Here’s our first foray into advocacy for airline improvements! From Kenny Salvini’s recent story that went viral to the flying horror stories that have been reoccurring for decades, we’re sharing five stories from real SPINALpedia fans that exemplify exactly why change needs to happen. Read more

Next up in SPINALpedia’s Summer Adaptive Sport Series – adaptive kayaking! A great sport for both quadriplegics and paraplegics, this paddle sport has been around awhile and for good reason. With the basic adapted equipment that’s required, almost anyone can kayak! See exactly how you can partake in this fun water sport here.

Check out our SCI Spotlight person for the month of June – Kiesha Mastrodimos! A 21 year old from Alberta, Canada, she’s pushing ahead with her new life by helping others just like her with her how-to videos. Armed with a cell phone and a Mom who loves to record, Kiesha has made hundreds of videos showing how she does it all. Thank you Kiesha for helping the SCI community! Read more

A lifelong action sports film director who worked for Red Bull, Riley Poor had to re-tool his career after becoming a quad. Now an executive producer at Nike, he’s someone you won’t forget. Also a relationship blogger with his gf Andrea (Poor House Love) and a new fan of adaptive gardening, read about Riley’s life (and see his awesome universal accessible home) in the city of Portland here

Slingshot Golf is an adapted sport for folks of ALL SCI levels. An able-bodied assistant, and specialized slingshot and pendulum are required. See how it’s played as demoed by Josh Basile, a lifelong golf junkie and C4-5 quadriplegic who created this sport. Click to watch

Meet our newest SCI Superstar US Paralympic swimmer Mallory Weggemann! A lifelong swimmer, she fought back from an epidural injection that paralyzed her and in a year returned to the sport she loves as a T10 para. She won gold in London in 2012, breaking the women’s record in the 50m. Can she do it again in Rio? Read all about her journey, from injuring her arm in 2014 in a crazy fall to her wedding planned for this December, here

Meet SPINALpedia’s newest SCI Superstar Gordon Reid! At only 24 years old, he won the first ever men’s singles match held at Wimbledon earlier this month. Scottish-bred and born, this 24 year old is on-fire in the wheelchair tennis world. Read more

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I have been on the internet for forever and these famous dance scene recreations from film by People Dancing, a community dance project in the UK (that was completed in 2014) are crazy good, and I’m only discovering it now! The dance scenes are beautiful, polished, humorous; really perfectly done. The exhibit is called 11 Million Reasons and it took an entire year to complete. The world needs to see this! Please share what they’re doing.

View the entire series of 20 images by Sean Goldthorpe here

Sailing calls out to many people, and it definitely called to Harry Horgan, founder of one of the most established sailing nonprofits in the country. What started as an adapted sailing program 30 years is now helping both people with disabilities and underprivileged children experience the beauty of the open water. Shake-A-Leg Miami has undoubtedly changed thousands of lives.

Also a husband, brother, as well as a father to a teenage boy who loves sailing just as much as he does, Harry is a seasoned paraplegic who is many faceted, but his compass will always remain pointed towards sailing. His upbringing on the East Coast near the water had a strong influence on him, making sailing one of his top passions. Read more

One look at Peter Soby, a 47 year old C5-6 quad, and you can just tell he is someone special. Forget the wheelchair; you feel it the moment you look at him. A writer, producer, director, entrepreneur and motivational speaker rolled into one, he has done it all since graduating from college with his degree in speech communications.

And he hasn’t let his spinal cord injury prevent him from tackling this very image-conscious world. His whirlwind story may include a spinal cord injury but he’s followed his creative drive. For a taste of this life adventurer living in sunny California, read on for the unforgettable story of Peter Soby. Read more

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