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Michael Collins

Everyday Advocacy: Changing Hand Controls

A hand control installer said they would not do the work unless I gave them a certificate from my driving school showing that I am legal to drive with hand controls.

California Shuts Down Leap Transit

California Shuts Down Leap Transit

San Francisco’s luxury bus company Leap Transit was ordered on May 11 to stop operating by the California Public Utilities Commission because the start-up company did not have the proper permits. The cease-and–desist order came as Leap was completing the state’s permitting process. Leap had received a preliminary license until the state could issue an […]

The Steve Gleason Act Passes Senate

The Steve Gleason Act Passes Senate

The Steve Gleason Act of 2015 unanimously passed the U.S. Senate on April 22 and is expected to have a good chance at passing the House. The Act will make it easier with people who have ALS and other speech-impacting disabilities to obtain Medicare funding for speech-generating devices and eye-gazing technology. “Living with ALS is […]

Luxury Bus Service Leap Will Restore One Lift

Luxury Bus Service Leap Will Restore One Lift

Advocates were infuriated to discover San Francisco’s new luxury bus service, Leap, disabled all of the wheelchair lifts in its entire fleet. Some are discussing filing a lawsuit and Chris Pangilinan, a former San Francisco transportation engineer, filed a complaint with the Department of Justice in late March. In response to this backlash, the company […]

Los Angeles Will Fix Crumbling, Inaccessible Sidewalks

Los Angeles Will Fix Crumbling, Inaccessible Sidewalks

After years of legal wrangling, the City of Los Angeles reached a tentative settlement with disability advocates for a record $1.4 billion. The April 1 agreement will fix crumbling sidewalks that have left wheelchair users without the adequate public access guaranteed under the Americans with Disabilities Act. “I’m pleased with the settlement because this is […]

Michael Collins

Everyday Advocacy: Jury Duty

Doing your civic duty is often “easier said than done” when it comes to federal courts, which are not covered by the ADA.

Florida Bill Takes Action Against Fake Service Dogs

Florida Bill Takes Action Against Fake Service Dogs

In response to a growing number of fake service dogs, the Florida House is pushing a bill that would criminalize the use of fake service dogs and protect legitimate service dog owners and trainers from interference. The bill made its final committee stop on March 19 and passed unanimously. Under the proposed bill, people who […]

Ricon Fined $1.75 Million for Faulty Lifts

Ricon Fined $1.75 Million for Faulty Lifts

The Ricon Corp., one of the largest manufacturers of wheelchair lifts, was fined $1.75 million on Feb. 6 by the U.S. Department of Transportation for selling lifts that had been recalled for a potential fire risk. “This company’s failure to protect the public from a product known to be a safety risk is absolutely unacceptable,” […]

Wheelers Sue Hotels Over Inaccessible Shuttles

Wheelers Sue Hotels Over Inaccessible Shuttles

Three wheelchair users filed a lawsuit against a trio of hotel operators they say discriminated against them by failing to provide accessible hotel shuttle transportation. “For those of us who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices, it’s difficult enough to get around most cities when we travel,” says plaintiff Ruthee Goldkorn, from Los Angeles. “All […]

Sen. Rand Paul Attacks SSDI Fraud

Sen. Rand Paul Attacks SSDI Fraud

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) attacked the Social Security disability insurance program on Jan. 14 by saying there is widespread fraud and that millions of Americans are getting benefits they don’t deserve. “Everybody in this room knows somebody who’s gaming the system,” he said. “Over half the people on disability are either anxious or their back […]