Looking with Paraplegic & Quadriplegic Eyes
The Worlds Wheelchair Culture
E-MAIL  PARALINKS 04.04 .05

Paraplegic Web Sites
See related sites: Quadriplegic Connection and the Heart of Paralinks

Crip College Christian Bagg. I grew up in Calgary, Alberta, a 20 year old with a burning desire to accomplish at least six stupid things per day. Mountain biking, scrambling, caving and snowboarding allowed me to do just that. Soon after my injury, it occurred to me that in order to accomplish the things I wanted to do (like ski, climb, golf etc...), I was going to be heavily reliant on technology and innovation... but when your ass is sat upon four wheels and a seat, in my opinion the only way to what you want in life is to A) learn to use those four wheels like Tony Hawk rides a skateboard and B) think of how you can make those four wheels and a seat better. 

I've learned a ton from the other wheelies around me. If you pay attention to what's being accomplished in the disabled community (from amps to quads to the blind), there is no shortage of amazing things being accomplished daily. These amazing things are accessible to all of us. That is one of the major reasons for this site, to share the stories so we can all learn and inspire each other. 

Consequential Ideas web site by Sam Challenger.  

The Healthy Gimp Hi, my name is Rex.  I am an 44 years old.  An automobile accident left me a paraplegic at the age of 18.   I was the only survivor. Today I am healthy, happy and productive.  This is in large part due to the pro-active approach I have taken to my health.  For the last 25+ years I have researched and studied to maximize my health and physical performance to keep up with my more able bodied peers.  I have an intuitive approach to health and realize that you must be responsible.  Because, if you are not, who will be. 

ULTRIKERS Sean Scott. I urge everyone, disabled or not to fly in a Weightshift Trike at least once in their life. Nothing makes me forget about my paralysis more than flying alone. High in the sky with no obstacles to get in my way. There's nothing like the feeling you get with the wind in your face. It's like riding a Harley in the sky. You get the feeling that a bird gets when  they're soaring on a thermal, the feeling of real freedom! Now I know why birds are always flying. Now that I know what it's like, I fly every chance I get ! Every day when I get up, I look at the  weather to see if its a nice day to fly.--Sean

Roger "Brown Eagle" Brown, of Ft. McCoy, Florida. A T-4 Paraplegic due to a motorcycle accident in 1985. Roger started lifting weights and training for wheelchair bodybuilding in July of 1997. "I still have a way to go to reach my goal of becoming a National Wheelchair Champion, but, that is what goals are for, something to strive for." 

Gary Karp of San Rafael, California, has written a "general guidebook to the experience of using a wheelchair as an active, independent adult. It demystifies the lives of people with mobility disabilities, explains how we adapt, and how present-day culture is out of sync with the truth of the disability experience." You can read about Gary and order his books at Life on Wheels

Alan Toy:  Actor on Wheels Alan, the Project Director at the UCLA Advanced Policy Institute, is a community organizer, a dedicated civil rights activist and an accomplished actor in motion pictures and television. He is an elected and appointed member of several boards and commissions. He has been a consultant on many disability-related projects and is a popular keynote speaker and panelist.

Mitch Longley:  Actor "I wanted to be an actor since I was a child, and my injury didn't change that." Like Dr. Matthew Harmon (the character he plays on ABC's daytime drama, Port Charles), Mitch Longley suffered an accident at the age of 18 that left him without the use of his legs. "My disability is a huge thing to some people, but to me it's just a personal characteristic like hair color," he says. "I'm hoping that in a few years, it won't even be an issue for me as an actor because it will be so commonplace."

Roundfeet.com James Willis is putting together a home spun Paraplegic support page. Check it out, looks like he is updating several times a week. "I got round feet. Not literally but if you think about it for a second you'll see what I mean. I'm a T-9 Paraplegic. What that means is I'm paralyzed starting just above my belly-button, and all the way to my toes."

John Hockenberry Un-official Website of the news correspondent. You will have to go through all the tripod Pop Up ads to get to the site itself. "In the lobby of the NBC building where I work people ask me  for my autograph, but two blocks away at Times Square people give me change, thinking that I'm a beggar in a   wheelchair."

Chris Sheridan Filmmaker and Sit Down Comedian. "I choose not to base my happiness on hoping to someday walk normally again. I choose to be happy now. Sure there are many things I cannot do anymore, but there are so many more that I still can do.

Vic Cullen Vic Cullen a T-12, L-1 Paraplegic. About four years ago I was introduced to golf, at first I tried playing from a golf cart but found that difficult and on most courses they wouldn't allow me to bring the cart on the greens...according to the Americans With Disabilities Act...by law I can play any public course I want...I started using a single rider golf cart which allows me...to drive it on the greens with no damage to the green...Thanks to this cart, I can finally play a enjoyable game of golf and most importantly this cart is safe to operate.

Another golfer, Dennis Walters, became a paraplegic in 1974 when driving an old three-wheel golf cart down a steep hill on the 16th green where it crashed when the brakes failed. Thrown from the cart, his vertebra was dislocated, damaging his spinal column. For the full story see the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Whirlwind Network: Ralf Hotchkiss inspires surprising thoughts about the relative merits of wheels and legs. One thing is clear: Everyone must have one or another. Yet 25 million people around the world cannot use their legs, and have no access to wheels. Twenty-four years ago Hotchkiss built his own wheelchair in his Berkley workshop; today his chairs are being used in remote countries.

Paraquotes

"Life is a series of messes that get cleaned up. If you're making more of it than that -- there are good messes, moral messes, rich messes and poor messes -- you're making things complicated. You go through life, stuff happens, you've got to clean it up, you go on to the next thing." -- John Hockenberry

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