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Sled Hockey Team Gets Ice Time

Sled Hockey Team Gets Ice Time

Sometimes good comes out of bad. Just ask the sled hockey team that plays at the Depew Ice Pavilion, located right outside Buffalo, N.Y. That rink recently was retrofitted to make it accessible for the disabled hockey athletes, but it’s where the money came from to pay for the accommodations that’s unusual. The former treasurer […]

Penn State Parking Kerfuffle

Penn State Parking Kerfuffle

Wheelchair users attending Penn State University football games are upset that the ADA parking has been moved over two miles away — the lot furthest from the stadium — due to campus construction projects. Under the new system, fans who need accessible parking are directed to Innovation Park, where 11 shuttles are designated to ferry […]

NYC Taxi Lawsuit Settlement Approved

NYC Taxi Lawsuit Settlement Approved

New York City’s taxi fleet will become the most wheelchair friendly in the country thanks to a lawsuit settlement approved by a federal judge Tuesday, which mandates that half of all cabs become accessible by 2020. “This is one of the most significant acts of inclusion in this city since Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn […]

Uber to Offer Limited Access Services

Uber to Offer Limited Access Services

Under threat of a lawsuit from disability advocates, the ride-sharing company Uber is unveiling a new limited service to provide transportation options for wheelchair users living in over 200 cities around the world. Uber announced through its blog that it is establishing a partnership with the Chicago-based Open Door Organization to provide its UberASSIST service, […]

Continuing the Legacy of Terry Moakley

Continuing the Legacy of Terry Moakley

Terence J. Moakley (“Terry” to all who knew him), United Spinal and Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association (EPVA) president, employee and board member, passed away on Sept. 5, 2014. He was 69 years old. Terry graduated from St. John’s with a bachelors in English at the height of the Vietnam War. He knew the Army would […]

Trouble on the Streets of New York City

Trouble on the Streets of New York City

Last time I visited New York City, I was frustratingly reminded how tough the place is for wheelers. Besides the millions of walking people packing streets and crosswalks, Manhattan’s curb cuts are either nonexistent or in terrible shape. (If you’re lucky, there’s one useable curb cut at a major intersection.) Sidewalks are ragged and bumpy, […]

Texas Disability Groups Sue Rideshare Companies

Texas Disability Groups Sue Rideshare Companies

The Texas Civil Rights Project and Texas ADAPT are suing the rideshare companies Uber and Lyft to get them to provide wheelchair accessibility. The suits were filed on July 24 in commemoration of the 24th anniversary of the ADA, which was on July 26. “ADAPT has tried for decades to get Yellow Cab to provide […]

Ben Ritter: Accessing Gas Pumps in Florida

Ben Ritter: Accessing Gas Pumps in Florida

Beginning this past July 1, all gas stations in the state of Florida must post a phone number on their pumps that motorists who require assistance can call to alert an attendant of their presence. And Ben Ritter is the force behind that new law. Ritter, a Marine veteran and T6-8 paraplegic, discovered the difficulty […]

Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready for a Disaster?

Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready for a Disaster?

Do you know what you’d do if your life was threatened by a disaster? Though the headlines rarely report it, too many people with disabilities died during the blockbuster storms Katrina, Sandy and Irene. We may never know how many died, were injured or left homeless by the tornadoes that recently ripped through the middle […]

Sam Schmidt and the Amazing Hands-Free Driving Controls

Sam Schmidt and the Amazing Hands-Free Driving Controls

An amazing advancement has occurred in the driving world. A quadriplegic paralyzed from the shoulders down is driving a car completely on his own again, and this revolutionary quadriplegic is Sam Schmidt. Maybe you’ve heard of him. He was a rising Indy car racer was paralyzed 14 years ago while racing in the Walt Disney […]