Access: Morgan’s Wonderland

October 9th, 2013|

By Frances J. Folsom
There’s no need to worry about accessibility if you take your kids to Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio. Every ride is fully wheelchair accessible.
Morgan Hartman loves her family, music, her dog and cat and butterflies. Morgan was born with severe cognitive delays. Despite the challenges that she […]

New York By Scooter: Brooklyn Member Exposes Public Transportation Woes

February 7th, 2013|

Jason DaSilva has been dealing with the progression of MS for the last nine years. While it has slowed him down physically, it has spurred him creatively. DaSilva, 34, is an accomplished filmmaker whose latest film just debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. Entitled When I Walk, the movie is […]

Members On Their Rides

February 7th, 2013|

“The fact that you can’t tell that it’s converted makes a big difference. I always had in the back of my mind that when I drove a minivan people knew I was a disabled driver, and if I was going anywhere, maybe to a place that was sketchy, someone who […]

The Handivan & Beyond

February 7th, 2013|

By C. John Stanchina
I was injured just 11 days after my 30th birthday. The EMTs didn’t even have the backboard behind me before my I knew my fate: Paralysis was going to be a huge part of my future. As such, among the thoughts that went through my head was, […]

Access: Condo Conundrum

December 11th, 2012|

The driveway and the patio door remain points of contention in the author’s quest for access to her condo.I’ve lived most of my life in New York City, including the last 33 years as a quadriplegic. Access has always been a challenge, but over the past three years I’ve been […]

Access: Colleges

October 16th, 2012|

Going to college is intimidating. Going to college with a spinal cord injury? It can be overwhelming. On top of heavy reading loads, living away from home and managing your own time, having a spinal cord injury means you may also have to manage attendants, your health and a new […]

Self-Serve Advocacy: Fighting to Improve Gas Station Access

July 30th, 2012|

What’s more American than our love affair with driving? Roll the windows down, jack up the volume of a favorite song, hit the back roads and hit the gas … it’s all good.
There are entire industries devoted to getting wheelchair-using drivers behind the wheel. We’ve got hand controls, lockdowns for […]

Access: Backyards

June 18th, 2012|

The backyard is the quintessential summer hangout. Whether you’re partying, grilling, gardening, playing or simply soaking up the sun — the backyard is the place to be when the thermostat reads more than 70 degrees. Having a backyard you can enjoy in your wheelchair is a must. If you don’t take advantage of the summer sun while it’s there you’ll never forgive yourself when the rain and snow return and you’re bundled up in front of the fire. With that in mind, here are a few easy things you can do to maximize your backyard wheelchair experience.

Beach Wheelchairs

April 5th, 2012|

A new breed of transport is helping chair users take back the beach. The only problem is, there are so many sand-friendly wheelchairs, you might have a hard time choosing among them.
Deciding factors include your size and weight, and whether you want to push yourself or have someone push you from behind. Here’s a look at some of the most popular manufacturers.

Accessible Dream Kitchen

April 5th, 2012|

In this age of reality television, there are entire shows devoted to renovating the kitchen. For many people, the kitchen is both the most important and the most challenging part of renovation. Adding the need for wheelchair access elevates the difficulty of the project to another level. But with the right combination of vision and savvy architecture, the dream of an accessible kitchen can become a reality.