In episode #76 of No Free Rides, Tiffiny is joined by Erik Kondo, a paraplegic and self-defense and online safety expert. They discuss how to stay safe in the physical world, as well as protecting yourself online, namely from wheelchair fetishists.

Erik has been a paraplegic for over 25 years, making him more than qualified to dispense advice on this sensitive subject. He is the founder of, a non-profit dedicated to teaching the five D’s of self-defense – Decide, Deter, Disrupt, Disengage and Debrief. Erik is a fountain of information and his advice is a must for anyone new to being disabled.

They also discuss how to spot wheelchair predators online, as well as those pretending to be a wheelchair-user (“pretenders”), which is another tactic that is used to pry personal information from unaware individuals.

Check out Erik’s self-defense site,, for more information on staying safe no matter the situation.

Use the player below to hear the show (52 minute run time). No Free Rides is sponsored by

Written by Tiff

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  1. August 18, 2012 at 2:07 am Reply

    Good post. I just stumbled upon your topic and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your posts.

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