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Michael Collins

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 …

Michael Collins

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, […]

Everyday Advocacy: Paratransit Problems?

Everyday Advocacy: Paratransit Problems?

Q. Despite the fact that I’ve been a paratransit rider for the past four years, the local transit agency is telling me that I am suddenly too heavy to qualify for their service. They have given me 30 days to appeal their decision. During the past year they have established a 600-pound weight limit for […]

Michael Collins

Bathroom Blues: What the law does and doesn’t say

Q. I recently began a job as a booking agent for a small special events company. I have a first-rate work station, but the bathroom is not accessible at all — I can’t even get in the door. Even if I could, it’s an older bathroom with a couple of tiny narrow stalls, no grab bars, […]

More than 300 disability advocates and former patients of Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center demonstrate in protest of the decision by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to close the facility in 2003.

Remember Rancho!

Can advocates save the prestigious rehab center from closure? The answer will tell volumes about the future of independent living. While those of us with disabilities sit smugly behind the walls of protection created by the ADA and other laws of importance to the disability community, those same walls are showing definite signs of crumbling. […]

Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels

Speed, power, beauty and the lure of the open road–it’s all part of the American fascination with cars, no less for those of us with disabilities than for others. And in today’s car culture, a vehicle can be “hot” in terms of high-gloss paint, chrome and “original” condition as well as speed and power. Add […]