Grassroots Advocacy

Getting into it at the grassroots

Crazy Wheelchair Repair Stories – From Your Lips to Medicare Officials

September 13th, 2013|

It’s understandable Medicare wants to save money, but on the backs of people who use wheelchairs?

Medicare created a terrible program called “competitive bidding” that expanded to more areas in the country July 1, 2013. It is what it sounds like – Medicare picks medical equipment companies, in your area that […]

Support Greater Access to Community-Based Services for Wheechair Users

July 8th, 2013|

Long-term services and supports are essential for wheelchair users to be productive members of their communities. Without them, many individuals will be unable maintain their independence and could ultimately be forced into institutions.


Urge Congress to create broader access and flexible and more affordable long-term services and supports options. […]

From Everywhere USA to D.C. – Grassroots Efforts Are Successful

June 20th, 2013|

As a grassrooter, some days can bring frustration when reaching out to connect like-minded people with one another. Not just through social media, although an effective tool to communicate to a large audience quickly, but heart-to-heart and mind-to-mind. This affinity for each other is built by sharing our time and […]

People With Disabilities Massing On Capitol Hill

June 17th, 2013|

By Finn Bullers
Freelance Writer/Edtor

Midwest lawmakers urged to speak out, cosponsor bills.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the skies at 22,000 feet, I’m draw to big-picture thoughts of mortality, chance, consequence, accessibility, humanity — and whether Delta Airlines will re-route my lost luggage and Super Shuttle will pay us for the 4-hour and […]

Advocacy in Action: Kesha Pilot of Hot Springs, Arkansas

June 10th, 2013|

After a spinal cord injury, one of the most difficult adjustments can be striking the right balance between accepting your new reality and hoping for a cure. In the 11 months since a car accident left her paralyzed from the chest down, Hot Springs resident Kesha Pilot has found that […]

Advocacy in Action: Mike Mohr of Madison, Wisconsin

May 28th, 2013|

Wisconsin NSCIA member Mike Mohr is a shining example of what each of us can accomplish when we refuse to let our disabilities define who we are.

Mohr, 31, who helped spearhead the creation of Madison-SCI, NSCIA’s chapter in Madison, Wisconsin, was spinal cord injured in a diving accident at age […]

Member Helps Protect Access to Proper Wheelchairs in WA

May 20th, 2013|

Bob Plummer, an NSCIA member from Washington State, is the perfect example of just how easy and rewarding it is to become an advocate. Plummer, a C7 incomplete quad, had been a steadfast supporter of exercise and rehab for the 20-plus years he had been in a wheelchair, but until […]

Advocacy in Action: Hector Del Valle of Central Florida

April 29th, 2013|

Hector Del Valle, president of NSCIA’s Central Florida Chapter and participant in our upcoming Roll on Capitol Hill, demonstrates that we all have the ability to overcome adversity and create positive changes in our lives and communities.

It’s been over 30 years since Del Valle was in a drinking and driving […]

UsersFirst Advocates for ‘Good’ Wheelchairs in D.C.

April 17th, 2013|

UsersFirst and other disability advocates recently met with over 220 elected officials in Washington, D.C. letting them know that “complex” wheelchairs are necessary medical equipment for us to be able to fully participate in our lives.

The wheelchair that works best in your life is disappearing. The main reason is […]

Advocacy in Action: Kim Harrison of Douglasville, Georgia

April 15th, 2013|

Kim Harrison, an NSCIA member from Douglasville, Georgia and past participant in Roll on Capitol Hill, proves that each of us has the ability to be effective self-advocates and make a difference in our communities.

In October 2004, Harrison was on a business trip in Dallas, TX when she awoke in […]