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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 […]

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 […]