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NYC  Accessible Sidewalks Lawsuit to Proceed

NYC Accessible Sidewalks Lawsuit to Proceed

On June 1, U.S. District Judge George Daniels denied a motion by New York City asking for dismissal of a class action lawsuit calling for accessible sidewalks and pedestrian routes. “This litigation, originally filed July 30, 2014, seeks to require the city to make changes to its sidewalks that it should have made decades ago,” […]

D.C. Cab Companies About to Miss Accessibility Deadline

D.C. Cab Companies About to Miss Accessibility Deadline

Washington, D.C., disability advocates are upset that many area cab companies will miss a June 29 deadline to make a portion of their taxis wheelchair-accessible. The original deadline of December 2014 has already been pushed back six months. “I’m deeply disappointed that the taxi commission isn’t enforcing the law, but also disappointed that the District’s […]

Simi Linton Awarded Medal of Distinction from Barnard

Simi Linton Awarded Medal of Distinction from Barnard

Simi Linton, one of America’s foremost experts on disability and the arts, was honored with a Medal of Distinction from Barnard College during spring commencement on May 17 at Madison Square Garden. Linton, a New York City native, was humbled to be recognized. “I was very moved and I was very excited that not only […]

California Shuts Down Leap Transit

California Shuts Down Leap Transit

San Francisco’s luxury bus company Leap Transit was ordered on May 11 to stop operating by the California Public Utilities Commission because the start-up company did not have the proper permits. The cease-and–desist order came as Leap was completing the state’s permitting process. Leap had received a preliminary license until the state could issue an […]

Katherine Beattie: Shredding the Wheelchair Motocross Scene

Katherine Beattie: Shredding the Wheelchair Motocross Scene

Katherine Beattie is shredding the wheelchair motocross scene, finishing eighth overall in her first WCMX World Championships, held in April in Grand Prairie, Texas. Also, Beattie, who has CP, is the first woman in the world to land a backflip in a wheelchair. The La Cañada Flintridge, Calif., woman spent her childhood skateboarding, surfing and […]

First Responders Disability Awareness Training

First Responders Disability Awareness Training

With all of the bad news in the media these days about harmful — and sometimes deadly — interactions between people with disabilities and first responders, here is some good news. Since 2009, Niagara University’s two-day First Responders Disability Awareness Training has successfully worked with law enforcement, firefighters and EMS to be more sensitive and […]

The Steve Gleason Act Passes Senate

The Steve Gleason Act Passes Senate

The Steve Gleason Act of 2015 unanimously passed the U.S. Senate on April 22 and is expected to have a good chance at passing the House. The Act will make it easier with people who have ALS and other speech-impacting disabilities to obtain Medicare funding for speech-generating devices and eye-gazing technology. “Living with ALS is […]

Luxury Bus Service Leap Will Restore One Lift

Luxury Bus Service Leap Will Restore One Lift

Advocates were infuriated to discover San Francisco’s new luxury bus service, Leap, disabled all of the wheelchair lifts in its entire fleet. Some are discussing filing a lawsuit and Chris Pangilinan, a former San Francisco transportation engineer, filed a complaint with the Department of Justice in late March. In response to this backlash, the company […]

Bathroom Equipment:  Not Medically Necessary??

Bathroom Equipment: Not Medically Necessary??

Medicare will not pay for bathroom equipment because they say it is not medically necessary. What options do we have?

San Diego Transit Yanked Wheelchair User’s Discount Fare Card

San Diego Transit Yanked Wheelchair User’s Discount Fare Card

A San Diego man is battling the local transit system after Metropolitan Transit System police confiscated his discount fare card, saying he couldn’t provide sufficient proof he was disabled. He’s a life-long wheelchair user due to a spinal cord injury from a blood transfusion at birth. Joey Canales, 31, takes MTS to his job at […]

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