A Wheel in Two Worlds – an article by Ben Mattlin

By Ben Mattlin My hands were in a cold sweat as I entered my wife’s third-grade classroom at a small private school in the San Fernando Valley.

May 24, 2017
BLOG – Breaking the Bad News

Nobody likes to deliver bad news, including doctors. When the diagnosis is paralysis, there has been a long history of keeping patients in the dark.

Feb 14, 2017
BLOG – 5 Things I Wish I Had Known

It begins with an accident, an injury, and someone to blame. I fell asleep at the wheel, causing my youngest child's C6-7 spinal cord injury.

May 25, 2016
Parents on Call – a reprint in honor of Father’s Day

A thoughtful, provocative and honest reflection on his father by Jeff Shannon, a veteran writer and frequent contributor to

Jun 15, 2015
FacingDisability Featured in Exceptional Parent Magazine

Parents need all the support they can find concerning children with a spinal cord injury (SCI). shows how parents cope.

Sep 8, 2014
What Gets Under Your Skin?

As you know, navigating the world in a wheelchair means you will inevitably encounter a lot of well-meaning, but annoying behaviors.

Jun 11, 2014
Sex and Dating After Spinal Cord Injury

FacingDisability is shedding a light on the “hush-hush” topic of sex after spinal cord injury.

Apr 30, 2014
Adventures In Caregiving – Part One

Caregivers – can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em. Disability rights writer, Jeff Shannon, dives into the thorny issue of caregiving

Sep 26, 2013
Finding Plan B

"Concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things you can't" -- says our blogger, Jeff Shannon.

Sep 9, 2013
Happiness is a Choice

There’s no way to avoid the blunt, honest truth: Paralysis from a spinal cord injury is a great personal tragedy. Words of wisdom from Jeff Shannon.

Aug 23, 2013
The Sympathy Smile

One way or another, wheelchairs are a fascinating perch for observers of human nature -- insightful wheelchair psychology from our Jeff Shannon.

Aug 5, 2013
For My Mother

A poem by Jennifer Lane-Landolt, written after her mother became quadriplegic at age 44.

Aug 14, 2012