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ADA Legacy Project Bus Tour to Kick Off in July

ADA Legacy Project Bus Tour to Kick Off in July

It may be another year until the Americans with Disabilities Act turns 25, but the ADA Legacy Project is launching a cross-country bus tour this summer to celebrate and raise awareness of the historic civil rights law. The yearlong tour begins July 25, 2014 in Houston, the home of President George H.W. Bush, who signed […]

Q'Straint's New iQ Research Center

Q’Straint’s New iQ Research Center

Wheelchair users are especially vulnerable in high-impact motor vehicle crashes, but Q’Straint, one of the largest manufacturers of wheelchair securement devices is hoping to make such travel safer with the opening of its cutting–edge iQ Research Center of Excellence. “Our new crash simulation system allows us to now study, test, certify and bring new products […]

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, […]

Why Should Nurses be in Charge of Home Care?

Why Should Nurses be in Charge of Home Care?

The recent occupation of the New York State Nurses Association headquarters by ADAPT has again shed a spotlight on the role nurses play in our home care system. People with disabilities need caregivers but why should nurses have major input on how we choose to live our lives? In 2003, after I went into respiratory […]

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 […]

Paralympian Amy Purdy: Dancing with the Stars

Paralympian Amy Purdy: Dancing with the Stars

Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy is joining the upcoming cast of Dancing with the Stars and she’ll be the first double-amputee and athlete with a disability to appear on the hit ABC series. The chance to dance on national television was too much for Purdy to pass up. “I did question going on the show and […]

Portlight Strategies, Red Cross Reach Agreement

Portlight Strategies, Red Cross Reach Agreement

Portlight Strategies, a disaster relief organization specializing in assisting people with disabilities, has reached an agreement with the American Red Cross that could help both organizations better serve people with disabilities the next time disaster strikes. “Portlight is excited we have executed an agreement with the Red Cross that will serve as a framework to […]

Luke Anderson and StopGap Ramps

Luke Anderson and StopGap Ramps

The StopGap Ramp story began on a blustery November day in 2006, when Toronto resident Luke Anderson encountered inaccessibility at a very inopportune time. Anderson, a recently injured paraplegic, arrived for a job interview — but three steps stood between him and the elevator. He entered the building through the loading dock and, despite being […]