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Budget Impasse Closes Illinois CIL

Budget Impasse Closes Illinois CIL

Over 300 Illinoisans with disabilities went without the vital services of Northwestern Illinois Center for Independent Living after it temporarily closed on July 2 due to the state’s ongoing budget impasse. “We have to tell people we can`t serve them,” said Michele Miller, executive director of NICIL. “We can`t incur or send in any expenses. […]

Inaccessible Food Truck Protested

Inaccessible Food Truck Protested

Austin, Texas’ Veracruz food trucks are known for their all-natural Tex-Mex offerings, and unfortunately also for being parked on lots of rocks and gravel, and having super-high windows that no wheelchair user could reach. In fact, Texas ADAPT activists complain that they couldn’t even be seen from the food truck windows. Fortunately, the Veracruz truck […]

Brandon Coats Fired for Medical Marijuana

Brandon Coats Fired for Medical Marijuana

Brandon Coats thought holding a state-issued medical marijuana card meant his job was safe from random drug tests. Even though he did nothing illegal, he was wrong. On June 15, the Colorado Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Dish Network was within its rights to fire quadriplegic Brandon Coats when he failed a random drug test […]

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 […]