How the SCRS-IL Can Help You Live Independently

Editor’s Note: When triple degree holder Jose Gonzalez returned home after living abroad, he was struggling to find a job and wondering what to do next with his life. After applying for services with the California Department of Rehabilitation, a state run employment and independent living agency for people with disabilities, he was placed at […]

The Extraordinary Life of Triple Amputee Monica Vickers

Editor’s Note: Monica Vickers was born in 1954 missing both legs and an arm. Her ability to type faster and more accurately with one hand than most two-handed people led her to a successful career as a medical transcriptionist. Not feeling safe on prosthetics, she gave them up as a young adult and became a […]

Comfort Conversations: Finding Encouragement Through Peer Support Groups

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion series led by our Ambassadors who share their thoughts on issues affecting wheelchair users worldwide. Today’s topic is on finding encouragement through peer support groups, written by Comfort Ambassador and the face of the Woody Foundation, James “Woody” Beckham. The phrase "peer support group" evokes […]

Go Further Together with GRIT: Stories of Community Support

Our friends at GRIT, the makers of the revolutionary Freedom Chair, believe that we all go further when we go together. Call it collaboration or teamwork or cooperation; at the end of the day, we can accomplish so much more if we work together. And just as we would work together on the trail to […]

5 Tips to Tackle Wheelchair Hiking

Going for a hike may seem daunting, but for wheelchair riders, the numerous physical and mental benefits of hiking are a powerful motivator.  Staying active and exercising regularly are key components to maintaining physical health, but hiking goes beyond the simple benefits of exercise. There is abundant scientific proof that outdoor hiking and increased time […]

College Funding Programs for Students with a Disability

  Without a doubt, college funding is a big investment. Whether your child has a disability or not, it is costly for all families. According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2014–2015 school year was $31,231 at private colleges, $9,139 for state residents at public colleges, and $22,958 for out-of-state residents attending public […]

College Life on Wheels: Are You Ready?

College is an important step in every student’s life. It's a big change. A change of place; a change of faces; and a change of the routine. It is the official beginning of adulthood; the first time moving away from home and away from family and friends. It's the first time we make decisions on […]

Get Out, Enjoy Life Photo Contest: 10 Honorable Mentions

With so many great photos to choose from, selecting the winners for our annual Get Out Enjoy Life Photo Contest with SPORTS 'N SPOKES magazine is always a difficult decision. In 2014, Regina Cake won first place in the Get Out Enjoy Life Photo Contest with her taking the roads by storm in her adaptive, hot pink […]

Go Off-Roading with FreeWheel

Patrick Dougherty suffered a severe motocross accident seven years ago and as a result is now a C6/7 incomplete quad. Did Dougherty let this slow him down? Nope! He is the owner/inventor of a radical new product called FreeWheel. FreeWheel is an attachment for mobile wheelchairs that turns them into a off-road adventure vehicle! The […]

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