RSSArchive for May, 2014

Permobil Acquires TiLite

Permobil Acquires TiLite

The worldwide wheelchair industry is buzzing after Permobil, one of the largest manufacturers of powered mobility devices, announced the purchase of the leading custom ultra-lightweight manufacturer TiLite. “We’re extremely excited and we feel very privileged that we were able to put this together. I think as a complete organization we can be stronger and fight […]

Pittsburgh's Tall Parking Meters Draw Lawsuit

Pittsburgh’s Tall Parking Meters Draw Lawsuit

When the City of Pittsburgh began replacing its parking meters, it chose not to go with wheelchair-accessible kiosks. Which is why Debra Stemmler, a wheelchair user, made the case back in October 2013 that since she couldn’t access the machine, she shouldn’t have to pay the ticket. After all, she even left a note on […]

EEOC Seeks Public Input in Effort to Boost Employment

EEOC Seeks Public Input in Effort to Boost Employment

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced today that it is inviting public input on potential revisions to the regulations implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a law that governs employment of individuals with disabilities by the federal government. Current Section 501 regulations prohibit employment discrimination based on disability […]

ACTION ALERT: Help Save the Wheelchair

ACTION ALERT: Help Save the Wheelchair

There are only two days left to team up with Kesha Pilot to raise $15,000 in support of United Spinal Association’s Roll on Capitol Hill. This event pours wheelchair users into lawmakers’ offices where they share real-life stories of what having access to a chair that fits right and works right does for them. Given […]

Voters with Disabilities Victory in NYC

Voters with Disabilities Victory in NYC

United Spinal Association and Disabled in Action, plaintiffs on behalf of all New Yorkers of voting age with mobility and vision disabilities, won a unanimous panel decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that found the Board of Elections in New York City discriminated against voters with disabilities by failing […]

Slightly Stiffer Civil Penalties for ADA Scofflaws

Slightly Stiffer Civil Penalties for ADA Scofflaws

As of April 27, those who fail to provide public accommodations under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act will face heavier civil penalties from the U.S. Department of Justice. This is the first time these penalties have been raised in over 10 years. Even though the increased civil penalties are good news, Jim […]

Marilyn Saviola: Improving Access to Women's Health Care

Marilyn Saviola: Improving Access to Women’s Health Care

Getting routine medical screenings can be a stressful challenge for women with physical disabilities but it’s also a matter of life and death. Women with mobility impairments aren’t at a higher risk for breast cancer but they are one-third more likely to die from it. This sobering statistic has motivated Marilyn Saviola, who runs the […]

Big Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Win in NYC

Big Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Win in NYC

NEW YORK, N.Y.: United Spinal Association today acclaimed the unanimous vote by the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission to increase the number of wheelchair accessible taxis to 50 percent of the entire fleet by 2020. Beginning in January 2015 a 30 cent per ride surcharge will be applied to the 13,000-plus yellow cabs […]

New Medicare Beneficiary Wheelchair Repair Survey

New Medicare Beneficiary Wheelchair Repair Survey

All wheelchair users know that wheelchair repair is essential to mobility, independence, and the ability to contribute to, and participate in society. However, some Medicare policies may restrict access to wheelchair repair services. It is critical that wheelchair users on Medicare have access to a supplier with trained and experienced service technicians and the infrastructure […]

Accessible Gaming:  Evolution of Equality

Accessible Gaming: Evolution of Equality

The newest video game controllers have opened the world of first-person action to those with very little mobility.