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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 […]

The Disability Symbol Finally Gets a Makeover

The Disability Symbol Finally Gets a Makeover

The classic blue wheelchair guy is the main disability symbol people use to refer to all things accessible. Sure it works, it’s adequate … but it has its drawbacks — namely, it was created in 1968. The disability community has changed by leaps and bounds since the ’60s, and advocates have been salivating at the […]

First Ever Accessible Tourism Film Contest

First Ever Accessible Tourism Film Contest

This December 4-7, Malaysia is hosting the 5th International Conference on Accessible Tourism (ICAT) and for the first time ever the conference is holding a short film competition. Yes, that’s right, ICAT’s putting on an international short film competition searching for films that encapsulate what accessible tourism truly means. Accessible beaches and hotels, easy flying […]

Say 'Sesame' and Steps Disappear!

Say ‘Sesame’ and Steps Disappear!

Imagine pushing up to a building where you’re face to face with a flight of concrete steps at the front door and no accessible entrance in sight. Then, with a push of a button, a section of the staircase slides back and is replaced by a wheelchair lift. Once you get to the top, you […]

Grand Canyon Accessibility Focus of New Book

Grand Canyon Accessibility Focus of New Book

Wheelchair users who are planning to visit the majestic panoramas of the Grand Canyon may be surprised to learn they can reach the bottom of the canyon by vehicle. This is one of the many surprises in a new book by accessible travel guru, Candy Harrington. The book, Barrier-Free Travel: The Grand Canyon for Wheelers […]