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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 […]

Florida Bill Takes Action Against Fake Service Dogs

Florida Bill Takes Action Against Fake Service Dogs

In response to a growing number of fake service dogs, the Florida House is pushing a bill that would criminalize the use of fake service dogs and protect legitimate service dog owners and trainers from interference. The bill made its final committee stop on March 19 and passed unanimously. Under the proposed bill, people who […]

Dave Sykes: From England to the North Pole

Dave Sykes: From England to the North Pole

On March 22, Dave Sykes, 46, lifted off in his microlight aircraft from Rufforth Airfield near York, England, with the goal of being the first paraplegic to fly to the North Pole — a 5,000 mile flight. Sykes is doing the entire trip solo with no ground support. His wheelchair and survival gear are packed […]

The Dramatic Rescue of Ryan Neslund

The Dramatic Rescue of Ryan Neslund

A late February drive to his ice fishing house on Minnesota’s Lake Minnetonka quickly turned into a life and death struggle for Ryan Neslund, a 35-year-ol para, after he hit a weakened spot of ice with his truck. The commercial property manager knew instantly he was in big trouble. “The truck dove straight down like […]

BART Approves Accessibility Compromise

BART Approves Accessibility Compromise

The Bay Area Rapid Transit approved a compromise with disability advocates on February 26 that would somewhat preserve wheelchair access by removing floor-to-ceiling poles from the center door of its new “Fleet of the Future” train cars. Jessie Lorenz, executive director of the Independent Living Resource Center in San Francisco, isn’t happy with the compromise. […]

New Access to Parks Project will Survey National Parks

New Access to Parks Project will Survey National Parks

Many national parks have wonderfully accessible features, but you wouldn’t know it from researching the parks online. To solve this problem, wheelchairtraveling.com is launching its Access to Parks Project, which kicks off in May with a two-week trek to document accessibility features of Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and […]

Ricon Fined $1.75 Million for Faulty Lifts

Ricon Fined $1.75 Million for Faulty Lifts

The Ricon Corp., one of the largest manufacturers of wheelchair lifts, was fined $1.75 million on Feb. 6 by the U.S. Department of Transportation for selling lifts that had been recalled for a potential fire risk. “This company’s failure to protect the public from a product known to be a safety risk is absolutely unacceptable,” […]

Manhattanites Complain Accessible Bridge Will Block Their View

Manhattanites Complain Accessible Bridge Will Block Their View

Residents on Manhattan’s wealthy Upper East Side are complaining about city plans to build a wheelchair-accessible pedestrian bridge this spring at East 81st Street along the East River. They say it will ruin their expensive river views. In December, Manhattan’s community board approved a nonbinding resolution to move the pedestrian bridge a block away where […]

D.C. Cabs Given More Time to Become Accessible

D.C. Cabs Given More Time to Become Accessible

The Washington, D.C., Taxicab Commission announced that cab companies who fail to meet the time requirements of the Taxicab Service Improvement Amendment Act of 2012 will be able to request an additional 180 days to comply. Taxicabs and black car luxury companies were to have 6 percent of their fleets wheelchair accessible by this past […]

Shannon DeVido Cast in "Difficult People"

Shannon DeVido Cast in “Difficult People”

Comedian Shannon DeVido’s star has been on the rise since a February appearance on the Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and landing a role on the upcoming Hulu original series Difficult People, produced by Amy Poehler. Joining the cast of Difficult People has been the biggest break in
 DeVido’s career. “It’s a really cool opportunity […]

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