How We've Grown!
- By Laurie Watanabe
- Oct 01, 2022
A favorite early cover featured Briana Walker
in a photo by Art Director Dave Druse at the
Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif. It was
our first location photo shoot… and Briana’s first shoot, as well.
While we’ve been celebrating Mobility Management’s 20th anniversary
all year, this issue is our official celebration… one we share with
colleagues in Complex Rehab Technology (CRT), mobility and accessibility (page 21).
Publishing has come a long way in 20 years.
The early 2000s were an exciting, evolving time for
communications and media. For example, in the fall
of 2002, Firefox was created. So was LinkedIn. The
iPod had been introduced the year before, and in
2003, the iTunes store launched. (The first iPhone was
still several years away.)
Over the years, the MM portfolio has grown, along
with the number of ways we communicate with
readers. Digital options now make it possible for
readers to choose how they want to receive information
- Our Web site is mobilitymgmt.com. It’s our main
library of stories and resources… and since it’s
cumulative, it also houses stories from years past that
demonstrate how the industry has changed. While
our core audience are CRT, mobility, and accessibility
professionals, our Web site has also been a
resource for consumers and caregivers… a benefit
that print magazines alone were unable to offer.
- eMobility is our newsletter. It focuses on breaking news, but also contains
feature stories, events and event coverage, educational reviews, and clinical
info. Subscribe for free at bit.ly/emobilitysubscription.
- I enjoy podcasting more than I ever thought I would! These conversations
with colleagues are perfect to listen to while commuting to clinic… or, as we
regularly hear, while walking your four-footed friends. Check out the podcast
center at mobilitymgmt.com to see all our episodes.
- And we host Webinars, too! Those episodes, available first as live events,
then on demand 24/7, are also on our Web site.
- Even our print magazine stories are available online, in case you’d like to
read them on your laptop, tablet, or phone. (Imagine trying to explain those
devices to yourself from 20 years ago!)
This is also a time to take stock of how the understanding of complex
seating and wheeled mobility itself has evolved. In this issue, we discuss the
many potential benefits of dynamic seating (page 10), from preventing injury
to supporting optimal positioning to providing much-needed sensory input.
And in our palliative care story (page 6), we talk about the role that CRT can
play in improving quality of life for both consumers and caregivers.
Thank you to everyone who supported Mobility Management in our first 20
years — subscribers, advertisers, everyone who’s ever given me an interview,
suggested a story topic, or taken the time to teach me about this amazing
industry. I am forever grateful.
This article originally appeared in the issue of .
Laurie Watanabe is the editor of Mobility Management. She can be reached at email@example.com.