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Crip Buzz: September 2014

Crip Buzz: September 2014

When Wheelchairs are Cool (Justin Bieber in a wheelchair); Assisted Suicide Ad in NM: Yay or Nay?

HUD, Freedom Mortgage Settlement

HUD, Freedom Mortgage Settlement

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has reached a settlement with a New Jersey mortgage lender over allegations the lender discriminated against loan applicants with disabilities by requiring them to provide additional information about their disability. “Applicants who are otherwise qualified for a home loan may not have additional requirements placed on them […]

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 […]

Taco Bell Settles $5.4 Million Class Action Suit

Taco Bell Settles $5.4 Million Class Action Suit

A federal judge has preliminarily approved Taco Bell’s $5.4 million class action settlement for failing to meet state and federal accessibility requirements.

Pittsburgh's Tall Parking Meters Draw Lawsuit

Pittsburgh’s Tall Parking Meters Draw Lawsuit

When the City of Pittsburgh began replacing its parking meters, it chose not to go with wheelchair-accessible kiosks. Which is why Debra Stemmler, a wheelchair user, made the case back in October 2013 that since she couldn’t access the machine, she shouldn’t have to pay the ticket. After all, she even left a note on […]

EEOC Seeks Public Input in Effort to Boost Employment

EEOC Seeks Public Input in Effort to Boost Employment

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced today that it is inviting public input on potential revisions to the regulations implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a law that governs employment of individuals with disabilities by the federal government. Current Section 501 regulations prohibit employment discrimination based on disability […]

Voters with Disabilities Victory in NYC

Voters with Disabilities Victory in NYC

United Spinal Association and Disabled in Action, plaintiffs on behalf of all New Yorkers of voting age with mobility and vision disabilities, won a unanimous panel decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that found the Board of Elections in New York City discriminated against voters with disabilities by failing […]

Tim Gilmer

Bully Pulpit: ADA: Best and Worst Seats

When we initiated a lawsuit against the largest movie theater chain in the nation, Regal ignored our attorney’s letters.