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Why Should Nurses be in Charge of Home Care?

Why Should Nurses be in Charge of Home Care?

The recent occupation of the New York State Nurses Association headquarters by ADAPT has again shed a spotlight on the role nurses play in our home care system. People with disabilities need caregivers but why should nurses have major input on how we choose to live our lives? In 2003, after I went into respiratory […]

Ongoing ADAPT Sit-In Over Nurse Practices Act

Ongoing ADAPT Sit-In Over Nurse Practices Act

Seventeen ADAPT activists began a sit-in at the headquarters of the New York State Nurses Association this past Wednesday and haven’t left yet. ADAPT says it will not leave the NYSNA headquarters until the nurse’s union supports allowing specially-trained personal assistants to take on some tasks currently performed by nurses. The protest was sparked after […]

Paralympian Amy Purdy: Dancing with the Stars

Paralympian Amy Purdy: Dancing with the Stars

Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy is joining the upcoming cast of Dancing with the Stars and she’ll be the first double-amputee and athlete with a disability to appear on the hit ABC series. The chance to dance on national television was too much for Purdy to pass up. “I did question going on the show and […]

Portlight Strategies, Red Cross Reach Agreement

Portlight Strategies, Red Cross Reach Agreement

Portlight Strategies, a disaster relief organization specializing in assisting people with disabilities, has reached an agreement with the American Red Cross that could help both organizations better serve people with disabilities the next time disaster strikes. “Portlight is excited we have executed an agreement with the Red Cross that will serve as a framework to […]

Luke Anderson and StopGap Ramps

Luke Anderson and StopGap Ramps

The StopGap Ramp story began on a blustery November day in 2006, when Toronto resident Luke Anderson encountered inaccessibility at a very inopportune time. Anderson, a recently injured paraplegic, arrived for a job interview — but three steps stood between him and the elevator. He entered the building through the loading dock and, despite being […]

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 […]