Recent Blog Posts

Rosemarie, Ryan Eder & The Access Strength
Exercise is a top priority for me and my husband, Mark Leder. We have been regular members of the YMCA in Gahanna, Ohio since it opened in 2004. In the cold months, I am there about twice a week and less frequently in the warm months. I was involved with their adaptive fitness program in 2005 and had fitness instructors that helped me to learn how to use the ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Jan 4, 2019 2:40 PM EST
Temperature
There’s a lot to be desired when it comes to accessible housing. According to The Atlantic, only 40% of homes are accessible, meaning it can be a tiring experience for wheelchair users to find somewhere appropriate. The good news is that this trend is set to reverse and make heating the home an easier prospect than ever before. Through the past few years, ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Dec 6, 2018 4:29 PM EST
Rosemarie Rossetti
We at mobileWOMEN.org, were thrilled to have the opportunity to catch up with the dynamic Rosemarie Rossetti, after delivering her powerful TEDx presentation. We learned about her journey and tips for those considering such a challenging endeavor. mW: Could you tell us a little about your background? On June 13, 1998, my husband Mark Leder and I went ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Nov 28, 2018 4:39 PM EST
Smart Home
It wasn’t long ago that the mere thought of a ‘smart home’ conjured up images, reminiscent of a science fiction novel. Today, smart technology has infiltrated our homes in countless ways, making them more accessible and safer, especially for approximately 20% of American women who are living with a disability. It is important for women in wheelchairs ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Nov 28, 2018 4:17 PM EST
Janira Obregon
Soon after I was born, my mom knew that there was something wrong because, unlike most babies, I was not moving my arms or legs. After speaking to different doctors, I was finally diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and Spastic Quadriplegia , a disability that affects my four limbs, due to a brain injury at birth.  There have been times in my life where things got ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Nov 8, 2018 11:04 AM EST
Roll Under Kitchen Sink
There are around two million new wheelchair users every year in the United States and that means that many homes are having to be redesigned to ease access and comfort. Of the rooms that make up a home, one that is particularly important to renovate is the kitchen, because consuming a sound diet is key for improving outcomes for many conditions and home ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Oct 29, 2018 11:06 AM EDT
Politically Correct
Recently, my husband and I were sitting outside and having a random conversation. I don’t remember the exact context but he caught me off guard when he asked me “What is the correct term to refer to someone with a disability?”. Keep in mind that we’ve been together almost 15 years and I have been paralyzed for over 34 years. Also, his daughter has Muscular ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Oct 10, 2018 11:10 AM EDT
Erin Thomas, Researcher
Body image is a hot topic in the media. For example, we often hear about body image in stories about teen social media use and the “war on obesity.” What we don’t often hear about are body image concerns among people with disabilities, or their inclusion in body image movements. People with disabilities often have differences in appearance and body ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Sep 25, 2018 3:39 PM EDT
Travel for All Logo
As mentioned in a previous article, mobileWOMEN.org is thrilled about an exciting new partnership with Travel for All , a travel agency specializing in accessible travel. These mobileWOMEN understand firsthand, the challenges of traveling with a disability and have the knowledge, experience and passion to create a memorable vacation, custom ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Sep 25, 2018 3:07 PM EDT
Types of Protein
Please note: This article was written for those with spinal cord injuries but applies to all those in need of protein for muscle growth and wound healing .  Let’s face it…. a discussion on protein is not on everyone’s top of their list but it’s a subject which should be at the forefront of our food choices. PROTEIN is a topic for us with spinal cord injury. ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Sep 4, 2018 4:23 PM EDT
mobileWOMEN's Cheryl Price using the Vitaglide
Everyone needs exercise, but it's especially important that wheelchair-mobile women get a regular workout because it helps maintain good spinal posture and muscle tone. New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that only 57% of American adults with limited mobility exercise regularly, while those who do ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Aug 15, 2018 4:08 PM EDT
Travel for All Logo
Fortunately, many countries are seeking ways to create diversity and inclusion for travelers with ‘Specific Requirements’ and providing many accessible options. It’s important to remember though, the world is not 100% accessible; however, if you are okay with a few bumps in the road, anything is possible! mobileWOMEN.org is thrilled to announce ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Aug 15, 2018 3:42 PM EDT
Lindsey
Lindsey Becker is an Entertainment Journalist currently living in Tennessee. Lindsey is a wheelchair user who was born with Spina Bifida . Growing up, she was on the first ever "wheelcheerleading" and dance team and through her involvement in the Spina Bifida community and being a participant of the ABLE Youth program, she had opportunities to travel ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Jul 24, 2018 2:48 PM EDT
Bicep curls in a Wheelchair
Ahhh…nothing like beautiful summer days. Gathering with friends and family for picnics, barbeques and road trips to favorite vacation spots, become the priority and next thing we know, our schedule is jam-packed until September. Unfortunately, sometimes our fitness regimen gets put aside when actually, it’s an ideal time to get moving and enjoy ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Jul 6, 2018 11:37 AM EDT
Fusion cast with Rashmi Becker (3rd from left) Photo: Stephen Wright Photography
Fusion , the UK's first inclusive Latin and ballroom dance showcase with disabled and non-disabled artists, has been making headlines and leaving audiences demanding more. Presented by pioneering UK dance company Step Change Studios (covered in one of our previous articles ), Fusion premiered at the internationally renowned home for dance in ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Jun 27, 2018 12:51 PM EDT
Hospital Bracelet
In a previous article , we covered some preparations and what to expect when going to the hospital for surgery. Staying in the hospital can be an uncomfortable affair, but more importantly, it can be dangerous. Going to the hospital for any length of time, exposes you to a variety of diseases that your immune system may not be up to handling. Medical ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Jun 21, 2018 11:13 AM EDT
Suicide
Christine Mason Miller said, “At any given moment you have the power to say: This is not how the story will end.” A recurring theme for the last two years has been high-profile suicides in conjunction with a dramatic spike in the national average of suicide and suicide attempts. Given the gravity and level of surprise at last week’s two celebrity losses, ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Jun 13, 2018 11:03 AM EDT
Tabassum Chagani
I am the youngest of three siblings, and grew up in a large, multi-generational house in Karachi, Pakistan. I immigrated to Canada in 1994 and have lived in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia since then. My dad had a very entrepreneurial spirit. In Canada, we think nothing of popping into a Loblaw’s or Safeway for groceries, but a large western-style ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN May 30, 2018 11:06 AM EDT
Travel Article
Now that spring is finally here and summer vacations soon will be upon us, the nurses at "The Rollin’ RNs" were talking about the response of our spinal cord injured bodies, in environments outside of our own safe havens. It’s a funny thing, we all expect our bodies will “mind their P’s and Q’s”, when actually they go into an odd state following time spent ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN May 17, 2018 12:51 PM EDT
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Domestic Abuse: The Facts and Figures Domestic abuse is a serious problem we don’t talk about often enough. Abuse can take various forms. It can be physical, emotional, or financial. The common thread through each of them, is how the abuser uses their power to hold the abused hostage, in their own homes. While survivors span through all gender ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN May 17, 2018 12:43 PM EDT