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Taco Bell Settles $5.4 Million Class Action Suit

Taco Bell Settles $5.4 Million Class Action Suit

A federal judge has preliminarily approved Taco Bell’s $5.4 million class action settlement for failing to meet state and federal accessibility requirements.

Para in Robotic Exoskeleton to Kick at World Cup

Para in Robotic Exoskeleton to Kick at World Cup

The FIFA World Cup generates tremendous global buzz every four years, and the 2014 games will be even more exciting as a Brazilian paraplegic will don a state-of–the–art robotic exoskeleton and take a kick during the opening ceremony. “The movements are very smooth,” said Dr. Miguel Nicolelis about the exoskeleton to the Guardian. “They are […]

Alarming New CDC Study on Lack of Exercise

Alarming New CDC Study on Lack of Exercise

An alarming new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control finds that nearly half of adults with disabilities get no exercise and this significantly increases their risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. “The bottom line is that physical activity is a wonder drug,“ says Dr. Ileana Arias, CDC’s principal deputy director. “Too […]

British Paralympian David Weir Sets Record

British Paralympian David Weir Sets Record

It’s been 60 years since Sir Roger Bannister shocked the world by running a sub-four minute mile and he was on hand in late May for London’s Bupa Westminster Mile as Britain’s David Weir attempted to become the first wheelchair racer to come in under three minutes. Weir, a six-time Paralympic gold medalist, dominated the […]

Sam Schmidt Drove a Race Car With His Head

Sam Schmidt Drove a Race Car With His Head

Sam Schmidt’s promising IndyCar career ended 14 years ago when his race car crashed into a wall, but he retook the wheel during preparations for this year’s Indianapolis 500 to demonstrate the latest in automotive wizardry. Schmidt, a quadriplegic and longtime IndyCar team owner, cruised several times around the hallowed track at speeds exceeding 100 […]

Permobil Acquires TiLite

Permobil Acquires TiLite

The worldwide wheelchair industry is buzzing after Permobil, one of the largest manufacturers of powered mobility devices, announced the purchase of the leading custom ultra-lightweight manufacturer TiLite. “We’re extremely excited and we feel very privileged that we were able to put this together. I think as a complete organization we can be stronger and fight […]

Pittsburgh's Tall Parking Meters Draw Lawsuit

Pittsburgh’s Tall Parking Meters Draw Lawsuit

When the City of Pittsburgh began replacing its parking meters, it chose not to go with wheelchair-accessible kiosks. Which is why Debra Stemmler, a wheelchair user, made the case back in October 2013 that since she couldn’t access the machine, she shouldn’t have to pay the ticket. After all, she even left a note on […]

Slightly Stiffer Civil Penalties for ADA Scofflaws

Slightly Stiffer Civil Penalties for ADA Scofflaws

As of April 27, those who fail to provide public accommodations under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act will face heavier civil penalties from the U.S. Department of Justice. This is the first time these penalties have been raised in over 10 years. Even though the increased civil penalties are good news, Jim […]

Marilyn Saviola: Improving Access to Women's Health Care

Marilyn Saviola: Improving Access to Women’s Health Care

Getting routine medical screenings can be a stressful challenge for women with physical disabilities but it’s also a matter of life and death. Women with mobility impairments aren’t at a higher risk for breast cancer but they are one-third more likely to die from it. This sobering statistic has motivated Marilyn Saviola, who runs the […]

ADA Legacy Project Bus Tour to Kick Off in July

ADA Legacy Project Bus Tour to Kick Off in July

It may be another year until the Americans with Disabilities Act turns 25, but the ADA Legacy Project is launching a cross-country bus tour this summer to celebrate and raise awareness of the historic civil rights law. The yearlong tour begins July 25, 2014 in Houston, the home of President George H.W. Bush, who signed […]