A lifestyle magazine for the disabled

May 31, 1998|By Mary Ann Farrell | Mary Ann Farrell,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE

WE magazine doesn't treat people with disabilities as a movement, but as part of the real world. There is no political correctness, no sense of that constant social-policy stuff. There is only what matters most: getting on with it.

Now a year old, the New York-based bimonthly has achieved a circulation of 125,000, says publisher Cary L. Fields. The glossy magazine, put together by a staff of 18, has articles on sports, travel, current issues, the latest in technology and assistive devices, fashion, legal issues, the arts, politics, editorials and interior design. There are also the cartoons of John Callahan.

In short, it's a lifestyle magazine.

"When we started, people said, You'll never get Itzhak Perlman to do anything with you, You'll never get Elizabeth Taylor or Muhammad Ali.' Not only did we, but these people embraced the magazine's concept," Fields says. "People before have only been thought of as disabled. Well, that's not the personification that counts."

For information

WE, a magazine for people with disabilities, is available at newsstands nationwide and through subscriptions. For more information about WE and its subscription rates or Internet site, write to WE at 495 Broadway, Sixth Floor, New York, N.Y. 10012.

International confab planned

Planning is under way for perhaps the world's largest gathering of people with disabilities when the Disabled Peoples' International Fifth World Assembly convenes Dec. 1-7 at the Fiesta Americana Hotel in Mexico City. About 2,500 people are expected to attend. It's organized by Canadian-based Disabled Peoples' International, a worldwide advocacy organization.

Pub Date: 5/31/98

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