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Kevin McGuire

Access Apps

Crowdsourcing access? We have two apps for that! AbleRoad and AXS Map are both free apps designed to connect people to all types of accessible venues. Both are downloads from iTunes and Google Play, and both are also usable as websites. And both are new, so the databases of actual accessible venues are still pretty […]

Crip Buzz: December 2013

Crip Buzz: December 2013

What Nondisabled People Think When They See Us It’s frustrating when nondisabled people see us and jump to conclusions, assuming they know exactly what our disability is and our limitations. I call these people “disability know-it-alls” and they drive me batty. Others feel pity when they see us — a large number of people, in […]

Tim Gilmer

Bully Pulpit: Wheelchair Terrorist Alert!

Several months ago at the Portland International Airport, in the midst of a routine patdown, a second uniformed TSA employee approached and told me I had tested positive for explosives. Me?  Explosives? I knew it wasn’t my shoes because I tend not to ever wear them anymore, except when traveling. Could it be my underwear? […]

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 […]

Bully Pulpit: Bowers: Did Docs Follow Consent Rules?

Bully Pulpit: 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.