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The Steve Gleason Act Passes Senate

The Steve Gleason Act Passes Senate

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 […]

Los Angeles Will Fix Crumbling, Inaccessible Sidewalks

Los Angeles Will Fix Crumbling, Inaccessible Sidewalks

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 […]

Anthem Approves Paralyzed Toddler's Wheelchair, but Not Wheels

Anthem Approves Paralyzed Toddler’s Wheelchair, but Not Wheels

When their 2-year-old son, Crue, was denied a new wheelchair — twice — despite being paralyzed with spina bifida, Aubrey and Joe Allred waged a social media campaign to either prompt Anthem Blue Cross to do the right thing or to raise enough money to get Crue the chair he needs. The Kingsburg, Calif., couple […]

A Q-and-A with Aubrey Allred: When Our Son was Denied a Wheelchair

A Q-and-A with Aubrey Allred: When Our Son was Denied a Wheelchair

The story of 2-year-old Crue being denied a wheelchair by his insurance company was picked up by news outlets throughout the United States and as far away as the United Kingdom. It shows the struggles that people with disabilities have obtaining the equipment necessary to live full lives, still, 25 years post-ADA. Following is an […]

Congress OKs Medical Marijuana

Congress OKs Medical Marijuana

Congress made the largest shift in American drug policy in four decades last weekend when it voted to end the federal government’s war on medical marijuana. The change could benefit many people with disabilities who rely on the drug to relieve pain and numerous other conditions. “It’s very helpful to have Congress actually pass legislation […]

Los Angeles Jails About to Become More Accessible

Los Angeles Jails About to Become More Accessible

Los Angeles County inmates with mobility impairments will see much greater access to jail facilities now that there’s a settlement of a six-year old class action lawsuit with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “The suit is groundbreaking because it extends the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act to individuals with disabilities in custodial […]

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 […]