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WHEELERS ARE
BUILDING COMMUNITY
. . . with internet sites
and other creative projects
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Marilyn Hamilton
,  co-founder of the Quickie wheelchair manufacturing empire that forever changed the shape of mobility, started Winners on Wheels,

an adventure and learning organization for kids who use wheelchairs.  She's truly a winner on wheels herself!

 


Need a therapeutic laugh?


by John and Claire Lytle is
an online antidote to the grumpy
in any of us.


is one of several humor sites on the web by and for physically challenged readers. Author and quadriplegic John Callahan is a well-published author who's been featured on '60 Minutes' and in a film starring Robin Williams. Here's a sample of his often-irreverant style:
 

Click the yellow banner above and enjoy John's work!


...and now Callahan has a kids' TV show, PELSWICK, featuring a 13-year-old cartoon character who's in a wheelchair -- and into lots of adventures as he 'mainstreams' himself.  Tuesday nights at 8 on the Nickelodeon cable channel.


Gary Schooley
of Maui, Hawaii, publishes Paralinks, a gateway to information and inspiration on hundreds of wheelchair users who, like Gary, contribute signficantly to a better life for people with and without disabilities.

Mark Pinney, below, publishes SpineWire, an issues-oriented website edited by Sam Maddox,  disability-related  journalist.  It's part of Mark's larger disability web service, Can Do.


Greg Smith of Phoenix, Arizona, produces On A Rolla nationally syndicated radio show and companion website for and by persons with disabilities.


Scott Chesney, below, of Verona, New Jersey, former  fundraiser for the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, has made several round-the-world tours to  focus attention on fighting what he calls widespread emotional paralysis.

Click these net assets:

  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham offers the Spinal Cord Injury Information Network, a comprehensive website dealing with a full range of mobility and rehabilitation concerns.

  • Advocacy, a disability discussion group, has been going for five years now. If you'd like to join, email founder and co-moderator Carol Banks at cbanks@charter.net.

  • British Broadcasting Corporation produces an extensive web-based Disability Zone, drawn from broadcasts on BBC Radio.
  • University of Pittsburgh's Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center maintains an interesting website called  WheelchairNet.
  • If you read French, take a look at Le Petit Handinaute, a monthly wheelchair e-zine by editor Laurent Lejard and designer Philippe Gimet.
  • Larry Kubicz of Denver, Colorado, is the compiler of WheelerWorks, which offers links to dozens of good resources.

Please email the webmaster if you have other sites for us to highlight on this page.

 


QUADS SHARE THEIR STORIES ONLINE:


Here are three sites that give the so-called 'ablebodied' world a better insight into the complex experience of disability and an appreciation for the remarkable resilience of the human spirit.



Michael J. Kanouff
's candid website,
From the Edge, tells the compelling first-person story of his pilgrimage as a conquering quadraplegic.




. . . and in
Spinalcordcam.com,
Buz a.k.a. 'Mongo Filongly'
of
Vancouver (above, left) turns a
24-hour live web camera
on his difficult but surprisingly active life as a quad.

Ron Heagy of Oregon (above) is author of Life is an Attitude, a book about his 18-year pilgrimage as a quad.  His website has a gallery of his paintings as a skilled "mouth artist" and info on the barrier-free camp for families that he and his wife are developing

 

KeyBored.net, by quadriplegic Stephen Urgo of the Tampa Bay area, includes a good set of links.



is a new website which, like CanDo, offers a variety of links to disability resources.


Several print publications have websites that include material from their magazines:
  • NEW MOBILITY, the online version, offers a chat room and other web-specific features.

  • WE, a website with highlights from the print publication 'about opportunity, not charity ... replacing pity with pride.'

  • ABILITY, which features a few excerpts from its print material each month, plus a lengthy page of resource links.

  • MAINSTREAM, the online edition of the news, advocacy and lifestyle magazine for people with disabilities.

  • SPORTS 'N' SPOKES, an internet index to the print publication and its sister magazine,

  • PARAPLEGIA NEWS, both sponsored by Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Email the webmaster to recommend other links you'd like us to publish.


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