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Golden Gate Park to Become More Accessible

Golden Gate Park to Become More Accessible

A landmark settlement has been reached between the National Park Service and Disability Rights Advocates that will significantly improve wheelchair access at the Golden Gate National Recreational Area, which is the country’s largest urban national park. “People with disabilities for too long have been excluded from many of the experiences offered by national parks,” Larry Paradis, […]

Pageantry, Controversy and Paralympics

Pageantry, Controversy and Paralympics

By Brian Rank SOCHI, Russia – In a spectacle of ice, fire and jubilation, the Sochi Winter Paralympics opened on Friday. The ceremony showcased Russia’s effort to prove it is renewed and ready to welcome the Paralympians after a history of intolerance toward people with disabilities. The flawless ceremony that displayed Russia’s rich history and […]

Portlight Strategies, Red Cross Reach Agreement

Portlight Strategies, Red Cross Reach Agreement

Portlight Strategies, a disaster relief organization specializing in assisting people with disabilities, has reached an agreement with the American Red Cross that could help both organizations better serve people with disabilities the next time disaster strikes. “Portlight is excited we have executed an agreement with the Red Cross that will serve as a framework to […]

Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Where are we now? What can we do?

US Airways Fined $1.2 Million

US Airways Fined $1.2 Million

US Airways has been fined $1.2 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation after the DOT reviewed approximately 300 complaints filed by passengers who use wheelchairs. This is the largest fine ever assessed by the DOT in a disability case. Airlines must promptly assist wheelchair users, but federal officials found US Airways passengers at airports […]

Chicago Fights Fraud with New Disability Placards

Chicago Fights Fraud with New Disability Placards

To prevent revenue loss due to disability placard fraud, Chicago has instituted a new system that only waives parking fees for drivers who use wheelchairs, or have loss of motor control in both hands, or are unable to walk 20 feet. The placards are yellow and gray rather than blue. There were 299,530 blue placards […]

NYC Voters Win Accessibility Suit

Voters with disabilities won a major victory after a federal court ruled New York City’s polling places all must be accessible. The August 8 ruling resulted from a decade-long struggle between disability advocates and the city. United Spinal Association and Disabled in Action filed suit in July of 2010 after the city resisted removing barriers […]

People in the News: Amy Champlin

During a March 2011 visit to a meeting of the National Ataxia Foundation in Los Angeles, Amy Champlin hoped to have the quintessential experience of a guided tour of celebrity homes, but was told she couldn’t be accommodated unless she could walk on to the tour bus. The company, Starline Tours, eventually relented and reserved […]

Supreme Court Upholds ACA

In a narrow decision, on June 28 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — delighting disability activists concerned that the court might overturn President Obama’s landmark piece of health-care reform legislation. “To say that the Supreme Court’s decision is monumental for the disability community would be […]

The ADA at 20: Half-Empty, Half-Full or Both?

The ADA at 20: Half-Empty, Half-Full or Both?

I don’t remember where I was when the ADA was signed, but I do remember the first time I was congratulated about it. December 1990 — the office Christmas party at my first job out of college. The type of scene that the film Office Space would satirize a few years later: stale store-bought cookies, nonalcoholic […]