A broken elevator. Cabs that won't pick you up. That dreaded screech of tires when a chair randomly decides to stop working. Many of the challenges portrayed on screen in my latest Easterseals Disability Film Challenge (EDFC) five-minute short, "Wheelchair Money," mirror those I've faced in my daily life as a wheelchair user.

6/4/2024 12:00:00 AM

Being a wheelchair user doesn't stop me from loving music and wanting to see my favorite bands and singers perform. I love live music! There is just something about being in that crowd of people who all share the same love and passion for the performer on stage. Concerts give me a burst of energy and good vibes throughout my soul. But finding wheelchair accessible seats at concerts can come with plenty of challenges. Let's talk about this process and learn more about how to make it easier to go to a concert in a wheelchair!

5/7/2024 12:00:00 AM

Recreational wheelchairs play a vital role in enhancing the quality of life for people with mobility challenges. However, obtaining the right wheelchair can be financially challenging. Fortunately, numerous funding options and resources exist to help people acquire these specialized chairs.

4/30/2024 12:00:00 AM

If you've ever considered being a little more adventurous but just weren't sure what options you may have as a wheelchair user, the following ideas are just for you. So buckle your seatbelt and get those wheels ready, because you are in for the time of your life!

2/28/2022 12:00:00 AM

With these all-terrain chairs, you could roll on the beach, go hiking on rugged trails, or enjoy a night in the desert. The options truly are limitless! Here are three awesome all-terrain wheelchairs to consider if you'd like to seriously upgrade your adventures.

10/5/2021 12:00:00 AM

Social media is a popular method of creating a community online, but a blog or website can also help you take your content to the next level. Creating a blog is relatively simple on the surface, but you should know these seven things before you start a blog, as each point can help you create a solid foundation for becoming a successful blogger.

7/14/2020 12:00:00 AM

The American Wheelchair Bowling Association (AWBA) was founded in 1961 by Richard Carlson and 13 other men in wheelchairs who wanted to bowl and would not take "no" for an answer. Over the last 59 years, the AWBA has grown to over 500 members around the country, competing in seven regional tournaments and one National Championship.

4/7/2020 12:00:00 AM

My name is Samuel Safford and I play drums in a band called MinaMize. We are an indie/folk trio that plays lyrical, thought-provoking music. I have been in this band for two years and I have learned so much about friendship and communication.

10/29/2019 12:00:00 AM

Dancing has many benefits, both physical and psychological. It helps individuals to keep active, controls functions such as cholesterol, channels energy & emotion, strengthens the heart, and it's also a great natural antidote against osteoporosis and stress. In other words, dancing can help us to keep fit and raise our self-esteem.

10/15/2019 12:00:00 AM

Gardeners have long known that a little sun and soil does the body good. Not only does it provide a great source of exercise, but it's also considered a great leisure activity that's relaxing and incredibly restorative. Plus, gardening is also a wonderful opportunity to make friends and engage with others in the community.

7/9/2019 12:00:00 AM

My name is Bryanna Tanase and I am a 20-year-old woman living with cerebral palsy. For those of you who don't know, cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurological condition caused by brain damage that affects motor skills, coordination, and movement. My goal in writing this is to share how I started riding horses, what my journey has been like, and the benefits I receive from riding and being around horses.

6/25/2019 12:00:00 AM

A non-profit organization, Gamers on the Edge fosters a community whose foundation is rooted in inclusion and empathy. It acts as a safe haven for gamers who enjoy the competitive nature of fighting and puzzle games. What's more, GotE donates its fundraised money to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in addition to managing a slew of TVs and video game systems for their patients.

6/4/2019 12:00:00 AM

In recent years, people with disabilities have been encouraged more than ever to lead an active life. That is not only because a more active lifestyle can improve and influence your mood and health, but also because you will feel more integrated with society.

5/14/2019 12:00:00 AM

Within the climate of modern gaming, disabled gamers are often overlooked by video game developers. Mechanics such as motion control and the inability to remap button configurations for controllers are merely two examples of what may limit gamers with disabilities, myself included. Games like Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! for the Nintendo Switch are no exception to this trend.

12/18/2018 12:00:00 AM

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.

10/30/2018 12:00:00 AM

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.

10/23/2018 12:00:00 AM

When you become pregnant, you immediately start to gather hopes and dreams for your child's future. Karina, my second-oldest daughter of five, was born two months early and from that moment on, has always shown that she does things on her time and with all eyes on her. Since the first moments home from the NICU, the only way we could get her to sleep was music. Her eyes would grow wide and you could see that every beat, rhythm, and word was being taken into her tiny little brain. Music quickly became her escape, her way to be free in her body however the music took her.

8/28/2018 12:00:00 AM

Three was an important age for me. On top of receiving my first power wheelchair, I also began playing video games. Because I am a quad-amputee, using a standard controller wasn't an option for me. So my dad bought me an arcade-style controller. With that, he had inadvertently changed my life forever.

7/10/2018 12:00:00 AM

Growing up, Bob and his family spent as much time as possible together in the water – boating, swimming, water skiing, you name it. In fact, Bob has always considered himself a "lake guy." Returning to school after a trip to the lake in his second year of college, he was injured in a car accident that left him paralyzed, but no less a "lake guy" at heart. This meant Bob and his parents had to get creative when it came to their favorite pastime.

7/5/2017 12:00:00 AM

Creating art is something I can do without anyone's help. In fact, it's one of the very few things I can do by myself. What's important to me is the ability to control at least one thing in my life because of my severe limitations. Everything I do takes immense energy and endurance. Luckily for me, I am very stubborn, and my tenacity keeps me from giving up anything I feel is important.

3/7/2017 12:00:00 AM

Personally, I've never really liked just watching from afar, so I wheeled myself into the middle of the crowd. I had heard of people who had crowd surfed in wheelchairs before, so I figured I'd give it a shot. What was the worst that could happen? I could end up in a wheelchair?

1/12/2017 12:00:00 AM

Growing up I had a wonderful childhood. Every night I indulged in watching my mom cook meals for my dad, my sisters, and me. Watching Mom is where I found my passion for cooking. This however would prove to be quite the chore from a wheelchair.

12/27/2016 12:00:00 AM