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Life in Action Editor’s Note: Looking Ahead

Ian Ruder, Editor, Life in Action

On the cover of our third issue, back in 2011, we featured a man using an exoskeleton to walk following a spinal cord injury. Inside we told you that as sci-fi as it may have seemed, the technology was coming and held huge potential for the SCI community. Now, just two years … [Read more...]

Friends and SCI/D: An Adjustment for All


By Erica Jacques with Alex Ghenis During my six years as an occupational therapist in a rehab hospital, I witnessed more life-changing events than most people do in a lifetime. When it came to addressing the needs of people who were recovering after a spinal cord injury, I … [Read more...]

Access: Morgan’s Wonderland


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 … [Read more...]

Travel: Sweden: Beauty, Equality and Clean Eats


By Deborah Davis The author had no trouble finding stunning scenic views wherever she rolled in Stockholm. As the co-owner of inclusive stock photo and travel websites, and with free travel provided through my husband’s work, I have been fortunate to experience many of the … [Read more...]

Life in Action Editor’s Note: The Power of Friendship

Ian Ruder, Editor, Life in Action

Looking back on all the hours of physical and occupational therapy I went through after being paralyzed and all the other rehab-related things I did to get back to living my life, I can’t think of any single thing that had more of a beneficial impact on me than the constant … [Read more...]

Life in Action Editor’s Note: Transformations

Ian Ruder, Editor, Life in Action

Aside from impacting future legislation and getting a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how our government really works, one of the most rewarding parts of this year’s Roll on Capitol Hill was seeing so many new advocates transformed from nervous newbies to confident, committed and … [Read more...]

Meeting the Challenge


Iowa attendees Angie Plager (left) and Jen Wolff brought their positive energy to the awards reception, following a long day of lobbying as part of this year’s Roll on Capitol Hill. More advocates, more congressional visits and more excitement made the 2nd Annual Roll on Capitol … [Read more...]

The ADA: Where Are We?


James Weisman (right), Judy Heumann and John Wodatch all played key roles in shaping the ADA and enjoyed a chance to catch up at this year’s Roll on Capitol Hill. James Weisman, United Spinal’s general counsel, has been fighting for disability rights since long before the … [Read more...]

Access: Sit Ski Solutions


Candace Cable is a nine-time Paralympian who has won 12 medals. Here she shows off her form while downhill skiing on a mono-ski. Following the accident that resulted in my SCI, I remember looking out the hospital window at the forest and thinking I would never again be able to … [Read more...]

Wilderness Inquiry: Unforgettable Dog Sledding


About two years ago, I took a dog sled trip in Northern Minnesota near the Canadian border with an organization called Wilderness Inquiry. Based out of Minneapolis, Minn., Wilderness Inquiry is an organization that enables people with and without disabilities the experience of … [Read more...]