The new remake of Ironside, featuring Blair Underwood as the paraplegic Detective Robert Ironside, has been cancelled after only four episodes. As the show rolled into production, some wheelchair users were miffed that Underwood was cast when there are talented wheelchair-using actors who could have played the part. Darryl “Chill” Mitchell was mentioned, as was […]
Paralympic swimming champion Victoria Arlen was disqualified from competition recently by the International Paralympic Committee after the IPC determined her disability was temporary. The August decision has raised eyebrows and called into question how the IPC certifies athletes as eligible. The IPC uses a sport-specific classification system to ensure equitable competition. A panel assesses athletes’ […]
Records and barriers were shattered in the racing chair/handcycle division of this year’s Ironman World Triathlon Championships held in Kona, Hawaii, on Oct. 12. Arguably one of the toughest one-day endurance events in the world, the race consists of a 2.4 mile ocean swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile marathon. Each year, more […]
One of the nation’s largest providers of mobility equipment has gone out of business. The Scooter Store closed in September after losing its Medicare reimbursement contract. The company, known for promising scooters at little or no cost, has long been scrutinized. Critics contend the Scooter Store has a history of selling wheelchairs and scooters to […]
The Department of Labor has decided to eliminate the caregiver exemption in 2015, which means all home care workers will receive minimum wage and overtime pay. A 1974 loophole had exempted caregivers from labor protections by classifying them as companions. Brooklyn lawyer T.K. Small is furious with the decision’s impact on consumer directed care. “I […]
Disney Parks and Resorts will no longer allow patrons with disabilities to jump to the front of its amusement park attraction lines, starting October 9. The policy change is in response to recent abuses by a few people with disabilities who would take payment from nondisabled patrons and act as “guides” for those wanting to […]
Paul Spiers, Ph.D., a forensic neuropsychologist and national advocate for compassionate, patient-directed care, died Sept. 11, 2013 at his Danvers, Mass., home. Spiers, born in Montreal in 1953, received his doctorate from Clark University and conducted research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and taught at Boston University. He was a paraplegic as a result […]
AM General has acquired Vehicle Production Group, the former manufacturer of the MV-1, after purchasing the rights to a loan from the U.S. Department of Energy for $3 million in an auction. The deal creates a new company called Mobility Ventures LLC, which will take over VPG’s assets. VPG, which made the only American-built vehicle […]
By moving a power wheelchair’s drive wheels toward the center and adding both front and rear casters for stability, maneuverability dramatically increases.
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