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Helloooo ... I'm right here. ... Stop being rude!

Helloooo … I’m right here. … Stop being rude!

It’s a strange, strange world when it comes to what people perceive as rude, especially when it comes to people with disabilities. Some people don’t mind when we speak our minds but others … oh they’re not too keen on it. It can bring out the devil claws. It’s as if we’re not allowed to […]

BART Approves Accessibility Compromise

BART Approves Accessibility Compromise

The Bay Area Rapid Transit approved a compromise with disability advocates on February 26 that would somewhat preserve wheelchair access by removing floor-to-ceiling poles from the center door of its new “Fleet of the Future” train cars. Jessie Lorenz, executive director of the Independent Living Resource Center in San Francisco, isn’t happy with the compromise. […]

New Access to Parks Project will Survey National Parks

New Access to Parks Project will Survey National Parks

Many national parks have wonderfully accessible features, but you wouldn’t know it from researching the parks online. To solve this problem, wheelchairtraveling.com is launching its Access to Parks Project, which kicks off in May with a two-week trek to document accessibility features of Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and […]

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,” […]

Manhattanites Complain Accessible Bridge Will Block Their View

Manhattanites Complain Accessible Bridge Will Block Their View

Residents on Manhattan’s wealthy Upper East Side are complaining about city plans to build a wheelchair-accessible pedestrian bridge this spring at East 81st Street along the East River. They say it will ruin their expensive river views. In December, Manhattan’s community board approved a nonbinding resolution to move the pedestrian bridge a block away where […]

D.C. Cabs Given More Time to Become Accessible

D.C. Cabs Given More Time to Become Accessible

The Washington, D.C., Taxicab Commission announced that cab companies who fail to meet the time requirements of the Taxicab Service Improvement Amendment Act of 2012 will be able to request an additional 180 days to comply. Taxicabs and black car luxury companies were to have 6 percent of their fleets wheelchair accessible by this past […]

Will Polio Return?

Will Polio Return?

So, American parents are deciding not to vaccinate their children because of a misinformed (in my opinion) fear that vaccines might harm their babies. Now, diseases that had been practically wiped out – measles and whooping cough – have returned in alarming numbers. Cases of mumps are also on the rise. What’s next, polio? All […]

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 […]

Tom Aiello VetsFirst

Advocacy: VetsFirst

How Veterans Contribute

Michael Collins

Everyday Advocacy: Condo Accessibility

Although condos are not covered by the ADA, some features must be accessible under Fair Housing laws, and discrimination is illegal.