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The Night I Was Called a Fire Hazard

The Night I Was Called a Fire Hazard

Way on the other side of the world, a group of 11 friends made reservations and paid for a table at a posh Mumbai nightclub. When they arrived, the staff refused entry to one person in the group, a bank employee, because he uses a wheelchair. The staff said if he wanted to go in, […]

7 Very Screwy Curb Cuts That Won't Help at All

7 Very Screwy Curb Cuts That Won’t Help at All

The concept of a curb cut is elegant in its simplicity — it’s just a small ramp inserted at street corners or other logical places to allow wheelchair users, parents with strollers and other people who use wheels the ability to cross the street. Yet, for some reason, sometimes this simple elegant concept gets bungled. […]

Chicago Fights Fraud with New Disability Placards

Chicago Fights Fraud with New Disability Placards

To prevent revenue loss due to disability placard fraud, Chicago has instituted a new system that only waives parking fees for drivers who use wheelchairs, or have loss of motor control in both hands, or are unable to walk 20 feet. The placards are yellow and gray rather than blue. There were 299,530 blue placards […]

Person of Year's Belize Adventure

Person of Year’s Belize Adventure

When I interviewed Deborah Davis for New Mobility’s Person of the Year profile, she was about to leave for Belize — yet another travel adventure for this dynamic, daring woman. If you’re like me and have no clue where Belize is located, here’s what I learned: The country is on the northeastern coast of Central […]

A Moving Experience

A Moving Experience

When disability comes knocking at your door, you usually have to widen it.

New museum, old access problems

New museum, old access problems

Planning to visit Washington, D.C., over the holidays to see the sites? If any of the Smithsonian Institution museums are on your itinerary, take a good look at how easily accessible the exhibits are.  Down the National Mall at the Newseum, however, access has been a different story. The Department of Justice cited this museum, […]

The Wheelchair Accessible Option: Craigslist Finally Listens

The Wheelchair Accessible Option: Craigslist Finally Listens

In August, a petition on Change.org asked for Craigslist to add a wheelchair accessible option to its housing listings. A very cool woman by the name of Altaira Hatton from Portland, Ore.,  came up with the idea. The idea came to her last year while she was house hunting in the Bay Area of California, […]

Dear Santa: here's my wish list

Dear Santa: here’s my wish list

This time of year we’re bombarded with silly TV commercials trying to sell us even sillier gift ideas, ranging from Chia pets to underwear, potato chips and everything in between. This year, though, when I saw the ad for “the Clapper,” I thought, “hmm, that might actually be useful.” Wouldn’t  it be a kick to […]

From the news - believe them or not!

From the news – believe them or not!

You can go through a whole week, maybe even a month, thinking that life is getting easier for people with disabilities. But then you come across some news items that jolt you off that cloud of delusion. Borrowing a page from Mr. Ripley, I present you with three recent news items and challenge you to […]

Online shopping: what a gift!

Online shopping: what a gift!

It feels like a cyber assault these last couple of days every time I signed into my email account and find countless, screaming offers for CYBER MONDAY DEALS! BIG DISCOUNTS! FREE SHIPPING! ONE-OF-A KIND SAVINGS!  Whoa. How much online Christmas shopping can one person handle? As it turns out – quite a lot. But I […]