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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 […]

Republicans in Congress Vote Jeopardizes SSDI

Republicans in Congress Vote Jeopardizes SSDI

On its very first day in power the newly installed Republican-controlled Congress created controversy by approving a rule that will jeopardize the solvency of Social Security. This could result in a reduction of benefits by 20 percent for 11 million beneficiaries. The Republicans are resisting the reallocation of funds from the part of the Social […]

Feds Say Uber Must Comply With ADA

Feds Say Uber Must Comply With ADA

The Obama administration recently sided with plaintiffs in a federal court case against the ridesharing giant Uber, stating that such companies are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and cannot discriminate against people with disabilities. “The ADA applies to private entities that are primarily engaged in providing transportation services,” even if a company is […]

Sen. Harkin, Dedicated Disability Advocate, Retires

Sen. Harkin, Dedicated Disability Advocate, Retires

After a distinguished 40-year career in the United States Congress, Iowa Senator Tom Harkin bid farewell to family, friends and colleagues on Dec. 12 in a moving speech delivered from the Senate floor. Harkin, who introduced the Americans with Disabilities Act, has long been a dedicated advocate to all people with disabilities after he witnessed […]

Dems to Tammy Duckworth: No Accommodation

Dems to Tammy Duckworth: No Accommodation

Tammy Duckworth — congresswoman, double amputee, Iraq war veteran, mother-to-be — recently asked her Democratic boss in Congress to accommodate her. It seems that Duckworth’s doctor advised her not to travel during the last weeks of her high-risk pregnancy, and she wanted to cast her vote in the elections for House Democratic Caucus leadership and […]

FEMA Asks Disabled Storm Survivors to Repay Aid

FEMA Asks Disabled Storm Survivors to Repay Aid

People with disabilities who survived Superstorm Sandy in the fall of 2012 are discovering that FEMA assistance isn’t free as now they are being asked to return thousands of dollars in storm aid. Elizabeth Treston, a quadriplegic and chair of the Long Beach Community Organizations Active in Disasters is being asked to repay a loan […]

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