physical disabilities

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Despite being the widest-ranging and most comprehensive piece of civil rights legislation in American history, the Americans with Disabilities Act doesn't enjoy the same historical treatment as other, better known civil rights landmarks. We speak with author Lennard J. Davis who has chronicled the surprising and compelling history of the law in his new book, Enabling Acts: The Hidden Story of How the Americans with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest U.S. Minority its Rights.

The Here's What's Awesome mailbox is full of interesting pieces on wheelchair technology these days, starting with the Action Trackchair. It's an off-road wheelchair with treads - treads! - capable of negotiating sand, snow, and hiking trails. And, as the company's promo video points out, you can have it painted in camouflage colors for serious action.