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Can a Doctor Refuse Treatment?

Can a Doctor Refuse Treatment?

What happens if a doctor refuses to treat you? That happened to a friend, a wheelchair user with osteogenesis imperfecta (or brittle bone disease).  My friend, like others with OI, has had countless bone fractures.  Recently, she broke her arm as she was reaching for a pencil while working with a group of young students […]

Lex Frieden Speaks at Civil Rights Summit

Lex Frieden Speaks at Civil Rights Summit

Lex Frieden, a United Spinal Association board member who played an integral role in the development, passage and implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, participated in a social justice panel discussion at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, as part of the Civil Rights Summit that took place April 8-10. Frieden […]

NM Turns 25: A Look at the Seminal Years, 1989-1992

NM Turns 25: A Look at the Seminal Years, 1989-1992

Anger, hope, determination, optimism — New Mobility had it all.

NSCIA Front Lines: Housing for Vets, Accessible Cabs in our Capital

NSCIA Front Lines: Housing for Vets, Accessible Cabs in our Capital

Housing for Vets One of our core beliefs at VetsFirst is that veterans who acquire disabilities must have the supports and services they need to reintegrate into their communities and achieve independence. An important aspect of community living for any person with a disability is access to affordable, accessible housing. The absence of housing that […]

Through The Front Door: Romancing the ADA

Through The Front Door: Romancing the ADA

Will the ADA put some sizzle back in Bob Pike’s social life? Will his date’s bowl of bisque be served by attentive staff in convivial surroundings, or will it be delivered in a paper carton at the front steps?

Are Popular Rideshare Companies Excluding Disabled?

Are Popular Rideshare Companies Excluding Disabled?

Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have soared in popularity but they have largely excluded people with disabilities. The California Public Utilities Commission may take action if it finds these companies are leaving the disabled in the lurch. “The commission will step in once we have information, verifiable information, that there’s a divide between the […]

Khaled Alsafadi: Make UGA Arch Accessible

Khaled Alsafadi: Make UGA Arch Accessible

Khaled Alsafadi is excited to graduate from the University of Georgia this spring with a bachelor’s in psychology, but his excitement is bittersweet because he’s going to miss out on a century old tradition. Upon receiving their degrees, the brand new alumni celebrate by passing under the school’s wrought iron arch, but several concrete steps […]

Golden Gate Park to Become More Accessible

Golden Gate Park to Become More Accessible

A landmark settlement has been reached between the National Park Service and Disability Rights Advocates that will significantly improve wheelchair access at the Golden Gate National Recreational Area, which is the country’s largest urban national park. “People with disabilities for too long have been excluded from many of the experiences offered by national parks,” Larry Paradis, […]

Ongoing ADAPT Sit-In Over Nurse Practices Act

Ongoing ADAPT Sit-In Over Nurse Practices Act

Seventeen ADAPT activists began a sit-in at the headquarters of the New York State Nurses Association this past Wednesday and haven’t left yet. ADAPT says it will not leave the NYSNA headquarters until the nurse’s union supports allowing specially-trained personal assistants to take on some tasks currently performed by nurses. The protest was sparked after […]

'Save the Wheelchair' Campaign Launched

‘Save the Wheelchair’ Campaign Launched

NEW YORK, N.Y.: United Spinal Association member Kesha Pilot, a 27 year-old wheelchair user and disability advocate from Hot Springs, Ark., has launched the Save the Wheelchair campaign to raise money to support United Spinal’s third annual Roll on Capitol Hill. Roll on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 22-25, 2014, is United Spinal’s annual […]