Wheelchair users in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will have an easier time getting around now that the city and U.S. Department of Justice reached a $15 million deal requiring the installation, repair or replacement of 4,000 to 8,000 curb cuts and sidewalk ramps. Approved by Cedar Rapids city council in July, the agreement was signed off […]
There will be a Twitter chat about emergency preparedness and disability tomorrow at 2 p.m. Pacific/5 p.m. Eastern. This chat is being sponsored by the Disability Visibility Project in partnership with the National Council on Disability as part of National Preparedness Month. To join the conversation live, go to Twubs:Hashtags. You can also participate by following […]
On this 14th anniversary of that horrible day when our world turned upside down, I humbly ask that you remember in your thoughts and prayers the 200 people with disabilities who perished in the terror attacks on the World Trade Center. Had emergency managers included our community in their disaster planning, it’s certain that many, […]
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,” […]