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Congress OKs Medical Marijuana

Congress OKs Medical Marijuana

Congress made the largest shift in American drug policy in four decades last weekend when they voted to end the federal government’s war on medical marijuana. The change could benefit many people with disabilities who rely on the drug to relieve pain and numerous other conditions. “It’s very helpful to have Congress actually pass legislation […]

Sen. Harkin, Dedicated Disability Advocate, Retires

Sen. Harkin, Dedicated Disability Advocate, Retires

After a distinguished 40-year career in the United States Congress, Iowa Senator Tom Harkin bid farewell to family, friends and colleagues on Dec. 12 in a moving speech delivered from the Senate floor. Harkin, who introduced the Americans with Disabilities Act, has long been a dedicated advocate to all people with disabilities after he witnessed […]

Stella Young, 32, Dies

Stella Young, 32, Dies

Stella Young, the Australian disability activist, writer and comedian, who received international acclaim after her TED talk entitled “I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much” has died. She was 32. “With great sadness we acknowledge the passing of Stella Young, our much loved and irreplaceable daughter and sister. Stella passed away on Saturday evening, […]

Los Angeles Jails About to Become More Accessible

Los Angeles Jails About to Become More Accessible

Los Angeles County inmates with mobility impairments will see much greater access to jail facilities now that there’s a settlement of a six-year old class action lawsuit with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “The suit is groundbreaking because it extends the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act to individuals with disabilities in custodial […]

FEMA Asks Disabled Storm Survivors to Repay Aid

FEMA Asks Disabled Storm Survivors to Repay Aid

People with disabilities who survived Superstorm Sandy in the fall of 2012 are discovering that FEMA assistance isn’t free as now they are being asked to return thousands of dollars in storm aid. Elizabeth Treston, a quadriplegic and chair of the Long Beach Community Organizations Active in Disasters is being asked to repay a loan […]

Rosemarie Rossetti's "Universal Design" Home

Rosemarie Rossetti’s “Universal Design” Home

After Rosemarie Rossetti became paralyzed in 1998, she encountered significant barriers in navigating the old two-story home she shared with her husband Mark Leder. These struggles sparked a 10-year effort in persuading sponsors to partner with the couple to build a home that would become a living laboratory for the concepts of universal design. They’ve […]

Open Enrollment Begins for Affordable Care Act

Open Enrollment Begins for Affordable Care Act

The open enrollment period for health insurance starts Saturday, Nov. 15, and United Spinal is working with the White House to educate Americans with disabilities about the Affordable Care Act and to help get them enrolled. Since the Act went into effect last year over 7 million Americans have now enrolled in the healthcare marketplaces […]

DCU Center Sued for More Seating

DCU Center Sued for More Seating

A Massachusetts wheelchair user and a civil rights organization are suing the city of Worchester, Mass., over allegations that the city-owned DCU Center and adjacent parking garage fail to comply with federal accessibility laws. Dino Theodore and Access with Success filed the federal suit, which alleges the city-owned arena doesn’t have an adequate amount of wheelchair […]

Angela Hibbitt: "I Am More Than a Dollar Bill"

Angela Hibbitt: “I Am More Than a Dollar Bill”

Saying, “I am more than a dollar bill,” Tennessean Angela Hibbitt has launched an online petition drive called “I’ll die if I am warehoused in a nursing home” that currently has more than 54,500 signatures. Hibbitt, 54, now relies on 20 hours a day of nursing to manage her ventilator and health care needs, but […]

Wheelchair User Greg Abbott Elected Governor of Texas

Wheelchair User Greg Abbott Elected Governor of Texas

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott easily defeated Democratic challenger Wendy Davis after a long contentious campaign to become the first newly elected governor in 14 years. “Tonight, Texans sent a message,” Abbott said in his victory speech Tuesday night. “You voted for hope over fear, for unity over division, for the majesty of what Texas […]