Eleanor Smith’ 30-plus years of advocacy for Visitability in new homes is paying off as Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) introduced the Eleanor Smith Inclusive Home Design Act on July 28. Per Visitability guidelines, the bill would require every new home financed or funded by the federal government to include a zero-step entrance, wheelchair accessible doorways […]
President Obama invited hundreds of advocates from around the nation to the White House on July 20 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. “Millions of Americans with disabilities have had the chance to develop their talents and make their unique contributions to the world,” said Obama. “And thanks to them, […]
It’s about to become a lot easier for people with speech impairments to get Medicare to cover their speech-generating devices, as President Obama signed the Steve Gleason Act into law on Thursday, July 30. “People like myself, who are literally voiceless, were heard. Loud and clear,” said former New Orleans Saint football player Steve Gleason […]
Brandon Coats thought holding a state-issued medical marijuana card meant his job was safe from random drug tests. Even though he did nothing illegal, he was wrong. On June 15, the Colorado Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Dish Network was within its rights to fire quadriplegic Brandon Coats when he failed a random drug test […]
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On June 1, U.S. District Judge George Daniels denied a motion by New York City asking for dismissal of a class action lawsuit calling for accessible sidewalks and pedestrian routes. “This litigation, originally filed July 30, 2014, seeks to require the city to make changes to its sidewalks that it should have made decades ago,” […]
With all of the bad news in the media these days about harmful — and sometimes deadly — interactions between people with disabilities and first responders, here is some good news. Since 2009, Niagara University’s two-day First Responders Disability Awareness Training has successfully worked with law enforcement, firefighters and EMS to be more sensitive and […]
The Steve Gleason Act of 2015 unanimously passed the U.S. Senate on April 22 and is expected to have a good chance at passing the House. The Act will make it easier with people who have ALS and other speech-impacting disabilities to obtain Medicare funding for speech-generating devices and eye-gazing technology. “Living with ALS is […]
After years of legal wrangling, the City of Los Angeles reached a tentative settlement with disability advocates for a record $1.4 billion. The April 1 agreement will fix crumbling sidewalks that have left wheelchair users without the adequate public access guaranteed under the Americans with Disabilities Act. “I’m pleased with the settlement because this is […]