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Wheelchair Track Program Receives Big Donation

Wheelchair Track Program Receives Big Donation

The University of Illinois wheelchair track program, which was recently designated a U.S. Paralympic training site, has recently upgraded its equipment and moved into a larger renovated facility on campus. “We have a nice, big, spacious area, instead of being cramped in a room with chairs everywhere,” Paralympic champion Tatyana McFadden told the Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette. […]

Nasal Stem Cell Transplant Enables Some Recovery In Man With SCI

Nasal Stem Cell Transplant Enables Some Recovery In Man With SCI

In 2010 Darek Fidyka, a man from Poland who was 36 at the time, was attacked and stabbed repeatedly with a knife, which partially cut his spinal cord and left him a paraplegic. Two years after his injury he underwent an experimental therapy transplanting olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) — stem cells that form the sense […]

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Meds with Hydrocodone Now Harder to Obtain

As of Oct. 6, 2014, people prescribed painkillers containing hydrocodone must visit their doctor’s office to pick up a prescription for the medicine in person, since the drug has been reclassified as Schedule II. Previously it had been classified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency as a schedule III drug, meaning doctors could call the […]

Feds Pony-Up $14.8 Mill for Employment

Feds Pony-Up $14.8 Mill for Employment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced $14,837,785 in grants to six states to improve employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities. The grants to California, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota and South Dakota are being awarded as part of the Disability Employment Initiative, funded by the department’s Employment and Training Administration […]

Alice Wong's Collaboration with StoryCorps

Alice Wong’s Collaboration with StoryCorps

Alice Wong, an academic researcher and disability advocate from San Francisco, wanted to do something unique to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, so she created the Disability Visability Project. Her project, which documents personal stories from across the disability community, recently received a boost from StoryCorps, the largest oral history […]

Penn State Parking Kerfuffle

Penn State Parking Kerfuffle

Wheelchair users attending Penn State University football games are upset that the ADA parking has been moved over two miles away — the lot furthest from the stadium — due to campus construction projects. Under the new system, fans who need accessible parking are directed to Innovation Park, where 11 shuttles are designated to ferry […]

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 […]

Christopher Voelker, Creative Force who Helped Define New Mobility, Dies at 53

Christopher Voelker, Creative Force who Helped Define New Mobility, Dies at 53

Christopher Voelker, whose stunning photography captured the lives and lifestyles of famous actors, musicians, and a vibrant community of people with disabilities, died Thursday, Sept. 11, of an apparent suicide at his residence in Northridge, Calif. He was 53. Known in disability circles for his striking New Mobility covers, Voelker brought new meaning to the […]

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, […]

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A Wheelchair History of Disability in Canada

Researchers at Canada‘s Carleton University have unveiled A Wheelchair History of Disability in Canada, a virtual exhibit that explores the historical relationships between assistive technology, society, medical and rehabilitation professionals, and wheelchair users themselves. “Old wheelchairs tell extraordinary stories about the people who used them, made them and lived around them,” says Dominique Marshall, chair […]