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Michael Collins has been writing on disability issues for 22 years. He is...... This is an author bio.

Through The Front Door: Romancing the ADA

Through The Front Door: Romancing the ADA

Will the ADA put some sizzle back in Bob Pike’s social life? Will his date’s bowl of bisque be served by attentive staff in convivial surroundings, or will it be delivered in a paper carton at the front steps?

Hunter and fisherman Jeff DeLeon uses his ATC to haul his kayaks and pull a trailer.

Motorvation: Pick-Me-Up Pickups

There are several options, available at prices comparable with adapted vans.

Michael Collins

Everyday Advocacy: Pool Lifts

What’s the deal with pool lifts at hotels and other public accommodations?

Michael Collins

Everyday Advocacy: Who’s Pumping the Gas?

Q. Getting my car refueled has become a real hassle lately — and seems to be getting worse. After the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed, for a while it seemed possible to get assistance with refueling at most gas stations in this area. Today there are only a handful that provide that help, and […]

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Everyday Advocacy: Accessible Theater Seating

Q. We have a luxury movie theater in town that has plush seats, like easy chairs, and you can order food and beverages of all types during the show. When I called to make reservations for a movie, I was told that if we purchased general admission seating, I would be able to get my […]

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Everyday Advocacy: Hospitals and Service Animals

Q. I work at a hospital and we have questions regarding service animals. We strive to keep our patients together with their service animals, but a couple of events occurred lately involving questionable service dogs that weren’t trained and did not have identification. How do we know if they are legitimate and not just pets? […]

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Everyday Advocacy: Accessible Van Rentals

Q. I travel extensively throughout the United States to visit clients who are often located in rural areas. My disability requires me to use a power scooter, so I have run up against problems when seeking out transportation options that will allow me to travel beyond the destination airport by myself. I can drive with […]

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Everyday Advocacy: Guns for Self-Protection?

As a quadriplegic, I’m curious if there is any type of gun that I could have available to protect myself in the event of a home invasion …

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Everyday Advocacy: Personal Assistance on the Go

Q. I need help locating personal-care attendants or caregivers to cover my needs in Los Angeles and other cities where I travel to meetings of a council I have recently been appointed to. We meet in major cities about five times per year, and I am finding it much more difficult to locate assistance than […]

HMO Takeovers Threaten Independence

HMO Takeovers Threaten Independence

Q. I live in Northern California and currently use a network of medical providers to keep me healthy, all based locally. I have heard rumors that the state will soon enroll me (whether I want this or not) in a Health Maintenance Organization of its choosing just because I am on Medi-Cal. Is that true, […]