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NYC Taxi Lawsuit Settlement Approved

NYC Taxi Lawsuit Settlement Approved

New York City’s taxi fleet will become the most wheelchair friendly in the country thanks to a lawsuit settlement approved by a federal judge Tuesday, which mandates that half of all cabs become accessible by 2020. “This is one of the most significant acts of inclusion in this city since Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn […]

Uber to Offer Limited Access Services

Uber to Offer Limited Access Services

Under threat of a lawsuit from disability advocates, the ride-sharing company Uber is unveiling a new limited service to provide transportation options for wheelchair users living in over 200 cities around the world. Uber announced through its blog that it is establishing a partnership with the Chicago-based Open Door Organization to provide its UberASSIST service, […]

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 […]

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Minnesota Boosts Employment of PWD

Due to recent criticism from disability advocates about the low numbers of state employees with disabilities, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has mandated that all state agencies must employ a minimum 7 percent of people with disabilities by 2018. “This is important because it sets concrete goals and is something the administration and state departments can […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

Marilyn Saviola: Improving Access to Women's Health Care

Marilyn Saviola: Improving Access to Women’s Health Care

Getting routine medical screenings can be a stressful challenge for women with physical disabilities but it’s also a matter of life and death. Women with mobility impairments aren’t at a higher risk for breast cancer but they are one-third more likely to die from it. This sobering statistic has motivated Marilyn Saviola, who runs the […]