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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 […]

Wheelers Sue Hotels Over Inaccessible Shuttles

Wheelers Sue Hotels Over Inaccessible Shuttles

Three wheelchair users filed a lawsuit against a trio of hotel operators they say discriminated against them by failing to provide accessible hotel shuttle transportation. “For those of us who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices, it’s difficult enough to get around most cities when we travel,” says plaintiff Ruthee Goldkorn, from Los Angeles. “All […]

Winter Sports Clinic for Vets: March 29-April 3

Winter Sports Clinic for Vets: March 29-April 3

Hundreds of disabled veterans from around the country will gather this spring in Snowmass Village, Colo., to participate in the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. While there, they will receive world-class adaptive winter sports instruction. The clinic will be held from March 29 to April 3, 2015 and is for U.S. military veterans and […]

Sen. Rand Paul Attacks SSDI Fraud

Sen. Rand Paul Attacks SSDI Fraud

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) attacked the Social Security disability insurance program on Jan. 14 by saying there is widespread fraud and that millions of Americans are getting benefits they don’t deserve. “Everybody in this room knows somebody who’s gaming the system,” he said. “Over half the people on disability are either anxious or their back […]

Republicans in Congress Vote Jeopardizes SSDI

Republicans in Congress Vote Jeopardizes SSDI

On its very first day in power the newly installed Republican-controlled Congress created controversy by approving a rule that will jeopardize the solvency of Social Security. This could result in a reduction of benefits by 20 percent for 11 million beneficiaries. The Republicans are resisting the reallocation of funds from the part of the Social […]