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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 […]

Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready for a Disaster?

Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready for a Disaster?

Do you know what you’d do if your life was threatened by a disaster? Though the headlines rarely report it, too many people with disabilities died during the blockbuster storms Katrina, Sandy and Irene. We may never know how many died, were injured or left homeless by the tornadoes that recently ripped through the middle […]

ADA Legacy Tour Kicks Off in Houston

ADA Legacy Tour Kicks Off in Houston

The Americans with Disabilities Act silver anniversary celebration may be a year away, but the ADA Legacy Tour got an early start by kicking off last Friday at the NRG Center in Houston, Texas, during the Abilities Expo. The ADA Legacy Project says one reason it chose to kick the tour off in Houston is […]

Marca-Bristo

Disability Treaty Passes Senate Committee

Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 22 — This morning the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities passed out of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee with a vote of 12-6. Next it must be ratified by two-thirds of the U.S. Senate. The CRPD, or, Disability Treaty, is designed to promote the rights and dignity […]

The Disability Symbol Finally Gets a Makeover

The Disability Symbol Finally Gets a Makeover

The classic blue wheelchair guy is the main disability symbol people use to refer to all things accessible. Sure it works, it’s adequate … but it has its drawbacks — namely, it was created in 1968. The disability community has changed by leaps and bounds since the ’60s, and advocates have been salivating at the […]

NM Turns 25: Reckonings: 2001-2003

NM Turns 25: Reckonings: 2001-2003

In the wake of 9/11, NM reflected the need for inclusive emergency preparedness — and other life-and-death issues.

Michael Collins

Everyday Advocacy: Segways

The ADA says Segways can be used in environments where power chairs are used, with some exceptions.

2014 Roll on Capitol Hill Best Yet

2014 Roll on Capitol Hill Best Yet

NEW YORK, N.Y. – United Spinal Association and advocates from its membership division, National Spinal Cord Injury Association, gathered in Washington, D.C., on June 22-25 for Roll on Capitol Hill to shape policies that impact the health, independence and quality of life of people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders. Roll on Capitol Hill […]