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California Shuts Down Leap Transit

California Shuts Down Leap Transit

San Francisco’s luxury bus company Leap Transit was ordered on May 11 to stop operating by the California Public Utilities Commission because the start-up company did not have the proper permits. The cease-and–desist order came as Leap was completing the state’s permitting process. Leap had received a preliminary license until the state could issue an […]

Katherine Beattie: Shredding the Wheelchair Motocross Scene

Katherine Beattie: Shredding the Wheelchair Motocross Scene

Katherine Beattie is shredding the wheelchair motocross scene, finishing eighth overall in her first WCMX World Championships, held in April in Grand Prairie, Texas. Also, Beattie, who has CP, is the first woman in the world to land a backflip in a wheelchair. The La Cañada Flintridge, Calif., woman spent her childhood skateboarding, surfing and […]

First Responders Disability Awareness Training

First Responders Disability Awareness Training

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 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 […]

Luxury Bus Service Leap Will Restore One Lift

Luxury Bus Service Leap Will Restore One Lift

Advocates were infuriated to discover San Francisco’s new luxury bus service, Leap, disabled all of the wheelchair lifts in its entire fleet. Some are discussing filing a lawsuit and Chris Pangilinan, a former San Francisco transportation engineer, filed a complaint with the Department of Justice in late March. In response to this backlash, the company […]

San Diego Transit Yanked Wheelchair User’s Discount Fare Card

San Diego Transit Yanked Wheelchair User’s Discount Fare Card

A San Diego man is battling the local transit system after Metropolitan Transit System police confiscated his discount fare card, saying he couldn’t provide sufficient proof he was disabled. He’s a life-long wheelchair user due to a spinal cord injury from a blood transfusion at birth. Joey Canales, 31, takes MTS to his job at […]

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 […]

Permobil Acquires ROHO

Permobil Acquires ROHO

On March 24, Permobil announced its purchase of The ROHO Group, a global leader in wheelchair cushions, skin protection and positioning solutions for wheelchair users. The acquisition marks the next important step in Permobil’s strategy to become a leading healthcare company, providing innovative advanced rehabilitation solutions for people with disabilities. Permobil will continue operations at […]