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Anthem Approves Paralyzed Toddler's Wheelchair, but Not Wheels

Anthem Approves Paralyzed Toddler’s Wheelchair, but Not Wheels

When their 2-year-old son, Crue, was denied a new wheelchair — twice — despite being paralyzed with spina bifida, Aubrey and Joe Allred waged a social media campaign to either prompt Anthem Blue Cross to do the right thing or to raise enough money to get Crue the chair he needs. The Kingsburg, Calif., couple […]

A Q-and-A with Aubrey Allred: When Our Son was Denied a Wheelchair

A Q-and-A with Aubrey Allred: When Our Son was Denied a Wheelchair

The story of 2-year-old Crue being denied a wheelchair by his insurance company was picked up by news outlets throughout the United States and as far away as the United Kingdom. It shows the struggles that people with disabilities have obtaining the equipment necessary to live full lives, still, 25 years post-ADA. Following is an […]

Florida Bill Takes Action Against Fake Service Dogs

Florida Bill Takes Action Against Fake Service Dogs

In response to a growing number of fake service dogs, the Florida House is pushing a bill that would criminalize the use of fake service dogs and protect legitimate service dog owners and trainers from interference. The bill made its final committee stop on March 19 and passed unanimously. Under the proposed bill, people who […]

The Dramatic Rescue of Ryan Neslund

The Dramatic Rescue of Ryan Neslund

A late February drive to his ice fishing house on Minnesota’s Lake Minnetonka quickly turned into a life and death struggle for Ryan Neslund, a 35-year-ol para, after he hit a weakened spot of ice with his truck. The commercial property manager knew instantly he was in big trouble. “The truck dove straight down like […]

BART Approves Accessibility Compromise

BART Approves Accessibility Compromise

The Bay Area Rapid Transit approved a compromise with disability advocates on February 26 that would somewhat preserve wheelchair access by removing floor-to-ceiling poles from the center door of its new “Fleet of the Future” train cars. Jessie Lorenz, executive director of the Independent Living Resource Center in San Francisco, isn’t happy with the compromise. […]

New Access to Parks Project will Survey National Parks

New Access to Parks Project will Survey National Parks

Many national parks have wonderfully accessible features, but you wouldn’t know it from researching the parks online. To solve this problem, wheelchairtraveling.com is launching its Access to Parks Project, which kicks off in May with a two-week trek to document accessibility features of Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and […]

Ricon Fined $1.75 Million for Faulty Lifts

Ricon Fined $1.75 Million for Faulty Lifts

The Ricon Corp., one of the largest manufacturers of wheelchair lifts, was fined $1.75 million on Feb. 6 by the U.S. Department of Transportation for selling lifts that had been recalled for a potential fire risk. “This company’s failure to protect the public from a product known to be a safety risk is absolutely unacceptable,” […]

Manhattanites Complain Accessible Bridge Will Block Their View

Manhattanites Complain Accessible Bridge Will Block Their View

Residents on Manhattan’s wealthy Upper East Side are complaining about city plans to build a wheelchair-accessible pedestrian bridge this spring at East 81st Street along the East River. They say it will ruin their expensive river views. In December, Manhattan’s community board approved a nonbinding resolution to move the pedestrian bridge a block away where […]

Shannon DeVido Cast in "Difficult People"

Shannon DeVido Cast in “Difficult People”

Comedian Shannon DeVido’s star has been on the rise since a February appearance on the Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and landing a role on the upcoming Hulu original series Difficult People, produced by Amy Poehler. Joining the cast of Difficult People has been the biggest break in
 DeVido’s career. “It’s a really cool opportunity […]

Wheelers Sue Hotels Over Inaccessible Shuttles

Wheelers Sue Hotels Over Inaccessible Shuttles

Three wheelchair users filed a lawsuit against a trio of hotel operators they say discriminated against them by failing to provide accessible hotel shuttle transportation. “For those of us who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices, it’s difficult enough to get around most cities when we travel,” says plaintiff Ruthee Goldkorn, from Los Angeles. “All […]