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NYC Taxi Lawsuit Settlement Approved

NYC Taxi Lawsuit Settlement Approved

New York City’s taxi fleet will become the most wheelchair friendly in the country thanks to a lawsuit settlement approved by a federal judge Tuesday, which mandates that half of all cabs become accessible by 2020. “This is one of the most significant acts of inclusion in this city since Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn […]

Christopher Voelker, Creative Force who Helped Define New Mobility, Dies at 53

Christopher Voelker, Creative Force who Helped Define New Mobility, Dies at 53

Christopher Voelker, whose stunning photography captured the lives and lifestyles of famous actors, musicians, and a vibrant community of people with disabilities, died Thursday, Sept. 11, of an apparent suicide at his residence in Northridge, Calif. He was 53. Known in disability circles for his striking New Mobility covers, Voelker brought new meaning to the […]

Uber to Offer Limited Access Services

Uber to Offer Limited Access Services

Under threat of a lawsuit from disability advocates, the ride-sharing company Uber is unveiling a new limited service to provide transportation options for wheelchair users living in over 200 cities around the world. Uber announced through its blog that it is establishing a partnership with the Chicago-based Open Door Organization to provide its UberASSIST service, […]

Continuing the Legacy of Terry Moakley

Continuing the Legacy of Terry Moakley

Terence J. Moakley (“Terry” to all who knew him), United Spinal and Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association (EPVA) president, employee and board member, passed away on Sept. 5, 2014. He was 69 years old. Terry graduated from St. John’s with a bachelors in English at the height of the Vietnam War. He knew the Army would […]

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A Wheelchair History of Disability in Canada

Researchers at Canada‘s Carleton University have unveiled A Wheelchair History of Disability in Canada, a virtual exhibit that explores the historical relationships between assistive technology, society, medical and rehabilitation professionals, and wheelchair users themselves. “Old wheelchairs tell extraordinary stories about the people who used them, made them and lived around them,” says Dominique Marshall, chair […]

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Courtney Boyll Named NMEDA Local Hero

The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association has announced that Courtney Boyll, a mother of three and third grade teacher at Moulton Elementary in Moulton, Ala., is one of four winners of its 2014 Local Hero Contest. Boyll, 36, was given the keys to a new 2014 Toyota Sienna with a VMI Northstar conversion during a […]

Stories of Invention

Stories of Invention

Four wheelchair users share how they took their ideas for better disability products to market.

Wheelchair Lacrosse

Wheelchair Lacrosse

Adaptive lacrosse is taking off despite obstacles — like how to wheel and carry a big stick at the same time.

William Peace: Scholar, Advocate

William Peace: Scholar, Advocate

When it comes to disability rights, William Peace not only thinks, writes and talks about it, he takes action.

Illustration by Mark Weber

Everyday Negotiating

Living successfully with a disability requires good negotiating skills. The key is to stay focused on your goal.