RSSArchive for November, 2013

CRPD Good for Economy Says IBM, Kerry

CRPD Good for Economy Says IBM, Kerry

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is good for business, testified tech giant IBM at the second hearing on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The hearing was held on Nov. 21 in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “As use of accessible technology increases, we have a […]

NYC Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Medallions Auctioned for Millions

NYC Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Medallions Auctioned for Millions

New York City’s fleet of wheelchair accessible cabs is about to grow by 200 after 200 wheelchair accessible taxi medallions were auctioned off for over $1 million a piece last Thursday.  A taxi medallion is sort of like a license that allows taxis to be obtained and driven in Manhattan. There are currently 233 accessible […]

Senate Hearing Packed: Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Senate Hearing Packed: Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

After a disappointing defeat last year, supporters of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities pushed for its ratification Nov. 4, at a packed Senate committee hearing. Advocates say the CRPD reaffirms U.S. commitment to international disability rights. “This treaty will help the U.S. lead in the effort to give every disabled person […]

Bowers: Did Docs Follow Consent Rules?

Bowers: Did Docs Follow Consent Rules?

Where was the Hippocratic Oath for Tim Bowers — the moral lynchpin of the medical profession — to first “do no harm,” when it was most needed?

Wheelchair Racer Tatyana McFadden Wins Major Marathons

Wheelchair Racer Tatyana McFadden Wins Major Marathons

Wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden rolled into the record books, as she became the first person to win all four major marathons in one year (Boston, London, Chicago and New York). She cruised to victory in Sunday’s New York City Marathon with a time just under two hours, nearly four minutes ahead of Japan’s Wakako Tsuchida. McFadden is […]

Greg Abbott: The Cowboy Candidate

Greg Abbott: The Cowboy Candidate

Attorney General Greg Abbott is running for governor of Texas. He has a record of crushing his Democratic opponents. But Texas’ disability community is fearful that he will ignore their needs. Will he stand his ground?

Ashley Lyn Olson stayed at one hotel with a perfect bathroom, but the bed was on an inaccessible platform (right).

How to Get an Accessible Hotel Room

Ashley Lyn Olson is passionate about traveling. As CEO and founder of the organization Wheelchairtraveling.com, the California paraplegic knows a thing or two about wheelchair accessible hotels.

Things I'd Like to See: 7 Outrageous Inventions for Wheelchair Users

Things I’d Like to See: 7 Outrageous Inventions for Wheelchair Users

Some of these inventions for wheelchair users undoubtedly already exist, but I guarantee that some of them don’t (generally because they are outlandish or endearingly impractical), but each of them puts a spotlight on one of the small but troublesome dilemmas that plague my particular corner of the disability universe. I am guessing I am not completely alone. And the more small problems that get solved cheaply, easily and practically, the more time we disabled folk have left over for higher level functions.

The Wheelchair Front-Plow

A wide, V-shaped flexible plow that easily attaches to the front of your chair, like a snowplow but for light-duty use. Made of stiffened rubber or some durable, flexible but strong plastic, it would hug the ground and push all manner of objects in your path out of the way. It would have to be wide enough to direct items beyond the reach of your back wheels so you don’t crunch them on your way through. All those years of navigating a living room strewn with Lego pieces after the kids went to bed would have been a lot easier with this implement. A corollary design might have brushes, allowing you to sweep the floor like those drivable lawnmowers handle a field, and you would just make a long, systematic pass through your house to clean up.

The Back Hook Implant

Chris Locke wakes up ready for anything now.

Breathing: CPAP for Sleep Apnea

Chris Locke was placed on CPAP for sleep apnea, and it was life-changing. “I’m able to think and hold a conversation. I have more patience to deal with BS. And I’ve lost weight.”

Who Killed “New York’s Toughest Detective”? — An Ironside Post-Mortem

Who Killed “New York’s Toughest Detective”? — An Ironside Post-Mortem

Don’t blame the failure of NBC’s Ironside reboot on anything to do with disability and its depiction on film and TV. As TV cops and rednecks are so fond of saying, that dog don’t hunt.