Frank Gardner, paralyzed in a terrorist attack while reporting for the BBC in ’04, treks to the mountains of Rwanda to finally see a silver back Gorilla in it’s native environment. Read this entry
Up in the air again
Wheelchair skydiving (watch the world’s first paralyzed woman with her solo license), wheelchair paragliding while still IN your chair, and accessible hot air balloons with lifts oh my! Watch these videos
SCI Superstar: Aaron Fotheringham
“Just when you thought sitting was safe” is Aaron Fotheringham’s awesome tagline. Touring with the Nitro Circus (an extreme sports tour), speaking and doing demos at events and at school, such is the life of your-not-so-average 20 year old from Las Vegas, the very brave soul behind the world’s first wheelchair back flip.
Aaron was born with Spina Bifida, but could never just sit. Wasn’t his thing. After being adopted into a close-knit family as a baby (they adopted 7 kids in total), they’re the reason he’s the extreme adapted athlete he is today.
One of his brothers was into skating, and Aaron would always come along and watch…
After watching everyone have all the fun, at 8 years old Aaron decided it was time to stop watching and he gave a quarter-pipe a taste of his wheels. Sure he fell, but the rest is history. Read this entry
SCI Superstar: Ricky James
One word has been driving Ricky James since he broke his back – perseverance (and he has the entire thing tattooed up his left leg in huge cursive font).
If you know motocross, you probably know who Ricky James is (and maybe knew about him before injury).
He was a rising 15 year old star in the motocross world who started racing at the age of 2 (they called him a “prodigy on two wheels”). He was even home-schooled so he could keep up with his crazy schedule.
Motocross is in Ricky’s blood and always will be. That is why after his accident (he hit a dirt embankment racing Amateurs Nationals in Lake Whitney, Texas), he was the last guy to ever think of wiping his hands clean of the sport he grew up sleeping and breathing.
Are you kidding? “Motocrossers are a different breed,” says Ricky. Read this entry
Wheelchair-users: What do you do when someone uses your chair as a footrest?
A disgruntled woman wrote me the other day about one of the biggest pet peeves I think most people have when living the wheelchair life.
People who have no qualms about using our wheelchairs as an end to a means for something they need to get accomplished. Have no idea what I’m talking about? Let me explain.
The woman who wrote me told me that last week, while waiting for the elevator with a coworker, this coworker suddenly propped his foot up on her wheelchair and tied his shoe.
I don’t know about you, but if you use a wheelchair, this is about equal to someone putting their foot on your thigh. Highly offensive barely covers it. Read this entry
Meet the bungee wheelchair girl
Christi “Lynx” Rougoor, an extreme sports fanatic & paraplegic from British Columbia, is the woman with the balls to pull off such a stunt. Read this post
9/21/11: Let wheelchairs in drive-thrus?
Too dangerous or no big deal? The wheelchairs vs. drive-thru debate heats up. Read more
7/31/11: OMG! Air conditioned clothes?
Quads and paras unable to sweat have a new summertime savior thanks to a Japanese invention called Kuchofuko, meaning “air conditioned clothing.” Are you willing to look like a Puffer fish to stay cool? Read this blog
7/24/11: Why does the news love paralyzed brides?
As a wheelchair-user myself, I love it when women in wheelchairs get married. But is it really THAT big of a deal if they do? Why the abundant recent news coverage over the “paralyzed bachelorette?” Is it a masked pity fest? Read my blog
7/15/11: Gaga debuts wheelchair mermaid alter ego
Gaga’s latest persona, Yuyi the Mermaid, a wheelchair-using siren with a black tail and donned in a black funeral shroud, is amazing if you ask me, but its pissing some people off too. Read this blog