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Lex Frieden Speaks at Civil Rights Summit

Lex Frieden Speaks at Civil Rights Summit

Lex Frieden, a United Spinal Association board member who played an integral role in the development, passage and implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, participated in a social justice panel discussion at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, as part of the Civil Rights Summit that took place April 8-10. Frieden […]

Khaled Alsafadi: Make UGA Arch Accessible

Khaled Alsafadi: Make UGA Arch Accessible

Khaled Alsafadi is excited to graduate from the University of Georgia this spring with a bachelor’s in psychology, but his excitement is bittersweet because he’s going to miss out on a century old tradition. Upon receiving their degrees, the brand new alumni celebrate by passing under the school’s wrought iron arch, but several concrete steps […]

Ongoing ADAPT Sit-In Over Nurse Practices Act

Ongoing ADAPT Sit-In Over Nurse Practices Act

Seventeen ADAPT activists began a sit-in at the headquarters of the New York State Nurses Association this past Wednesday and haven’t left yet. ADAPT says it will not leave the NYSNA headquarters until the nurse’s union supports allowing specially-trained personal assistants to take on some tasks currently performed by nurses. The protest was sparked after […]

'Save the Wheelchair' Campaign Launched

‘Save the Wheelchair’ Campaign Launched

NEW YORK, N.Y.: United Spinal Association member Kesha Pilot, a 27 year-old wheelchair user and disability advocate from Hot Springs, Ark., has launched the Save the Wheelchair campaign to raise money to support United Spinal’s third annual Roll on Capitol Hill. Roll on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 22-25, 2014, is United Spinal’s annual […]

Luke Anderson and StopGap Ramps

Luke Anderson and StopGap Ramps

The StopGap Ramp story began on a blustery November day in 2006, when Toronto resident Luke Anderson encountered inaccessibility at a very inopportune time. Anderson, a recently injured paraplegic, arrived for a job interview — but three steps stood between him and the elevator. He entered the building through the loading dock and, despite being […]

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 […]

Demand More Paralympics Coverage

Demand More Paralympics Coverage

Media don’t consider the Paralympics a serious sporting event, so coverage is limited unless we speak up and demand more TV reports and sports articles.

Wheelchair User Refused Service, Blocks Bus

Wheelchair User Refused Service, Blocks Bus

Tensions ran high recently at a Bay Area Rapid Transit station in San Leandro, Calif., when a wheelchair user blocked a bus operated by AC Transit after being refused service by the driver. The Jan. 10 incident, which was posted on YouTube, shows an unidentified man being turned away when the bus’ wheelchair securement area […]

Bring On the Disabled Disney Princesses

Bring On the Disabled Disney Princesses

Never has Disney put forth a princess with a disability. You think they would’ve by now, but nope, and this oversight spurred Italian artist Alexsandro Palombo to finally do something about it. An artist who become partially paralyzed after having cancer (and beating it!), he saw what it was like to be disabled — an […]