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Are Popular Rideshare Companies Excluding Disabled?

Are Popular Rideshare Companies Excluding Disabled?

Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have soared in popularity but they have largely excluded people with disabilities. The California Public Utilities Commission may take action if it finds these companies are leaving the disabled in the lurch. “The commission will step in once we have information, verifiable information, that there’s a divide between the […]

Khaled Alsafadi: Make UGA Arch Accessible

Khaled Alsafadi: Make UGA Arch Accessible

Khaled Alsafadi is excited to graduate from the University of Georgia this spring with a bachelor’s in psychology, but his excitement is bittersweet because he’s going to miss out on a century old tradition. Upon receiving their degrees, the brand new alumni celebrate by passing under the school’s wrought iron arch, but several concrete steps […]

Golden Gate Park to Become More Accessible

Golden Gate Park to Become More Accessible

A landmark settlement has been reached between the National Park Service and Disability Rights Advocates that will significantly improve wheelchair access at the Golden Gate National Recreational Area, which is the country’s largest urban national park. “People with disabilities for too long have been excluded from many of the experiences offered by national parks,” Larry Paradis, […]

Ongoing ADAPT Sit-In Over Nurse Practices Act

Ongoing ADAPT Sit-In Over Nurse Practices Act

Seventeen ADAPT activists began a sit-in at the headquarters of the New York State Nurses Association this past Wednesday and haven’t left yet. ADAPT says it will not leave the NYSNA headquarters until the nurse’s union supports allowing specially-trained personal assistants to take on some tasks currently performed by nurses. The protest was sparked after […]

Sip-and-Puff Sailor Crossing Indian Ocean

Sip-and-Puff Sailor Crossing Indian Ocean

After eight days at sea, British sip-and-puff sailor Hilary Lister, 42, is nearing the coast of Oman. Lister, 42, has undertaken an 800 nautical mile crossing of the Indian ocean from Mumbai, India to Muscat, Oman on a 28-foot trimaran sailboat controlled by a sip-and-puff system. Upon completion she will be the first quadriplegic to […]

'Save the Wheelchair' Campaign Launched

‘Save the Wheelchair’ Campaign Launched

NEW YORK, N.Y.: United Spinal Association member Kesha Pilot, a 27 year-old wheelchair user and disability advocate from Hot Springs, Ark., has launched the Save the Wheelchair campaign to raise money to support United Spinal’s third annual Roll on Capitol Hill. Roll on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 22-25, 2014, is United Spinal’s annual […]

More Medals for Team USA

More Medals for Team USA

By Brian Rank SOCHI, Russia – There was fresh snow on the slopes and fresh hopes for the wheelchair curling team during a Wednesday that marked strong performances and two medals for the US – one bronze and one silver. Team USA now has four silver medals and four bronze. Below are recaps from the day’s […]

Team USA Gets Good Results in Bad Weather

Team USA Gets Good Results in Bad Weather

By Brian Rank SOCHI Russia — In a day fraught with harsh weather on the slopes and penalties on the sled hockey ice, Team USA still managed to keep its future at the games alive. Wheelchair curling came back with a win to keep their medal hopes alive, Alpine and Nordic skiing athletes stayed in […]

2014 Winter Paralympics Update

2014 Winter Paralympics Update

By Brian Rank SOCHI, Russia – Team USA came out with another strong performance on day two of the Winter Paralympics. Wheelchair curling garnered the first win of the week against Norway and Oksana Masters won the first medal in 20 years for the women’s Nordic Skiing team with silver in the sitting 12-kilometer cross-country […]

Pageantry, Controversy and Paralympics

Pageantry, Controversy and Paralympics

By Brian Rank SOCHI, Russia – In a spectacle of ice, fire and jubilation, the Sochi Winter Paralympics opened on Friday. The ceremony showcased Russia’s effort to prove it is renewed and ready to welcome the Paralympians after a history of intolerance toward people with disabilities. The flawless ceremony that displayed Russia’s rich history and […]