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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 […]

Rosemarie Rossetti's "Universal Design" Home

Rosemarie Rossetti’s “Universal Design” Home

After Rosemarie Rossetti became paralyzed in 1998, she encountered significant barriers in navigating the old two-story home she shared with her husband Mark Leder. These struggles sparked a 10-year effort in persuading sponsors to partner with the couple to build a home that would become a living laboratory for the concepts of universal design. They’ve […]

DCU Center Sued for More Seating

DCU Center Sued for More Seating

A Massachusetts wheelchair user and a civil rights organization are suing the city of Worchester, Mass., over allegations that the city-owned DCU Center and adjacent parking garage fail to comply with federal accessibility laws. Dino Theodore and Access with Success filed the federal suit, which alleges the city-owned arena doesn’t have an adequate amount of wheelchair […]

Angela Hibbitt: "I Am More Than a Dollar Bill"

Angela Hibbitt: “I Am More Than a Dollar Bill”

Saying, “I am more than a dollar bill,” Tennessean Angela Hibbitt has launched an online petition drive called “I’ll die if I am warehoused in a nursing home” that currently has more than 54,500 signatures. Hibbitt, 54, now relies on 20 hours a day of nursing to manage her ventilator and health care needs, but […]

Wheelchair User Greg Abbott Elected Governor of Texas

Wheelchair User Greg Abbott Elected Governor of Texas

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott easily defeated Democratic challenger Wendy Davis after a long contentious campaign to become the first newly elected governor in 14 years. “Tonight, Texans sent a message,” Abbott said in his victory speech Tuesday night. “You voted for hope over fear, for unity over division, for the majesty of what Texas […]

Wheelchair Track Program Receives Big Donation

Wheelchair Track Program Receives Big Donation

The University of Illinois wheelchair track program, which was recently designated a U.S. Paralympic training site, has recently upgraded its equipment and moved into a larger renovated facility on campus. “We have a nice, big, spacious area, instead of being cramped in a room with chairs everywhere,” Paralympic champion Tatyana McFadden told the Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette. […]

Alice Wong's Collaboration with StoryCorps

Alice Wong’s Collaboration with StoryCorps

Alice Wong, an academic researcher and disability advocate from San Francisco, wanted to do something unique to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, so she created the Disability Visability Project. Her project, which documents personal stories from across the disability community, recently received a boost from StoryCorps, the largest oral history […]

Penn State Parking Kerfuffle

Penn State Parking Kerfuffle

Wheelchair users attending Penn State University football games are upset that the ADA parking has been moved over two miles away — the lot furthest from the stadium — due to campus construction projects. Under the new system, fans who need accessible parking are directed to Innovation Park, where 11 shuttles are designated to ferry […]

NYC Taxi Lawsuit Settlement Approved

NYC Taxi Lawsuit Settlement Approved

New York City’s taxi fleet will become the most wheelchair friendly in the country thanks to a lawsuit settlement approved by a federal judge Tuesday, which mandates that half of all cabs become accessible by 2020. “This is one of the most significant acts of inclusion in this city since Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn […]

Uber to Offer Limited Access Services

Uber to Offer Limited Access Services

Under threat of a lawsuit from disability advocates, the ride-sharing company Uber is unveiling a new limited service to provide transportation options for wheelchair users living in over 200 cities around the world. Uber announced through its blog that it is establishing a partnership with the Chicago-based Open Door Organization to provide its UberASSIST service, […]