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Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Where are we now? What can we do?

Michael Collins

Everyday Advocacy: Pool Lifts

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

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 […]

Broadway to be More Accommodating

Broadway to be More Accommodating

Good news for Broadway lovers: some theaters are going to be more accessible. The feds have brokered an agreement with the powerful Nederlander Organization to improve access at nine of its Broadway theaters after finding numerous ADA violations. It took years of negotiation, but the company has agreed to add wheelchair seating locations; provide more […]

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 […]

Help Improve Airline Access with 15 Simple Questions

Help Improve Airline Access with 15 Simple Questions

We’ve seen the stories about wheelchair users being mistreated by TSA agents or forced to crawl across the tarmac. Is this typical, or are these incidents few and far between? Are some airlines better than others for wheelchair users? And how often is equipment damaged or destroyed by airlines? Please take our short survey on […]

Go Anywhere with Pony Access, the Accessible Chariot

Go Anywhere with Pony Access, the Accessible Chariot

Forget saving up for that several thousand dollar all-terrain wheelchair and instead take a look at Pony Access, the world’s first and only wheelchair accessible chariot. Simon Mulholland, a creative and kind soul from Exeter, United Kingdom, initially designed the Saddlechariot — it’s kind of like a pony-powered Segway — and now has decided to […]

Empower Yourself with 3D Printable, Portable Wheelchair Ramps

Empower Yourself with 3D Printable, Portable Wheelchair Ramps

Raul Krauthausen, a 30-year-old German inventor who has osteogenesis imperfecta, has created one of the most empowering products for any wheelchair user — a portable wheelchair ramp made on a 3D printer. His idea was inspired by other disability-friendly projects he discovered after buying his 3D printer, a MakerBot Replicator 2, such as a wheelchair […]

Old Seven Mile Bridge Access Approved

Old Seven Mile Bridge Access Approved

The iconic Old Seven Mile Bridge that connects Marathon to the lower Florida Keys will soon be more accessible to wheelchair users. In December, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection agreed to spend $1.16 million to improve access near the bridge’s entrance in Marathon. “The Marathon Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center is thrilled that […]