Tag Archives: wheelchairs

Wheelchair and Scooter Hack Day

The Hackability group met up at Noisebridge this weekend to work on modifying, maintaining, and otherwise hacking our scooters and wheelchairs. This first meetup was just 4 of us, Ian, Zach, Susan, and me. Ian and I talked first about … Continue reading

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On bus lifts and complaint forms

Now that I am using a mobility scooter and can’t drive, I ride a MUNI bus about 4 times a day in San Francisco. Most of the time I get on the bus and everything’s fine. A non-trivial amount of … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Cheney’s De-Inaugural Wheelchair

When I heard that Dick Cheney had pulled a muscle and was going to be attending the inauguration in a wheelchair, I was filled with deadly fascination. How would that play out? Would the inaugural ceremonies be even remotely accessible? … Continue reading

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I am not The Wheelchair: Air travel and disability

written on the plane, the other day When I enter an airport I’m in hostile territory. Dread and courage fill me. In addition to the dehumanization everyone around me is about to experience, the stripping off of possessions and shoes … Continue reading

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For Global Voices: About wheelchairs and mobility

For everyone I met and spoke with at Global Voices Citizen Media Summit I would like to pass on some information about mobility, disability, and wheelchairs. I got a lot of questions about my wheelchair and a lot of compliments … Continue reading

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DIY: Access Hacks project

For the second year in a row, I thought of the wheelchair modification and disability access projects that could and should be at Maker Faire. I’d like to make that happen next year. At Maker Faire this year, I talked … Continue reading

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My evil mastermind futuristic wheelchair golfcart thing

Okay, I totally want this, so I can zoom around wearing a sort of Servalan dress, like this, in it: Something more in black, with a ridiculous collar that looks like bat wings and that stands up about 2 feet … Continue reading

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If babies were all considered disabled

This morning I woke up thinking, “What if babies were treated as the disabled are treated?” What if infancy was medicalized the way that old age is medicalized? Pregnancy would be an embarrassing, extended disaster. It would mean a person … Continue reading

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Top Ten Useful Mobility Gadgets

Here’s my top picks for useful hacks for cripples. Think about getting some of these for older people who might need help but don’t want to be seen as disabled. Seriously, once they try a bathtub rail they’ll never go … Continue reading

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Talking with the city about ramps

After I sent a bit of an email blast to everyone in the city government I could think of who might be able to help, I got a super nice response. A city technician, Charlie, called me and left voicemail; … Continue reading

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