October 2018

Power Wheelchair Cosplay

Power Wheelchair Cosplay

As someone entrenched in nerd culture, I've always been interested in learning more about the topic of cosplay (costume play). As a wheelchair user myself, I wanted to know more about the practicality of cosplay design for cosplayers with disabilities. So when I had the opportunity to do some research and write a blog about it, I knew it was going to be an interesting experience.

Posted on 10/30/2018 | 0 comments


Cosplay with a Wheelchair: Unique Opportunities

Cosplay with a Wheelchair: Unique Opportunities

For many of us, it's October that is actually the "most wonderful time of the year." This month is the only time when it's socially acceptable to dress up like our beloved characters from our favorite TV shows, comics, cartoons, movies, video games, and even anime. However, if you enjoy creating and wearing costumes, you don't have to wait until Halloween. The cosplay (costume play) community prides itself on its craftsmanship and has a collective presence at various conventions and video game tournaments.

Posted on 10/23/2018 | 0 comments


The Monster Smile

The Monster Smile

I was conspicuously out of my natural element. I was a professional NHRA drag racer by trade. Earned a living by going very, very quickly in a straight line. Now, 28 years after a 250 mph crash cost me an arm and the ability to walk, I shockingly found myself suited up and driving a NASCAR stock car, of all things.

Posted on 10/16/2018 | 0 comments


A Football Dream Transformed

A Football Dream Transformed

Football has always been a love of mine. Since before I could walk I was mesmerized by the game. As a young child I dreamed about being an NFL player as I would play pickup games with friends and family. At the age of 12 my dream went out the window when I was diagnosed with Friedreich's Ataxia (FA), a rare neuromuscular disease. The disease is progressive, so not only did I lose my ability to walk over time, I also began to have trouble with my speech and other fine motor skill functions.

Posted on 10/9/2018 | 0 comments


Walk 930 Feet in My Shoes

Walk 930 Feet in My Shoes

I was in a car accident in 2005, which, along with many other injuries, broke three vertebrae and damaged my spinal cord. I had an incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI) at T-11. I've been walking short distances over the years, but have had many setbacks due to various things, mostly related to the trauma I experienced in 2005. It's always been one step forward, two steps back. I felt like my progress in terms of movement had reached a plateau.

Posted on 10/2/2018 | 0 comments


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10/1/2018 | Maur
I have phased out crutches & now a broken FIT ME JUST RIGHT quickie char. I cannot find the seat ...

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