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MEET FOUR EMPLOYEES THAT EMBODY HONOR, EXCELLENCE, ACCOUNTABILITY, RESPECT, TEAMWORK AND SERVICE. ETHAN KRUEGER REHAB EQUIPMENT SPECIALISTBURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA Ethan Krueger loves the excitement of adaptivedownhill mountain bike racing. The competition, thecamaraderie of riders, the joy of taking on tough trailsat high speeds—he loves it all. Krueger, who sustained a spinal cord injury on…

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BUDGET FRIENDLY IDEAS FOR CREATING ACCESSIBLE HOMES Inaccessibility tends to show itself in the details, and they’re often hardest to spot at home. Since it’s a place that’s filled with the flurry of daily tasks and the comfort of treasured memories, it can be hard to notice when these spaces aren’t exactly welcoming to a…

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The new normal. We’ve all heard that phrase over and over again during thepandemic, but for me, my new normalbegan in 2018. For more than 25 years I helped peopleand served my community as a lawenforcement officer in PembrokePines, Florida. My wife, Tania, and Ihave been married for 21 years, andwe are the parents of…

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I love visiting our U.S. National Parks, even if it’s just a day trip. Fall is a lovely time to visit parks as temperatures are nearly perfect. Sometimes, temperatures can be surprisingly warm during the day, but usually drop significantly at nightfall, signaling the coming of winter. If you’re planning a fall hike, here are…

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I’m convinced that when each of us can lead our best lives, it’s better for all of us. I’ve always been an active person. Before my accident, I was always in the water—water skiing, swimming, kayaking. In 2015, I was training in Wisconsin for a national barefoot water skiing competition when I fell and injuredmy…

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Part of living an active life is finding time to enjoy and explore the world around you. Recently, travel blogger and college student Rosie Dunn got the chance to visit Washington State in her manual wheelchair and experience all the natural wonders and unique charm the Pacific Northwest has to offer. If you’re planning a…

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FOR WESLEY HAMILTON, THERE’S JOY IN EMPOWERING OTHERS. “We want to help people create their own perspective on life so they can live the life they want to live,” says Hamilton, the founder of Disabled But Not Really (DBNR). “We help them do that through a focus on nutrition, fitness and mental health.” DBNR is…

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GET TO KNOW FOUR ORGANIZATIONS THAT HELP PEOPLE OF ALL ABILITIES ENJOY THE OUTDOORS Everyone looks for enjoyment in life. Whether you’re born with a disability or acquired one, finding opportunities to be physically active, have fun, or connect with others can sometimes seem like a challenge. We recently caught up with a few organizations…

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PERSONAL STORIES THAT INFORM, INSPIRE AND EMPOWER CREATING CHANGE At 16 years old, Alex Johnson is already working to make the world more accessible. The key, he says, is opening people’s eyes to what it’s really like to use a wheelchair, from navigating heavy doors and steep ramps to reaching the top shelf in the…

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CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS OF THE NSM THOUGHT LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE Change doesn’t just happen. While one voice can start a movement, it often takes the intentional focus of a team to ensureideas become realities. That’s been the focus of the National Seating & Mobility (NSM) ThoughtLeadership Committee since its inception five years ago. What It Is…

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