews advocates about how our civil rights law has performed since it passed, and where it needs to go next. And Steve Wright introduces us to people whose job it is to ensure the ADA works for everyone with a disability, whether they live in the country, our biggest city or somewhere in between.
GO FARTHER, BETTER
Long gone are the days of depending solely on giant, leaky batteries to power chairs and cycles. Bob Vogel has the scoop on how new and improved battery technology is helping users get the most out of their devices.
READY TO LEAD, READY TO ROLL
Rear Admiral Kyle Cozad had done a little bit of everything over his three decade career in the Navy, and as Seth McBride reports, a 2018 SCI didn’t keep him from serving our country.
THE PRIMARY CARE PROBLEM
A primary care provider is supposed to help manage your complex care needs, but finding one who understands SCI/D and actually does help can be surprisingly difficult. Bob Vogel examines what’s behind the difficulties and shares advice so you can make sure your next PCP doesn’t let you down.
Ventilators have come a long way since the invention of the iron lung almost 100 years ago. New technology and changes in society have made it easier than ever for vent users and people with serious respiratory issues to live the lives they want to live and not be confined to institutions or bedrest at home. Alex Ghenis checks in with an array of people who use vents to see what their active lifestyles look like today and how COVID-19 is impacting them. Nicole Ficarra writes about how a diaphragmatic pacemaker changed her world.
GETTING BACK IN THE POOL
Ali Ingersoll lived for the water before she was paralyzed, and didn’t let a diving-related SCI stop her from getting back to it. She chronicles the path back and shares swimming tips.
HELPING DESIGN A LIFE-CHANGING PRODUCT
Rob Wudlick WUDLICK joined a small company to help it develop a product to help him and other quads regain function. Three years later the product is improving his life and headed to market.
PARIS BY FIREFLY
Zipping around the sidewalks and streets of Paris with his Firefly attached to his wheelchair, Alan Toy felt like Superman. He shares his experience with Rio Mobility’s power assist system, and we preview the soon-to-be-released new version.
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. We hope these personal stories, works of art, resources and expert advice provide reassurance and support as we all work to figure this out together.
FAMILY-FRIENDLY ADAPTIVE FUN
There’s no reason to stay on the sidelines when the family heads outside for summer activities. Jessica Farthing helps you get back in the game.
AGING PARENTS AND ROLE REVERSAL
Your parents were there for you when you most needed them, and now it’s your turn to give back. Richard Holicky talks with wheelers who are caring for aging family members.
SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCERS
Social media is here to stay, and so are a growing number of disabled influencers who are shaping many of the online discussions around disability in ways never seen before. Brook McCall talks with the wheelchair users behind three social media brands to learn why they chose this path, how they built their followings and, most importantly, what life is like on the other side of the screen.
A LIFE IN BASEBALL
Cory Hahn was one of the best teenage baseball players in the world before an awkward slide into second base made him a quadriplegic. Now, he works behind the scenes for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ian Ruder catches up with him.
Enjoying the beach is often a question of navigating the sand. Jessica Farthing reports on gear and tactics that may be the answer for your next shore visit.
THE FAMILY HOTEL PROBLEM
Booking a hotel for your family is complicated, especially when the only available accessible room inevitably has one king bed. Sylvia Longmire investigates.
ADA30: SUING FOR LOVE
As the Americans with Disabilities Act turns 30 this year, we look back at our coverage, including what it once took to order flowers for your sweetie or to be a Kmart shopper.
SPORTS CHAIRS COME OF AGE
The wrong wheelchair can transform a fun day at the gym into a painful slog. The right wheelchair can be the difference between bronze and gold. Bob Vogel suits up and hits the courts to find out what chairs athletes are using, why they chose their wheels and what they do to maximize their performance. Paula Larson reports on the world of power soccer and how it has grown into a highlevel international sport.
Disability was front and center like never before at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. David Radcliff took on the snowy sidewalks of Park City for the behind-the-scenes scoop.
CAMELS, MUMMIES AND MORE IN MOROCCO
Whether you dream of riding through the desert atop a camel or camping in an accessible oasis in the sand, Cory Lee Woodard has you covered.
SEX, WHEELS & RELATIONSHIPS
Rediscovering your sexuality after a spinal cord injury can be difficult, and getting your groove back after secondary complications can be equally challenging. Regan Linton shares success stories and strategies from wheelers who broke out of the “body ruts” that inevitably come with SCI and figured out how to revive their sensuality and sexuality. Emily Hupe picks up the story there and looks at how couples keep the flame of passion burning as the years roll by.
Why do some wheelers seek dangerous pastimes like snowmobiling, big wave surfing or other extreme forms of recreation? Seth McBride reports on what makes them tick.
THE PEOPLE’S PARKS
No matter where you live, accessible national and state parks are not far away. Our correspondents highlight an array of options to check out on your next vacation.
THE SQUEAKY WHEEL
Steve Wright provides a roadmap for getting your city to remove barriers and promote progressive legislation for people with disabilities.
PERSON OF THE YEAR: KAREN BRAITMAYER
Architect, businesswoman and policy-shaper Karen Braitmayer has excelled at making accessibility cool since before the ADA even existed. With an approach and understanding that is molded by a life using a wheelchair, Braitmayer’s commitment to elevating the discussion around architecture and access transcends professional boundaries: For her, it’s personal. Her impact goes far beyond her Seattle home, and 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.
HOBBIES AND HOBBYISTS
Bob Vogel talks with three hobbyists with very different interests to find out how they’ve adapted their passions.
What makes a caregiving relationship work and last? What are the keys to a sustainable financial and social arrangement? We asked caregivers who’ve been with their clients for a long time to share their insights.
A LOOK BACK AT THE ADA
We present the first part of a series highlighting our coverage of the ADA over the last 30 years.