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Winter Sports Clinic for Vets: March 29-April 3

Winter Sports Clinic for Vets: March 29-April 3

Hundreds of disabled veterans from around the country will gather this spring in Snowmass Village, Colo., to participate in the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. While there, they will receive world-class adaptive winter sports instruction. The clinic will be held from March 29 to April 3, 2015 and is for U.S. military veterans and […]

Sen. Rand Paul Attacks SSDI Fraud

Sen. Rand Paul Attacks SSDI Fraud

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) attacked the Social Security disability insurance program on Jan. 14 by saying there is widespread fraud and that millions of Americans are getting benefits they don’t deserve. “Everybody in this room knows somebody who’s gaming the system,” he said. “Over half the people on disability are either anxious or their back […]

Republicans in Congress Vote Jeopardizes SSDI

Republicans in Congress Vote Jeopardizes SSDI

On its very first day in power the newly installed Republican-controlled Congress created controversy by approving a rule that will jeopardize the solvency of Social Security. This could result in a reduction of benefits by 20 percent for 11 million beneficiaries. The Republicans are resisting the reallocation of funds from the part of the Social […]

Alan Troop — 1945-2014

Alan Troop — 1945-2014

Author, avid sailor and longtime New Mobility contributor Alan Troop died at his Davie, Fla., home on Dec. 18, 2014. A devoted husband and father, he was best known for his Dragon De La Sangre novels, his freewheeling style and his versatility as a writer. Susan Troop, his wife of 27 years, says his infectious […]

Feds Say Uber Must Comply With ADA

Feds Say Uber Must Comply With ADA

The Obama administration recently sided with plaintiffs in a federal court case against the ridesharing giant Uber, stating that such companies are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and cannot discriminate against people with disabilities. “The ADA applies to private entities that are primarily engaged in providing transportation services,” even if a company is […]

Congress OKs Medical Marijuana

Congress OKs Medical Marijuana

Congress made the largest shift in American drug policy in four decades last weekend when it voted to end the federal government’s war on medical marijuana. The change could benefit many people with disabilities who rely on the drug to relieve pain and numerous other conditions. “It’s very helpful to have Congress actually pass legislation […]

Sen. Harkin, Dedicated Disability Advocate, Retires

Sen. Harkin, Dedicated Disability Advocate, Retires

After a distinguished 40-year career in the United States Congress, Iowa Senator Tom Harkin bid farewell to family, friends and colleagues on Dec. 12 in a moving speech delivered from the Senate floor. Harkin, who introduced the Americans with Disabilities Act, has long been a dedicated advocate to all people with disabilities after he witnessed […]

Stella Young, 32, Dies

Stella Young, 32, Dies

Stella Young, the Australian disability activist, writer and comedian, who received international acclaim after her TED talk entitled “I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much” has died. She was 32. “With great sadness we acknowledge the passing of Stella Young, our much loved and irreplaceable daughter and sister. Stella passed away on Saturday evening, […]

Los Angeles Jails About to Become More Accessible

Los Angeles Jails About to Become More Accessible

Los Angeles County inmates with mobility impairments will see much greater access to jail facilities now that there’s a settlement of a six-year old class action lawsuit with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “The suit is groundbreaking because it extends the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act to individuals with disabilities in custodial […]

FEMA Asks Disabled Storm Survivors to Repay Aid

FEMA Asks Disabled Storm Survivors to Repay Aid

People with disabilities who survived Superstorm Sandy in the fall of 2012 are discovering that FEMA assistance isn’t free as now they are being asked to return thousands of dollars in storm aid. Elizabeth Treston, a quadriplegic and chair of the Long Beach Community Organizations Active in Disasters is being asked to repay a loan […]