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Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Where are we now? What can we do?

US Airways Fined $1.2 Million

US Airways Fined $1.2 Million

US Airways has been fined $1.2 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation after the DOT reviewed approximately 300 complaints filed by passengers who use wheelchairs. This is the largest fine ever assessed by the DOT in a disability case. Airlines must promptly assist wheelchair users, but federal officials found US Airways passengers at airports […]

Tammy Duckworth to Lead Paralympics Delegation

Tammy Duckworth to Lead Paralympics Delegation

President Obama has tapped U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth to lead the U.S. delegation to the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The games are scheduled to run from March 7th to March 16th. “It is a tremendous honor to be part of the Paralympic games with such heroic athletes,” said Duckworth, a combat veteran who […]

Broadway to get Much Needed Accessibility Upgrade

Broadway to get Much Needed Accessibility Upgrade

Broadway’s about to get a much needed accessibility upgrade after a settlement was reached in January between the historic Nederlander theater chain and the U.S. Department of Justice. “Today’s resolution marks the culmination of years of work to ensure that one of New York City’s leading cultural and entertainment treasures — Broadway theater — is […]

Wheelchair User Refused Service, Blocks Bus

Wheelchair User Refused Service, Blocks Bus

Tensions ran high recently at a Bay Area Rapid Transit station in San Leandro, Calif., when a wheelchair user blocked a bus operated by AC Transit after being refused service by the driver. The Jan. 10 incident, which was posted on YouTube, shows an unidentified man being turned away when the bus’ wheelchair securement area […]

New Book: 10 Fundraiser Ideas

New Book: 10 Fundraiser Ideas

People with disabilities have long faced financial barriers when seeking the greatest amount of independence, but Wheel:Life founder Lisa Wells’ new book, 10 Fundraiser Ideas to Help People with Disabilities, may help. “Wheel:Life receives hundreds of inquiries each year from people who are seeking advice on ways to raise money for medical equipment, adaptive sports […]

Ice Warriors: USA Sled Hockey to Air on PBS

Ice Warriors: USA Sled Hockey to Air on PBS

The excitement of the Paralympics is rarely seen on American television but in February, PBS will show Ice Warriors: USA Sled Hockey, a behind-the-scenes documentary on the U.S. Sled Hockey team as they prepare to defend their gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games in March. Sled Hockey,is a fast-paced brand of ice hockey […]

New Mexico Judge Rules for Assisted Suicide

New Mexico Judge Rules for Assisted Suicide

A New Mexico judge has ruled competent terminally ill adults have a right to physician-assisted suicide under the state’s constitution, despite it being against state law since the 1960s. New Mexico may become the fifth state to legalize the practice if the decision stands. “This Court cannot envision a right more fundamental, more private or […]

Old Seven Mile Bridge Access Approved

Old Seven Mile Bridge Access Approved

The iconic Old Seven Mile Bridge that connects Marathon to the lower Florida Keys will soon be more accessible to wheelchair users. In December, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection agreed to spend $1.16 million to improve access near the bridge’s entrance in Marathon. “The Marathon Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center is thrilled that […]

ADAPT, Not Dead Yet Video Shows on Times Square

ADAPT, Not Dead Yet Video Shows on Times Square

The disability rights groups ADAPT and Not Dead Yet have created a video highlighting their issues that is being displayed on the CBS Super Screen in New York City’s Times Square 18 times a day through February. It was a stroke of good fortune that the groups landed such a great location for their joint […]