Episode 3: “Devotees, The Final Chapter”

In this episode, we talk to a devotee/admirer about why he’s sexually attracted to amputees and people in wheelchairs. Then we talk to a woman amputee (here’s her YouTube channel and Facebook Page) about why she befriends devotees. We also talk about labels (will we ever be able to reclaim “cripple”?) and much more!

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Episode 2: “Fun with Devotees”

In this post-engagement (!) episode, Jocelyn and Tod talk about devotees — people who are sexually attracted to women with disabilities. You hear whether Jocelyn thought Tod was a devotee the first time we met, and we interview our friend Jess who has the most incredible devotee experience you will ever hear!!

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Episode 1: “You Park Like an Asshole”

In this inaugural podcast episode, Jocelyn and Tod bemoan jackass parking idiots, debate whether an Olympic-level athlete is “gimpy” enough to compete, and discover clever new gimp-hack uses for Transformer toys. Email us!

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Umbrella Coat

The issues wheelchair-users have with umbrellas and rain could fill a blog of their own… and of course it would be a humor blog because of most of the proposed solutions to these problems.

Case in point: The Umbrella Coat.

It recently won a design competition, and it’s still in proposal stages, so if you’re keen on a coat that makes you look like a condom-meets-ice-cream-scoop, you’ll have to wait until it hits production. Here’s how NL Designs’ designer Athanasia Leivaditou describes her creation:

This raincoat is a combination of a rain coat, an umbrella and waterproof trousers. Depending on the weather conditions and the amount of rain it can be adjusted to different levels of protection. For example the coat can be converted to trousers if the water level is high. In advance the hood of the raincoat is hybrid between a hood and an umbrella that can really protect the face even from heavy rain. A transparent plastic membrane can be an extension of the hood for almost full cover and during windy days strings can keep the hood in its position. His unique feature is that it combines raincoat and umbrella in one item. With the “umbrella raincoat” your hands are free. Also, it can be perfect for people with walking disabilities or sport activities like riding a bicycle. In addition in a crowded street you do not bump into other umbrellas as the umbrella-hood extends above your shoulders.

As strange as this design is, it’s actually been helpful because in my searching for pictures of the other ridiculous ways people have tried to solve this particular problem, I found the Brella Buddy – which actually seems like a reasonable solution:

The Brella Buddy hands free wheelchair umbrella holder is designed with a two strap, adjustable system to hold it comfortably in place. There are two pockets inside, including a netted zip pocket to hold valuables and a larger inner pocket large enough to hold a collapsible umbrella when it is not raining. If it is a particularly windy day attach your belt to the built-in loop on the back for extra holding power.

Also – although the Brella Buddy can acommodate any straight-handled umbrella, they recommend their snappily-named Square-a-sol umbrella (a square umbrella) to ensure coverage of a wheelchair user. The Brella Buddy and Square-a-sol umbrella are available together for 75 Euro from RehaDesign.


After the jump – some other ways designers have tried to solve the “wheelchair umbrella” problem.


He Built a DIY Elevator

When Dmitry Bibikow, a paralyzed 32-year-old man from Russia, bought his apartment, the building owners promised to build an elevator for him. They lied. Dmitry waited six years and with no elevator in sight, decided to build his own.

Because of bureaucracy or ineptitude or deceit or whatever happens that make people go back on their word, the local council never built Dmitry his elevator. Dmitry, who lived on the 5th floor of the apartment, said:

“Living on the fifth floor without a lift was a nightmare because I couldn’t get in or out of the block without someone’s help. It was like being in a prison—so I decided to sort it out myself.”

Here’s how he fixed that.

Getting Things Off High Shelves at the Supermarket